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Lawmaker pushes for toll-free commute

However, the Thruway Authority countered by saying it would continue to serve drivers and be fiscally responsible.

The state's Thruway Authority spokeswoman, Sara Kampf, said that in 2005, both bodies of the legislature passed the Public Authority Accountability Act, including the Assembly.

The act increased the number of Thruway board members from three to seven and set term limits.

Gordon was not elected to the Assembly until 2006.

"The board is focused on its responsibility to the millions of drivers on the road each year and to its fiduciary responsibility to state resources," said Kampf.

The Thruway already offers discounted commuter prices through its EZ-Pass program, according to Kampf, in response to Gordon's proposed bill.

Kampf said that the board is considering acting on some of the financial control suggestions made by the comptroller, and the Thruway Authority has been holding public hearings on the matter. Hearings have already been held in Albany, Buffalo and Syracuse, and will also be held in Rochester and other locations around the state, said Kampf.""

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