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Rose, Oddo Push to Prevent Congestion Price Double-Tax for Staten Island

Congressman, Borough President urge Governor Cuomo ‘to ensure that Staten Island, like other New York City boroughs, is protected from inequitable double tolling’

Staten Island, April 9, 2019

Congressman Max Rose and Staten Island Borough President James Oddo are urging Governor Cuomo to ensure that Staten Island residents and commuters are not unfairly burdened by the proposed congestion tolling program.

“We are writing to urge you to ensure that Staten Island, like other New York City boroughs, is protected from inequitable double tolling under the proposed congestion tolling program by including a toll credit for Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge crossings,” wrote Rose and Oddo in a letter to the Governor. “We agree that New York City needs timely and significant investments to our transportation system. However, our constituents are angry and frustrated to see plans to generate revenues for these investments go forward without assurances that we will be spared additional financial hardship.”

The two conclude, “It is our hope that congestion pricing will materially improve the lives of Staten Island residents who commute to Manhattan. That will prove impossible, however, if the plan effectively double-tolls Staten Island drivers and on top of impending toll and MTA fare increases, steadily worsening traffic conditions, and presently limited public transportation options in the borough.”

Full text of letter HERE.

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