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Lawmakers Voice Opposition To Bridge Tolls

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Critics say the latest plan to place $2 tolls on East and Harlem River bridges will unfairly fall on the middle class.

A group of lawmakers will deliver a letter to the State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver today – voicing their opposition to his proposal to implement the tolls on the bridges.

State officials have been looking for ways to make up for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's growing budget deficit.

Opponents say the fees would unfairly burden New Yorkers who live in neighborhoods that are under-served by mass transit. Instead, the group is pushing a plan to raise vehicle registration fees and reinstate the commuter tax.

Silver says the modest tolls are smaller burden than raising registration fees for all New Yorkers. He calls his plan a compromise between the Ravitch Commission's proposal to charge drivers $5 for crossing the bridges and the MTA's plan to raise subway and bus fares by as much as 23 percent.

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