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The Cuomo administration scrapped its plans Monday for a proposed 45 percent toll hike on trucks.

NYS Thruway chief Tom Madison Madison said the Thruway Authority will cut costs and consolidate operations - including trimming 361 positions, decreasing benefits for employees and shifting some costs to other state agencies

Recall that proposing a massive toll or fare hike, then canceling or reducing it is an old favorite in the state government playbook. Most recently, the Port Authority did the same.

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Separately, Madison said the authority's board is set to award a contract for the construction of a new Tappan Zee Bridge at a meeting later today.  Madison said has concurred with a screening panel's recommendation to award the work to the lowest bid, which came in at $3.14 billion.