Outlining Concerns Over Thruway Authority To Acting Executive Director Robert Megna

New York State Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R,C-Canandaigua) this week wrote to newly-appointed Thruway Authority Acting Executive Director Robert Megna to convey serious concerns over the floundering state agency and provide a series of recommendations to improve its operations and finances.
On January 11, Governor Cuomo announced the appointment of Mr. Megna – the former state budget director – following the abrupt resignations of the Thruway Authority’s Board Chairman, Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer. The drastic change in leadership comes as the Thruway Authority faces deep financial issues and questions surrounding capital projects.
In his letter to Acting Executive Director Megna, Leader Kolb writes:
“Your new role is not only a career change, but a rescue mission. The amount of dysfunction and lack of accountability demonstrated by the Thruway Authority has been alarming and inexcusable. No spending plan has been released on the $4 billion effort to construct a new Tappan Zee Bridge. The Authority’s 2015 budget contains a $25 million revenue shortfall. New Yorkers should not be forced to pay the price for the mismanagement of your predecessors.”
Leader Kolb also outlined his legislation aimed at improving the overall management and performance of the Thruway Authority. He has sponsored and introduced the Thruway Authority Accountability Act (A.530) which, among other reforms, consolidates management of the Thruway Authority with the Department of Transportation. The bill also enacts needed measures to improve transparency and oversight of the Authority’s finances.
In addition, Leader Kolb called for a review of the Canal Corporation’s current status as an entity under Thruway Authority oversight. The state’s canal system annually loses money, putting a financial strain on the Thruway Authority and directing toll revenues away from the operation and maintenance of the 570-mile Thruway.     
A copy of the full letter can be found here: http://goo.gl/r4Df3X

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