NYC is extorting money from athletes competing in this iconic event just to cross a bridge

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NYC government seems hell-bent on making everything in the Big Apple more expensive.

While Mayor Adams is shelling out tons of taxpayer money for illegal aliens, citizens are being charged more and more for services they have been getting for decades.

Now NYC just asked these dedicated athletes to fork over a massive amount of money just so they can use one of the city’s bridges.

The MTA wants the NYC Marathon to pay up

The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) has said that it wants New York City Marathon organizers to pay them $750,000 a year, claiming that they’ll experience a massive loss of bridge toll revenues during the big race.

The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is closed during the marathon, and it’s the connection between Staten Island and Brooklyn that has been the starting point of the race for several decades.

MTA Bridges and Tunnels President Catherine Sheridan said in a statement, “New Yorkers love Marathon Sunday, but taxpayers cannot be expected to subsidize a wealthy non-government organization like the New York Road Runners to the tune of $750,000.”

“The MTA is prepared to continue working towards a final agreement with the NYRR, provided it leads, over time, to full reimbursement for the lost revenue,” she added.

Approximately 50,000 runners are expected to be part of the marathon, which takes place on the first Sunday in November.

The MTA is demanding $750,000 from the organization, which comes out to about $15 per runner, while the typical Verrazano Bridge E-ZPass toll is $7 per trip.

Organizers of the race, the New York Road Runners, say the marathon already generates millions of dollars for the city’s economy.

They also said the amount the MTA is proposing would make the race less affordable for those who want to watch and participate.

“We value our partnership with all the City and State agencies that allow us to stage all of our events, including the marathon,” NYRR said in a statement.

The statement continued, “We remain willing to negotiate, but any resolution should reflect the significant value the MTA derives from the marathon, including increased ridership over marathon weekend.”

Marathon gives money to charity

In 2023, the New York City Marathon raised over $60 million for charity.

According to New York Governor Kathy Hochul’s office, subway ridership to and from the race last year accounted for the highest number of paid rides on the subway in almost four years.

Meanwhile, the MTA also recently voted to approve congestion pricing in New York City, which makes it the first U.S. city to charge this type of toll.

Lawmakers say the MTA’s controversial plan will help to mitigate traffic while also helping to fund vital repairs to key infrastructure.

However, several lawsuits, including one designed to block the new toll plan filed by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, are still pending. 

Informed American will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.