STOP STATEN ISLAND'S EXCESSIVE TOLL HIKES FROM KILLING OUR LOCAL ECONOMY
  • Petitioning New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
Metropolitan Transportation Authority
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

STOP STATEN ISLAND'S EXCESSIVE TOLL HIKES FROM KILLING OUR LOCAL ECONOMY

    1. Dominic Cenatiempo
    2. Petition by

      Dominic Cenatiempo

      Staten Island, NY

Featured Comment by Arnold Kingston: Tolls of $28 to travel roundtrip between Brooklyn and New Jersey are excessive at a time of rising prices for food, gasoline and other everyday commodities. The government has to find ways to finance operations that do not involve higher taxes, tolls, and fees that affect the working class the hardest. Making life more difficult for hard working New Yorkers is in the long run short-sighted and counterproductive. As the middle class squeeze tightens, more businesses and individuals will flee the city taking jobs with them, shrinking the tax base and slowing economic growth. This is not the way to go.     

Staten Island is one of the 5 boroughs of New York City in the State of New York. We're the only borough that doesn't have a subway system or even a light rail. Each and every year our tolls go up and up and up. Staten Islanders and all motorists feel the blow. Toll hikes on the 4 Bridges on Staten Island are out of control. These 4 toll revenue bridges incude the Verrazano Bridge owned and operated by the MTA - Metropolitan Transportation Authority and 3 others the Outerbridge Crossing, Goethals, and Bayonne Bridges which are owned and operated by the Port Authority of NY & NJ. We see constant public transit cuts yearly not only on SI but even in Brooklyn. Even though we pay the highest tolls on the East Coast we are seeing less and less in return for the tolls we pay. Cash toll payers pay outright from their wallets constantly and it's gotten to the point that cash toll payers will never get a discount. Even if you pay with Ezpass the cost is still a lot for all who use these 4 bridges, The toll on the Verrazano Bridge is currently $15 and is set to rise up to $25 in the near future.  The biggest concern is that truckers are forced to pay $15 per axle on the Verrazano Bridge and $13 per axle on any of the 3 Port Authority bridges. It's too costly to do business here just because the tolls are astronomical. Businesses and trucking companies alone pay hundreds of dollars each week and upon thousands of dollars annually for transporting goods to our local businesses on Staten Island / the 5 boroughs of NYC and New York and New Jersey state. If we don't tacle these these tolls now we will continue to see our local economy diminish further. We cannot and will not allow this to happen any further. Businesses are closing left and right, many are forced to cut jobs and or cut their salaries and hours, and even other businesses are choosing to move and start business elsewhere all due to these high tolls destroying them and their customers. With NYC's burdensome codes + regulations + fees + fines + permits + policies it's hard for a business to keep operating in an already downturning economic climate. It's even more difficult now because there are paying more for their goods/deliveries when trucking companies are charged insane tolls. Many of which are also paying thousands of dollars. These tolls are not only hurting businesses but they're killing our taxpayers wallets. They've also have made families suffer whether its to visit their friends, family, and or loved ones. All simply due to a $15 or $13 toll that many people cannot afford on a monthly or even weekly basis. There are also many daily commuters that drive to work each and everyday to make a living the realization of these burdensome tolls isn't being brought to light. The point is we're all burdened by these tolls and they must be stopped. All motorists and truckers who have to go into either NY or NJ use these 4 bridges. They have no other transportation options. For the tolls we pay we're left with bridges that are mismanaged and in disrepair, city bus + express bus cuts,  crumbling roads filled with potholes, and the longest commute in the nation. 

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH We must end all toll hikes. I'm calling on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, The Port Authority of NY & NJ, and the MTA - Metropolitan Transportation Authority to freeze all future toll hikes indefinitely and lower the tolls for everyone to afford. All 4 Bridge Tolls shall be dramitically reduced to $6 for all motorists and $24 for all truckers.  On top of this Staten Island should also receive their fair share of annual toll money revenue 25% to be exact that can go to fixing our roads, bridges, schools, local events, and possibly a future light rail that can benefit everyday commuters that commute to work in NYC or NJ. This will spur business and job growth while helping our local economies recover from yearly toll hikes and the 2008 Recession. It will also allow more travelers to visit the East Coast. 

I myself was born and raised on Staten Island and through the years of these yearly increases I've seen many businesses close not only on SI but even in New Jersey and Brooklyn it's despicable. I here from others that can't afford to live here anymore and are choosing to live elsewhere. I've heard from many that they can't even afford to visit their friends, family, and loved ones because it's to costly for them. I've even heard that many businesses and paying thousands of dollars just to do business in both our states because of these high costly tolls we shouldn't be hurting businesses we should be helping them stay alive and attract consumers. I feel that if we can't stop these toll hikes we're screwed. We will see much more fiscal unaccountabilty in both NY and NJ and we will see more jobs being cut and more vacant and abandoned  store fronts, properties, restaurants, etc. THe time is now or never and we must do something about it. We should no longer be a bank to these transportation agencies in which they allow to raise these bridges tolls whenever they feel like. If they want to get more money for future projects that are scupulous and fiscally unsound that's their problem not our ours let them choke for all we care

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Proposal in Albany would give Staten Islanders, businesses, a break on V-N

      Dominic Cenatiempo
      Petition Organizer
      Proposal in Albany would give Staten Islanders, businesses, a break on the V-N toll

      After vociferous protests here, Albany lawmakers are moving to reduce tolls on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge for Staten Island residents and businesses. Lawmakers said the twin state Assembly and Senate budget proposals will include a provision to reduce the Verrazano resident toll to $5.50, and would expand the discount program to include approximately a 50 percent discount on tolls for commercial vehicles for businesses located primary on the Island.

    2. We aren't giving up this fight!

      Dominic Cenatiempo
      Petition Organizer

      My peition has come a long way from just a couple of months ago. At first we had around 300 then with the help of spreading the word with the help of Assemblyman Joe Borelli, Silive, craigslist, and a few news blogs we gotten over 1,600 and counting. I need a lot more signatures and I plan to update this petition soon. Also possibly adding Queens bridges that are also $15 to this petition. I hope to write to newspapers and new stations to get the word out. Thank you for all of your support and I hope to keep this petition going for as long as it takes. We should all pay the same whether your a motorist or a trucker we are all in this together suffering financially from the high cost of these tolls and emotionally as many see their friends and family less and less. http://www.bensonhurstbean.com/2013/02/verrazano-bridge-toll-hike-set-for-march-3/ your latest development here.

    3. $15 Verrazano-Narrows Bridge cash toll takes effect March 3, MTA announces

      Dominic Cenatiempo
      Petition Organizer

      $15 Verrazano-Narrows Bridge cash toll takes effect March 3, MTA announces

      STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Mark the date on your calendar -- then try not to rip it off the wall. The MTA has set Sunday, March 3, as the date that the $15 cash toll on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge will take effect.

    4. Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis delivers February update

      Dominic Cenatiempo
      Petition Organizer

      Malliotakis delivers February update

      Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis delivers her early February legislative update on her Assembly Calendar TV show

    5. Reached 1,500 signatures
    6. Staten Islanders to rally against toll hike on Saturday; can also sign onli

      Dominic Cenatiempo
      Petition Organizer

      Staten Islanders to rally against toll hike on Saturday; can also sign online petition

      STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Staten Islanders will rally against the latest toll hike on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, and can sign an online anti-toll petition ahead of time. The rally, sponsored by the South Beach Civic Association, will take place on Saturday at noon at the bridge entrance at Lily Pond and Major avenues.

    7. Reached 750 signatures
    8. As Staten Islanders pay more , Port Authority top cops make $83.99 an hour

      Dominic Cenatiempo
      Petition Organizer
      As Staten Islanders pay more at crossings, Port Authority top cops make $83.99 an hour

      STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Nice job, if you can get it. Next time you're handing over your hard-earned money to the toll taker for the privilege of crossing the bridge on the way home, think about this: The sum you're paying is merely chump change to a top cop at the Port Authority.

    9. Port Authority Toll Hike taking effect this Sunday

      Dominic Cenatiempo
      Petition Organizer

      Port Authority toll hikes take effect Sunday

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    10. Reached 100 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Matthew Marsillo STATEN ISLAND, NY
      • 3 months ago

      this is very important to myself as a staten islander because it is about time all of us here finally have a relief from the crippling tolls and the hostage we have become thanks to the MTA and Port Authority1! Thank you Nicole Malliotakis for contiually trying to make sure we have a way to be free and back to prosperous for business and social living here in the borough of parks!!

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    • Anthony Capriotti STATEN ISLAND, NY
      • 3 months ago

      This is important to me for a few reasons. Here the are illuminated. For one I take Express Busses into Manhatten from Staten Island's south shore.. which takes forever to begin with. Why can't South Shore commuters have more bus route options that don't make any stops on the North shore.. to minimize the time it takes for the buses to get to the city, similar to how the X2 and X5 go straight to midtown in Manhattan.. aside from the time alone.. it is $6 bucks each way.. for buses to fly past us, some standing room only, or some with no heat or AC in poor conditions.. yet the tolls on the bridge and bus go up every year or 2. The second reason is my wife Drives to Brooklyn for work everyday. The toll will wind up going and up and up.. as it is.. just the fact that she is working in Brooklyn with such a high toll takes a LOT of money away from my family, that could be used for Diapers, or other family needs.

      I am willing to discuss this in detail in open forum or private meetings with any of you receiving this. Please contact me for more information at 917.921.2544.

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    • Loretta O'Hara BROOKLYN, NY
      • 3 months ago

      I live in Brooklyn, but I travel very often to Staten Island. It is unbelievable the bill I rack up because of this outrageously high toll. Even the discount isn't enough. Years ago, we were told that a certain point, we would no longer have to pay a toll for this bridge. The tolls on the Staten Island crossings have become a cash cow for the MTA & Port Authority! When is enough going to be enough. What a joke to think that down the line that commuters will be spending $25 to cross the bridge! That's when I move to another state!!

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    • Robin Colletti STATEN ISLAND, NY
      • 5 months ago

      The toll is ridiculous and unfair to the residents of the island.

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    • catherine berntsen BROOKLYN, NY
      • 6 months ago

      live in Brooklyn visit family in SI frequently

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