Issues: MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority)

ACCESSING THE MTA BUDGET

Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R, Syosset), Chairman of the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee and  Senator Joseph Robach , 56th District, Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee held a joint committee hearing examining the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) budget and finances. The Senators examined what changes need to be made to prevent predicted deficits at the MTA and stop the continuing cycle of increased fares and decreased services.

March 2, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS ANNOUNCES UNVEILING OF FINAL DESIGN OF HICKSVILLE TRAIN STATION RENOVATION PROJECT

$120 Million State Investment Includes Modernization of Station & Track Enhancements for Better Service

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that New York State has publicly released the final design for the rehabilitation of the Hicksville LIRR Station. The project is a $120 million investment to revitalize the region’s busiest transit hub and kick-start residential and commercial development that could revitalize Hicksville's downtown.

February 24, 2015
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MTA issues update on Metro-North shuttles and train service

VALHALLA, NY - Senator Terrence Murphy released the following mass transit update following yesterday's Metro-North Railroad disaster in Valhalla. It includes an updated shuttle schedule for the afternoon of February 4th (Wednesday).

"I have personally heard from the MTA, on the travel arrangements for tonight's rush hour," Murphy said. "Our office is working on obtaining additional shuttles for key points within the district, like Chappaqua, and also from the areas that are closed down."

Courtesy of Metro-North Railroad

Off Peak & PM Peak Southbound Service

Train service is available from Southeast and Wassaic to Pleasantville.

February 4, 2015
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State Senator Gustavo Rivera Hosts Black History Month Celebration

 In honor of the countless contributions that African-Americans have made to our country, State Senator Gustavo Rivera, the Montefiore Health System, Health First and the Claremont Community Center will host a Black History Month Celebration on Saturday, February 7th from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM.

February 7, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Statement on Metro-North tragedy in 40th district

VALHALLA, NY - Senator Terrence P. Murphy released the following statement on the tragic Metro-North Railroad accident that occured in Valhalla yesterday evening.

"My heart goes out to the families of all those affected by this immense tragedy in Valhalla. We are all praying for them. I thank the dedicated first responders who quickly came to aid of those in need."

"Since the accident, I have been in constant contact with MTA and Metro North officials, as well as my colleagues on the federal, county and local government. My office and I will be available to anyone in the Valhalla community to assist in the recovery from the worst accident in Metro North's history."

February 4, 2015
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Chanukah is the celebration of Miracles!

"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said.  "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land.  After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps.  But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.

December 17, 2014
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Statement from Senator Andrew Lanza

I will not be attending the MTA sponsored Verrazano – Narrows Bridge 50th anniversary event.  The MTA and I undoubtedly celebrate for different reasons.

The Verrazano – Narrows Bridge is an iconic structure and testament to our human spirit, and certainly an integral, if not defining part, of any understanding of the history of Staten Island.

We can celebrate the Bridge’s significance without joining MTA bureaucrats who have demeaned its grandeur and spoiled the party with their continued drive to treat the bridge as no more than a cash register, designed to siphon money from the hard working people of Staten Island. 

November 20, 2014
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Elected Officials Announce MTA Response to Bus Concerns in West Village

Electeds: Agency Agrees To Assess M5 & M21 To Improve Service

Agency Responding To Summer Town Hall And Local Push

MANHATTAN – State Senator Squadron, Borough President Brewer, State Senator Hoylman, Assemblymember Glick, and Councilmembers Johnson and Chin today announced the MTA’s response to concerns raised at a Town Hall on Buses, Subways, and Transit held this summer. The MTA agreed to assess and improve the M5 and the M21 which are particularly important to residents in Greenwich Village and SoHo. The elected officials sent a letter to New York City Transit President Carmen Bianco, attached, thanking him for the MTA’s participation in the Town Hall and commitment to assessing the lines for improved service.

October 31, 2014
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MTA & Kawasaki MWBE Supplier Diversity Outreach Event

The MTA and Kawasaki cordially invite the MWBE community to meet with Kawasaki and their major subcontractors in an effort to achieve MBE & WBE Compliance to manufacture M-9 Railcars through an LIRR/MNR joint procurement. Kawasaki and their major subcontractors will be available to provide an overview of the M-9 Railcar Project and potential subcontracting opportunities through a series of panel discussions, networking opportunities, and Railcar and Components Tour at the Kawasaki Yonkers Plant.

October 30, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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SENATOR MARTINS, SENATOR MARCELLINO, & BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS DEMAND MTA ABANDON PLANS TO MAKE MTA PAYROLL TAX PERMANENT

     Senator Martins discusses why the MTA should abandon its plans to make the MTA payroll tax permanent. He is joined by (l-r) Long Island Business Council Nassau Chairman Rich Bivone, Senator Carl Marcellino, Legislator Rich Nicolello, and Mayor Peter Cavallaro.

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) and Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R-Syosset) today called on the MTA to abandon its plans to make the MTA payroll tax permanent. Senators Martins and Marcellino were joined by business and local government leaders in urging the MTA to reconsider its proposal.

October 1, 2014
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Senator Zeldin: MTA Must Not Bond Against MTA Payroll Tax Revenue

RONKONKOMA— Today, Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I—Shirley), member of the New York State Senate’s Transportation Committee, released the following statement in response to the MTA’s proposal to make the remainder of the MTA Payroll Tax permanent.

“The MTA Payroll Tax should have never been created in the first place. It was part of a $2 billion taxpayer funded bailout of the MTA in 2009, which created a new tax on jobs in the height of a recession. It was created because New York City centric Democrats, who at the time controlled all branches of state government, look at Long Islanders and other NYC suburban taxpayers as their personal ATM.

September 24, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS STATEMENT ON MTA’S ATTEMPT TO MAKE MTA PAYROLL TAX PERMANENT AS PART OF PROPOSED CAPITAL PLAN

"The MTA payroll tax must be repealed entirely, not made permanent. I am disappointed in the MTA's including it as a funding mechanism for their capital plan and will continue to oppose this tax that has robbed businesses and taxpayers on Long Island of hundreds of millions of dollars and countless jobs. The MTA needs to go back to the drawing board and stop treating Long Island like its own ATM."

September 23, 2014
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Senator Lee Zeldin Calls on the MTA to Rescind 8% Pay Raises for Managers

Senator Lee Zeldin Calls on the MTA to Rescind 8% Pay Raises for Managers

RONKONKOMA—Today, Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I—Shirley), member of the New York State Senate’s Transportation Committee, released the following statement in response to MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast’s approval of an eight percent pay raise for management.

"The MTA has some gall dolling out eight percent pay increases to its managers. This is one of the most bloated, top-heavy agencies in the country. They have their hands in the pockets of riders, and even non-riders, on a daily basis. Instead of working to increase the efficiency of the agency, these bureaucrats line their own pockets without missing a beat,” said Senator Zeldin.

September 7, 2014
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RIDERS ALLIANCE, SENATOR SQUADRON, ELECTED OFFICIALS RALLY TO KEEP FREE TRANSFER FOR G, J AND M TRAIN RIDERS

Free Transfer, Set to Expire Next Week, Could Make Commuting Cheaper and Faster for Thousands of Riders

 

BROOKLYN, NY—This morning, the grassroots organization Riders Alliance, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna, Senator Martin Dilan, Assembly Member Joseph Lentol, Council Members Stephen Levin and Antonio Reynoso, and the office of Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez rallied in front of the Broadway G train station to ask the MTA to make permanent a well-received free transfer between the G train at the Broadway station and the J and M trains at Lorimer.

 

August 27, 2014
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ELECTEDS SHARE OPTIONS AS G-TRAIN SHUTDOWN BEGINS

Electeds: India Street Ferry Finally Back in Service; Check-in on Impacts in Ten Days

BROOKLYN -- The G-train shutdown, which begins tonight at 10:30pm, will leave Greenpointers and northern Brooklynites without a vital transportation lifeline for 5-weeks. These repairs will address Sandy-related damage to the subway tunnels between Nassau Avenue and Long Island City. Fortunately, through the advocacy of Senator Squadron, Councilmember Levin, Assemblymember Lentol, and Congresswoman Maloney, the MTA will provide the following accommodations, in addition to a free shuttle bus between the affected stations:

July 28, 2014
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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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