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Dist. 1 Congressional Candidate Brendan Doherty To Hold Conference on Sakonnet Bridge Toll

Brendan Doherty, candidate for the first Congressional Distrcit, will hold a news conference discussing his views on the Sakonnet River Bridge toll today at 9:30 a.m.

First Congressional District candidate Brendan Doherty will hold a news conference discussing his concerns about the planned $4.00 tolls on the new Sakonnet River Bridge today at 9:30 a.m.

Doherty will suggest federal remedies for reforms that could provide relief over the new planned tolls. East Bay and Aquidneck Island residents are infuriated over the prospect of having to pay tolls to cross the new bridge. The new bridge will open soon connecting Tiverton with Aquidneck Island and will serve drivers throughout the region.

In a press release, Doherty called the $4.00 toll another economic roadblock for the region.  Some families fear the toll could cost them $1,500 to $2,500 a year, a real blow to families who must rely on the bridge for business and daily activities.

The news conference will take place at the corner of Riverview and Central avenues, overlooking the new bridge from the Tiverton side. Riverview Avenue intersects Main Road near the bridge in Tiverton.

Jim L September 06, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Tom certain members of the council are very active in the fight against these tolls. so your statement is so false it's amazing, they do it on their own time and privately because this is not a political issue to them it is a people issue, they lend their, time and knowledge and any help they can to this cause, and i haven't seen anyone else in this town step up like they have. This cause is all of us against a crazy money grabbing business killing , job loseing not thought out idea If you hold the TCC is at fault for this then you better start pointing at the reps that voted yes on the budget, because they bagged us big time
Mark Cohn September 06, 2012 at 06:10 PM
If any of you bothered to show up at the protest at Portsmouth Town Hall when the governor was there, you would've heard about Rep. Gordon's plan, utilizing the federal law passed in 2005 about state infrastructure banks.
Jim L September 06, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Mark alot of us did show up, that wasn't a very big room, and i heard of Mr Gordon's plan but his bridges were burnt way before that, It was a good idea but presented by what may considered a flawed man, It's to bad
Mark Cohn September 06, 2012 at 06:24 PM
What does that mean, Jim? In my opinion, Gordon's term in office has been flawless, his speeches and voting record outstanding. He is the only non-Democrat that was able to get a bill of substance passed by bring able to work across the aisle. He's done a lot of heavy lifting for the district, especially as a freshman. He's accomplished more in one term than Loughlin did in three. Also, I don't care about what Gordon may or may not have done 20 years ago. I care about what he is doing now.
DSilva September 06, 2012 at 06:27 PM
So JimL doesn't like the same exact plan put forth by Cicilline because "well he didn't know about it", he doesn't like the plan put forth by Gorden because "he is a flawed man" and he doesn't like the plan put forth by Edwards either because Mr. Edwards recommended other actions besides the petition.. Sounds like JimL is only interesting in using this as a way to hammer people he doesn't like. Sounds like JimL is not really interested in everyone working together on the tolls. Too bad.
TECH September 06, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Cicilline cosponsored the National Infrastructure Development Bank Act which has stalled in committee will likely never see the light of day. Cicilline has not made bridge tolls a campaign issue, and it should be. He has verbally confirmed that he opposes tolls, but I haven't seen him take any action working with Governor Chafee or other state leaders on this issue. If Cicilline would travel to Tiverton and talk to consituents about this issue, maybe I'd reconsider. But between voter fraud and his lies about Providence finances, he can't be trusted. Doherty and Cicilline may very well have the same opinion on tolls, but I respect Doherty more.
Mark Cohn September 06, 2012 at 06:45 PM
That's the way it sounds, DSilva. Personally, I prefer Gordon's plan, as it won't cost a dime out of pocket to us, whereas the guy running for his seat (Dennis Canario who was voted off the town council for raising taxes) wants to raise the gas tax. But I don't care what party or who's name is on the plan, as long as it stops the tolls.
Just Another Taxpayer September 06, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Thought for the day: Has anyone noticed that Fred Floon disappeared from this blog at about the same time Fake Jim L started posting?
Just Another Taxpayer September 06, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Dan "Eight Miles South of Baghdad" Gordon is a joke. Why didn't he appear before the Tiverton Town Council with all the other state reps and senators who represent Tiverton? Did The TCC/Town Council not invite him? If this was the case, why didn't he show up, it was a public meeting?
Joe Sousa. September 06, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Dan Gordon did propose the plan for state infrastructure banks. It got little traction . I prefer moving money from other areas in the budget . The State Budget was $8 billion dollars this year . $3.4 Billion on social services. That is a waste of our dollars in a State with about a million people. We don't have a revenue problem. We have a spending problem. Setting priorities that make sense is what is needed.
Jim L September 06, 2012 at 09:08 PM
D Silva the problem is the way Dan Gordon got hammwered by the unamed folks on here, and as for Mr Edwards when this petition was fisrt put out MR, Edwards stated that it was a waste of time and a done deal, well gee I'm sorry that i found that statement as just dismissive of myself and others who just carried on this fight, He just dismissed the petition as a waste of time, well with over 6000, votes across all political lines I find That Mr Edwards should be held to his statement , but perhaps you could explain why i spend $60.00 dollars a week on gas alone to fight this, It's wrong just wrong, the economic price on this is to high, dfor everyone in Newport county, And as for Mr Edwards nobody forced him to say what he said, he could have just remained silent, but he chose not to, THAT is not my fault, but it is my duty as a voter and a taxpayer to hold elected officals to what they say, otherwise why would we vote?
Jim L September 07, 2012 at 02:03 AM
Mark Cohn, thats the real plan, it's the people win, not the party, this is personal economics, and all the folks that fear they suffer job lost or transponder fees, To oppose the tolls , you take an oath to fight for their repeal them, and voters hold you to it, any party doesn't matter, this is about economics, not TOLLS
Tom September 07, 2012 at 10:23 AM
Well Jim L I didn't mention the Town Council, I stated the TCC. Here is the TCC mantra, from their website: "Tiverton Citizens for Change is a grassroots network of concerned citizens who seek a high quality of life in Tiverton at an affordable cost. TCC also advocates for good government and an informed electorate." If tolls on the bridge don't fall under quality of life what does? Unless the TCC is only concerned about the quality of life on Lawton Avenue. Not to beat a dead horse, but that road has been paved thanks to mr coulter, so when can we do?
Joe Sousa. September 07, 2012 at 10:32 AM
Lawton Avenue was paved after the gas lines were replaced. National Grid paid half the cost . Tom is lying again . The Budget Committee approved the expenditure after the public works director recommended it. Stop the lies Tom.
BD September 07, 2012 at 11:16 AM
Joe, who performed the analysis that prioritized Lawton Ave. over the rest of the streets in town? I didn't know that the budget committee set appropriations for the town at the "recommendation" of the public works director. It's my understanding the TCC/town council thinks they can appropriate funds (for the sewer study for example) or lower appropriations (in the case of the school department) regardless of the will of the voters at the FTM/FTR. Now you're saying it's really the budget committee that appropriates?
Ryanthegirl September 08, 2012 at 12:12 AM
I love that Cicilline and Gordon are referenced in the same blog. Although I think one is far worse than the other its still typical RI politics. My vote was for Doherty long before his stance on the proposed bridge toll, he never lied to me, now I'm 100% instead of 99%. His slogan should be "Liar, Liar pants on fire, looking for different? Vote for Doherty"
Joe Sousa. September 08, 2012 at 09:43 AM
Obama's plan for infrastructure banks 1) Congress would appropriate an initial $10 billion in start up money to capitalize the bank. 2) The new bank would identify transportation, energy, and water infrastructure projects that lack funding, offer a clear benefit for taxpayers, and are worth at least $100 million or $25 million for rural projects. 3) Loans made by the bank would then be matched by private sector investments or money from local governments -- so that the infrastructure bank provides half or less than half the total funding. 4) Each project would generate its own revenues to help ensure repayment of the loan. 5) Decisions would be made by a seven-person board of governors -- of whom, no more than four could be from the same political party -- and a CEO chosen by the President. The problem is no. 4 . The project should pay for it self . With water and sewer projects it would be through the rate. With road projects it would be tolls. The devil is always in the details.
Jim L September 08, 2012 at 02:22 PM
!000, more signatures yesterday including 200 from Bristol, Tiverton now has more folked singing the petion than voted in the Ftm/Ftr elections i am proud to say So this Town doesn't stay devided on all things!! But we need more, A petition is just like a vote folks only it's a public statement that says you approve or disapprove of something, only you don't have to go anyplace special, you just sign your name where ever you find a copy!! Please use your power as citizen of the united states and lend your name to this, Remember odds are that once this is in place it there, for your children your grand children probaly their kids to, and the whole time it drains money away, It's just not economicly fair or right, we have come a long way and others are now joining in,but it's us the locals that are at the heart, thanks guys, NO TOLLS
Jim L September 10, 2012 at 12:45 PM
TOLLS on rt 10? Anybody else see the story about i think it was the rt 10 bridge/ramp/overpass falling apart/ the DOT'S ANSWER WAS FOR TRUCKS TRAVEL ONLY IN ONE LANE TILL IT GETS FIXED(opps) sorry this makes great sence huh? I'm scared enough when just like alot of you i'm crossing the old bridge with a tractor trailer by me, and they still do, makes me happy to see the state police grab them, but i would be more scared of 2 trucks side by side, when the SIGN says not to, but we can fix this, The DOT can use our gas taxes and the new tolls they want to fix rt 10, and NOT CHARGE TOLLS i mean their gonna get the money from us RIGHT? NO TOLLS
Jim L September 21, 2012 at 12:47 AM
I believe the residents of Tiverton , regardless of party or political view have stepped up and come to the fore front on this stop the toll effort, please continue, find people who haven't signed, right call anything, Nov 6 will be an important day, but it won't stop then, we/us i/ you will continue to january and the assembly is back, let us show upstate that we know Newport County is a sales tax room tax econmic engine that carry's alot of this state forward and you can't build business by stealing money from them!
FYI September 22, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Rt. 24 is a FREEWAY; Let’s keep it that way!! Economic Harassment or is it something else? Economic Discrimination? I am NOT a lawyer but I do KNOW Newport County as a whole has a case! I also know the more facts (data) you have, the better the case! FACT 1: What does economic discrimination mean? According to http://economics.about.com/library/glossary/bldef-economic-discrimination.htm states that Economic Discrimination is used in studying labor markets: it is the presence of different pay for workers of the same ability but who are in different groups, e.g. black, white; male, female. Could this definition work for spending due to higher taxes implemented by a town, or towns, because the state in which they lay are forcing “the presence of different” costs/spending “of the same” products/services “but who are in different groups,” e.g. Newport County verses Bristol/Kent/Providence/Washington County?
FYI September 22, 2012 at 06:05 PM
FACT 2: What is the definition of Harassment? According to http://www.businesslink.gov.uk/bdotg/action/detail?itemId=1073792616&type=RESOURCES states Harassment is defined as any unwanted conduct related to race, age, etc that has the purpose or effect of either: 1. violating the dignity of an individual 2. creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive atmosphere for an individual Also according to http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/harassment Harassment -noun- the act of systematic and/or continued unwanted and annoying actions of one party or a group, including threats and demands. The purposes may vary, including racial prejudice, personal malice, an attempt to force someone to quit a job or grant sexual favors, apply illegal pressure to collect a bill, or merely gain sadistic pleasure from making someone fearful or anxious. Such activities may be the basis for a lawsuit if due to discrimination based on race or sex, a violation on the statutory limitations on collection agencies…” At http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Harassment To ha•rass tr.v. ha•rassed, ha•rass•ing, ha•rass•es 1. To irritate or torment persistently. 2. To wear out; exhaust. 3. To impede and exhaust (an enemy) by repeated attacks or raids. I would have to say that by putting a toll on the Sakonnet River Bridge would meet most these for an entire county! Due to the definitions of these words, is why I choose Economic Harassment.
FYI September 22, 2012 at 06:05 PM
FACT 3: Oct 1, 2011 – Tour Tax – Where else in RI is this implemented? How about The State House? (I know it’s a public government building, but so what!) FACT 4: Louise White an 81-year-old Newport, R.I woman won the Powerball in Feb 2012. The prize will pay $14.7 million in state taxes. FREE money for the state!! Once again Newport County “bails out” state of RI. Found at http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2012/03/81-year-old-woman-wins-3364m-powerball/1 FACT 5: Evacuation for a hurricane! Is it even legal for the state to toll evacuation bridges?
FYI September 22, 2012 at 06:06 PM
FACT 6: Goods & Services Provided on & to Aquidneck Island Irving’s Gas – I have pictures of the gas station in Portsmouth on East Main Rd & the gas station in Providence on Pleasant Valley Parkway on the same day within 2 hours of each other. Which one do you think was cheaper? If you said Portsmouth, you were wrong. I am hoping that other Newport County residence will go to some of the same stores in Newport County to take pictures of prices; isle would be preferred, of other stores of different parts of our state. For instance, take pictures of isle 5 in Staples in Middletown & then isle 5 in Staples in Barrington in order to see if there is a price difference in products. Petitions are great, but where’s the proof? The county as a whole has to prove that the TOLLS make a difference in our economic overhead. FACT 7: Who is going to pay for the 2, mostly 3, new traffic lights in Portsmouth? Those of you who use Exit 2, North or South, or Anthony Rd will know what I’m taking about. If a toll is put on the Sakonnet River Bridge, the traffic from the Mt Hope Bridge will be unbearable!! FACT 8: Can Bristol County handle the traffic? 1 lane roads will NOT cut it!
FYI September 22, 2012 at 06:08 PM
FACT 9: Is there any other place in the country where the “main land” is cut off from its state? Should Tiverton & Little Compton become part of MA? Little Compton students are bussed in every school day to Aquidneck Island. Who do you think will pay the bus to travel over the bridge several times a day? FACT 10: The Petitions! Let’s show the people who run this state that WE WILL NOT BE TAKEN ADVANTAGE ANY MORE!! Let’s FORCE the state to petition the Federal Government to put a toll or tolls on I-95 and/or I-195. NEVER to put tolls on our bridges or taxes on our businesses without them placing the same on all other counties! I am sure there ARE more FACTS, lets think of them! FACT 11: RI “State gas tax of 33 cents per gallon at the pump” (found at http://www.dot.ri.gov/TollingInfo/tolling_index.asp). Why can the state not make this amount work better? FACT 12: “RIDOT maintains more than 1,100 miles of roads and highways in Rhode Island, as well as more than 600 bridges” (also found at http://www.dot.ri.gov/TollingInfo/tolling_index.asp) why are the only roads/bridges located in Newport County?
FYI September 22, 2012 at 06:08 PM
What I am hoping to PROVE is that Newport County IS more expensive to live due to tolls on our bridges. Newport County verses the state of RI = will MAKE them put a toll somewhere else in our state and tell them we have had ENOUGH in supporting this state!! Fair IS fair! I have to admit that I did not read everyone’s comments, so I don’t know if any of these have been mentioned, but I thought you would like to know my thoughts on the matter. Now all Newport County needs a lawyer willing to make a case against the state of RI and WIN! Check out http://www.dot.ri.gov/TollingInfo/tolling_index.asp to read & send your thoughts on tolling bridges to RIDOT's Customer Service office by calling 401-222-2450 weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by sending email to CustomerService@dot.ri.gov.
Jim L September 24, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Hmm i write 2 blogs about the tolls and neither get posted on Tiverton Patch What's up with that? I thought everyone agred to stop this! hope this makes it up
Just Another Taxpayer September 24, 2012 at 01:30 PM
What in the world are you talking about?
Jim L September 24, 2012 at 01:37 PM
The fact that i wrote 3 blogs within the last 20 minutes about the tolls, any none were posted, thats all , At least i still have every town but my own, very strange,
Jim L September 24, 2012 at 01:39 PM
REALLY I Can't post on Tiverton patch about tolls, now thats sad and , bad

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