Assemblyman Bill Magee (D-Nelson) today wrote a letter to State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli urging him to conduct an immediate independent audit of the New York State Thruway Authority.
“Our hardworking families deserve to know how their hard-earned dollars are being spent before the authority tries to push through any kind of increase,” Assemblyman Magee said. “By looking into the Thruway Authority’s finances, we can see if a there are areas that can be cut before any toll increase is forced on New Yorkers. We can’t allow our families to pay for the wasteful habits of the authority.”
In his letter to the comptroller, Assemblyman Magee noted that if transportation costs go up, struggling farmers and business owners would be forced to either pass along the costs to customers or absorb them. This would cause higher costs and stifle job growth, Assemblyman Magee added.
Back in June, Assembly Magee also wrote a letter to the NYS Thruway Authority’s Board of Directors urging that they reconsider the toll increase because it is anti-business and leads us in the wrong direction. This toll hike would be the fifth increase in the past seven years.
“Not only will this excessive hike heavily burden our truck drivers and small businesses, it would also fall on the backs of our farmers,” Assemblyman Magee said. “Our farmers need access to the New York City metro area, the largest consumer marketplace in the nation, and they rely on the Thruway to do this. It’s clear that our region can’t afford this unnecessary hike.”
In an effort to give residents a chance to learn more or voice their opinion on the toll increase, the Thruway Authority will be holding a hearing for the public. The hearing will take place on August 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in East Syracuse. If you can’t attend, make your voice heard by submitting your comments by August 24th to c/o Legal Department New York State Thruway Authority 200 Southern Blvd. P.O. Box 189, Albany, NY 12201-018.