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Old 02-05-2013, 11:25 PM
 
Location: Staten Island, NY
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If you think SI's small businesses like the toll rates, you don't read local SI news.
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:02 AM
 
Location: Ubique
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I don't read the Advance. We've worked in 3 large jobs on SI, Ferry Terminal, Richmond Terrace / Broadway, and Seaview Hospital. Did a lot of bid solicitations. This is in the last 10-12 years. Still working on some retail development on Bay Street. Yes, Verrazano toll gives local contractors an advantage
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:08 AM
 
Location: Ubique
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I also hear that Steve Margarella wants to ban tolls. Steve is a smart guy, he paves a lot of City Streets, all over the place. If it was up to me, my perfect world would have no tolls. I think they are punitive to free movement of people and goods. But I know that many people in SI do not feel this way.
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:18 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Pelham Parkway,The Bronx
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............ If it was up to me, my perfect world would have no tolls. I think they are punitive to free movement of people and goods. ......
Only problem with that is the movement of people and goods isn't free.Somebody has to pay for it.
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Staten Island, NY
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But I know that many people in SI do not feel this way.
I've lived here my whole life, have been an off-island driving commuter for a long time, and devour our local news - especially on this issue - regularly. I have never once even heard it implied by anyone that they believe these tolls help us in any way. Never once has an SI politician suggested anything other than that the tolls hurt our local economy and the island job market.
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn New York
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When my family moved to Staten Island the toll was 50 cents. I believe the toll for the bridge is not for the residents of SI, but for the maintenance of the bridge. Still, it is ridiculously too high.
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Ubique
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I've lived here my whole life, have been an off-island driving commuter for a long time, and devour our local news - especially on this issue - regularly. I have never once even heard it implied by anyone that they believe these tolls help us in any way. Never once has an SI politician suggested anything other than that the tolls hurt our local economy and the island job market.
Tolls help no one. Yet, you as resident pay $ 6 to go work in Brooklyn. A Brooklyn resident pays $ 10 (EZpass) to come work in SI. A commuter from NJ who works on SI pays less than $ 6 on Goethals, Bayonne and Outerbridge. That's why many of them actually drive to the ferry and take it to Manhattan.

You mean to tell me that you never heard of Staten Island discouraging people coming to SI? If I was living there, with all the congestion and craziness, I would not want them either.
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Ubique
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Only problem with that is the movement of people and goods isn't free.Somebody has to pay for it.
There are other ways to get revenue. Sales taxes for example. Imagine if dropping all tolls to SI, but slightly increasing Tax Rate from 8.875 to 8.895. SI would be a different place. SI has some very nice places, but no one makes it a destination with these tolls, unless forced to.
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Staten Island, NY
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You mean to tell me that you never heard of Staten Island discouraging people coming to SI? If I was living there, with all the congestion and craziness, I would not want them either.
There's a marked difference between the people who believe we should discourage more people from moving here, and what you said earlier about the tolls benefitting island business. The tolls do not benefit island businesses, especially island small businesses. Everything coming here costs more because of the tolls. For a simple comparison, look at gas prices in Brooklyn which are always a few cents (sometimes even more) less than here on the island.
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Manhattan
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You get a free ride on the Ferry: don't gripe if you must pay to drag 2 tons of steel along with you.
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