Issues: MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority)

Fall 2010 Albany Update

Dear Friend,

In the last year, there has been a number of important developments in transportation, education, land use and housing in the 26th District that I want to make sure you are aware of. Additionally, in this newsletter, I have included some information about upcoming community events I am hosting, as well as opportunities for you and your family to get involved. I hope you find this information helpful.

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Fall 2010 Neighborhood Update - Fall.pdf

November 30, 2010
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November 2010 Community Bulletin

Message from Liz . . .

As expected, this was a difficult election season. But thanks to the support of so many of you, I was reelected with 70 percent of the vote. First, thank you and know that even if you chose not to vote for me, I will do my very best to serve every constituent of the 26th Senatorial District for the next two years.

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Nov 2010 CB- PRINT.doc

November 30, 2010
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November 29, 2010
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So Where's Staten Island's Subway Line?

So now Mayor Michael Bloomberg is proposing his own version of a rail tunnel connection between Manhattan and New Jersey. Plans call for the No. 7 line to be extended to 12th Avenue and 34th Street on the West Side. But the mayor has floated the idea of extending the No. 7 subway line even farther, into New Jersey Transit’s hub at the Secaucus Junction station.

November 24, 2010
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Savino Calls For Subway, Rail Links For Staten Island With Floating $3B in Federal Funding

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Staten Island should get first crack at $3 billion in federal transportation funding that Mayor Bloomberg would like to see used to extend the No. 7 subway line to New Jersey, state Sen. Diane Savino said."If the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) wants to truly move people out of their cars and onto rail, extending a subway to the Island is the way to do it," said Ms. Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn). "The MTA should complete a 1912 plan that would have rail and freight access from the terminus of Victory Boulevard to Brooklyn, along 67th Street, and then utilize the R train route along Fourth Avenue. The projected cost of the plan is $3 billion, the same as the extension of the 7 line under the Hudson River."

November 20, 2010
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Public Hearing: The Second Avenue Subway Construction

       The Second Avenue Subway is being constructed to provide residents and commuters with additional access to mass transit. However, this endeavor has lead to numerous problems. Many businesses, residents, building owners, and commuters have been adversely affected by the construction which has eliminated parking, diminished sidewalks, and severely blocked access to local businesses. In addition, the scheduled dates of completion have been pushed back, and limited information has been disseminated to impacted businesses and residents.

November 30, 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Rat Attack!

Although the constituents in the 30th senatorial district vary ethnically, culturally and economically, they all encounter the same chronic rat problem whenever they use the subway system.  Most people have a visceral reaction to rats, but that alone is not why we must make every effort to rid them from our subways. 

File: 
Perkins, Rat Report_OfficeFinal.pdf

November 3, 2010
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LANZA SLAMS MTA FOR BRIDGE AND TUNNEL TOLL INCREASES

Today MTA board members, by a vote of 12-to-1, increased tolls on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge $2 to $13, and increased cash tolls by $1 to $6.50 at seven major crossings. Drivers who use E-ZPass will have their tolls increased by 5 percent to $4.80 at major crossings. This comes on the heels of bus and subway fare increases earlier this month.

 

October 27, 2010
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR FUSCHILLO ON MTA BOARD’S DECISION TO RAISE BRIDGE & TUNNEL TOLLS

“Once again, the MTA Board is steering New York State in the wrong direction by asking Long Islanders to pay more, this time by raising cash tolls on major bridges and tunnels from $5.50 to $6.50 and increasing the E-Z Pass toll by 5 percent.              Both residents and businesses will again realize the negative impact of these increases.

October 27, 2010
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MTA Rally and Court Date

Brooklyn - State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) will host a rally and protest against the Metropolitan Transit Authority bus service reductions on Tuesday, October 19, 2010, starting at 5:30 p.m., at the corner of Bay Ridge Avenue and 3rd Avenue.

 

Senator Golden is organizing the rally in advance of the October 21st State Supreme Court hearing where arguments of the lawsuit filed against the Metropolitan Transit Authority will be presented to Judge Kenneth Sherman by expert counsel hired by Senator Golden

 

October 21, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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MTA Rally

Brooklyn - State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) will host a rally and protest against the Metropolitan Transit Authority bus service reductions on Tuesday, October 19, 2010, starting at 5:30 p.m., at the corner of Bay Ridge Avenue and 3rd Avenue.

 

Senator Golden is organizing the rally in advance of the October 21st State Supreme Court hearing where arguments of the lawsuit filed against the Metropolitan Transit Authority will be presented to Judge Kenneth Sherman by expert counsel hired by Senator Golden

 

October 19, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
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October 8, 2010
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR FUSCHILLO ON MTA BOARD’S DECISION TO RAISE FARES

          "I am extremely disappointed that, for the third time in four years, the MTA Board has again voted to raise fares, with LIRR riders facing an fare increase of up to 9.4%. Once again, Long Islanders are being treated like an ATM for the MTA.

October 7, 2010
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Senator Fuschillo's Testimony to the MTA Board Opposing Proposed LIRR Fare Hikes

Following is the testimony Senator Fuschillo gave to the MTA Board of Directors opposing their proposed LIRR fare hikes at their recent public hearing in Garden City:  

Good evening ladies and gentleman.

September 16, 2010
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO & ASSEMBLYMAN SALADINO VISIT MASSAPEQUA PARK LIRR STATION TO INFORM COMMUTERS HOW TO FIGHT MTA’S PROPOSED LIRR FARE HIKES

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and Assemblyman Joseph Saladino (R-Massapequa) today urged commuters at the Massapequa Park Train Station to join them in fighting the MTA’s proposed LIRR fare hike.

September 15, 2010
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SALAND ADMONISHES THE MTA FOR THEIR RUNAWAY SPENDING

Testimony from Senator Steve Saland                                                                    

September 13, 2010
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO & ASSEMBLYMAN SALADINO INFORM MASSAPEQUA COMMUTERS HOW TO FIGHT MTA’S PROPOSED LIRR FARE HIKES

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and Assemblyman Joseph Saladino (R-Massapequa) today visited the Massapequa Train Station to inform residents how they can fight the MTA’s proposed LIRR fare hike.

September 13, 2010
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Will MTA listen at Staten Island hike hearing?

From the Staten Island Advance:

http://blog.silive.com/latest_news/print.html?entry=/2010/09/will_mta_listen_at_hike_hearin.html

Commuters can sound off on the MTA's plan to hike tolls on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to $12 as well as the new higher-priced MetroCards on Thursday.

September 13, 2010
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MTA TO HOLD HEARING ON STATEN ISLAND TO SOLICIT PUBLIC COMMENT ON PROPOSED CHANGES IN FARES AND CROSSING CHARGES

Below is the link to the detailed proposal for changes in fares and tolls, as well as supporting documents and tables.

September 16, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO & ASSEMBLYMAN McDONOUGH INFORM SEAFORD COMMUTERS HOW TO FIGHT MTA’S PROPOSED LIRR FARE HIKES

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and Assemblyman Dave McDonough (R-North Merrick) recently visited the Wantagh and Seaford Train Stations to inform residents how they can fight the MTA’s proposed LIRR fare hike.

September 8, 2010
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