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.
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.
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.
"The MTA payroll tax must be repealed entirely, not made permanent.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."
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.
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.
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:
“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.”
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
$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.
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.
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.
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.