As MTA Drowns, Kruger Blasts East River Tolls

ALBANY—At the same time Dick Ravitch and members of the M.T.A. are set to meet with state senators, the chairman of the Finance Committee blasted the proposal to toll East River bridges as a “non-starter” and “an attack on our outer boroughs.”
“A large percentage of outer-borough residents live in areas that are inaccessible to mass transit,” said State Senator Carl Kruger, whose district is in southern Brooklyn. “For these residents, an East River toll isn’t just a toll. It’s an additional $10 co-pay for a doctor’s visit, an additional cost for buying a new TV, an additional charge for bringing a child to school.