Legislator Carey: Reduce New TZB Toll For Rockland Residents

New City, NY (February 6, 2014) – Rockland County Legislator and Minority Leader Christopher J. Carey (R-Bardonia) is calling on Governor Cuomo to do for Rockland residents what he announced today he would do for Staten Island residents. Today, Governor Cuomo declared that Staten Island residents would pay a reduced toll of $5.50 for the Verrazano Bridge.


This afternoon, Legislator Carey proposed a resolution in the legislature calling on Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature to create a reduced toll for Rockland residents who will use the new Tappan Zee Bridge. The toll reduction would be directly proportional to the reduction provided to Staten Island residents who use the Verrazano Bridge. Carey also released calculations estimating what those rates would be.


Currently, the toll for the Verrazano Bridge is $15.00 for non-residents. Staten Island residents currently receive a steep discount, paying $6 or $6.36, which amounts to 40% or 42.4% of the current toll. Governor Cuomo’s reduction of that to $5.50 would mean that Staten Island residents would receive a reduction of over 63% on the $15 toll.


“I think Governor Cuomo is working diligently for Staten Island residents in finding ways to reduce their toll burden – and that is great,” said Legislator Carey. “It is my hope that he will do the same for struggling Rockland County residents. I am calling on Governor Cuomo to provide the same 63% reduction to Rockland residents for the toll they will pay when the new Tappan Zee Bridge is built.”


Carey pointed out that the toll for the new bridge is estimated to be $14.00. Reducing the toll by the same 63.33% would cut the toll by $8.87 for Rockland residents, and result in a new toll of roughly $5.13.


“I know Governor Cuomo wants to help New Yorkers everywhere, and I share his enthusiasm and belief in the need for a new Tappan Zee Bridge,” Carey stated. “However, I believe the same discount should be equally and especially applied to Rockland residents, who are now facing the prospect of their tolls rising an almost astonishing 300%  - from the current $5.00 to an estimated $14.00.”


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Rockland County Executive Ed Day February 06, 2014 at 10:17 PM
I have been steadfast since the summer of 2012 when a potential $15 toll for the Tappan Zee Bridge was announced. This is both unacceptable and something that will severely damage the economy of our County and the region. The governor called upon the Thruway Authority to establish a committee to ensure tolls would be minimized and 18 months later that committee still has not even been formed! I will join my fellow Hudson Valley County Executives to fight this egregious proposed toll, and welcome staunch allies such as Minority leader Chris Carey to that fight.
Charles Clewsow February 06, 2014 at 10:31 PM
Thank you County Executive Ed Day and Legislator Carey for joining together in this effort to support reduced tolls for Rocklanders. I would like to ask the rest of our legislators to join with Day and Carey in bi partisan effort to get reduced tolls.
Mike Hirsch February 07, 2014 at 10:53 AM
Thank you for looking out for us Chris. Good luck.
Steve February 08, 2014 at 07:00 AM
I had the pleasure having Ed Day as a speaker on this exact issue 2 years ago for the NCCC. Then and now, CE Day is on the right track for his constituents. Thank you to both Legislator Carey and CE Day for pursuing and remaining steadfast on this matter. Steve Weissblatt
Mike Hirsch February 08, 2014 at 07:46 AM
Thank you for informing us about that Steve, and thank you Ed. To Ed - What do you think are the chances of getting this done?
Joan Murad February 08, 2014 at 09:49 AM
It would be nice if we could do the same with the GW bridge. Even with EZ pass it is to high for us Rocklanders.


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