To the editor:

Gov. Cuomo’s 2020 budget contains an alarming proposal for the Mid-Hudson Valley. Cuomo’s plan to merge the state Bridge Authority with the Thruway Authority is nothing more than a blatant money grab.

The Bridge Authority operates five Hudson River crossings: the Rip Van Winkle, Kingston-Rhinecliff, Mid-Hudson, Newburgh-Beacon, and Bear Mountain bridges. All have been carefully maintained and operated, with needed maintenance and replacement (such as the current project on the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge) done while keeping tolls at some of the lowest rates in the tri-state area.

To be clear, our opposition to this proposed merger is not meant as a dismissal of the work done by the dedicated employees of the Thruway Authority. However, a colossal sum of money has been spent on the new bridge connecting Rockland and Westchester and we’re looking at unknown future toll hikes there. Mid-Hudson residents should not be subsidizing tolls for bridges out of our area, which is exactly what we fear will happen.

Anthony M. Adamo

CSEA Southern Region President

New Paltz

Johnson Newspapers 7.1


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