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After much controversy this fall, the state Thruway Authority decided not to raise tolls. The alternative, though, is taking effect soon as it prepares to lay-off 234 workers, or about 7.8 percent of its work force.

There is no current indication of how the lay-offs will break down geographically and 42 of those to be laid off are with the state’s Canal Corporation.

Citing “ongoing fiscal challenges” the Thruway Authority came under pressure from consumers, trucking companies and even the governor himself when it originally proposed a 45 percent toll hike on commercial trucks.

The Thruway Authority and Canal Corporation employ 2,968 people and the layoffs will save the agency $20 million a year.

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