Hudson Valley State Senators Want East River Tolls Instead Of MTA Payroll Tax

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Five Republican New York State Senators say ditching the payroll tax in favor of East River tolls would bring in another $100 million for the MTA next year.

WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane With Drivers On Manhattan’s East Side

They say it’s not a matter of pulling out the rug from beneath transit.

State Senator John Bonacic, who represents a district including part of Orange County, says the MTA hasn’t improved service to the suburbs since the payroll tax was enacted.

He calls it taxation without transportation and he says businesses gripe about the tax.

But some drivers out on the roads say they would end up taking the fall.

“I think it’s ridiculous,” said one man. “No way, Jose.”

“Its not fair,” another man said.

One driver responded with a bona fide New York fuggetaboutit. In his words, “They’ll bury us all.”

The other State Senators calling for this are Gregory Ball, William Larkin, Stephen Saland, and Lee Zeldin.

The bridges that would be tolled are the Brooklyn Bridge, the Manhattan Bridge, the Williamsburg Bridge, and the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge.

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  1. ignorance is bliss says:

    Hey geniuses – the Brooklyn Bridge, the Manhattan Bridge, the Williamsburg Bridge, and the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge are not owned or run by the MTA.

  2. danny says:

    Tell the MTA to open up the real books! I take the trains everyday. They are getting more packed every month! Where the heck is the money?
    CUT THE FAT!!! THE MTA DOES NOT NEED HIGH PAYING EXECUTIVES THAT DO NOTHING!!! STOP RIPPING OFF THE BUSINESS’S AND PEOPLE!!!

  3. shawn s says:

    i am a small business owner on long island and do not have any employees who live in the 5 boro’s. why should i have to pay a tax every year to the MTA while a person who works in the city and travels for free accross bridges doesnt have to pay anything? Business’ in manhattan should compensate their employees who have to commute inbound, not putting the burden on the people who dont use it.

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