“I am especially pleased that Governor Cuomo will use $1.2 billion of the state’s recent $5 billion bank settlement to support construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge and hold down Thruway tolls.
As I have said repeatedly, our commuters and businesses simply cannot afford the burden of even-higher tolls. Regrettably, not nearly enough attention was paid to mandate relief, which had been promised by the Governor several years ago.
In Rockland County, 80 cents of every property tax dollar collected goes to state-mandated programs. Every penny we are forced to send to Albany to pay their bills is a penny less to fund local services like public safety, road improvements, mass transportation and health support for the people of Rockland County.
It’s time for Governor Cuomo and the Legislature to deliver immediate mandate relief to our communities. Our residents expect and deserve more than continually delayed promises and unfunded platitudes.”