Issues: MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority)

Eye on the Island: Bus System Reprieve

Published in Anton Community Newspapers

By Mike Barry

Remember reading and hearing about how the Republican-controlled New York State Senate allocated $8.6 million toward the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) Long Island Bus (LIB) system, thereby averting significant LIB service reductions this summer?

April 20, 2011
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Senator Dilan Session Comments on Bill to Restore Road and Bridge Fund

Senator Dilan asks Senator Thomas Libous for a explanation of his bill S.1071 before questioning the legislation's ability to restore balance to the state fund dedicated to road and bridge maintenance and construction.

April 13, 2011
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Senator Lee M. Zeldin Announces Next Steps in MTA Payroll Tax Repeal

Ronkonkoma, NY- New York State Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) updated a crowd of over 100 supporters, business owners, and members of the community on the status of his fight to repeal the MTA Payroll Tax.  Pictured with Senator Zeldin (Above, Center) are Assemblyman Al Graf (Above, Left) and Assemblyman Dean Murray (Above Right).

April 11, 2011
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IDC Calls For MTA Forensic Audit

Calling it the only sure way to get to the bottom of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's spending practices, the Independent Democratic Conference today unveiled legislation sponsored by Senator David Carlucci, (D-Rockland/ Orange), that would commence a forensic audit of the public authority.

April 11, 2011
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Senator Martins Helps Save Long Island Bus

Senator Jack M. Martins along with colleagues, Senator Charles Fuschillo and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, saved severe cuts to Long Island Bus by allocating funding from the Senate's MTA capital reserve fund. Riders who depend on Long Island Bus for transportation can continue to use the service. Watch News 12's coverage. 

April 10, 2011
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Senator Lee M. Zeldin Announces Next Steps in MTA Payroll Tax Repeal

Ronkonkoma, NY- New York State Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) updated a crowd of over 100 supporters, business owners, and members of the community on the status of his fight to repeal the MTA Payroll Tax.

The MTA Payroll Tax is a tax which was placed on every business, school, local government, nonprofit and hospital in Suffolk County, costing Suffolk County Taxpayers more than $163,636,074 since its inception 2009.

“Throughout my first 100 days in office, I have been working very hard to deliver on my campaign pledges and principles that sent me to Albany, and I will continue to do so,” said Senator Zeldin. 

April 10, 2011
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Legislative Report with Senator Martin Malave Dilan

April 6, 2011- Senator Dilan discusses 2011 - 2012 Budget, Education, and Transportation

April 7, 2011
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Press Conference: Dump The MTA Payroll Tax Press Conference and Rally

 

Hauppauge, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) will be holding a press conference on Sunday, April 10, 2011, at 1 PM, to call for the repeal of the MTA Payroll Tax.  The event will take place at Pride Products, a local company paying the MTA Payroll Tax.

The MTA Payroll Tax is a tax which was placed on every business, school, local government, nonprofit and hospital in Suffolk County, costing Suffolk County Taxpayers more than $163,636,074 since 2009.

 

April 10, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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MTA, Nassau County, State Legislature Announce Agreement to Save Long Island Bus Service

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Nassau County and State Senate Republicans, lead by Senator Charles Fuschillo (R, Merrick) and Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola), today announced an agreement to stave off proposed cuts to Long Island Bus that would have affected more than half of the bus routes in Nassau County.

April 1, 2011
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Senator Krueger's Closing Remarks on First Round of Budget Bills

Last night, Tuesday, March 29th, the State Senate took up the first two budget bills, which dealt with economic development, transportation and the consolidation of State agencies.

March 30, 2011
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Bill Would Push MTA On Security

Queens Tribune wrote an article on my MTA Security Act that I have introduced in the Senate.

A bill introduced by State Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) would give the state more authority over security on subways, buses, bridges and tunnels.

The legislation, which Gianaris first introduced in the Assembly in 2005, would grant the New York State Director of Homeland Security oversight of the security measures utilized by the MTA at its facilities. DHS would examine the security measures being used by the MTA, and then issue findings and recommendations regarding necessary enhancements.

March 10, 2011
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Independent Democratic Conference Plan would save $37 million; Strengthen State IG Office

The Independent Democratic Conference today released a plan to streamline New York's patchwork Inspector General system and further empower the State Inspector General to be the top watchdog of New York's bureaucracy.

This proposal, which would eliminate overlapping and duplicative layers of state government and consolidate what are often competing operations, would result in $37 million in savings.

March 9, 2011
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The Capitol Pressroom

Senator Dilan will be appearing on today's Capitol Pressroom at 11:20.

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March 9, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Introduces MTA Security Act In The Senate

I have introduced my MTA Security Act (S1968), an important proposal that would protect subway and bus riders. The legislation would grant the State Director of Homeland Security oversight of the security measures utilized by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) at its facilities. The State Department of Homeland Security would examine the security measures being used by the MTA and issue findings and recommendations regarding necessary enhancements. The Director would then be empowered to require the implementation of the recommendations.

March 1, 2011
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