Albany, NY (WIBX) - A little more than a week remains on the public comment period for the proposed Thruway toll hike.

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb is asking members of the public to get more involved if they do not agree with the proposed forty-five percent hike.  He suggests contacting their local state senator or member of the State Assembly.

Kolb says the proposed hike in fees will damage New York's economy and cost jobs.

He says it's very simple, urging voters not to remain silent.

Comments can be e-mailed to: or mailed to the following address:  Toll Comments; c/o Legal Department; New York State Thruway Authority; Post Office Box 189; 200 Southern Boulevard; Albany, New Yorl 12201-0189.

Public Comment Hearings are taking place in the following locations:

  • Buffalo: 16 August 2012 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library Auditorium at One Lafayette Square; Buffalo, New York 14203
  • Syracuse: 17 August 2012 - 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel at 6301 State Route 298; East Syracuse, New York 13057
  • Newburgh: 18 August 20012 - 10:00am to 12:00noon at the Hilton Garden Inn at 15 Crossroads Court; Newburgh, New York 12550