Last week, Gov. Cuomo announced that tools from the entire Thruway system will pay for the new $4 billion Tappan Zee Bridge, which connects Westchester and Rockland counties.  We are obviously extremely concerned about this possibility, and plan to fight any effort to increase Thruway tolls to pay for the bridge.

The Cuomo Administration has not provided a complete financial plan that shows how the bridge will be paid for.  The state has dedicated some $2 billion from bank settlements and has received a $1.6 billion loan from the federal government.

But it is fundamentally unfair to ask Upstate commuters to pay for a bridge that most of them will never use.  Our view is that any new toll revenue that pays for the new bridge should come from the people who will benefit from the bridge.

That’s why we again restated our call for the Governor the members of the Thruway Authority’s board to show the public how the Thruway Authority is paying for the bridge and its other operations.  If they are going to raise tolls, then they should raise tolls on the right drivers – the people who use the new bridge.