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Just Sayin': New York State will lose money on open-road tolls

The toll plaza on the Bronx side of

The toll plaza on the Bronx side of the Whitestone Bridge. Credit: ULI SEIT

State will lose money with open-road tolls

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo plans to eliminate toll gates on the 10 bridges and tunnels operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Most motorists will pay with E-ZPass via overhead sensors, but others will be photographed and a bill will be sent to their homes. Open-road tolling began with the Henry Hudson Bridge between the Bronx and Manhattan in 2012. The Queens-Midtown Tunnel joined the program in January.

I’m skeptical that it will be a financial success.

I made a Freedom of Information Law request in March 2015 to find out about unpaid tolls. After my repeated emails, my inquiry was answered in September 2015. I was told that from November 2012 through March 2015, the MTA billed $16.2 million for unpaid tolls on the Henry Hudson Bridge but collected just $11.1 million. That was $5 million in unpaid tolls.

I have relatives in Westchester County and use the Henry Hudson crossing from Manhattan. The traffic does move through quickly, but it’s a small facility. When you consider the volume of trucks at the Whitestone and Throgs Neck bridges, I doubt their flow will improve very much.

Stephen Fleisher, Oceanside

It’s a shame to not teach cursive writing

Imagine how upset I was when my 15-year-old grandson in Oregon asked his father whether I had written a letter to him in a foreign language.

That was when I found out that many schools in this country no longer teach cursive writing. Some of my grandchildren can read it (the oldest ones), and others cannot.

I am so disappointed that another wonderful cherished art has gone with the wind.

Please, educators and administrators, bring back this attractive writing method. I hate printing all my grandchildren’s cards and letters so they can read them. What will be next?

Geraldine Ossana, Holbrook

Deer in Hauppauge pose a highway danger

I just glanced out my kitchen window and saw two deer foraging in the backyard.

This would be a bucolic scene — except that I live in Hauppauge, one mile north of Exit 56 on the Long Island Expressway. These deer just have to stroll down Simeon Woods Road and they’re on the expressway, a potentially fatal accident waiting to happen.

Something has to be done to curb the deer population before someone gets hurt. And to the deer lovers, my neighborhood has been here since the 1950s, and the expressway has been here since the ’60s. We aren’t encroaching on the deer land, the deer are encroaching on us.

Barbara Haynes, Hauppauge

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