June 6th, 2012
Skartados fires back at proposed toll hike
The State Thruway Authority recently gave preliminary approval to raise tolls 45 percent on big trucks with three or more axles, with the possibility of more toll increases for all drivers in the future.
Said Assemblyman Frank Skartados, “Now is not the time to ask those who deliver the very goods we depend on everyday to pay a 45% toll increase.
“If this proposed toll increase is approved, truck drivers will not be the only ones who will feel the pain. Increasing the cost of shipping will force small businesses to pay more for the goods. And if businesses are forced to pay more, then we, the consumer, will be forced to pay more.
“This is completely unacceptable and is anything but a “modest” increase as stated by the Thruway Chairman. This just goes to show how out of touch these Albany bureaucrats are. We can not sit here and allow this to happen. I will do everything I can to make certain that this outrageous toll hike is not implemented.”