ALBANY, N.Y. — The New York State Motor Truck Association and the Farm Bureau of New York were among the trucking, agri and small business groups Wednesday protesting New York Gov. David Paterson’s proposal to keep commercial trucks off rural highways in parts of central and southern New York state.
Paterson’s proposal, introduced in the fall of 2008 and then scaled back last summer, would make commercial trucks use larger interstates rather than roads in the Finger Lakes and Binghamton areas of New York state.
New York state’s trucking lobby says foregoing the more direct routes, which are the ones being banned, will mean delivering the freight will cost more, with those increased costs passed on to consumers in the end.
Agri spokesmen said staying alive in the current economy mean extra costs would make it hard for businesses to stay afloat.
Protestors rallied at the state Capitol in Albany Wednesday as big rigs circled the State Capitol building as part of the event.
New York’s Department of Transportation is sifting through nearly 2,000 public comments over the proposal. A date as to when the ban would be enacted has not been set.
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