The Skaneateles Village Board of Trustees is asking residents to be proactive -- write to the state governor.
On Aug. 6, Gov. David Paterson announced the release of new trucking regulations for New York state, which would restrict large trucks from using seven highways in the Finger Lakes region as shortcuts. The revised regulations, which now have been released for public comment, would improve safety conditions for communities without disrupting trucking access to local facilities and businesses, according to Paterson's office.
Now in a 45-day comment period, residents can mail their thoughts about the proposed state truck regulations to: NYS Department of Transportation, 50 Wolf Road, Albany NY 12232.
Skaneateles Mayor Bob Green said the village board is advising everyone to send a letter or email to the governor's office regarding the regulations.
"The village board and the mayor's office would appreciate if people would send a letter," Green said.
The seven highways from which large trucks will be excluded, except for local pick-up and delivery, include:
NY Route 41 between U.S. Route 11 and US Route 20 in Cortland and Onondaga counties;
NY Route 41A between NY Route 41 and US Route 20 in Cortland, Cayuga, and Onondaga counties;
NY Route 90 between U.S. Route 11 and US Route 20 in Cortland and Cayuga counties;
NY Route 38 between NY Route 90 and the southern Auburn City line in Cayuga county;
NY Route 79 between U.S. Route 11 and the eastern Ithaca City line in Broome, Tioga and Tompkins counties;
NY Route 89 between the western Ithaca City line and US Route 20 in Tompkins and Seneca counties; and
NY Route 96 between the western Ithaca City line and NY Route 414 and between NY Route 414 and US Route 20 in Tompkins and Seneca counties.
The governor has also announced the creation of the Trucking Industry and Community Relations Task Force, which Stanley Gee, acting commissioner of the state DOT, will chair.