Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney won’t comment on free Thruway tolls proposal


SYRACUSE (WSYR-TV) – We still don’t know how Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney feels about the possibility of a free Thruway through Onondaga County.

Mahoney also serves as chair of the board of the New York Thruway Authority.

Mahoney attended a regular meeting of the Thruway Authority at its Liverpool office Monday. The free tolls proposal didn’t come up, according to a spokesperson in the meeting.

A spokesperson for Mahoney says the County Executive generally doesn’t comment on pending legislation.

A bill passed by both the New York Assembly and Senate calls for free tolls between Exit 34A and Exit 39, designed for commuters to travel within Onondaga County.

We’re told that Governor Andrew Cuomo, who will have to sign the bill once its delivered to his desk, is still reviewing the proposal.

In total, the relaxed tolls would cost the Thruway Authority about $1.2 million.