Issues: MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority)

SENATOR MARTINS STATEMENT ON AGREEMENT TO AVOID LIRR STRIKE

     “Today, Long Islanders got the news they’ve been hoping to hear; that a Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) strike has been averted. The agreement between the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and LIRR workers will ensure that Long Islanders do not suffer a strike which would have caused serious harm to our economy and gridlock across Long Island. Importantly, all sides have promised that this contract will not increase fares for already overburdened LIRR riders.

     We’ve been urging Governor Cuomo to get personally involved to try and help the MTA and workers bridge the gap. I thank him for listening and applaud his efforts to bring all sides together to reach an agreement.”

July 17, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS APPLAUDS GOVERNOR CUOMO FOR DIRECTING MTA & LIRR WORKERS BACK TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLE

     “Governor Cuomo calling on the MTA and LIRR workers to go back to the negotiating table is a welcome step towards averting a LIRR strike.

     We have been urging the Governor to bring both sides back to the table, and I thank him for doing so. A LIRR strike would be a disaster, would paralyze Long Island’s transportation infrastructure and cause up to $50 million in economic losses a day. Every Long Islander will be impacted, whether they commute or not. I thank the Governor for listening.

     This is a positive step, but we are not out of the woods yet. I hope the Governor will continue his efforts personally to help both sides break the logjam and reach an agreement, before a strike occurs.”

July 16, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS: GOVERNOR MUST GET IN THE GAME TO HELP PREVENT LIRR STRIKE

     With news that Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Chairman Tom Prendergast has stopped negotiating with Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) workers, Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) once again called on Governor Andrew Cuomo to intervene to help avert a LIRR strike.

     “We need the Governor to bring both sides back together and mediate through this logjam. Long Islanders need him involved and engaged right through deadline. No one should be walking away from the negotiating table,” said Senator Martins.

July 15, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS: GOVERNOR MUST STEP IN TO HELP PREVENT LIRR STRIKE

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola), together with Senator Carl Marcellino (R-Syosset) and Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Garden City) today called on Governor Andrew Cuomo to intervene and help resolve the contract dispute between the MTA and LIRR workers to prevent a devastating LIRR strike. Federal law will allow the LIRR workers, who have been without a contract since 2010, to legally walk off the job as early as July 20th. 

July 2, 2014
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Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014
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SQUADRON & RIDERS ALLIANCE ANNOUNCE MTA FULL-LINE REVIEW OF A & C LINES

Part Of Continued  Push To Improve Service Across The System

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and the Riders Alliance announced that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will undertake a Full-Line Review of the A and C lines at the urging of both the Senator and the group.

June 19, 2014
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LARKIN MTA LEGISLATION PASSES SENATE

Eliminates MTA Supplemental Registration Fee For Farm Vehicles

June 17, 2014
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SQUADRON, ELECTEDS ANNOUNCE MTA STEPS TO HELP G TRAIN RIDERS DURING SUMMER SHUTDOWN

MTA to Provide Free Transfers Between Broadway G and Lorimer J/M stops, among other solutions

BROOKLYN – At the request State Senator Daniel Squadron and local elected officials, the MTA has agreed to a series of solutions to ensure New Yorkers who rely on the G train will not be stranded when the agency closes the line for five weeks this summer to make Sandy-related repairs. The proposed solutions arose from an April town hall that Squadron held in conjunction with area elected officials including Congressmember Velazquez; City Comptroller Stringer; State Senators Dilan, Gianaris, and Montgomery; Assemblymembers Brennan, Davila, Lentol, and Millman; and City Councilmembers Levin, Cornegy, Cumbo, Lander, Reynoso, and Van Bramer, as well as community members and representatives from the MTA, DOT, EDC, and NYPD to address residents’ and businesses’ concerns regarding the shutdown.

May 14, 2014
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SENATOR SQUADRON, ELECTEDS, & ADVOCATES HOLD TOWN HALL ON 5-WEEK SUMMER SUSPENSION OF G TRAIN

Squadron: Shutdown can’t mean stranded commuters

Electeds, agencies, and community come together to offer alternatives

BROOKLYN – State Senator Daniel Squadron was set to be joined by City Comptroller Stringer, Brooklyn Borough President Adams, State Senator Dilan, and Assemblymembers Lentol and Davila for a town hall with community members and representatives from the MTA, City DOT, EDC, and the NYPD on solutions to the 5-week suspension of the G train between Nassau Avenue and Long Island City planned for this summer.

The G train is a vital lifeline for residents and businesses throughout Brooklyn and Queens. With the Sandy-related closure of the G train tunnel between the boroughs, the town hall provides an opportunity to raise concerns and suggest solutions to ensure riders are not stranded. 

“A closure like this is going to be painful, but we have to make sure the shutdown doesn’t mean stranded businesses and residents,” said State Senator Daniel Squadron. “By having the city and state come together now, we're letting the community provide solutions so that people have options. I look forward to working with the agencies and my colleagues to make the solutions suggested tonight a reality.”

April 4, 2014
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Senator Dilan Announces Passage of 2014 – 2015 State Budget

$138 billion spending plan funds citywide Pre-K, increases to TAP and higher-ed opportunity programs.Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Bushwick) announced the passage of  a $138 billion budget that includes $300 million for universal Pre Kindergarten programs in New York City, new government reforms and increased funding to social programs.“This year’s budget has made great strides to meet new, and greater demands while continuing to offset the gaps left by previous year’s cuts. I commend Governor Cuomo and my Senate Colleagues for delivering a responsible spending plan that spends smart, invests in our students, and offers some much-needed relief for our working families,” said Senator Dilan.  

April 1, 2014
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SENATOR VALESKY HAILS PASSAGE OF FOURTH CONSECUTIVE ON-TIME STATE BUDGET

ALBANY, NY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today lauded the passage of the state’s fourth and historic consecutive on-time budget. This has not been accomplished with the same Governor and legislative leaders in more than 40 years.

April 1, 2014
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Op-ed: No. 7 Train closures can’t close Long Island City

Each year the residents of western Queens, and Long Island City in particular, wonder anxiously how many weekends the MTA will shut down the No. 7 train. In past years, the MTA did not even provide advance warning, adding insult to injury. All the prior notice in the world, however, cannot ease the pain of the 22 weekend closures we face in 2014.

Western Queens is home to the fastest-growing, most exciting neighborhoods in the five boroughs, and Long Island City continues to set the pace. People from all over flock here to live and raise their families, visit our wonderful cultural attractions, sample our world-class restaurants and enjoy our beautiful green spaces. Long Island City, and all of western Queens, deserves increased mass transit options, not ones that are being slashed.

March 26, 2014
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MTA hosts 7 train discussion with elected officials

As Senator Gianaris continued to fight for better 7 train service in western Queens, he attended a meeting with the MTA about upcoming 7 train weekend closures. Senator Gianaris discussed the meeting with the LIC/Astoria Journal; read the full story here

March 26, 2014
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Senator Dilan Outlines Transportation Budget Priorities

Senator Dilan delivers his budget priorities during a Monday, March 17, joint conference committee hearing on the proposed transportation budget.

March 18, 2014
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Community Town Hall on the Summer Shutdown of the G Train

State Senator Dilan will join Senator Squadron, US Rep. Maloney, Assemblyman Lentol, Councilmember Levin, Borough President Adams and CB1  for a community town hall on the summer shutdown of the G Train on Thursday, April 3, 6 p.m. On July 26, through September 1, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will suspend G Train service between Long Island City and Nassau Avenue to make Superstorm Sandy-related repairs. Although, the MTA will provide full shuttle service for G riders, Senator Dilan, local elected and rider advocates want to provide the community a forum to discuss additional measures that may be taken to accommodate riders.

March 13, 2014
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NY lawmakers want money for pedestrians, cyclists

ALBANY, N.Y. — A group of New York senators is seeking $20 million in funding for bicycles and pedestrian safety as well as infrastructure to be included in the coming fiscal year.

A letter circulated by Sen. Martin Malave Dilan asks the Senate leadership to include the money in the Senate's budget bill due next week.

Parks and Trails New York, the Tri-State Transportation Campaign and the New York Bicycling Coalition have been urging lawmakers to add funding for bicyclist and pedestrian infrastructure to the budget.

According to the letter signed by 20 senators, a federal transportation law cut the state's money for bicycle and pedestrian projects by $12 million a year.

March 7, 2014
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ON THE UP AND UP: SQUADRON, SILVER, MALONEY, VELAZQUEZ, BREWER, CHIN ANNOUNCE THAT EAST BROADWAY F ESCALATOR RETURNS TO SERVICE

Escalator Comes Back Online After 19 Months, Following Push By Electeds & Community

LOWER EAST SIDE -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Congressmembers Carolyn Maloney and Nydia Velazquez, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and Councilmember Margaret Chin announced that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has finally completed repairs to the escalator at the East Broadway F train subway station following an extensive push by the elected officials and the community. The escalator has been out of service since August 2012; it briefly came back online last week but was quickly taken out of service due to electrical issues that agencies say are now resolved. 

Last month, Squadron and his colleagues led a rally urging the MTA to once and for all complete the repairs. The lack of an escalator took a particularly heavy toll on the Lower East Side community, which is not as well served by public transit as some other communities, and which is home to a large number of elderly residents.

February 24, 2014
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SQUADRON, SILVER, MALONEY, CHIN, COMMUNITY, RIDERS ALLIANCE RALLY FOR RESTORED ESCALATOR SERVICE AT EAST BROADWAY F STOP

Escalator Has Been Out of Service Since August 2012

LOWER EAST SIDE -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, and Councilmember Margaret Chin joined dozens of community members and the Riders Alliance at a rally to urge the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to finally complete repairs to the escalator at the East Broadway F train subway station. 

January 31, 2014
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO: GOVERNOR WRONG TO VETO LEGISLATION TO GIVE PUBLIC MORE INPUT ON PROPOSED MTA FARE, TOLL, AND SERVICE CHANGES

Legislation Would Have Required MTA to Hold Public Hearings Regarding Changes in Fares, Tolls, or Services in All Affected Regions

     “I am extremely disappointed that Governor Cuomo vetoed legislation I sponsored that would ensure that all residents affected by any proposed Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) fare increase, toll hike, or major service change are able to voice their concerns.

November 14, 2013
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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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