Cuomo to push upstate initiatives to counter regional disparity

U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, left, and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, right, put their arms around Jim Ridgeway, a District 4 representative for the United Steelworkers Unions from Pulaski, in November at the Alcoa West Plant in Massena. Gov. Cuomo held a conference call Monday with media outlets to discuss the upstate rehabilitative initiatives in his 2016 Executive Budget. Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times.

U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, left, and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, right, put their arms around Jim Ridgeway, a District 4 representative for the United Steelworkers Unions from Pulaski, in November at the Alcoa West Plant in Massena. Gov. Cuomo held a conference call Monday with media outlets to discuss the upstate rehabilitative initiatives in his 2016 Executive Budget. Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times.

Downstate New York gets a lot of love, and upstate is left out in the cold.

That was the underlying message in a Monday conference call between Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and media outlets to discuss the upstate rehabilitative initiatives in his 2016 Executive Budget. [Read more…]

Trucking companies, distributors say they can’t afford proposed toll hike on state Thruway

William K. Huchzermeier, operations manager at Teal’s Express in Watertown, will be facing a 45 percent toll increase on the state Thruway, which will increase the cost of doing business. Photo by Justin Sorensen.

Set to take effect Sept. 30, a 45 percent toll increase imposed by the state Thruway Authority for large commercial vehicles has north country trucking carriers and distributors preparing to pass on higher costs to their customers

As a result, industry experts say, consumers can expect prices to go up on everything from bread to lumber.

Operating a trucking business in New York is challenging because of tight regulations and high gas prices. But increasing the toll for 18-wheelers could make this one of the worst states for a trucker to drive in the Northeast, said Joseph T. Teal, vice president of Teal’s Express Inc., 224411 Teal Drive. The carrier, which has 11 distribution centers across the Northeast, completes most of its travels out of state along the Thruway with its fleet of 126 trucks.

“Our Thruway bill runs between $10,000 to $20,000 per month depending on how much we’re on the freeway,” Mr. Teal said. With a 45 percent toll increase, Teal’s annual cost could be an additional $100,000 or more.

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