Truck protest on track for Black Friday

As a convoy of more than 200 trucks is preparing to drive through Skaneateles on Black Friday, the Skaneateles Police Department is preparing itself to manage traffic control.

While the protest occurring on the first day of the Dickens Christmas festival, police Chief Lloyd Perkins said, regardless of the trucks, he and his officers would normally be patrolling throughout the village. This year, though, due to the trucks planning their drive through, the local officers will have some help from the New York State Police, Perkins said.

"The state police are taking the lead on the truck control because it covers three counties," he said. "We will be working in the village for traffic control."

The added law enforcement will be in place to make sure the trucks keep rolling through the village during the driver's protest of draft regulations proposed by the state to limit the amount of trick traffic on rural state routes in New York, particularly the Finger Lakes region. Perkins said the trucks will not be stopping for any length of time in the village.

According to Bill Sutton, state director for Truckers and Citizens United of New York, the organized event is to illustrate how New York's truck drivers are not going to stand for being pushed around anymore.

"We're going to stand up for our rights," he said.

Beginning at the Petro at exit 41 on the New York State Thruway, the trucks are planning to bring the convoy through Auburn and into Skaneateles on Nov. 28, said Sutton, of Batavia, Genesee County. According to Perkins, there is a press conference scheduled at the Petro station prior to the trucks making their way to Auburn and Skaneateles.

What has the truck drivers up in arms are the proposed regulations for Skaneateles to limit where long haul trucks are allowed to drive, an issue stemming from municipal waste vehicles that traveled the roads from New York City and New Jersey en route to upstate landfills.

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