Now Open to Bridge Tolls, Silver Earns Praise

ALBANY—Praise is flowing in for Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who has softened his opposition to implementing East River bridge tolls to raise money to plug the M.T.A.’s massive deficit.
Silver just told me as he left the building for the day, “Either you’re for a fare increase and a substantial reduction in services, or you provide the revenue to the M.T.A.”
“I’m not happy about it, but given the choice of the two, I think the conference would support the revenue enhancers over the fare increase,” he said, noting that would include a bridge toll about the cost of a single subway ride.

Now Open to Bridge Tolls, Silver Earns Praise