The New York State Thruway Authority is proposing a 45% toll hike for commercial traffic. Many are already speaking out against it.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has defended the increase saying it is "needed" to deal with escalating maintenance costs. Unshackle Upstate says the increase would hurt the trucking industry.
The first of three public hearings will be held Thursday night in Buffalo. One local leader is vowing a fight.
"My position is very clear on the issue of increasing tolls. We are dead set against it," said State Senator Tim Kennedy of Buffalo.