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Thruway Authority approves budget, no toll hikes

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Posted at 2:48 PM, Dec 19, 2014
and last updated 2015-12-14 14:48:54-05

The New York State Thruway Authority passed their 2015 budget in a meeting in Albany Friday afternoon.

Donna Luh, the only member of the board representing Upstate New York told 7 Eyewitness News reporter Jill Perkins that the new budget does not call for an increase in toll fares.

Thruway Authority Executive Director Tom Madison said in a statement:

“The Thruway Authority board of directors has approved the 2015 budget. As always, board members and Thruway staff will continue to closely monitor all spending and determine what options are available and what actions are necessary to address operations, capital and debt service needs while keeping tolls as low as possible.”

Luh said that the issue of the thruway closure during the Snowvember storm was not discussed in the meeting.

A Thruway Authority spokesman released a statement regarding the storm, which said:

"After any major incident or occurrence in our system, the Thruway Authority conducts a thorough review of events and looks for ways to improve the services that we provide to our customers. Thruway leaders have already met with state and local officials in Western New York regarding the historic November storm, are we are collaborating to develop ways to better serve all motorists during extreme winter weather events."