FINCH: THRUWAY AUTHORITY MUST DETAIL BRIDGE FINANCING PLAN
Assemblyman Gary D. Finch (R,C,I-Springport) today noted his frustration with the Thruway Authority’s unwillingness to provide citizens, business leaders and elected officials with details regarding the planning and financing of the new Tappan Zee Bridge.
“It is disconcerting that the only thing we know for sure about the new Tappan Zee Bridge plan is that $255 million will be raided from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. Only the Cuomo administration would be bold enough to borrow money from an environmental program to facilitate over 100,000 cars per day burning fossil fuels,” said Finch.
“Raising Central New York thruway tolls to pay for a downstate bridge would be totally unacceptable,” said Finch.
Finch said future financing and planning issues could be obviated if the state legislature and governor took a serious look at Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb’s plan to reform the mismanaged Thruway Authority.
“Assembly bill 2088-A would streamline the Thruway Authority by merging it with the Department of Transportation. It would require audits and make transportation experience a prerequisite to board membership. Like all of Leader Kolb’s solutions, it would promote efficiency and increase transparency,” said Finch.