senate Bill S1996A

Allows the thruway authority to offer a discounted toll rate to residents of Rockland and Westchester counties for Tappan Zee bridge crossings

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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 27 / Feb / 2014
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 27 / Feb / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 1996A

Summary

Allows the thruway authority to offer discounted tokens to residents of Rockland and Westchester counties for Tappan Zee bridge crossings.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1198A
Versions:
S1996
S1996A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Transportation
Law Section:
Public Authorities Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง354-a, Pub Auth L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
S7094, A9881

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BILL NUMBER:S1996A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in
relation to allowing the New York state thruway authority to offer a
discounted toll rate to residents of Rockland and Westchester counties
for Tappan Zee bridge crossings

PURPOSE: This bill will provide Rockland and Westchester residents
with a discount resident rate for the Tappan Zee Bridge at 60% of the
original toll.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1. Adds a new section 354-a to the public authorities law to
permit the Thruway authority, subject to agreements with noteholders
and bondholders, to offer a discounted toll, at 60% of the original
toll, to residents of Rockland and Westchester counties for Tappan Zee
bridge crossings.

Section 2. Effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: As the construction of the new Tappan Zee bridge moves
forward, we must keep in mind the residents of Rockland and
Westchester who will bear the burden of paying for anticipated
increase in tolls. Rockland residents currently lack a one seat mass
transit option to Manhattan and, given that many residents do not have
an alternative mass transit option, a discounted toll is warranted.
The County of Rockland currently pays more than $40 million to the MTA
annually than it receives back in services. This value gap
demonstrates the importance of the new Tappan Zee Bridge to the region
and the need to address the lack of mass transit available to
residents of Rockland and Westchester counties.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012. S.7094 - Referred to Transportation

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined; there are currently commuter
rates that are offered and this legislation would have similar impact.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 1996--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. CARLUCCI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation  --  recom-
  mitted  to  the  Committee on Transportation in accordance with Senate
  Rule  6,  sec.  8  --  committee  discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation to allowing the
  New York state thruway authority to offer a discounted  toll  rate  to
  residents  of  Rockland and Westchester counties for Tappan Zee bridge
  crossings

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  The  public  authorities  law  is amended by adding a new
section 354-a to read as follows:
  S  354-A.  RESIDENT  DISCOUNT.     NOTWITHSTANDING  ANY   INCONSISTENT
PROVISION  OF  LAW, BUT SUBJECT TO AGREEMENTS WITH NOTEHOLDERS AND BOND-
HOLDERS, THE AUTHORITY SHALL OFFER A DISCOUNTED TOLL RATE FOR TAPPAN ZEE
BRIDGE CROSSINGS TO RESIDENTS OF THE COUNTY OF ROCKLAND AND  THE  COUNTY
OF  WESTCHESTER  AND  MAY, EXCEPT AS OTHERWISE PROVIDED IN THIS SECTION,
REGULATE THE USE THEREOF. THE DISCOUNT FOR RESIDENTS OF  THE  COUNTY  OF
ROCKLAND  AND  THE COUNTY OF WESTCHESTER SHALL ENTITLE SUCH RESIDENTS TO
CROSSINGS OVER THE TAPPAN ZEE BRIDGE AT A  REDUCED  COST  OF  SIXTY  PER
CENTUM OF THE REGULAR CROSSING FARE IMPOSED ON NONRESIDENTS OF THE COUN-
TY OF ROCKLAND AND THE COUNTY OF WESTCHESTER. IN THE EVENT THE AUTHORITY
SHALL  IMPOSE  A SURCHARGE IN ADDITION TO THE REGULAR TOLL FOR CROSSINGS
OVER THE TAPPAN ZEE BRIDGE, SUCH SURCHARGE SHALL NOT BE DEEMED A PART OF
THE REGULAR CROSSING FARE FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, AND THE DISCOUNT
OFFERED TO THE RESIDENTS OF THE COUNTY OF ROCKLAND  AND  THE  COUNTY  OF
WESTCHESTER  AS  HEREIN  PROVIDED SHALL ALSO ENTITLE SUCH RESIDENTS TO A
PERMANENT EXEMPTION FROM THE PAYMENT OF ANY SUCH SURCHARGE IN AN  AMOUNT
EQUAL  TO  THE AMOUNT OF ANY SUCH SURCHARGE IMPOSED DURING CALENDAR YEAR

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00480-04-4

S. 1996--A                          2

TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN. APPLICATION FOR SUCH DISCOUNT SHALL  BE  MADE  IN
SUCH MANNER AS PRESCRIBED BY THE AUTHORITY AND SHALL CONTAIN SUCH INFOR-
MATION AS THE AUTHORITY MAY REASONABLY REQUIRE.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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