Cross Bay Rebates Continue
Rockaway and Broad Channel residents will continue to be reimbursed for crossing the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge. For the third consecutive year, Governor Cuomo has included the residency rebate program in his executive budget.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder made getting rid of the toll a priority after his election in 2011 and was able to bring back the residency rebate program to Broad Channel and Rockaway residents. With a further push by Goldfeder, the rebate program will continue.
“The extension of the program will continue to put money back in our pockets instead of throwing it away on an unfair toll. The Cross Bay Bridge is the only intra-borough bridge toll and I will continue to work with Governor Cuomo, my colleagues and our community until all residents from across the city can travel on the bridge free of charge,” Goldfeder said in a press release.
Before the toll was eliminated, Broad Channel and Rockaway residents had to pay each time they crossed the bridge. According to Goldfeder, the elimination of the toll saves residents between $800 and $1,500 a year, which is vital as families try to recover from Hurricane Sandy.
In addition to pushing for an extension of the rebate program, Goldfeder also reintroduced legislation this year in the Assembly that would permanently eliminate the Cross Bay Bridge toll for all Queens residents. The toll costs non-residents $3.25 each way, with a slight discount for E-ZPass users. E-ZPass users who are enrolled in the Rockaway Resident Program and reside in either Rockaway or Broad Channel, receive the rebate. Goldfeder also has an online petition going around to completely remove the toll. It can be found and signed at www.FreeCBB.com
“The Broad Channel Community commends Assemblyman Goldfeder for once again fighting for our residents and succeeding in eliminating this unfair toll for another year,” Dan Mundy Jr., president of the Broad Channel Civic Association said. “This toll in the past has had a huge economic impact on our families who make multiple daily trips over this bridge to transport their children to school, visit our local police precinct or firehouse, or shop at our local stores. We join with him in calling for an elimination of this toll once and for all.”