Directs the New York state thruway authority to discontinue and remove the Yonkers toll plaza on the New York state thruway.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation to discontinuing the Yonkers toll plaza on the New York state thruway
PURPOSE: To require the state Thruway Authority to remove the Yonkers Toll Plaza.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The public Authorities Law is amended by adding a new section 354-a to read as follows: Yonkers Toll Plaza Discontinued. The authority shall discontinue and remove the Yonkers Toll plaza on the New York state Thruway.
JUSTIFICATION: The New York state Thruway Authority recently announced that the Spring valley toll plaza will be discontinued. The stated reason for removing the plaza was that it caused traffic congestion. Nearly as many vehicles go through the Yonkers Toll plaza daily. In addition, the Governor plans to raise certain tolls on the Tappan Zee Bridge to make up for the loss of revenue from closing the toll plaza at Spring Valley. Consequently, many Westchester residents are being forced to pay for the removal of the Spring Valley Plaza. Removing the Yonkers Toll Plaza will ensure that Westchester residents are not unfairly disadvantaged and will advance the Thruway Authority's goal of relieving traffic congestion in the lower Hudson Valley corridor.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2009/2010 - S.4287 (Died Transportation)
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: The authority is instructed to take all necessary means to make up for the revenue loss from removing the Yonkers Toll plaza.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1014 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. STEWART-COUSINS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation AN ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation to discontinuing the Yonkers toll plaza on the New York state thruway THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The public authorities law is amended by adding a new section 354-a to read as follows: S 354-A. YONKERS TOLL PLAZA DISCONTINUED. THE AUTHORITY SHALL DISCON- TINUE AND REMOVE THE YONKERS TOLL PLAZA ON THE NEW YORK STATE THRUWAY. S 2. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04035-01-1