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COURT REJECTS BID TO OUTLAW LATEST HIKE IN THRUWAY TOLLS

The state's highest court Thursday rejected a consumer group's attempt to have the most recent toll increase on the Thruway ruled illegal.

The State Court of Appeals ruled, 7-0, against the New York Public Interest Research Group, which had challenged the 30 percent toll increase imposed in 1988.

NYPIRG had contended that state law prohibited the Thruway Authority from raising tolls without the approval of State Comptroller Edward V. Regan.

NYPIRG argued that Regan, as the state's chief fiscal officer, was required to review the Thruway Authority's books and issue a public report on any toll increases. But the Court of Appeals said state law required no such review. Two lower courts also ruled against NYPIRG.

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