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Bi-partisan effort begun to ease Tappan Zee tolls in New York

Republican Sen. Greg Ball and Democratic Assemblyman Robin Schimminger seek to keep the cost of the $3.9 billion project from greatly increasing bridge tolls and potentially forcing higher Thruway tolls statewide.

The Associated Press

10/2/2013

ALBANY, N.Y. — A bi-partisan effort in New York's Legislature seeks to reduce tolls resulting from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge north of New York City.

Republican Sen. Greg Ball and Democratic Assemblyman Robin Schimminger seek to keep the cost of the $3.9 billion project from greatly increasing bridge tolls and potentially forcing higher Thruway tolls statewide.

The Associated Press reported Monday that federal officials invited the state Thruway Authority to apply for a low-cost loan to cover no more than 33 percent of the project.

The Cuomo administration once sought a loan to cover 49 percent. One estimate under that plan said bridge tolls would nearly triple to $14.

The Cuomo administration said Tuesday it remains confident of getting the loan, and has known of the 33-percent cap for months.

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