Westchester County and Rockland County executives want mass transit support to be an essential part of the bridge.
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer wants the New York State Legislature to revive the long-dead New York City commuter tax, WCBS 880′s Paul Murnane reported Tuesday.
The bill in Congress could cut close to $1 billion in MTA funding. City Council members say that would mean many of the improvement projects that are planned would be stopped short and straphangers could end up paying the difference.
Senator Charles Schumer said a mass transit tax benefit that expired last year was included in the Senate transportation bill overhauling federal highway and transit programs.
On Tuesday night, the public was invited to the Palisades Center mall to sound off on the plans for a new Tappan Zee Bridge to connect Rockland to Westchester.
The Federal Transportation bill would change how mass transit is funded by the government, taking away gas tax revenue and instead make a one-time deposit into a mass transit trust fund.
More than a dozen elected officials are asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo to reconsider the slimmed-down, $5.2 billion replacement for the Tappan Zee Bridge that has been fast-tracked for federal approvals.
“The last thing we should be doing in this economy is making it more expensive for New Yorkers to get to work,” Schumer said at a news conference at Grand Central Terminal.
The federally run Statue Of Liberty could be shut down this weekend along with the government if Congress fails to agree on a budget.
Another storm bore down on the Tri-State area on Wednesday, bringing groans and the potential for as much as a foot of new snow to areas already buried by a winter that is on track to be the worst in years.
Some area airports were reporting weather-related delays of up to one hour and 20 minutes.
The report released Thursday also warns of potential problems with New York’s energy, drinking water and the waste and sewer systems.
About 2,000 idled construction workers will go back to work after Democrats in the New Jersey Legislature approved stopgap funding on Monday.
The service cuts, designed to close a $900 million budget gap, left many commuters angry.
Demonstrators protested outside MTA headquarters Wednesday demanding that the Authority’s top gun, Jay Walder, be laid off.