Here’s some free and unsolicited advice: if you live in NY or NJ, don’t even think about evading tolls on a regular basis. Alfred Buono of Staten Island recently learned that lesson the hard way: for evading 998 tolls, Buono owes $5,254 in past-dues tolls, plus $24,950 in “administrative fees.” That totals out to $30,204 for now, but since interest is added, that amount is only going up until Buono pays it off.
The first step taken by the Port Authority is a letter requesting payment of the tolls, threatening to tack on a $25 administrative fee. If that fails, the account is given to a collection agency, and if they’re unsuccessful it goes to Port Authority’s lawyers for legal action. Staten Island Live had no luck in tracking down Buono, who “no longer lives” at his Staten Island address of record. Owing the Port Authority twenty-five large is bound to catch up with you sooner or later, like when a simple stop for speeding or a broken taillight results in a guns-drawn felony arrest. Given how tight money is for the Port Authority these days, it’s just a matter of time before they collect their vig.