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Hawley credits business advocates or stopping Thruway toll increase

By Howard B. Owens

Press release:

With the Thruway Authority canceling two consecutive meetings at the last moment over the past week, and authority leadership expressing opposition to a proposed 45-percent toll hike on commercial trucks, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,I,C-Batavia) is crediting job creators and business advocates for making their voices heard on the issue.

Hawley, who joined fellow lawmakers and pro-business groups like Unshackle Upstate in sounding the alarm on the proposed hikes beginning in June, applauded those who contacted the Thruway Authority to oppose the job-killing toll increase.

“Thanks to the constant pressure from local families, businesses, lawmakers and advocacy groups, the Thruway Authority has put their toll hike plan in reverse,” Hawley said. “The comments made by Thruway Authority Executive Director Thomas Madison and other high-ranking board members indicate that our message is being heard and common sense is prevailing.

"Such a drastic toll increase on commercial trucks would force businesses to either take their jobs out of New York or pass a cost increase onto consumers. We must continue to stand against this toll hike until the plan is officially discarded and our job creators are protected.”

Mark Potwora

Isn't it time to replace Thruway Authority Executive Director Thomas Madison..The whole thruway board for that matter...This is just another layer of government that is not needed in this state...We have a dept of transportation ..Its time to phase out the whole Thruway Authority..It is layered with alot of 100,000 dollar positions...They just wanted a 45% increase to keep those high paying jobs...Mr.Hawley and his fellow lawmakers should introduce legislation to abolish the Thruway Authority...

Nov 15, 2012, 12:40pm Permalink

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