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MTA bailout negotiations stall in Albany

A new MTA bailout plan from the state may be in the works and it could affect Long Islanders that don't even commute. New York lawmakers are trying to hammer out a deal that would rescue transit riders

News 12 Staff

Apr 1, 2009, 10:18 PM

Updated 5,582 days ago

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A new MTA bailout plan from the state may be in the works and it could affect Long Islanders that don't even commute.
New York lawmakers are trying to hammer out a deal that would rescue transit riders from massive fare hikes promised in the MTA?s doomsday budget. However, Albany lawmakers can?t seem to come to an agreement on a plan.
Legislators are floating options like surcharges for driver's licenses, car registrations, taxis and car rentals. Gov. Paterson and state lawmakers have rejected tolls for the East River and Harlem River bridges and a payroll tax hike for employers aimed at spreading the cost burden among the most people. Long Island school districts say a payroll tax could cost them $24 million a year.
While lawmakers negotiate, Long Island commuters say they?re frustrated by the lack of action and cooperation from Albany.
?You have people like Sheldon Silver in New York City who's dictating what people out here in Suffolk County have to do,? Bob Anderson, of Babylon, says. ?It's no good. They have no clue."
If a deal for the MTA bailout is not reached, Long Island commuters will be forced to brave double-digit fare hikes for trains, buses and subways. Some senators say they could still work out a compromise before the April 8 Albany recess.


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