Staten Island Legislators Malliotakis And Savino Demand A Fair Plan

January 19, 2018

Island and Brooklyn, have come out strongly against Governor Cuomo’s new congestion pricing proposal, which would charge drivers up to $11.52 to drive through the busiest parts of Manhattan. Staten Island is currently the only community in New York City forced to pay a toll. Under this new plan, Staten Islanders with EZPass would be the only city residents charged $17.02 to enter Manhattan.

For Malliotakis and Savino, the Governor’s plan is a nonstarter.

“I could support the surcharge for limos, rideshare and tour buses, but not on all New York City drivers, particularly Staten Islanders who are already subject to unfair tolls,” said Assemblywoman Malliotakis in response to the proposal. She goes on to say “instead of this egregious form of congestion pricing, we should focus on improving the Move NY plan, which is equitable among all boroughs and would reduce the Verrazano Bridge toll for both Brooklynites and Staten Islanders. I believe it is a much better starting point for negotiation and a plan I can support if there is a commitment to cap bridge tolls and dedicate revenue for transit projects in the most transportation-starved communities like ours."

“I have been strong, outspoken proponent of the ‘MoveNY’ plan, which should be the foundation of any plan.” said Senator Savino. “Staten Island residents have the longest and most expensive commutes. I believe that the MoveNY plan is the most fair and equitable for the residents of New York City and the neighboring regions. I will continue to advocate for a plan that treats everyone fairly and benefits all commuters and taxpayers.”