- Associated Press - Monday, May 16, 2016

GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. (AP) - Officials in a western New York town are renewing their effort to convince the state Thruway Authority to remove tolls on local bridges.

Town of Grand Island Supervisor Nathan McMurray was joined by local residents and other officials at one of the spans Sunday afternoon to call on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to “tear down these tolls” on Interstate 190, also known as the Niagara Thruway.

Grand Island residents and leaders have complained for years about the tolls charged on the bridges that connect the Niagara River island to Erie and Niagara counties. They say the tolls are unfair to commuters and other motorists and they blame the collection booths for causing traffic jams.

Measures have been introduced in the state Legislature to remove the Grand Island tolls.

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