Assemblywoman: 2-Way Tolling On Verrazzano Doesn’t Help Staten Island, Brooklyn

Mack Rosenberg
September 16, 2019 - 3:13 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A proposal for two way tolling on the Verrazzano Bridge is not sitting well with a Republican assemblywoman.

The proposal, which passed in the House in June, would split the toll, from $19.50 when heading towards Staten Island to $9.50 in each direction between Staten Island and Brooklyn.

While some may think splitting the toll is a better idea than a one-way fee, Republican Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, who is running for Congress, says splitting the tolls wouldn't be helping the commuters in this area.

“Whatever surplus they're going to be making from two-way tolling, if they go forward with this plan, should be used to reduce the toll for these residents who have been paying too much for far too long,” Malliotakis said.

The number would be somewhere around $12 million, which Malliotakis' Democratic opponent, Max Rose, says would be to the benefit of Staten Island and southwest Brooklyn.

The MTA has firmly acknowledged that Staten Island and south Brooklyn must be incorporated as a priority in the future capital plan.