Issues: MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority)

SENATOR MARTINS EXPRESSES CONCERNS OF LONG ISLAND COMMUTERS

During the Senate Standing Committee on Transportation meeting regarding the nomination of Tom Prendergast as new head of the MTA, Senator Jack M. Martins expressed the concerns of many of the commuters who take the LIRR into the city for work. Among the Senator's points were the frequently at which fare increases are sought and that Penn Station remains at its current capacity to service LIRR riders. Senator Martins had addressed this concern in his column, "From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins," which can be read by CLICKING HERE

June 21, 2013
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Statement from Senator Lee M. Zeldin RE: Senate approval of MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast

“Today, I join my colleagues in approving Thomas Prendergast, the Governors nominee to be the Chairman of the MTA.

As a member of the Senate standing Committee on Transportation, I had the opportunity to discuss with the New MTA Chairman my concerns with the way the MTA currently operates, and some suggestions on how to address those concerns including: enacting cost cutting measures, re-negotiating collective bargaining agreements, measuring the fiscal impact of the real estate transfer tax collections, selling off excess real estate holdings, reducing the cash and investment float and lowering the excessive number of managers and supervisors, just to name a few.

June 20, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO’S LEGISLATION TO GIVE PUBLIC MORE INPUT ON PROPOSED MTA FARE, TOLL, AND SERVICE CHANGES PASSED BY SENATE

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

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced today that the New York State Senate passed legislation he sponsored to make it easier and more convenient for residents who would be affected by any proposed Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) fare increase, toll hike and major service change to voice their concerns.

     The legislation (S776) would require the MTA to hold hearings in each county in which a fare, toll, and/or major service change is proposed.

May 29, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO AND LIRR ANNOUNCE $40 MILLION IMPROVEMENT PROJECT AT MASSAPEQUA TRAIN STATION

     Photo caption: Senator Fuschillo speaks about the new $40 million improvement project at the Massapequa Train Station. He is joined by (l-r) Legislator Michael Venditto, Senator Kemp Hannon, MTA Board Member Mitch Pally, LIRR President Helena Williams, Assemblyman Joseph Saladino, and Assemblyman Tom McKevitt.

May 17, 2013
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Senator Jeff Klein and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. Highlight Major Economic Benefits to Bronx from MTA Metro North Expansion

 

 

Today, New York State Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. joined union leaders, Bronx business owners, employers, homeowners and community leaders to announce economic benefit projections of the MTA Metro North transportation expansion into the Bronx.

May 15, 2013
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Senator Jeff Klein and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. Highlight Major Economic Benefits to Bronx from MTA Metro North Expansion

 

 

Today, New York State Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. joined union leaders, Bronx business owners, employers, homeowners and community leaders to announce economic benefit projections of the MTA Metro North transportation expansion into the Bronx.

May 15, 2013
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SQUADRON, COLLEAGUES URGE MTA TO RESCHEDULE L TRAIN SHUTDOWNS DURING KEY WEEKENDS FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES

BROOKLYN -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Congressmembers Carolyn Maloney and Nydia Velazquez, Senator Martin Dilan, Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, Borough President Marty Markowitz, and Councilman Stephen Levin urged the MTA to reschedule planned shutdowns of the L train on Memorial Day weekend (May 25-28) and during the Northside Festival (June 15-17), key weekends for local small businesses.

May 2, 2013
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Senator Michael Gianaris Pushes Women’s Equality Agenda

Senator Michael Gianaris stood with the National Organization for Women and his Democratic colleagues to voice support for the Women’s Equality Agenda, a 10-point proposal offered by Governor Cuomo. The Women’s Equality Agenda aims to protect women’s rights and end discrimination based on gender. Senator Gianaris believes its passage is essential as New York continues to lead the way forward on the issue of women’s rights.

“New York has a great history as a progressive leader when it comes to women's rights and it is imperative that we continue to lead the nation on this critical issue,” said Senator Gianaris.

“Attempts to roll back hard-fought victories for women's equality are sweeping the country and have proven that this fight is far from over. Passing the Women's Equality Agenda would enshrine in law a woman's right to control her own health care decisions and would be a signal that the women's equality effort continues to move forward, with New York State leading the way.”

April 25, 2013
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

From the “Dept. of Bad Ideas”

I am convinced that somewhere there exists a dingy, grey room, tucked away in the bowels of a huge Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) office building, hidden from any sunlight, deprived of any fresh air, pipes incessantly dripping and smelling of mold and mildew, with the words “Dept. of Bad Ideas” carefully stenciled onto its glass door. There, the excuse-ridden agency hatches the illogical follies that are to be foisted upon sensible taxpayers and hapless commuters. Among the classics that have sprung from the brain trust located there:

April 24, 2013
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SENATE PASSES SENATOR FUSCHILLO’S LEGISLATION TO RAISE FINES FOR FARE-BEATERS

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that the New York State Senate passed legislation he sponsored to raise the fines for fare evasion on New York City Transit. The legislation would allow the MTA to raise the current maximum fine for fare evasion which is so low that it is often cheaper than paying the fare itself.

April 22, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO AND SENATOR ZELDIN OPPOSE MAYORAL CONTROL OF MTA

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the New York State Senate’s Transportation Committee, and Senator Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), a member of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, today announced their strong opposition to a proposal to have the Mayor of New York City have control over the MTA.

April 11, 2013
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Riders Alliance, Senator Squadron, and Senator Dilan Urge MTA to Increase G Train Service to Keep Up with New Ridership Growth

New Numbers Show G Train Ridership Grew More Than Any Other Subway Line in 2012

Call for MTA to Consider New Data as Part of Full Line Review of G Train

BROOKLYN, NY—State Senators Daniel Squadron and Martin Dilan and members of the Riders Alliance called on the MTA today to increase G train service in light of new ridership data that showed G train service increasing by a higher percentage than any other train in the last year.  G train service grew by 4.2% on an average weekday in 2012, according to new ridership data released by the MTA, carrying an average of 2,000 more riders each weekday than in 2011. 

April 10, 2013
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Legislative Report with Senator Dilan

Senator Dilan speaks with 14-year MTA Bus Operator and Fresh Pond Depot Chair, James Beard about the job, the B38 route in Brooklyn, Hurricane Sandy and Transit Worker Union Local 100's ongoing negotiations with the MTA.

March 14, 2013
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Tri-State Transportation Campaign | Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

Winners

NY State Senators Daniel Squadron and Martin Dilan rallied with G train riders in Williamsburg last month. Their efforts resulted in an MTA decision to conduct a full review of the G train.

Read more at Tri-State Transportation Campaign.

February 27, 2013
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Department of Financial Services to Speek Resolution of Insurance Claims in Areas Affected by SANDY

The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.

February 27, 2013
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MTA to assess complaints that much maligned G train is frequently overcrowded, delayed and rerouted

EXCLUSIVE: MTA answers calls issued by state Sens. Daniel Squadron, Martin Malave Dilan for full-scale analysis of G subway line.

Read more at New York daily News.

February 27, 2013
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SENATORS SQUADRON & DILAN: MTA TO CONDUCT FULL LINE REVIEW OF G TRAIN

Squadron, Dilan, Riders Urged Agency to Review G Train Last Month

BROOKLYN – State Senators Daniel Squadron and Martin Malavé Dilan announced today that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will undertake a Full Line Review of the G train at the Senators' urging. The review will be completed by the end of June 2013.

In a letter to the MTA sent on January 27th, Senators Dilan and Squadron urged the agency to conduct a Full Line Review of the G line’s performance – as the MTA has done with the F and the L lines in the past at Senator Squadron's urging. On the same day, Senators Dilan and Squadron and the Riders Alliance hosted a Rally For A Better G Train with elected officials, transit advocates, and riders in Williamsburg. 

February 22, 2013
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