Christine CorradoDec 28, 2016, 5:58 pmDec 28, 2016, 6:15 pm

Official: Thruway Authority stalling on promise to consider TZB discount to local commuters

On top of TZB toll freeze, officials work to give Westchester, Rockland residents discount

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Local officials say they are working on a discount plan for Westchester and Rockland residents who cross the Tappan Zee Bridge.

Officials have already secured a toll freeze until the year 2020, but are hoping to go further to bolster the middle class’s spending power.

But State Senator David Carlucci says the end of the year is coming fast and he hasn't heard from the Thruway Authority yet.

"I’ve been contacting them and sending them letters and asking them to convene the task force," Carlucci said.

The Thruway Authority sent the senator a letter in March indicating the task force would convene to seek public input, consider the discount program, and would report findings by the end of 2016.

Currently, the cost for E-ZPass holders crossing the bridge from Rockland to Westchester is four dollars and 75 cents.

The senator says Westchester and Rockland residents deserve a discount and Nyack Deputy Mayor Don Hammond agrees.

"We must work on legislation like Senator Carlucci has put forward to make this not a wall but a bridge for our communities to work together," Hammond said.

FiOS1 News reached out to the Thruway Authority but they could not be immediately reached.

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