Do not get me going on the Verrazano Bridge toll. I could rant and rave about this subject for days.
When we visited the subject last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo had just announced a deal with the Port Authority to offer a deep discount on its three New Jersey-Staten Island bridges to Staten Island residents. To which Councilman Gentile and I responded, “C’mon, really? Don’t you think Brooklyn residents that use these bridges and the Verrazano deserve the same break?” (I’m paraphrasing both myself and the Councilman.)
Since then, in a press release, State Senate candidate Andrew Gounardes jumped on what he termed as Marty Golden’s political failure caused by absenteeism. And Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-Staten Island) announced that the Port Authority would extend the discount deal to Brooklyn residents for the Goethals Bridge, Bayonne Bridge, and the awesomely-named Outerbridge Crossing, as reported by Laura Vladimirova of the Bensonhurst Bean.
But there remains no word from the MTA on an extension of the discount to Brooklyn residents on the Verrazano.
As someone who used to go to Staten Island every Sunday, this really makes my blood boil. I’m sure those of you who use the Verrazano to get to work feel that angry times…
That angry times five, I guess.