Late last week, Gov. Cuomo released a letter to the Thruway Authority regarding the Tappan Zee Bridge in which he asks the authority to work with his administration and others on ways to avoid a significant toll increase. The toll, now $5 for a round-trip, is expected to go up to $14.

Gov. Cuomo said:

“New York has a history of innovation, inclusion and of rising to the most difficult of tests,” he wrote. “I am confident that the work done to date in the FEIS [Final Environmental Impact Statement] and the steps outlined here will continue the momentum for the Tappan Zee project and will move the state and the region forward.”

We sympathize with the people of Rockland and Westchester counties – a $14 toll would be very difficult to manage.  We would like to see Gov. Cuomo write a similar statement letter to the Thruway Authority urging them to withdraw their proposed 45-percent truck toll increase.  Adding to the cost of doing business during this economic downturn is just a bad idea.