Issues: MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority)

Full Steam Ahead? Joint Hearing on the MTA’s 2010 - 2014 Capital Plan

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICENEW YORK STATE SENATENotice of Public Hearing

November 30, 2009
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MTA’s $7 Million Dog House

I was beyond stunned when I read the NY Post article that described the MTA’s plan to build a $7 million dog house.  I’ll repeat that just in case you missed it:  a $7 million dog house.  It’s not close to April 1st, so I can assure you; this is no April fools joke. 

November 23, 2009
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SENATORS FUSCHILLO & JOHNSON: NEW REPUBLIC TRAIN STATION, DOUBLE TRACK PROPOSAL VITAL FOR CONTINUED ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ALONG ROUTE 110 CORRIDOR

State Senators Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) and Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District) today announced support for the MTA’s proposal to create a new Republic Train Station and adding a full double track between Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma.

November 9, 2009
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SALAND INTRODUCES BILL TO KILL PAYROLL TAX

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C – Poughkeepsie), an outspoken critic of the MTA bail-out measure, unveiled a proposal to eliminate the payroll tax imposed on Dutchess, Orange, Putnam and Rockland counties.

 

November 4, 2009
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DCAS Wants ‘Transit’ to Do Own Civil Service Hiring

 Claims City Provisionals Down 12% By ARI PAUL

Department of Citywide Administrative Services Commissioner Martha Hirst reported there has been a 12-percent reduction in provisionals working for the city, which she called part of the good news; of the first year of the agency's five-year plan to reduce temporary workers and hold more civil service exams. The Chief-Leader/Michel Friang

October 27, 2009
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO SPEAKS TO NASSAU COUNCIL OF CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE

State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) recently addressed members of the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce.

October 19, 2009
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO CALLS FOR REPEAL OF MTA PAYROLL TAX WHICH HARMS SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS AND NON-PROFIT AGENCIES

Photo caption: Senator Fuschillo (second right) joins with local small businesses, non-profit organizations, and local libraries in calling on Governor Paterson to repeal the MTA payroll tax.

October 16, 2009
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Senator Flanagan Joins With Small Businesses And Non-Profits to Call For Repeal Of MTA Payroll Tax

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with his fellow Long Island Republican Senators, business owners and non-profit organization leaders to call for the repeal of the MTA Payroll Tax.  Joining together with those who will be directly impacted, Senator Flanagan, Senator Kemp Hannon, Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., Senator Owen H.

October 15, 2009
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Help is on the way for F train

By Gary Buiso

Feature article in Brooklyn Heights CourierA ride on the F train might be fraught with delays and commuter dismay, but New York City Transit isn’t prepared just yet to take the blame for overcrowded conditions, the agency said in a report released last week.The fault, the document infers, lies not in the agency, but in ourselves.

October 15, 2009
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Full Line Report on F Train:

This summer, after hearing from so many of you about the poor service you experience every day on the F train, I asked the MTA to do a full line review.

File: 
flinereport.pdf

File: 
F Review - Appendices.pdf

October 14, 2009
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October 11, 2009
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F line finally on track for fixes, says NYC Transit; construction, new subway cars coming to line

By Pete DonohueFeature article in The Daily News

Relief for riders on the F line - one of the longest and most delay prone - is on the way as transit officials are targeting it for a fix, officials said yesterday.

NYC Transit is adding new subway cars on the line, which should reduce breakdowns and improve on-time performance, officials said.

October 9, 2009
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On the F Train, the M.T.A. Confirms What Riders Know

By Michael M. Grynbaum

Feature article in The Cityroom Blog

The F train is slow, prone to delays, frustrating for riders and generally an overstuffed, oft-diverted mess.

October 8, 2009
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Senator Squadron, MTA Announce Release of F Line Review

Full Line Review Called for by Senator Identifies Solutions for Delay-Plagued Line

New York, NY – State Senator Daniel Squadron and the MTA today announced the release of the full line review of the F Train that the Senator called for this summer.  The comprehensive 25-page report details serious problems on the F Line, and offers strategies for improvement.  Senator Squadron praised the MTA for its responsiveness in studying the line and pledged to work with New York City Transit and F train riders to implement solutions to improve service on the line.

October 8, 2009
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TELL ME IT ISN’T SO -- THE MTA IS AT IT AGAIN: A $20 MILLION EMPLOYEE LOUNGE

$20 million dollars dedicated for the renovation of the Grand Central Terminal for an employee lounge?! If improvements were needed, $20 million was not! 

October 5, 2009
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Recording of Senator Squadron's September 23rd community convention follow-up call

On September 23rd, Senator Squadron hosted a conference call to give an update on the goals and priorities outlined at the first-ever 25th District Community Convention  held in March. The discussion focused on buses, subways, MTA funding, and MTA issues, pedestrian safety, street changes, bicycle lanes, traffic control, environmental sustainability, alternative energy and parks and open space.

The call was the first in a series of community convention update calls, all of which are open to the public.

September 24, 2009
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September 8, 2009 Joint Hearing on MTA & Gubernatorial Nominee for Chair & CEO

September 8, 2009 Joint Hearing on MTA & Gubernatorial Nominee for Chair & CEO

 Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

September 16, 2009
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September 8, 2009 Joint Hearing on MTA & Gubernatorial Nominee for Chair & CEO (Part 4)

Governor Paterson nominated Mr. Jay Walder to act as Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Any such nominee must be confirmed by the state Senate. MTA’s next Chair and CEO will come on board at one of the most difficult junctures in the agency’s history. This hearing will provide the public and members of the Senate with an opportunity to hear from Mr. Walder. It will also provide the public an opportunity to weigh in on the nomination and any other issues relevant to the MTA.

September 16, 2009
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September 8, 2009 Joint Hearing on MTA & Gubernatorial Nominee for Chair & CEO (Part 3)

Governor Paterson nominated Mr. Jay Walder to act as Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Any such nominee must be confirmed by the state Senate. MTA’s next Chair and CEO will come on board at one of the most difficult junctures in the agency’s history. This hearing will provide the public and members of the Senate with an opportunity to hear from Mr. Walder. It will also provide the public an opportunity to weigh in on the nomination and any other issues relevant to the MTA.

September 16, 2009
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