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Thruway Authority eyes further savings

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Every dollar of spending this year by the New York State Thruway Authority is up for review. “We are looking at everything,” said authority Executive Director Thomas Madison, who was at Schenectady County Community College on Friday to deliver a regional version of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address. The authority generated controversy in the waning months of last year when it was considering a 45-percent toll hike for three-axle commercial vehicles to ...

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January 12, 2013
8:41 a.m.

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I got into a debate with someone about State Thruway Police costs based on an article I read in paper.

The newspaper said the 316 members of State Police had an average costs and benefits of $188,000 each. My friend said that was not accurate. I said that I read it in paper. Another guy, a former NYS economist, said he thought it was accurate.

Not saying that every State trooper is not worth $188,000. But when I divide $60,000,000 by 316 it comes to around $188,000 figure. So it seems like the Thruway Authority was in fact responsible for the entire salary and benefits of state police thruway patrols. I wonder how other states handle their trooper costs?

"The goal was accomplished instead by shifting the $60 million expense of state police Thruway patrols to the state’s general fund."

January 13, 2013
9:47 a.m.

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How about doing away with the perks for employees of free rides on the T-way! They should pay just like the rest of us!