Fri November 9, 2012
Thruway Authority puts off meeting
The New York Thruway Authority has postponed a meeting scheduled for Friday afternoon and rescheduled it for next Tuesday. While there’s no official agenda, opponents of a toll hike on trucks believe the matter will be voted on when the board meets.
The Friday meeting was shelved after critics accused the Thruway Authority of trying to bury bad news.
While there’s still no agenda listed, Brian Sampson, with the pro-business group Unshackle Upstate, says he still thinks the board is preparing to approve the 45 percent toll hike.
The business group and Republican Assemblyman James Tedisco accused the authority of trying to sneak in the vote while the public was focused on Superstorm Sandy recovery.
Sampson says even though the increase is for trucks, all New Yorkers will end up paying more for consumer goods.
“It’s going to come down to us as taxpayers,” said Sampson. “That’s what’s really disturbing.”
The Thruway Authority, during public hearings this summer, said trucks cause far more damage to the toll roads than do cars, so they should have to pay more.