ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) - A proposed 45 percent toll hike will be the hot topic in Albany on Friday. The New York State Thruway Authority wants to raise tolls for trucks and commercial vehicles.
Those in the trucking industry say they will be left with no option but to pass the higher cost onto customers.
Truck driver Frank Coleman said, "How hypocritical is it to say that you're business friendly and you want businesses, then you say welcome to New York, now give me your money."
Governor Cuomo says a toll hike will cut operating costs and keep the Thruway in the black. However, local lawmakers disagree.
Senator Mark Grisanti said, "With all due respect, the Thruway Authority has a history of spending money irresponsibly other than highway and bridge maintenance, and turning to the toll payers when they need more money."
Senator Timothy Kennedy said, "Higher tolls increase shipping costs, that will not only hurt businesses, but will also be felt by hardworking local families who will be paying more for food and other consumer goods."
Thruway officials say they haven't raised the tolls in about two decades. The vote takes place Friday around 2:30 p.m.
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