Constituent Services
Thruway Authority Admits to Not-so-Dire Straits
May 4, 2006

During Albany Meeting, Authority Announces $5 Million More in Revenue than Anticipated During First Quarter of 2006

Buffalo, NY—The Thruway Authority today announced that they had taken in $5 million more in revenue than anticipated during the first quarter of 2006.  This admission came at a New York State Thruway Authority meeting in Albany this morning.  The Thruway Authority had anticipated making more money this year as opposed to 2005 because of a toll hike in May 2005.  This $5 million in revenue is above what was anticipated from the toll hike.

Previously, the Thruway Authority had claimed that they could not afford to remove the tolls on the Niagara portion of the Thruway (I-190) because of financial constraints.  In attendance at the meeting were the three Thruway Authority trustees, Thruway Authority department heads and consultants.

“The fact that Thruway Authority has said they can’t afford to remove the tolls on the I-190, revenue which is only one percent of overall budget, seems even more preposterous after their admission this morning,” said Higgins.  “In light of this admission, it is even more salient today to call for the immediate removal of the Ogden Street and Breckenridge tolls, and to urge the Thruway Authority to stop their financial shenanigans and complaints.  The people of Western New York will not continue to be fooled by this Authority.”

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