Assemblyman Skartados Calls on Comptroller for Independent Audit of NYS Thruway Authority

July 19, 2012

Following a recent proposal to increase tolls by 45 percent on large trucks, Assemblyman Frank Skartados (D-Beacon/Newburgh/Poughkeepsie) wrote a letter to State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli calling on him to perform an independent audit of the New York State Thruway Authority.

In the letter, Assemblyman Skartados explained that an independent audit must be done immediately because the authority is proposing such an outrageous increase. Additionally, the recent plan to increase tolls is the fifth such proposal in just seven years and “it seems obvious the Thruway Authority is not being run efficiently,” Skartados said.

“The inefficiency and wasteful habits of the Thruway Authority shouldn’t be the problem of hardworking families and small businesses,” Skartados said. “We need to find out exactly where our tax dollars are being spent, and if it’s being spent wisely.”

An independent audit would provide a detailed record of the Thruway Authority’s finances, giving the Comptroller’s office the ability to make recommendations that could save money. The hope of the audit would be to find ways to save money within the authority, making the toll increase unnecessary.

“After failing to follow through with recommendations made from the 2009 audit, the Thruway Authority is continuing to deal with problems that could have been solved years ago,” Skartados said. “New Yorkers are sick of being asked to pay higher tolls. Things need to change now.”

If the proposal goes into effect, the toll for a three-axel truck traveling from Buffalo to New York City will go up from $88 to $127, a $39 increase for one way.

“Hardworking families have tightened their belts,” Assemblyman Skartados said. “Now, it’s the Thruway Authority’s turn to do the same.”

Please click here to view a copy of the letter sent by Assemblyman Skartados to Comptroller DiNapoli.