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Verrazano Toll Breaks for Staten Island Residents

<p>Staten Island residents and commercial vehicle drivers will be catching a break now that there will be a reduction for the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge tolls.</p>

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Staten Island residents and drivers of commercial vehicles using the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge may soon be paying reduced tolls for crossing the bridge.

Cuomo says Thursday that Staten Island residents enrolled in the E-ZPass program who drive non-commercial vehicles would pay $5.50, while commercial vehicles that make more than 10 trips a month over the bridge would be charged 20 percent less.

Residents currently pay $6.36 per crossing for one or two trips during a month and $6.00 each for three or more trips.

The toll plan still has to undergo an environmental review. If approved, it's anticipated the reduced fee will take effect on April 1, 2014.

— The Associated Press