Relates to the Verrazano-Narrows bridge toll rates.
Ayes (62): Adams, Addabbo, Avella, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Espaillat, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sampson, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Nays (1): Ball
TITLE OF BILL: An act relating to the resident toll rates and certain commercial vehicle toll rates for crossings of the Verrazano-Narrows bridge
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To maintain a resident toll rate of $5.50 for crossings of the Verrazano and to establish a discount program for crossing of the Verrazano by commercial vehicles that are owned by businesses located in Richmond County.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
§ 1. Resident toll rate of 5.50 for crossings of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.
§ 2. Establish a toll discount program for crossing of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge by commercial vehicles that are owned by businesses located in Richmond county.
§ 3. Effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: This bill aims to reduce the resident toll rate on the Verrazano-Narrows bridge to $5.50 for E-ZPass users. In addition, it would establish a toll discount program for commercial vehicles owned by businesses in Richmond county.
Staten Island residents and businesses face a unique burden with respect to tolls. For as long as any Staten Islander can remember there has been an across the board hardship caused by high bridge tolls. Relief is long overdue for the unfair burden Staten islanders and businesses bear and this legislation will provide a small increase.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the state.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5820 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE June 17, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sens. LANZA, SAVINO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules AN ACT relating to the resident toll rates and certain commercial vehi- cle toll rates for crossings of the Verrazano-Narrows bridge THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary the metropol- itan transportation authority shall maintain a resident toll rate of five dollars and fifty cents for crossings of the Verrazano-Narrows bridge. S 2. Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, the metropolitan transportation authority shall establish a toll discount program for crossings of the Verrazano-Narrows bridge by commercial vehicles that are primarily domiciled in Richmond county and that are owned by busi- nesses principally located in Richmond county. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD11344-02-3