GLENN YOST, CANDIDATE FOR STATE ASSEMBLY 62ND DISTRICT WANTS TO USE PORT AUTHORITY FUNDS TO PAY TO OPEN ROADS THROUGH FRESH KILLS PARK
Staten Island, NY: Glenn Yost, candidate for State Assembly in the 62nd District covering the south shore of Staten Island called on Governor Andrew Cuomo and Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole to commit to use PANYNJ funds to pay to improve the road system in Fresh Kills so they can be opened to the public.
Said Yost, “Each year Staten Islanders pay the Port Authority an obscene amount of money in tolls. Today I am asking Governor Cuomo and Chairman O’Toole to use some of that revenue to improve the roads through Fresh Kills so they can be opened to through traffic.”
Yost said that the request is not unprecedented. In 2010, the PANYNJ invested $3.5 million to provide public access to the north shore waterfront at the old Blissenbach Marina which is now called, “Heritage Park”.
In 2015, the New York City Department of Design and Construction estimated that it would cost $120 million to prepare the Fresh Kills road system for through traffic. Yost wants to extract a commitment for ongoing funding from the PANYNJ so that work can progress according to the Fresh Kills masterplan.
Yost continued, “The PANYNJ has quite a bit of latitude when it comes to funding projects relating to transportation and the environment. Using toll revenue to open the Fresh Kills road system to through traffic will check off both boxes by reducing traffic and emissions. I urge the Governor and the Chairman to give my request considerable thought.”