Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) today called for increased accountability and transparency from the NYS Thruway Authority amidst a New York Times article reporting that the agency still has not released a financial plan for the Tappan Zee Bridge rebuild. It was also reported that Thruway tolls will not be increased next year but details have not been released regarding the situation.
“I am pleased to hear that Thruway tolls will not be increased next year,” McLaughlin said. “But I am still very concerned by the lack of financial plan for the Tappan Zee Bridge. This is the largest infrastructure project in the history of the state and we still don’t know who is going to pay for it. The Thruway Authority is funded almost exclusively by toll revenue so it would stand to reason that the only way to fund this downstate pet project is to raise tolls or force taxpayers to cover the expense. Both are utterly unacceptable solutions.
“We should in no way bail out the most financially insolvent and dysfunctional organization in New York State’s history for the sake of a politically-motivated, pork-barrel project started by Gov. Cuomo. I am once again calling on the Thruway Authority to release a financial statement regarding the New NY Bridge Project and the state of their agency.”
Assemblyman McLaughlin represents the 107th district, which consists of parts of Rensselaer, Columbia and Washington counties. For more information,
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