Tag: Transportation

New York State Thruway chairman Howard Milstein resigned in early December— but he left behind the bill. The Thruway hasn’t explained how it will pay for its signature project: the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement. Gov. Andrew Cuomo should resist the urge to pay for the New NY Bridge with the billions the state is getting from rogue financial firms. Read More

To make the 2015 proposed $2 billion budget balance without any toll increase, the Thruway is depending on more drivers than its own traffic consultant estimates, according to E.J. McMahon, an Albany budget watchdog who is president and founder of the Empire Center for Public Policy. That means the Thruway is counting on $31 million more in toll revenues in 2015 than forecasted in its traffic study, McMahon says. Read More


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