Skip to comments.No EZPass for Port Authority at hearings as public gets outraged over proposed toll, fare hikes (NY)
Posted on 08/18/2011 5:21:21 AM PDT by PJ-Comix
Irate commuters blasted the Port Authority's planned toll and fare hikes at hearings on both sides of the Hudson on Tuesday, and one forum erupted in an ugly screaming match.
"We've had enough. Our pockets can't take it anymore!" Andy Scudera, 64, shouted at a heated early-morning hearing on Staten Island.
"My E-ZPass is beginning to look like my mortgage bill."
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17 bucks just to enter NYC? So should those who are protesting these unbelievable proposed hikes be described as "Tea Party terrorists?"
The Port Authoritys bait and switch con game is a reverse Ponzi. Duping taxpayers and toll payers into coughing up $113 Million in new toll revenue b/c the PA says they are LOSING money.
The PA claims the oversize tolls are needed to plug up a $131 million “shortfall.” You can bet dollars to donuts the PA CANNOT prove where they spend the hundreds of millions in revenues they collect every year from hapless tollpayers and taxpayers.
WHERE IS THE MONEY GOING? The PA managed to get its greedy hands on chunks of local infrastructure——airports, marine terminals, ports, the PATH train, both Hudson River tunnels, the GW Bridge and the PA bus terminal in Manhattan. And dont forget the WTC site’s multibillion-dollar rebuilding project which is w-a-a-a-y over budget— and the obscenely overpriced PATH station.
The IRS has targeted Govt authorities as hotbeds of GOVT FRAUD, TAX EVASION AND MONEY LAUNDERING.
L/E needs to scrutinize the PA-—to examine the zillions of ways govt authorities skim off monies. L/E might be looking at the parameters of criminality including: fiduciary negligence; illegal conversions of govt money; facilitating govt fraud; official acts prohibited; misuse of public funds; misuse of govt position; abuse of govt power; conflict of interest; influence buying; conspiracy to deceive; misuse of elective office, collusion, conspiracy to collude; presenting false instruments for filing; forgery; extortion and health-care fraud. Other crimes might include:
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The first chance I get --I am out of here !! This F-N city has gone to the Rats ! I don't give 2 ****'s what they do any more , they have sent me over the edge and cannot afford to live here ---Go Bye New York !! Your leaders Suck and are robbing everyone !
We are getting the same crap here in Maryland as Bridge tolls are raised to be placed in the General fund instead of to maintin the Bridge;s and tunnel operations.
Our Bridge’s are over crowded and way past the amount of traffic they were designed for, but they have no intention of building new ones, just letting us get jammed up on peak traffic days. If they were taking the money and building new Bridges , that would be one hing, but they arent. They are trying to use tolls as money making operations for the State.
More traffic tickets being issued nowadays as a means to pay for govenment. No problem for me. Whenever I get a ticket, I just show up at pre-trial rather than pay it and the judges pretty much automatically dismiss since it costs money for a trial. It’s pretty automatic unless its a real serious offense like DUI or if you have a terrible driving record.
I would love to find out Obama’s opinion of this toll hike.
The tolls are being raised to pay for PENSIONS that are UNSUSTAINABLE!!!! You can’t pay a bus driver, police or bureaucrat $50,000 a year or MORE in pensions and then add in FREE HEALTH care for life also for years and years. COLLAPSE.
Toll payers? Yes . . . Taxpayers? Probably not. One of the interesting things about that agency (and one of the reasons it was created in the first place) is that it doesn't get any government funding for its operations. In fact, for one project in particular (the replacement of the Goethals Bridge) they are taking a very serious look at a privately funded, privately built facility that would operate under some kind of public-private partnership.
Welcome to NY...now shell out 17 bucks.
“The first chance I get —...”
I bet that for every 1,000 people who say things like that, 999 are still around next year. In fact, they’ve probably all said it before to about some other thing.
People get ticked and go off on a lot of things, but they don’t usually follow through. And the politicians know that.
The tolls go to pay for lavish salaries, benefits, and pensions of NYC union workers who have GED level educations.
Yet the majority of NYer’s keep voting Democrat for decades.
Actually, the number of people leaving NY state in the past 10 years is equal to the total number of residents of Buffalo, Syracuse, and several other cities. So, yes, people ARE leaving NY in droves due to the economic situation especially including higher taxes.
When I lived in NYC (25 years ago), I recall commuters being absolutely outraged when the Port Authority proposed raising the Hudson River bridge tolls from $2 to $3. I see that the city government and its agencies are still being run as efficiently as ever. ;-)
I remember when they reaise the taxes Rush Limbaugh left
That was fun to hear
Actually, I meant "taxpayers" as the already-overburdened citizens forced to pay tolls---not as taxpayers contributing to PA coffers.
However, taxpayers foot the bills for oversized PA pensions and benefits---and I would not be surprised to learn that in its inner-sanctums, the PA is feeding at the public trough in other ways.
REFERENCE----TAXPAYERS ARE FORCED TO SUBSIDIZE CONNECTED PA INSIDERS: NJ Gov Corzine sucked-up to DCA czarina Susan Bass Levin, naming her to a $200,000 a year Port Authority job that included perks the Sultan of Brunei would envy-----a NY apartment, bonuses, expense accounts, free travel and eats, 2-3 state cars, free gas, insurance and maintenance, EzPass, free healthcare, etc, etc, etc.
But that wasn't enough for her---Corzine then appointed Levin to the DCA's Local Finance Board job in order to keep her in the state pension system.
Corzine made damn sure Levin retired to a life of leisure---sucking off the backs of taxpayers struggling to survive. Levin retires a multi-millionaire with several six-figure state pensions, annuities, platinum exit package, perpetual family health benefits, etc etc etc.
L/E MIGHT LOOK INTO THIS NJ Dept of Community Affairs Commissioner Levin handled muni bond sales. L/E should determine whether outright rigging of bond sales occurred. In his previous life, Corzine was a Goldman Sachs muni bond salesman.
DCA makes it s-o-o-o easy for these salivating bond traders----DCA operates a web site to solicit bids. That should also make rigged muni deals easy to trace for L/E.
Susan Bass Levin is the face of massive toll hikes AND the reason for the enormous $100 billion pension deficit NJ taxpayers will have to pay for.
Imagine the reaction of some first time visitor to NYC from out West who arrives at the toll booth with his care when he is told it will cost 17 bucks just to enter the city. Of course, even worse for commuters who have to pay the big toll daily.
Please someone Pray Tell me JUST WHY we EVER wanted New York State in the United States. New York State has been NOTHING but a “pain where I sit” since this Great Country’s inception.
I honestly don't know how they do it, or why they put up with it. On the bright side, the high cost of working in NYC seems to have driven significant business development along the New Jersey waterfront. And gas is about $1 cheaper a gallon on the west side of the river.
Illegal unlicensed pirate jitney ferries will be the inevitable result of this
And Tom Golisano, the founder of Paychex as well.
What cracks me up is that they still happily vote for the commies after the prices go through the roof. It’s like they will NEVER admit communism doesn’t work, and when it comes down to either chunkin up the change or admitting stupidity, chunkin the change wins every time. I believe complaining about things makes them happy more than anything else!
I live in PA, and people here often take the bus to NYC to see a show. Can you imagine the fare increase...
Recently, the Delaware River Port Authority raised tolls from $4 to $5 for each trip from NJ to PA on the Betsy Ross, Ben Franklin, Walt Whitman & Commodore Barry Bridges.
If you want to go to the NJ shore on vacation, you have to pay tolls on the Garden State Parkway or the Atlantic City Expressway.
I live 30 minutes from Phillipsburg, NJ, and if I want to go there to see my sister or aunt, it costs a dollar to cross the Delaware River at Easton, PA. It's all out of control.
A major felony should be a requirement to get into NYC, and hitching a ride with Kurt Russell the only way to get out.
The New Jersey waterfront facing Manhattan has a huge number of building owned by New Jersey Authorities and they would be happy to have the rent them to commuters.
After the Sept 2001 Terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center many of the businesses in lower Manhattan temporarily located in New Jersey and made a conscientious effort to relocate back in Manhattan. They have given New York ten years of grace and I know New Jersey will welcome them back on a permanent basis.
Besides the view from the New Jersey side of the Hudson is better, at least until Manhattan become a wasteland.
Oh, by the way New York city Off Track Betting corporation couldn’t be profitable even though they skimmed an extra 5% off the parimutuel pot.
They went bankrupt and stuck the New York Racing Authority with $30 million of IOUs.
They should change New York’s name to East ShiCago.
Here's something that just occurred to me as I was listening to the news coverage of yesterday's public hearings on the toll and fare hikes:
I know the PA is looking at an innovative private financing mechanism to replace the Goethals Bridge. The cost of the project is likely to be in the $1.2 billion to $1.5 billion range, from what I've read. I'm wondering if there has already been a detailed financial analysis done on this with the PA and prospective private-sector partners, and they've determined that a toll in the range of $15-$17 would be necessary to provide investors with the return they would need to make it worth their while over a 40-50 year period.