Pheffer Amato Passes Bill to Eliminate Cross Bay Toll

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We’re one step closer to doing away with the toll on the Cross Bay Bridge, thanks to Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato.

Locals have long complained about having to pay a toll on a bridge that goes from Queens to Queens, but for the first time, someone was able to take action toward eliminating it. On Thursday, June 14, Pheffer Amato celebrated a huge victory in passing an unprecedented bill through the New York State Assembly that would prohibit the imposition and collection of a fare, toll, rental, rate, charge or other fee on the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge (A08743A/S06909A). Pheffer Amato is the first, and only, representative from Southern Queens to pass such a bill through the NYS Assembly.

“I made a pledge before taking office that I would work to eliminate the Cross Bay Memorial Bridge Toll,” Pheffer Amato said.  “Today, I had a thrilling win and a great step forward for our community. As I have said countless times: The CBB toll has outlived its original stated purpose of paying for the bridge, and has absolutely no stated current purpose other than supplementing the MTA’s budget on the backs of hard working New Yorkers. I’m absolutely certain the cost of ending this onerous toll would be made up several times over with the freedom and ease of access it would bring to South Queens and the Rockaway Peninsula.”

The bill, sponsored in the Senate by Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, now goes on to a Senate vote, and would then need to be signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to become a law.

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