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Weiner Pushes Bridge Tax for Some Drivers

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Congressman Anthony Weiner, who is running for Mayor, favors a $4.15 toll on East River bridges -- but only for some drivers. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: The tolls wouldn't apply to New York City residents. That makes the plan more palatable to three Democrats in the state Senate from Brooklyn and the Bronx who are blocking the MTA's rescue plan. But Weiner wouldn't comment on how his plan would likely sit with the four Senate Democrats from suburban districts whose constituents would still have to pay the tolls.

WEINER: I'll leave someone else to do the politics of Albany. But the way I read the challenge that they face in the state senate, are three democrats who are concerned about the burden on middle class New Yorkers here in New York City.

REPORTER: Weiner's plan also means that city residents eligible to vote in this fall's mayoral election wouldn't have to pay anything.

But it would also come far short in raising the money the MTA says it needs to prevent significant fare hikes and service cuts later this spring.

For WNYC, I'm Matthew Schuerman.

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