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NYS Comptroller Weighs in on Thruway Truck Toll Hike

  More political heat may be applied to the New York State Thruway Authority over its proposal to increase tolls by 45 percent for commercial trucks with three axles or more.

   More state lawmakers are speaking out against the plan and NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli provided his opinion. DiNapoli, who has issued audits and questioned the need for toll hikes in recent years, says his office provided certain cost saving recommendations to the authority in 2009.

   Here's a statement from DiNapoli..."Had our recommendations been aggressively implemented then, many of the same problems that exist today would have been addressed. The Thruway needs to control costs and maximize existing revenue before asking drivers to pay more. We are currently examining how our office can best serve the public in this matter."

   DiNapoli's audit from 2009 raised specific questions about the submission of contracts up to $150,000 by the executive director with nearly a year passing by before there was review by the Authority's Board. His office also raised questions about the Thruway's debt practices.

   The Thruway Authority did not comment on DiNapoli's statement. Thruway Authority Board Vice Chair Donna Luh of Depew did say she would review those issues but did not feel there had been any problems. Luh said previously that costs are simply rising as the authority tries to keep the highway safe.

   A public hearing on the proposal for truck tolls is set for August 16th at 6 PM at the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library in downtown Buffalo. .     


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