KINGSTON – Merging the New York State Bridge Authority into the Thruway Authority would have one purpose, and that is for the Mid-Hudson bridges to subsidize the new Tappan Zee Bridge, Assemblyman Kevin Cahill (D, Kingston) said Friday.
He is opposed to any consolidation of the two authorities because of the added financial burden he said it would place on Mid-Hudson Valley residents.
“Simply taking over to spread the cost of the Tappan Zee Bridge to the Mid-Hudson patrons of 55-, 56-, 57 million people, who cross that bridge every year is unacceptable,” Cahill said. “Our region is already subsidizing the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and not getting a fair share of services. In fact, my constituents in Northern Dutchess County pay the Metropolitan Transportation Authority taxes and get no services whatsoever.”
While he opposes a merger, Cahill would favor looking for ways for both agencies to cooperate with one another. He has introduced a bill calling on both agencies to conduct a study into potential cost savings.
Senator David Carlucci (D, Nanuet) introduced the same measure in his chamber.