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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Harrison on eliminating tolls on the Verrazano

via the Staten Island Advance;

Staten Island's two congressional candidates presented dueling proposals yesterday for the best use of toll revenue generated by the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge "cash cow."


Meanwhile, Stephen Harrison, the Democratic challenger for the congressional seat, took a different approach to providing relief for local bridge users. Harrison called for eliminating the toll entirely for all Staten Island and Brooklyn residents who live within the 13th Congressional District. Such a move would provide more cohesion for district constituents, he said.

State law requires congressional districts to be "compact, contiguous, and convenient," Harrison said, adding "those three things do not exist when you have a $9 toll separating this district."

Fossella's camp dismissed Harrison's idea as unlikely, but Harrison said he thinks it could work, and would rather be known for his willingness to dream big rather than continue to saddle Staten Island and Brooklyn commuters with one of the nation's highest bridge tolls.

The $9 toll incurred by Staten Islanders brought in a $267 million surplus is 2005. For his part Rep. Vito Fossella suggested using half of the surplus for transportation initatives in the district.

Fossella said he plans to introduce a bill to amend the National Highway System Designation Act to require 50 percent of the Verrazano surplus to be earmarked for the two boroughs.

It is great to know the Fossella knows how to introduce bills in Congress because there are a handful of things his constituents could use his help on;

Better paying jobs: 15% of Staten Island makes less than $25,000 per household
Eliminating poverty; 9% of Staten Island lives in poverty
Healthcare support for our troops; 20% of reservists do not have basic health insurance


At 11:02 PM, Blogger Rosalie907 said...

Gee, after 10 years in office and after voting approval on a House Transportation Bill that gave Alaska a Bidge To Nowhere, Vito has an idea on the Staten Island Toll. Unbelievable.

At 11:26 PM, Blogger HaagenDas said...

So how does Harrison propose to pay for this toll reduction? Higher taxes would just reroute the costs to people not even using the bridge. We all agree that a $9 toll is outrageous, but shouldnt the people who use the bridge be the ones who pay for it? Why should people who stay in Staten Island or use public transport have to bear the brunt of those costs through higher taxes?


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