And now, a member of New York’s Congressional delegation is the latest to pile on the state Thruway Authority over a proposed toll hike.
Rep. Kathy Hochul, D-Amherst, penned a letter sent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo today, panning the proposed hike as a “heavy burden” on communities and businesses.
A quick refresher: The Thruway Authority on Wednesday proposed a 45 percent toll increase on all vehicles with three or more axles. An environmental review and public hearings have to be held before the authority board can vote on implementing the increase.
“That is why I urge you to reject the 45 percent increase for trucks that has been recommended by the NYS Thruway Authority,” Hochul wrote to Cuomo. “If implemented, this would seriously hinder economic activity in our region.”
Hochul represents a western New York region that had been held by Chris Lee, who resigned amid a Craigslist scandal uncovered by Gawker.
Here’s Hochul’s letter:
053112 Cuomo Toll Letter