As temperatures jumped to 40 degrees on Wednesday, melting and falling ice put pedestrians and drivers at risk.
Astorino says the MTA’s five-year plan is expiring this year, and there still isn’t a proposal to replace it.
State Sen. Marty Golden and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis are leading the effort to reduce the $15 toll for frequent bridge users from Brooklyn. The toll for E-ZPass tagholders is $10.66 per trip.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and City Councilman Vincent Gentile said they plan to introduce a resolution in the New York City Council that will call for a fair system of fares on both sides of New York City’s bridges.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo was on Staten Island Thursday afternoon to announce the new effective cost of the toll will drop to $5.50 for Staten Island residents in non-commercial vehicles.
The MTA said a host of issues including the cost, high winds and the weight of the suspension cables would all need to be a part of a feasibility study which would not begin until next year or later.
The petition launched last week on the site SignOn.org requests a three-month moratorium on Verrazano Bridge tolls for Staten Island residents, relief workers and volunteers.
The MTA wants to hike the Verrazano Bridge toll to $15 dollars. And Staten Islanders are banding together to say “enough is enough” with all these tolls.
Around 12:30 p.m. Monday, police got a call that a man had parked his car on the bridge, got out and stepped over the railing.
On Tuesday morning, the Enterprise will depart from Elizabeth, passing the Statue of Liberty at 9:50 a.m. and the World Trade Center at 10:40 a.m. before completing its journey to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum at 11:30 a.m., where it will be hoisted onto the flight deck.
Police rescued two deer Wednesday after they got stuck on the seawall under the Brooklyn side of the Verrazano Bridge.
The kitten, named “Verrazano” by employees of the New York City Animal Care & Control, was rescued and taken to the organization’s Staten Island care center after the incident.
The non-profit pet organization said an animal control officer stopped his vehicle and helped rescue the kitten with the help of some truck drivers, who blocked traffic.
The Coast Guard has banned boats from the area near the base of the Verrazano Bridge where 1,500 live anti-aircraft shells are sitting at the bottom of Gravesend Bay.
A boater who became disoriented while traveling alone between New York and New Jersey has been found unharmed.