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Cuomo: No Thruway Toll Hikes Until 2020


Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to keep tolls flat on the New York Thruway until at least 2020. The announcement came Wednesday as Cuomo continued to unveil his 2016 agenda ahead of his state-of-the-state address next week in Albany.

Cuomo is also proposing to eliminate Thruway tolls altogether for vehicles involved in agriculture, a move he says would help farmers bring their goods to market.

The governor also wants to give a tax credit to residents and businesses who use the Thruway the most. Passenger vehicle owners who pay $50 or more in tolls and commercial drivers who pay between $100 and $9,999 in annual tolls would be eligible.

Cuomo is also calling for $2 billion in funding to replace and upgrade bridges and pave state and local roads.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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