NEW YORK (AP) — The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York City is 50 years old but not everyone is celebrating.
Staten Island's politicians are boycotting the anniversary ceremony Friday because of a proposed toll hike announced earlier this week.
The double-decked suspension bridge links the borough with Brooklyn.
The Staten Island Advance (http://bit.ly/1tn59xj ) reports that the borough's 11 elected officials say they won't attend.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has proposed raising the one-way cash toll for cars by $1 to $16. Toll increases also would be applied across all major MTA bridge and tunnel crossings.
The MTA said in a statement the agency regretted that the borough's elected representatives would not be attending. It says Staten Islanders can significantly lower their rates by using E-ZPass electronic tolling and taking advantage of resident discounts.
Information from: Staten Island Advance, http://www.silive.com