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State lawmaker proposes bridge toll tax credit for commuters

NYACK – Motorists who must cross a bridge for their daily commute to work would receive an annual $250 maximum toll tax credit under a plan proposed by State Senator David Carlucci (D, Nanuet).  He unveiled the proposal in Nyack on Friday.

That would mean that a person who crosses the Tappan Zee Bridge 20 times per month and pays $3 per crossing with E-ZPass, would see their annual bill drop from $720 to $470.

A person crossing the Rip Van Winkle, Kingston-Rhinecliff, Mid-Hudson, Newburgh-Beacon or Bear Mountain bridges would wind up paying nothing after the credit and persons crossing the George Washington Bridge would wind up paying $2,390 annually instead of $2,640.

The tax credit would also be applicable to the Harriman, New Rochelle and Yonkers tolls on the Thruway.

“Creating a new and innovative tax credit for commuters who use tolls is another way to keep the Hudson Valley affordable,” said Carlucci. “Commuters are the life force of our small businesses throughout the area. Making sure they can afford to get to work should be a priority this legislative session.”