Assemblyman Sean Ryan on Thursday called for state legislation that would crack down on drivers evading Thruway tolls.
Ryan, D-Buffalo, who is running for re-election, said he is pushing for legislation that would make evading tolls a Class A misdemeanor, similar to offenses like jumping out of a cab without paying or hopping a subway turnstile.
The legislation passed the State Senate last session, but not the Assembly.
Ryan held a news conference near the toll barrier of the South Grand Island Bridge on Thursday morning.
“It is hard to believe the Thruway Authority has lost over $35 million in a four-year period to toll evaders,” Ryan said. “One of the biggest problems is that there are no real consequences for evading the tolls.”