Issues: MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority)

Senator Stavisky Voices Opposition to Lunar New Year 7 Train Closures

 

Senator Stavisky fights alongside local politicians, small business owners, and community leaders to keep the 7 Train running during Lunar New Year for her Asian constituents at a press conference at the Sheraton LaGuardia.

 

December 11, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES LIRR TO RESUME FULL RUSH HOUR SERVICE ON MONDAY

New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, today announced that the Long Island Rail Road will resume full rush hour service this Monday, December 10th. This marks the first time since Hurricane Sandy that the Long Island Rail Road is operating at full service capacity.    

December 8, 2012
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Senator Fuschillo Opposes LIRR Fare Increase Proposal

                                                  November 27, 2012

 

Members of the Board

Metropolitan Transportation Authority

347 Madison Avenue, 5th Floor

New York, New York 10017

 

Dear Members of the Board:

     I am writing to strongly urge you to reject the proposed MTA fare increases because of the harmful effect they will have on your customers.

November 27, 2012
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Squadron Welcomes Announcement of First Class at NYU Applied Sciences Institute Next Fall

Tech Triangle Bus Route to Launch Next Year, Connecting CUSP and Downtown Brooklyn with DUMBO, Navy Yard

BROOKLYN -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron welcomed NYU and NYU-Poly's announcement that the new Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) will launch its first programs and host its first class next fall. 

For years, Squadron, along with his colleagues, urged the MTA to make use of its nearly-abandoned former headquarters at 370 Jay Street, which the MTA leased from the City.

Beginning last year, Squadron urged the City to award NYU's proposal for an applied science campus at 370 Jay. In April, the proposal was selected as the second Applied Sciences NYC winner.

November 27, 2012
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November 28, 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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Senator Fuschillo Opposes LIRR Ticket Refund Charge (News 12 Long Island)

Senator Fuschillo appears on News 12 Long Island to offer his thoughts on the MTA's decision to charge LIRR passengers a fee to obtain refunds for tickets they purchased but were unable to use because of a system-wide shutdown due to Hurricane Sandy. Senator Fuschillo is the Chairman of the New York State Senate's Transportation Committee.

November 21, 2012
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Forum/Town Hall: Greenpoint Transportation and Traffic Safety Town Hall

Senator Martin Malave Dilan, Senate Transportation Committee ranker will join Councilmember Stephen Levin, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, New York State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblymember Joe Lentol, the NYC Department of Transportation and the 94th Police Precinct to co-host a Greenpoint Transportation and Traffic Safety Town Hall on Monday, November 19.

Topics to be discussed include:

November 19, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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GALLIVAN ANNOUNCES WAYS WESTERN NEW YORKERS CAN ASSIST DOWNSTATE NEIGHBORS IMPACTED BY SUPERSTORM SANDY

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) today announced several ways that Western New Yorkers, and all New Yorkers, can help the massive relief effort underway in the New York City Metro Area in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy that ravaged the Eastern Seaboard last week.

Gallivan urged New Yorkers to utilize The American Red Cross and Catholic Charities, or other trusted charitable organizations who have strong track records of efficiently and effectively distributing relief aid in disaster situations.

November 5, 2012
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LARKIN URGES EMPLOYERS TO FILE MTA PAYROLL TAX REFUND CLAIMS

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C-I, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today is encouraging employers subject to the MTA payroll tax to file a protective claim for refund with the New York State Department of Tax and Finance before November 2, 2012.

“The MTA is currently appealing a judge’s ruling which found the MTA payroll tax unconstitutional,” said Senator Larkin.  “Should this ruling stand, employers may be eligible for a MTA payroll tax refund, and filing a protective claim is the way to get it.”

October 24, 2012
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October 1, 2012
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Forum/Town Hall: Public Workshop on the 2nd Avenue Subway

Members of the community are invited to attend an MTA public workshop regarding the construction of the Second Avenue Subway, to maintain an open dialogue between the MTA and the community at large. MTA employees and contractors will attend the workshop to facilitate discussion and answer questions. Read the invitation below for more details, and sign up at http://www.mta.info/sas to RSVP.

September 27, 6:00 PM - 7:45 PM
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

The All-You-Can-Eat Buffet

Congratulations taxpayers. I have good news. The New York State Supreme Court ruled the MTA Payroll Tax that drained $1.4 billion from New York’s downstate economy is unconstitutional. Unfortunately, NYC-based interests are already working to overturn the ruling so I want to share some facts before waters are muddied.

August 28, 2012
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Senator Martins Applauds Court Decision Declaring MTA Payroll Tax Unconstitutional

Senator Jack M. Martins joined with his colleagues in state government as well as Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano last week in applauding the State Supreme Court’s decision declaring the MTA Payroll Tax unconstitutional.

The tax, which was imposed in 2009 by the former Senate majority and former Governor, proved to hurt Long Island’s economy at a time when the region was reeling from a national recession by requiring every employer to pay .34 percent of their total payroll to help fund the MTA. The tax was imposed on all schools, businesses, municipalities, hospitals and not-for-profits in seven counties including Nassau and Suffolk within the MTA region. The court concluded that to impose a tax on certain regions in the state was unconstitutional.

August 27, 2012
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STATE SUPREME COURT RULES MTA PAYROLL TAX UNCONSTITUTIONAL

After having personally battled against the unfair and ill-conceived MTA Payroll Tax for more than two years, I’

August 24, 2012
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MTA PAYROLL TAX RULING MET WITH JOY; TRANSIT AUTHORITY PLANS APPEAL

Poughkeepsie Journal: 8.24.12 / Written By: C. Valdez & N. Schutzman

Businesses, commuters glad judge rejected payroll levy

A state Supreme Court justice’s ruling that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s controversial payroll tax is unconstitutional has raised a slew of questions for commuters, business owners and elected officials.

August 24, 2012
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Senator Zeldin Adds To The Record on 2 Important Parts of the MTA Tax Repeal Debate

State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) released the following statement today in response to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) challenging the merits of Wednesday’s ruling by State Supreme Court Justice R. Bruce Cozzens, Jr.

Senator Zeldin also addressed the MTA’s threat to drastically increase fares and cut services as a result:

The MTA Payroll Tax is Unconstitutional

August 24, 2012
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STATEMENT ON MTA PAYROLL TAX RULING

State Supreme Court Judge Bruce Cozzens decision that the onerous MTA Payroll tax is unconstitutional is a win for Long Island. When I voted against the horrific MTA payroll tax in 2009, and for its partial repeal in 2011, I said it was a massive new unfunded mandate that will drive up property taxes, increase taxes on businesses and cause the loss of jobs throughout the MTA region, and it did just that.

August 23, 2012
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Senator Lee Zeldin Reacts to State Supreme Court Ruling to Overturn MTA Payroll Tax

State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley) today applauded the decision of State Supreme Court Justice R. Bruce Cozzins Jr., for ruling the MTA Payroll Tax unconstitutional. Senator Zeldin has been an outspoken critic of this tax which was created in May 2009 to bailout the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).

“The MTA Payroll Tax is an unconstitutional, job killing tax, which should have never been passed in the first place,” said Senator Zeldin. “I was proud to lead the fight for a repeal in the State Legislature and am thankful that the New York State Supreme Court has ruled it unconstitutional. I congratulate the Plaintiffs of the lawsuit for fighting for this decision.”

August 22, 2012
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