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Unnecessary truck traffic on Skaneateles Mayor's agenda

Trucks top mayor's Albany agenda

Mayor Bob Green had truck traffic on the top of his list this past Monday. He was headed for the New York State Conference of Mayors legislative priorities meeting in Albany to establish a list of concerns the state's mayors want the new administration to address.

"Having a new governor, it is important we are a unified voice," Green said, "and present what NYCOM feels is the most important legislation for our cities and villages."

Representatives of the governor-elect transition team were in attendance.

The main thoroughfare of the village of Skaneateles and the lake roads have been used to route major haulers for several decades much to the displeasure of residents, business owners, environmentalists and tourists.

Since the opening of The Seneca Meadows Landfill, whichcontracts with downstate and out-of -state municipalities, garbage trucks now make the trip several times a day, every week of the year through Skaneateles.

"I hope to place on the priority list Sen. Schumer's plan regarding the routing of hazardous truck traffic," Green said. "This plan will require New York State Department of Transportation to work with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to create an appropriate routing plan. New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland all have designated routes. I will also be asking for a truck route management study, a community impact reduction study and bipartisan support of the Transportation Security Improvement Act. The state must enact regulations to equitably distribute the negative impacts of truck traffic."

The mayor started a taskforce with other municipalities to come together to get the big trucks, not making local deliveries, back on Interstates 81 and the New York State Thruway.

Sen. Shumer recently came to Skaneateles with a three- point plan to control traffic of hazardous waste, which is anything from gasoline to garbage, through federal legislation that would restrict and track this traffic.

Green took this message to Albany again this week in hopes of getting it on an early agenda with this new administration. Changing truck legislation has traditionally stalled at the governor's door.

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