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December 18, 2012

Truck toll hike off scrapped

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Tonawanda News — The New York State Motor Truck Association said the toll increase would have hit all New Yorkers.

“The hike would have devastated the entire state’s economy and nullified any attempts by the governor and the legislature to make New York ‘open for business,’” the association’s Kendra Hems said.

Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-Lewiston, said that he was happy to see the authority and Cuomo find a plan that allowed them to avoid the toll hike.

Ceretto attended a public hearing in Buffalo in August where the public voiced their concerns regarding the toll hike.

“I’m just exited that the thruway authority listened to the people of Western New York and reacted to their concerns,” he said.

Ceretto called the hike a “hidden tax.”

“It’s simple to (raise tolls),” he said. “It’s a lot harder to do your job and find the savings.”

Ceretto said that the tolls would have worked against Cuomo’s goal of making New York more business friendly.

“The goal is to bring jobs back to Western New York and New York state,”

he said.

Big Red Number $90M Amount 45 percent toll hike on trucks was expected to generate for Thruway Authority

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