House enacts Staten Island Rep. Grimm's toll-break shield
The congressman appeared in today’s Staten Island Advance:
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A bill that would safeguard current toll discounts in New York, co-sponsored by Rep. Michael Grimm, passed the House Wednesday night by voice vote.
The bipartisan measure would permit municipal and state governments to offer discounted residential tolls on roads, bridges, rail, bus and ferry.
The legislation was forged in response to a 2009 case, Selevan v. New York Thruway Authority, that went before the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second District, questioning the constitutionality of discounts for residents of towns bordering the Thruway.
Said Grimm: "On Staten Island, we have fought tirelessly to reach an agreement on residential toll discounts, which is why this legislation is crucial to ensure that the new rates are never called into question again by the courts. ... Passage of this bill is a small victory for the people of New York, particularly my constituents who commute over the Verrazano or the three Port Authority bridges connecting us to New Jersey. However, the fight is not over until immediate toll relief is brought to the businesses and jobs that are suffering as the result of the P.A.'s outrageous toll hikes on commercial vehicles."