Conn. Senate Kills Plan To Toll Road Used Mostly By NY Drivers

WCBS 880 Newsroom
November 17, 2019 - 5:25 pm
Interstate 684 in Greenwich

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GREENWICH, Conn. (WCBS 880) – Gov. Ned Lamont’s controversial proposal to toll drivers on a one-mile stretch of Interstate 684 mainly used by New York drivers is dead in the Connecticut Senate.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer objected to the plan from the start and was prepared to sue if the Senate moved it forward.

“We were prepared to go to court. We were preparing our legal agreements if necessary,” Latimer told WCBS 880.

Latimer says mostly New York drivers use the short stretch of road in Greenwich and that Connecticut could instead toll roads that its residents use.

“We wouldn’t dream of doing something where we know we’re taxing Connecticut residents to primarily benefit New York. So we thought it was an egregious proposal,” Latimer said.

Latimer said that while he understands that the state could use the toll money, placing it on the short stretch of road would have made no sense.

“If they decided they wanted to add a toll booth into Connecticut, on Connecticut land that’s used by Connecticut drivers as well as other drivers, that’s in their prerogative. But to put something in this kind of location, is what made it objectionable,” Latimer said.