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Nate McMurray urges Thruway Authority to reject toll hikes for Western New York

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Fri, Oct 25th 2019 07:45 am

Nate McMurray on Thursday demanded the New York State Thruway Authority reject toll hikes as suggested by Moody’s Investor Service.

He said that, as supervisor of Grand Island, he worked with a bipartisan coalition of elected officials and community leaders to secure cashless tolling on the Grand Island bridges, lessening congestion and pollution.

“It’s unacceptable for the Thruway Authority to raise tolls on Western New Yorkers to pay for a bridge that’s 400 miles away. Western New York can’t afford any toll hikes, and we need to see all money generated by tolls here going towards our infrastructure needs here,” McMurray said.

Brian Michel, the Western New York community activist who led the fight for cashless tolls to ease traffic congestion and improve air quality, also criticized the move by the Thruway Authority.

"We know that the Thruway Authority board has always had an eye on increased revenues, but we were promised that our money would not be flushed downstate to pay for their needs at the expense of our community,” Michel said. “The governor was a strong ally on moving to cashless tolling, and we’re asking him to demand that the Thruway Authority reject this unfair toll hike.”

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