Toll evaders cost thruway $35M in 4 yrs


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Transcript:
BOY'S SCHOOL, P-S 81 IS ALSO
LOOKING INTO THE INCIDENT.
THOUSANDS OF CAR PASS THROUGH
THEM EVERY DAY... BUT SOME
DRIVERS ARE NOT PAYING THEIR WAY
AND IT COULD COST HONEST
DRIVERS.
A NEW REPORT SAYS DRIVERS WHO
BREEZE THROUGH E-Z PASS LANES
WITHOUT PAYING ARE COSTING NEW
YORK STATE MILLIONS IN LOST
REVENUE... AND NOW A LOCAL
POLITICIAN WANTS THAT TO STOP.
NEWS 4'S LUKE MORETTI HAS BEEN
INVESTIGATING THIS STORY ALL DAY
AND JOINS US NOW WITH WHAT HE'S
FOUND OUT... LUKE?
ASSEMBLYMAN SEAN RYAN IS FIRED
UP OVER THIS... TONIGHT HE WANTS
TO KNOW WHY THE THRUWAY
AUTHORITY IS ASKING SOME DRIVERS
TO PAY MORE FOR TOLLS WHEN IT'S
NOT COLLECTING MILLIONS IN
UNPAID TOLLS.
(( SEAN RYAN: THEY NEED TO STOP
THIS LEAKING OF MONEY.. )) STATE
ASSEMBLYMAN SEAN RYAN SAYS THE
THRUWAY AUTHORITY LOST OVER 35 -
MILLION DOLLARS FROM DRIVERS WHO
EVADED TOLLS DURING A FOUR YEAR
PERIOD.
(( SEAN RYAN: THE THRUWAY
AUTHORITY HAS AN ANEMIC
COLLETION SYSTEMS. SO THEY DO
NOT ACTIVELY PURSUE THE TOLL
EVADERS. )) RIGHT NOW THERE ARE
NO CRIMINAL PENALTIES FOR
EVADERS.
BUT THAT COULD CHANGE.
(( LUKE MORETTI: ASSEMBLYMAN
SEAN RYAN THINKS THIS IS A HUGE
PROBLEM ..ONE THAT REQUIRES A
NEW LAW TO MAKE IT A CRIME TO
EVADE TOLLS, )) RYAN IS PUSHING
TO MAKE TOLL EVASION A
CLASS A MISDEMEANOR. SIMILAR
LEGISLATION PASSED IN THE
SENATE...BUT DIDN'T MAKE IT
THROUGH THE ASSEMBLY. THIS COMES
AS THE THRUWAY AUTHORITY IS
CONSIDERING A 45 PERCENT TOLL
HIKE FOR TRUCKS AND COMMERCIAL
VEHICLES. EVEN THE STATE
COMPTROLLER OFFICE HAS SAID
ENHANCED TOLL COLLECTION SHOULD
BE AMONG THE STEPS TAKEN BEFORE
IMPLEMENTING A TOLL INCREASE.
(( ROBERT WARD/NYS DEPUTY
COMPTROLLER: WE BELIEVE THERE
ARE SOME MILLIONS OF DOLLARS
THAT THRUWAY COULD COLLECT IF IT
WERE ABLE TO DO A BETTER JOB OF
HANDLING ITS EXISITING REVENUE
STREAM. )) WHAT NAGS AT SEAN
RYAN IS THE ONE MILLION DRIVERS,
HE SAYS, EVADED TOLLS
BETWEEN 2007 AND 2011.
(( SEAN RYAN/(D) ASSEMBLY,
BUFFALO: WHY AREN'T THEY
COLLECTING 35-MILLION DOLLARS IN
TOLLS. THAT'S A BIG PROBLEM .
THAT'S SCANDALOUS.)) WHAT CAN
BE DONE WITH THAT KIND OF
MONEY???
WE FOUND FIVE PLANNED PROJECTS
RIGHT IN THE THRUWAY'S BUFFALO
DIVISION. ACCORDING TO IT'S
WEBSITE..THE PROJECTS RANGE FROM
BRIDGE REHABILIATIONS AND SAFETY
UPGRADES TO PAVEMENT
RESURFACING.
(( SEAN RYAN/(D) ASSEMBLY,
BUFFALO: THE GOVERNOR SHOULD BE
LOOKING TO MAKE A CHANGE AT ANY
AUTHORITY THAT LETS 35 -
MILLION DOLLARS WALK OUT THE
DOOR. ))