Protestors March Against Grand Island...

Protestors March Against Grand Island Tolls, Possible Increases

There are 28 comments on the WGRZ Buffalo story from Nov 24, 2007, titled Protestors March Against Grand Island Tolls, Possible Increases. In it, WGRZ Buffalo reports that:

About a dozen people gathered in the Saturday morning snow to show their displeasure with the state's Thruway Authority.

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Ex- Wnyer

Syracuse, NY

#1 Nov 24, 2007
Tolls are the fair way to go. Why should all NYS taxpayers subsidize tolls for comuters?

Rochester, NY

#2 Nov 24, 2007
What, no Volker??????

He'll be the 1st political prostitute looking for a paper cup of champagne and a free ride in the back of a pick-up truck if the tolls get removed.

Anything to get a good photo-op!

Athol, MA

#3 Nov 24, 2007
I'm sorry that I didn't know about the protest, otherwise I would have been out there to support it. Next time there is a protest against the tolls, can we all get notified? I mean there are over 6000 signatures on the petition to end the tolls for Grand Island. Doesn't Thompson know that we are trying to eliminate the tolls not get them reduced? I'm not surprised that Volker or Stachowski didn't show.
I also noticed the Ex-WNY who is for the tolls. Says alot about the way Albany and south to NYC thinks of WNY. They honestly believe that WNY should continue to subsidize the road projects in their areas as our parts continue to go to h*ll.

“Say NO to Tolls!”

Since: Nov 07

Grand Island

#4 Nov 24, 2007
Sign the petition at you can also watch that site for updates and announcements of coming events.

Hamburg, NY

#5 Nov 24, 2007
i feel that all tolls in new york should come down as when they first started the tolls,,it was said the tolls will be gone in 1999,,which was not true as they are still herer,,i was only a child and remember this,,thank you,,jerry
Craig Phinney

Olean, NY

#6 Nov 24, 2007
The labor intesive way the Thruway collects tolls on the bridges probably has an effect for the need for yet another toll increase. Why don't they equip all lanes, except one, with automated "coin toss" machines. Then you would only need one person per bridge to collect from those people who don't yet have an E-Z Pass who don't have the right change. That would have to save the Thruway Authority a ton of money!
Brian C

Buffalo, NY

#7 Nov 24, 2007
Oh My God! What a bunch of idiots. I still can't believe this is going on. And the biggest mindless leader of the bunch Rus Thompson can't figure out that if there isn't a fair equitable spread of the maintenance burden of the GI Bridges that the people locally will be taxed in some other form. Right now at least out of towners going to the Falls contribute, plus other who desire to use the Buffalo to NF - shortcut.

It is mindblowing to me that these morons can't see the increase in polution and traffic that would occur with the toll removal. Not to mention that in New york state is is illegal to have low-income housing on a toll road. I for one don't want to see the already excessive number of apartments on GI turn in to some government funded slums and lower my property value.

Will you people get a clue and fingure out that the 9 cents or even with the rate hike 25 cents is worth the end all long term.

What a short sighted, moronic objective people will chance to make a popint or save a couple of cents. Damn get a clue with the bigger picture and go worry about global warming or some other pointless rant and leave G.I. and its tolls and big moat alone.
Randy from Cheektowaga

Saco, ME

#8 Nov 24, 2007
The Thruway is a user fee system. If you use it you pay. There are other ways to travel in New York State other than a toll road. Toll revenues are 60% from out of state travelers and not Buffalo resident patronage. No one mentions that the years the tolls didnt go up are a record to pay the same price for anything! It is not mentioned that the tolls from Depew and Blasdell did not go up in cost nor are they slated to in the next raise. I for one do not want to take over the burden of the cost of maintaining the roads, bridges, landscaping and state troopers. My taxes are high enough! Keep the tolls and let people who use the roads pay for the upkeep and operating costs.
We go after the thruway for raises but we all sit there and accept National Fuel, National Grid, Time Warner and gas prices. These companies really take advantage of citizens.Its not like we have choices with gas and electric costs, we need these power sources. If you all really want to protest something we should all boycott one of the major companies that affect everyone, not just the people that use it. I would rather pay the 15 cents to go to Transit Rd every day because I use it then pay a minimum usage charge, delivery fees for the power and a billing charge to provide this. Leave the tolls alone and let those that use it pay for it!
So blow

Buffalo, NY

#9 Nov 24, 2007
Just charge the canadians the increase in tolls
James Z from Kaisertown

Buffalo, NY

#10 Nov 24, 2007
Take them 'perks' away from the toll collectors and let them suffer like the rest of us.

Watch and see the results from that audit. Think there'll be massive waste and abuse? I DO!!!

I'm tired of this garbage.


Buffalo, NY

#11 Nov 24, 2007
The cable company is raising there rates, WHY? So the cable person can sit in there truck at Tim Hortons and collect $70,000? My cable is the same cable that has been there for over ten years. Where does the money go? Do they need another golf course?
collector 00

Buffalo, NY

#12 Nov 24, 2007
People cant even use an ezpass only lane without getting confused or holding up traffic. I couldnt imagine what it would be like if only one lane was staffed with a collector. If you dont want to pay dont use the thruway. I dont want my taxes going up anymore either! And Id respond to the comment about "perks" but im to busy rolling around on the floor laughing....

Himeji, Japan

#13 Nov 24, 2007
Raise the tolls....don't wait...raise them now.

Buffalo, NY

#14 Nov 25, 2007
Where was Sam Hoyt? Doesn't he represent Grand Island? He touts himself as a big-shot...he should have been there!

United States

#15 Nov 25, 2007
Why are we not protesting the cost of gasoline? Western New York , aside from California, Has the highest gas prices and one of the poorest economies. There is The Great American Smoke-Out. We, as Americans, should have a Nation wide Walk don't DRIVE day. Make it on a weekend so it won't affect most Mon-Fri workers. How can we get problem rolling?

Himeji, Japan

#16 Nov 25, 2007
Lou wrote:
Where was Sam Hoyt? Doesn't he represent Grand Island? He touts himself as a big-shot...he should have been there!
The fat slop was probably eating leftovers.
Brian C from Grand Island

Buffalo, NY

#17 Nov 25, 2007
Let me try this again.
The tolls are a good thing in some cases - the lack of ability for low income housing on Grand Island and a necessary evil in another sense. If the money for the already deteriorating bridges is obtained from tolls - where do you thinks its going to come from. As always, taxes will increase and the locals will end up footing the brunt of it. Versus allowing the balanced spread of revenue be obtained for out of towners not contibuting to the local tax base yet using the roads and bridges.
People like Rus get a wild hair about something like the tolls without really understanding the overall direct impact. More polution, more traffic, less revenues, regressive quality of life and impact on property value.
I figured the message conveyed by the people not electing him would be enough to smother this issue but i guess not.
If 9cents or 25cents a trip home is going to break you then my suggestion is move so that long time Islanders can continue to enjoy the quality of life we have had for years - undisturbed by some political self agenda'ed goof.

Orange, MA

#18 Nov 25, 2007
Did I read this right? 12 people. Big deal- 12 people. You may agree with me or not- everybody's entitled to their own opinion... Here's mine- I have a hard time feeling sorry for Grand Island residents that pay 9 cents to cross a bridge when they elected to live on an island in the first place.

East Amherst, NY

#19 Nov 25, 2007
I am in favor of the tolls, this way the expense is shared by all that use the thruway, including myself. I'm not in favor of the increase in the tolls, by such a large margin.
Kevyn in Hamburg

Peoria, AZ

#20 Nov 25, 2007
Wake up WNY!!! NYC is NY State! We would be even deeper in the **** if we did not have NYC! If ou hate giving up a few pennies here and there then move out of the state!

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