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NY gov: $85M in Thruway aid would avert toll hike

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget proposal includes about $85 million for the Thruway Authority to eliminate the need for a highly unpopular toll increase on trucks.

Cuomo says Tuesday the funding assistance for the Thruway includes the state takeover of personnel costs for state troopers on the highway.

The state Thruway Authority board in December dropped plans for a 45-percent increase in truck tolls, saying it would take a number of cost-cutting steps instead.