Assembly and Senate Agree on Cross Bay Bridge Rebate Program

One step closer to final budget passage
March 12, 2012
Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder (D-Rockaway) announced that he has been successful in ensuring that both the Assembly and Senate budget proposals also included the reinstatement of the Cross Bay Bridge Residency Rebate Program for residents of Rockaway and Broad Channel. This program calls on the state to pay the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) for costs associated with reimbursement of E-Z Pass tolls paid by residents of Broad Channel and the Rockaway Peninsula for travel over the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge.

“I made a promise before I was in office to work to eliminate the Cross Bay Bridge Toll,” said Assemblyman Goldfeder. “The return of this important rebate program is a step in the right direction towards completely eliminating this inherently unfair tax for the hardworking families and businesses of the Rockaways and Broad Channel. It’s also a victory for the people in our community who fought tirelessly to end this burdensome toll.”

In January, the governor announced the inclusion of the rebate program in his executive budget proposal. Today another monumental step was reached when both the Assembly and the Senate also included the residency rebate program in their proposals.

“This program was included in all three budget proposals which gives me confidence that it will make its way into the final budget and finally become reality,” said Assemblyman Goldfeder.

The Cross Bay Bridge toll is the only intra-borough toll in New York City; for residents of Broad Channel and the Rockaways, it means paying the toll to go to and from work, patronize local businesses, bring their children to and from school and to take care of daily errands.

“This toll has been a burden for the residents and businesses of our community for far too long,” said Assemblyman Goldfeder. “This inclusion of the rebate program in both the Assembly and Senate budget proposals brings us one step closer to lifting a significant financial burden off the shoulders of many hardworking families and businesses in the Rockaways and Broad Channel. I will continue to push in order to ensure that the residency rebate program is included in the final budget.”