North Ferry rate hike expected by July 7
On June 29, the Suffolk County Legislature unanimously approved a request to increase North Ferry fares in an 18-0 vote. The bill was sent to county executive Steve Bellone for signature. Mr. Bellone has 15 days to sign or reject the law, Supervisor Gerry Siller said during the city council working session on Tuesday. If he takes no action, the new rates would go into effect on July 7, the supervisor said.
Details of the increases have been made public over the past three months and include increases for residents and those working on the island. The number of those paying reduced fares for ferry fares has been considerably higher since the pandemic hit, while the number of full-fare vehicles has declined as more people have stayed on the island and fewer trucks have boarded the ferries, according to information provided by North Ferry managing director Bridg. Hunt.
At the request of some residents, Mr. Hunt has made an effort to identify organizations on the Island that can help those for whom the increase represents an economic difficulty.
North Ferry has decided to provide an annual endowment in a specific amount to three Shelter Island charities that will distribute tickets to those in need.
A full article on the changes will appear online and in next week’s Reporter.