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Cuomo: Tappan Zee Toll Hikes Excessive

Governor says proposed $14 tolls in 2017 need to be whittled down

Governor Andrew Cuomo has voiced opposition to proposed Tappan Zee toll hikes, from $5 to $14 come 2017.

In a letter to the New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA)—the government agency overseeing the —Cuomo calls for the creation of a task force to explore less pricey solutions.

The task force would be comprised of federal, state and local officials, Cuomo said.

Word of the proposed toll hikes at a Rockland County forum with bridge officials. Commuters with E-ZPass would likely pay less if the toll hikes go into effect.

Since news broke, and have weighed in—most of them assailing the plan as too expensive.

Greenburgh town supervisor Paul Feiner is lauding Cuomo's statement as much-needed.

"I want to express my appreciation to governor Cuomo for listening to the community," Feiner said. "It’s great to have a governor in office who is trying hard to be responsive to concerns of the electorate. $14 tolls would have had a very negative impact on small and large businesses in Westchester and Rockland. Hopefully, the Tappan Zee bridge, when it is built, will not be only for the rich."

Feiner had planned a meeting for Wednesday of next week to blast the toll plans, but has since called it off.

"In light of the governor’s responsiveness to the concerns of residents who object to the toll hike, there is no need to have the meeting," he said.

Feiner was also a supporter of , and idea that has since been dismissed.

The Tappan Zee Bridge project's Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) , and spotlights issues like noise problems for nearby residents and .

Patrick August 11, 2012 at 10:20 AM
$30 would be better. The people that use the bridge should pay for it.
Andromachos August 11, 2012 at 11:06 AM
Great idea Patrick, let us bring commerce in the northern suburbs to a screeching halt. That will be great for the local economy. Maybe Gromack could put some of his dead end barriers across the entrance ramps, too. That will cut down on speeding and congestion on the new bridge and prevent people from using it as some kind of public road.
Rockland County Legislator Ed Day August 11, 2012 at 02:15 PM
It is indeed heartening that the Governor is hearing and heeding the voices of the people of Rockland and Westchester. http://newcity.patch.com/blog_posts/the-new-tappan-zee-bridge-facts-fallacies-and-expectations
Orlando Alberto Franklin August 18, 2012 at 01:10 AM
why is there an urgency to build this bridge? especially in a bad economy...mostly contractors outside the county are doing most of the work on the bridge if not outside contractors...republicans are feasting on this lol...the folks in nyack view being block or value for homes being lost....a big joke
Voice of Reason August 21, 2012 at 04:09 AM
They already spent tons of our tax dollars on the new deck that they are putting on. So now they want to build a new bridge and throw away all that new material and work that I paid for with my hard earned tax dollars. I DON'T THINK SO. How dare they waste my tax dollars repairing a bridge that they are going to take down. Now that they have gone this far with the expense of the repairs they better just finish it and use the existing bridge. It's too late to decide now (after spending all my money) that they want a new bridge. Sounds like someone has friends in the bridge building industry.

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