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      Rating agency warns tough road ahead for New York State Thruway

      A major financial rating agency warns it is downgrading the New York state Thruway to a negative financial outlook and warns travelers of higher tolls ahead.

      Standard & Poor's says it has reduced its outlook on bonds used in borrowing to finance the state Thruway Authority to negative, from stable. The ratings agency also said there may be a need for "aggressive" toll increases and raised concern about the cost of Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge.

      Standard & Poor's states it is concerned about the uncertainty of the Thruway Authority of getting its proposed 45-percent in tolls for larger commercial trucks.

      In addition, the ratings agency says its outlook also reflects concerns about the extraordinary cost of replacing the Tappan Zee Bridge.

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