ALBANY, N.Y. - More than 200 employees of the New York state Thruway Authority are expected to lose their jobs as part of layoffs announced by the Cuomo administration earlier this year.
NEWS CENTER has learned the toll takers, maintenance employees and clerical workers will be laid off Wednesday. Thruway officials announced in January that 234 workers across the state would be laid off this year to save the authority $20 million. Some of the targeted workers have retired since the announcement.
A spokesperson for the Thruway Authority says the layoffs are a result of "ongoing fiscal challenges" following nearly two decades of mismanagement and debt. They had proposed a 45 percent toll hike for trucks, but there was a backlash from the business community and upstate lawmakers. After taking that proposal off the table, the layoffs were brought up.
Negotiations between the state and three unions, including CSEA, that represent the Thruway Authority are ongoing.
"It's really lousy economic development to be undermining what is a very important resource for the people of New York and the Thruway," said CSEA spokesman Steve Madaraz. "That is a very important part of the economic engine for the state and to be putting the people who are responsible for taking care of that system, and making sure its functional for the people of New York, is really outrageous."
The Thruway Authority operates the statewide toll highway and New York's canal system. The authority has nearly 3,000 employees.