Joseph Spector, 11:45 p.m. EST December 19, 2014
ALBANY – The state Thruway Authority on Friday passed a 2015 budget that leaves a funding gap, and the agency refused to answer questions about whether a toll hike is imminent.
The Thruway board adopted the $1.7 billion budget with a $25 million revenue shortfall with no discussion or debate. The board and top staff then went into a closed-door room rather than answer questions from the media about whether a toll increase would be needed in 2015.
Later, after reporters were told there would be no comment from Thruway officials, a spokesman put out a statement saying that the Thruway would review its options to close its deficit.
“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…
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