Hudson Valley lawmakers call on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to reduce Tappan Zee Bridge tolls for residents

Hudson Valley lawmakers are asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo to give local drivers a break and reduce tolls on the new Tappan Zee Bridge for locals. (2/24/14)

NYACK - Hudson Valley lawmakers are asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo to give local drivers a break and reduce tolls on the new Tappan Zee Bridge.

Cuomo already proposed reducing tolls on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge for Staten Island residents and lawmakers say the same logic applies to the Hudson Valley. Rockland County Legislator Christopher Carey (R-Bardonia) has drafted a county resolution calling on Cuomo to reduce toll rates for Rockland commuters.

Tolls for the new bridge haven't been established yet, but Carey says he's concerned they could be much higher than the current rate. Carey is also concerned expensive tolls could have a negative impact on business expansion in the Hudson Valley.

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State Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (D-Greenburgh) supports the idea of reduced tolls for Westchester and Rockland counties, saying all New Yorkers should be treated fairly.

For an extended interview with Carey, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612. 

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