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Businesses petition to stop NYS Thruway toll increase

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ALBANY, NY. - It's a three page petition put together by NTI Global, a diversified manufacturing company located in Amsterdam, asking for support in their effort to stop the New York State Thruway Authority from going through with a proposed 45 percent toll increase for trucks.  

The petition quotes a report from the Office of the State Comptroller saying "the proposed 45 percent average toll increase for commercial vehicles would unavoidably have a negative impact on commercial trucking companies and truck drivers operating in New York State, sending ripple effects thought states overall economy."  

GBI Global says currently a 5-axle standard full truckload traveling from Amsterdam to Buffalo pays $59 in tolls. With the proposed increase the cost will rise to $85.55.  

So, if the increase is only for truck drivers and their companies how will it affect you? As a general rule, if businesses have to pay more to transport their goods, customers have to pay more to buy them.

NEWS10ABC spoke to two candidates running for the newly configured 46th Senate District Republican State Assemblyman George Amedore and Democratic Primary Winner Cecilia Tkaczyk about the proposed increase. Both were against it.

And...while we were with them they both took the opportunity to print out and then sign NTI Global's petition; showing this is both a bi-partisan issue and that they support the business's effort to stop the NYS Thruway Authority from increasing the toll by 45 percent.

A meeting to vote on this tool increase was scheduled for the 11th of last month; but it was cancelled abruptly. NEWS10 called the Thruway Authority around 3:00 p.m. Thursday and left a list of questions with Media Specialist Patty Anderson. She said we would receive answers before the end of the day from Spokesman Dan Weiller, but as of 11 p.m. Thursday night we had not.

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