December 12, 2012 – It is time to consider the possibility that the New York State Thruway Authority has outlived its usefulness. No, make that the likelihood. At this point, the presumption should be that it serves no valid purpose, and let defenders make the case for its continued existence. Good luck to them. Start with the minimum: In its current configuration, the authority doesn’t know what it’s doing. Its chairman, appointed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, is developer Howard Milstein, a wealthy man who seems to know as little about highways as he does about developing the property he controls in Niagara Falls. Consider: Over the past several months, the authority insisted that it was going to raise tolls on trucks by a staggering 45 percent.
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