Carlucci wants to study possible merger of Thruway and Bridge authorities


Carlucci wants to include the Tappan Zee with the other
five bridges

ALBANY – The Thruway Authority operates the full length of the superhighway, including the Tappan Zee Bridge. The New York State Bridge Authority operates the five Hudson River crossings north of the TZB, from Bear Mountain to the Rip Van Winkle.
State Senator David Carlucci (D, Nanuet) announced on Tuesday that he is introducing a bill to study the possible merger of the two entities.
“Will it be feasible; will it actually save money?” Carlucci queried. “If so, let’s pursue it. And maybe with the legislation that I am proposing, maybe we find a full merger is not appropriate, but there are ways to save on consolidating administrative costs or consolidating on capital projects. It’s not to say that we’ve got this silver bullet and just merge the authorities, but it’s saying let’s take a close look at it. Let’s find ways we can share services and also let’s finally come to the realization that maybe it is worthy of having a full merger.”
Assemblyman Frank Skartados (D, Milton), whose district includes two of the five New York State Bridge Authority facilities, is dead set against a merger.
“Families and businesses rely on these bridges’ low tolls,” Skartados said. “If a merger occurred, I fear our tolls would unfairly increase to pay for the Thruway Authority’s other responsibilities, mainly the Tappan Zee Bridge.”

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