Silver: Bridge Tolls Best of Bad MTA Options

State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says his plan to charge $2 tolls for the East River and Harlem River bridges is the best of bad options for the financially troubled MTA. Silver said in a statement yesterday, that asking drivers to pay the equivalent of a subway fare is the best way "to prevent a massive fare hike and devastating service cuts". The Manhattan democrat's plan would be a compromise with proposals from the MTA's Ravitch Commission. But Bronx State Senator Ruben Diaz is urging other lawmakers to oppose the bridge tolls, saying they will "disproportionately affect" Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn residents and hurt taxi drivers, merchants, seniors and people traveling into Manhattan to work.