VIDEO: Congressional Candidate Vows to Stop Bridge Tolls

Brendan Doherty, candidate for the first Congressional District, discussed his views on the Sakonnet River Bridge toll at a morning press conference.

A plan to place tolls on the new Sakonnet River Bridge is nothing more than "a failure of leadership," said Congressional candidate Brendan Doherty

Doherty, who is running as a Republican candidate for the First Congressional District, held a news conference Thursday morning on the Tiverton side of the new Sakonnet River Bridge.

While surrounded from reporters from various media outlets, the Congressional candidate spoke about how  will harm the local economy. 

"It (bridge tolls) is an economic impediment. Those that live in Little Compton and Tiverton might think twice before getting their coffee at the or their groceries at , or traveling to beautiful downtown Bristol," Doherty said.

"This will hurt the small business owners on Aquidneck Island who depend on the ease and convenience of commerce to provide for their families. It is a failure of leadership." 

Doherty said, if elected, he would work toward three things: 

  • Changing the federal transportation formula; 
  • Establish a public/private infrastructure bank; 
  • Supplement the highway trust fund by leasing federal lands.

To view more from this morning's news conference, view the video above. 

What do you think about Doherty's plan? Do you think it will work? Tell us in the comment section below! 


Jim L September 07, 2012 at 11:32 AM
Everyday the movement gets stronger, help out, sign the petition, write a letter
m susan sullivan September 07, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Another example that Brendan Doherty really gets it and that he is willing to work for us!
Charlie Shean September 07, 2012 at 08:59 PM
We need more guys like Mr Doherty to stick up for the local people and the right move,the right choice,the only logical economical right move to help local business.Do not toll the bridge lease federal property get fines from violator but do not toll these locals!!! Thats not the right thing to do.....
Jack September 08, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Brendan Doherty will be another NO vote as programed by the GOP, he has to join the big block to repay all the Citizens United money and others he has used for his TV adds....the country does not need another Republican follower in DC. He will be a puppet for the party
Jim L September 08, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Jack if you belive Brendan Doherty is strickly a party man than i don't think you know him at all He is not a puppet for anyone. Good news is that tyhe Petition found homes in5 more places in Newport today, I understand why some places don't want them, talking poliitics doesn't lend to good times and with Newport folks crossing the Pell bridge , well that causes a divide, But if you don't want a petition will you at least Lend your bussiness name to a letter that says who feel that your bussiness will suffer economicly from this proposed new toll?We are up to over 15,000.00 signnatures, but we need more and more, the only ones that care enough to save this island is us, all of us!!! thanks NO TOLLS
Sandra J. Flowers, PhD September 08, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Is the Sakonnet Bridge a state road? If so, then what role would a US Congressman have in changing the law, other than influencing the voting body, i.e., the General Assembly, or the general officers? I'm just wondering.
Jim L September 10, 2012 at 01:14 PM
The federal goverment has a say about just when the bridge gets turned over! If you want to know the truth, what the assembly meant to do was put toll booth on Broadway and Aquidneck ave, that way the would get just the tourist money from NEWPORT and maybe 1 at each end of Ocean drive because locals don't use that either. that's what their after, that's all they saw, $$$$$MONEY$$$, from tourist pockets, and maybe a little bit from locals. How many folks in NEWPORT need tourist to maintain there businesses?If you don't want a peition will you at least sign a statement that new RT24 tolls will be an economic hardship to your bussiness and remember who put this on you!!! I realy believe this is going to put a slow death grip on Newport county, not the rich folk, but the everday working folk, but as jobs fall off and service gets poor and bussiness close because the casual day tripper don't show anymore, well then the rich might go with them, never mind the jobs that left when folks from MA couldn't afford to come to work at $40.00 dollars a week, so companies moved to be fair to valuble employee's Wake up Newport, they are coming for your money, sales tax isn't enough. they want it all, your business failed, money dried up, well thats your fault not theirs!! NO TOLLS


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