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For sale: aging, broken New York surplus goodies

By Tom Precious

Albany -- If you are looking for some old, rusty equipment and vehicles, the state Thruway Authority is your agency.

The agency that runs the Thruway and state canal system is having an auction this week near Albany to sell an odd collection of tires, pressure washers, uniform pants (up to size 60), an outboard motor, propane stove, hand-operated jack and other items.

Then there are the vehicles, some of which come in the sought-after "Thruway yellow'' paint. Let's just say none are the kind of vehicle you'd want to buy for your teenager's first car. There is, for instance, the 2003 Chevy pick-up with 190,000 miles; it is advertised as being unable to drive in reverse. Or the 2002 Ford Taurus with front-end damage and a hood that does not close. You can also bid on a 2001 tandem dump truck with 198,000 miles that boasts "steering box leakage and frame separation.'' A number of other vehicles lists this scary description (unless maybe you are a mechanic): "frame rot.''

 

 

 

 

 

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Robert J. McCarthy

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A native of Schenectady, Robert J. McCarthy came to The Buffalo News in 1982 following a six-year stint at the Olean Times Herald. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and has been covering local, state and national politics since 1992.

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Tom Precious

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Tom Precious joined The Buffalo News in 1997 as bureau chief at the state Capitol, where he covers everything from statewide politics and state government fiscal affairs to health care, environmental and municipal government matters. Prior to The News, he worked for news outlets in Albany and Washington, DC.

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