Grand Island could be step closer to cashless tolls after viral video

GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. (WIVB) — A video called “Dear Governor Cuomo” with funny clips caught the attention of a lot people, with more than 10 thousand views on social media.

“The goal was to make a funny version and then kind of polish it, I had no idea so many people were going to watch it,” said Nate McMurray, Grand Island Town Supervisor.

McMurray made the video in hopes that he’d get a response from Albany and to his surprise, he did!

“The Governor’s people were very positive and they said look it, we understand the importance of this and I think it opened up a door for the first time maybe ever,” said McMurray.

McMurray has been pushing to either get rid of the Grand Island tolls altogether, or get cashless tolls instead.

“Where does the money go, why doesn’t the money stay here. There’s also the problem of pollution, and there’s the problem of traffic jams,” said McMurray.

After McMurray’s viral video made it’s way to Albany, the Island could be a step closer to seeing change on the bridge.

“The big takeaway was cashless tolls are coming. And I said if they’re coming, let’s make sure that Grand Island is a priority and gets them first. I would love for some of that money to be promised back to Western New York and to Grand Island,” said McMurray.

He believes cashless tolls would reduce pollution and traffic on the bridge.

As of now there’s no concrete date or definite plan for when things could change on the Grand Island bridges, but the Town Supervisor says he will continue to follow up with officials in Albany. In the meantime he’s asking the public to sign a petition online at https://www.gibarrier.com/

You can watch the full “Dear Governor Cuomo” video here: https://www.youtube.com/embed/5L_i47izR44

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