On March 5th, 2013, Supervising Partner of Angiuli & Gentile, LLP, Annamarie G. Gentile, traveled to Albany with the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce to discuss the recent toll increase on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge with State legislature representatives. During the congregation, the group voiced their concerns for the effect of the toll on the Staten Island residents and businesses and personally lobbied Albany officials to reduce the tolls. As a result of the meeting, Albany lawmakers announced they will be moving to reduce the tolls on the Bridge for Staten Island residents and businesses.
Announced by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Assemblymen Matthew Titone (D-North Shore) and Michael Cusick (D-Mid-Island) on March 7th, 2013, the plan to reduce the toll will include approximately a 50% discount on tolls for commercial vehicles of Staten Island-based businesses. The plan will also propose to reduce the resident toll to $5.50. Once in effect, this will be a great relief for the Staten Island residents and businesses that have been financially burdened by the high Verrazano Bridge tolls.