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Senate Passes Bill Requiring Blood Testing After Deadly Accidents

SENATE PASSES BILL REQUIRING BLOOD TESTING AFTER DEADLY ACCIDENTS

Faster Field and Blood Alcohol Level Testing Would Strengthen Investigations of Serious Accidents

May 5, 2014
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SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE HOLDS PUBLIC HEARING ON MTA’S FINANCES

     The New York State Senate Transportation Committee today held a public hearing on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) finances. 

     “The MTA has a budget of over $13 billion. Fare payers deserve to know how the MTA is spending that money. Through this hearing, the Committee heard directly from the MTA leadership about its current financial state, measures it is taking to improve service and efficiency, and how it plans to lower its costs and make using the MTA more affordable for riders and drivers,” said Senator Fuschillo, Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee.

October 10, 2013
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SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARING ON MTA’S FINANCES

      Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the New York State Senate’s Transportation Committee, announced that the committee will be holding a public hearing on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) finances. The hearing will provide the Committee with an update on the MTA’s capital spending plan and operating budget as they pertain to each MTA agency. 

October 7, 2013
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SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE APPROVES LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN DISTRACTED DRIVING PENALTIES FOR TEENS

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, today announced that the committee approved legislation to suspend the driver’s licenses of teenage drivers who text or talk on a cell phone while driving.

     “A driver’s focus should be on the road, not their phone.  Teenagers are the least experienced drivers on the road, yet they are also the most likely to engage in distracted driving.  Suspending the licenses of teens who commit a distracted driving offense would reinforce how serious and dangerous distracted driving is and give teens another reason to take their eyes and hands off their phone when behind the wheel,” said Senator Fuschillo.

June 4, 2013
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SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE APPROVES LEGISLATION TO PROTECT STUDENTS FROM INTOXICATED SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, today announced that the Committee has approved legislation to protect students from intoxicated school bus drivers. The legislation would greatly expand random drug and alcohol testing for school bus drivers, as well as impose stronger penalties on intoxicated school bus drivers.

May 30, 2013
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SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE HOLDS PUBLIC HEARING EXAMINING HOW TO BETTER PROTECT CHILDREN FROM DRUNK SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS

     The New York State Senate’s Transportation Committee, chaired by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), today held a public hearing to examine how New York State can better protect children from drunk bus drivers, including whether school buses should be equipped with ignition interlocks.

     The hearing follows at least four incidents on Long Island since last October in which drivers were arrested for operating a school bus while intoxicated, including one in which the driver crashed his bus with five young students onboard into a Syosset home. Melissa Escudero, whose son Christian was a passenger on the bus, testified at the hearing.

May 2, 2013
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SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARING EXAMINING HOW TO BETTER PROTECT CHILDREN FROM DRUNK SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the New York State Senate’s Committee on Transportation, announced today that the New York State Senate’s Committee on Transportation will be conducting a public hearing to examine how New York State can better protect children from drunk bus drivers, including whether school buses should be equipped with ignition interlocks. The hearing will take place this Thursday, May 2nd at 10 am in the Campus Center Ballroom at Farmingdale State College, located at 2350 Broadhollow Road in Farmingdale.

April 29, 2013
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SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE APPROVES LEGISLATION TO PROTECT NEW YORKERS FROM DRUNK DRIVERS

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, today announced that the Committee has approved legislation to help strengthen the state’s DUI laws and protect individuals from drunk drivers.

     “Drunk drivers endanger innocent lives every time they choose to get behind the wheel, regardless of the type of vehicle. Strengthening our laws and closing legal loopholes will give law enforcement greater tools to catch and prosecute drunk drivers and help to make our roads safer for everyone,” said Senator Fuschillo.

     The drunk driving legislation approved by the committee would:

January 29, 2013
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SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARING TO EXAMINE BRIDGE STRIKES

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, today announced that the New York State Senate Transportation Committee will be holding a public hearing to examine the problem of bridge strikes by commercial vehicles on parkways.

     The public hearing will be held at 10 am on Thursday, October 25th at Farmingdale State College (Lupton Hall, IRTT Room T-101), which is located at 2350 Broadhollow Road in Farmingdale.

October 1, 2012
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SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE PASSES INNOVATIVE INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT ACT

Legislation Would Help New York State Create Jobs, Promote Economic Development and Repair Transportation Infrastructure Through Public-Private Partnerships

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, today announced that the Committee has approved legislation to better enable New York State to utilize public-private partnerships to create jobs, promote economic development, and address its transportation infrastructure crisis.

June 5, 2012
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