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DiNapoli: Thruway toll hike can wait

By WKTV News

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says many other options can be explored before a 45-percent increase in truck tolls is approved for the Thruway.

The comptroller will release a report Wednesday as the Thruway Authority heads to enact the toll increases Sept. 30. Public hearings are being held this week statewide.

DiNapoli tells The Associated Press ahead of the report's release that a costly canal system and better fiscal planning and controls should be examined before truck tolls are increased for trucks with three or more axles.

But the Thruway Authority says rising costs and declining revenue from tolls is forcing the toll increase. The increase is needed so the authority can meet debt payments.

Hearings on the toll increase proposal are scheduled for Buffalo Thursday, East Syracuse on Friday and Newburgh on Saturday.

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