Issues: MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority)

Senator Dilan Stands with TWU Local 100

Sen. Martin Malavé Dilan, ranker on the Senate Transportation Committee, stands in support of TWU Local 100 who are seeking a fair contract for transit workers as part of ongoing negotiations with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

 

 

January 26, 2012
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NY Daily News: State Senate passes $500 fine for subway farebeaters

Bill inspired by Daily News article

 

By Pete Donohue / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Monday, January 23 2012, 5:37 PM

 

The MTA could jack up the fine for farebeating from $100 to $500 under legislation the state Senate passed Monday.

The bill — inspired by a Daily News article — would deter riders from jumping turnstiles or entering through emergency exit gates, Sen. Charles Fuschillo (R-L.I.), who drafted the legislation, said.

"The MTA and its fare-paying riders shouldn't have to spend tens of millions of dollars more each year paying for other people’s illegal free rides," Fuschillo, chairman of the Senate's transportation committee, said.

January 24, 2012
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NY Post: $ocking it to Fare Beaters

By JENNIFER FERMINO

Posted: 12:57 AM, January 24, 2012

Fare beaters might want to think about investing in a monthly MetroCard.

The state Senate yesterday voted to raise the maximum penalty for subway scofflaws to $500 a summons — five times the highest fine currently on the books. The legislation also raises fines on turnstile jumpers from $50 to $100.

“At a time when every dollar counts, the MTA needs stronger tools to discourage fare evasion,” said Sen. Charles Fuschillo (R-LI), the Transportation Committee chairman and sponsor of the bill.

An Assembly version of the bill must pass and be signed by Gov. Cuomo before the higher fines become law.

 

January 24, 2012
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January 19, 2012
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LARKIN COSPONSORS LEGISLATION TO EXEMPT LIBRARIES FROM THE MTA PAYROLL TAX

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today cosponsored legislation to repeal the onerous Metropolitan Commuter Transportation Mobility Tax – otherwise known as the payroll tax - on libraries in the MTA region.

“I am very happy to join my colleagues in sponsoring such an important piece of legislation,” said Senator Larkin.  “Our libraries have never been able to afford this burdensome tax and it is my hope that the Legislature and the Governor will work together to ensure this legislation is signed into law as soon as feasibly possible.  We must do all we can to ensure the survival and growth of our local libraries and easing the tax burden for them is a giant first step towards achieving this goal,” said Larkin. 

January 18, 2012
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Senator Gianaris discusses MTA issues at a Sunnyside town hall

Senator Gianaris speaking at a Sunnyside town hall, hosted by Councilmember Van Bramer, focusing on MTA issues affecting the neighborhood.

January 12, 2012
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SQUADRON WELCOMES LHOTA COMMENTS ON 370 JAY STREET: JAY STREET WILL HAPPEN BEFORE 347 MADISON

Senator Squadron Raised Nearly-Abandoned MTA Building at New Chair’s Confirmation, Urged Agency to Move Forward with NYU-Poly Applied Sciences Proposal

“For years, Downtown Brooklyn’s extraordinary potential has been limited by the nearly-abandoned former MTA headquarters at 370 Jay Street,” said Senator Squadron. “Chairman Lhota’s comments today were a welcome sign of the MTA’s commitment to putting 370 Jay to use. Now, the City and the MTA must work to make NYU-Poly’s proposal a reality – which would bring jobs to Brooklyn, fuel New York’s growing tech sector, and move forward Downtown Brooklyn’s continued revival.”

January 9, 2012
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Independent Democratic Conference Releases 2012 Legislative Agenda

 

NEW YORK, NY - The Independent Democratic Conference  released its 2012 legislative agenda Thursday aimed at strengthening this state's economy, improving the lives of New York residents, and preserving New York's progressive tradition.

The agenda was released on the anniversary of the IDC's formation and after a successful year that saw many of the conference's 2011 priorities made into law.

January 8, 2012
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MARKOWITZ, SQUADRON, COMMUNITY RALLY FOR APPLIED SCIENCES CAMPUS AT 370 JAY ST WITH NYU-POLY PROPOSAL STILL ON TABLE

Markowitz, Squadron: City Should Take This 'Two-for-One' Opportunity, Bring Game-Changing Center for Urban Science & Progress to Downtown Brooklyn

 

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN – Today, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and State Senator Daniel Squadron joined Brooklyn elected officials and community and business leaders to rally in support of New York University’s and the Polytechnic Institute’s proposal for an applied sciences campus at 370 Jay Street.

Putting the long-empty former MTA headquarters at 370 Jay Street to use would be a game-changer for Downtown Brooklyn -- creating a hub for science and technology that connects the budding tech community in DUMBO and the surrounding neighborhoods with NYU-Poly’s proposed Center for Urban Science and Progress, as well as City Tech and Poly’s existing campuses. Elected officials and the community have long called for 370 Jay Street to be put to productive use, and pursuing this proposal would be a major step forward in the continued resurgence of Downtown Brooklyn.

 

December 21, 2011
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SENATOR SQUADRON CONGRATULATES CORNELL & TECHNION, CONTINUES PUSH FOR NYU-POLY 370 JAY PROPOSAL

BROOKLYN -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement congratulating Cornell University and the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology on the selection of their Applied Sciences NYC proposal, and reiterating his call on the City to also select New York University's and the Polytechnic Institute's proposal for a campus at 370 Jay Street in Downtown Brooklyn:

"Since November I have been urging the City to choose NYU-Poly's proposal for an Applied Sciences Center at 370 Jay Street, as one of multiple proposals that is selected.  Today, the Mayor announced a worthy first recipient in the Cornell -Technion proposal and made clear that the competition is not over.  NYU's 370 Jay proposal would be a worthy additional selection -- and a game-changer for Downtown Brooklyn.  My colleagues and I are continuing to work with the City, the MTA, and the community to make it a reality."

December 19, 2011
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Progress being made on MTA East Side Access project

Senator Betty Little stands at the top of an escalator shaft being constructed as part of the East Side Access (ESA) project in Manhattan.    ESA is the nation’s largest transit public works project.  When completed, it will dramatically shorten commute times for Long Island Rail Road passengers, significantly reduce crowding in Penn Station and Penn Station bound trains and h

December 19, 2011
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SENATOR LANZA JOINS GOVERNOR CUOMO FOR BILL SIGNING OF LAW THAT REPEALS THE MTA PAYROLL TAX FOR SMALL BUSINESSES AND SCHOOLS AND REDUCES MIDDLE CLASS INCOME TAX RATES TO LOWEST LEVEL IN 58 YEARS

             Senator Andrew Lanza traveled to West Hempstead, Nassau County yesterday for the signing of a new law, which he helped to author, that will eliminate the

December 13, 2011
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STATE SENATOR LEE ZELDIN JOINS GOVERNOR CUOMO FOR BILL SIGNING OF LAW REPEALING MTA PAYROLL TAX FOR OVER 700K TAXPAYERS

West Hempstead, N.Y. – State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) joined his legislative colleagues and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo this past Monday, December 12, 2011, as the Governor signed into law a new measure to eliminate the MTA Payroll Tax for approximately 80 percent of all employers currently paying the tax. Thousands more will see a reduction.

December 13, 2011
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STATE SENATOR LEE ZELDIN JOINS GOVERNOR CUOMO FOR BILL SIGNING OF LAW REPEALING MTA PAYROLL TAX FOR OVER 700K TAXPAYERS

West Hempstead, N.Y. – State Senator Lee M. Zeldn (R, C, I- Shirley) joined his legislative colleagues and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today as the Governor signed into law a new measure to eliminate the MTA Payroll Tax for approximately 80 percent of all employers currently paying the tax.

Last week, the Legislature passed a bill repealing the MTA Payroll Tax for 78.2 percent of all employers (over 700,000 taxpayers). In addition, thousands more will see a reduction. In addition to the 290,000 employers who will have their tax eliminated, 414,000 self-employed taxpayers will also see the MTA Tax repealed. All elementary and secondary schools, both public and private, will now also be completely exempt from the payroll tax.

December 12, 2011
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GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNS LAW TO PROVIDE RELIEF FOR SMALL BUSINESSES THROUGH REDUCTION OF MTA PAYROLL TAX

In Nassau County, Governor Signs Legislation to Cut Taxes For More Than 700,000 Small Businesses and Self-Employed New Yorkers 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today traveled to West Hempstead, Nassau County, to sign a new law that will reduce the MTA payroll tax, providing relief for more than 290,000 small businesses and more than 410,000 self-employed New Yorkers. The tax reduction is part of the Governor's comprehensive plan, passed by the legislature last week, to create jobs and cut taxes for middle class New Yorkers, and revitalize the state's economy. 

December 12, 2011
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Carlucci Passes Tax Reduction Plan

Senator David Carlucci on Wednesday voted to bring a more fair and progressive tax system to New York that will cut taxes for middle class taxpayers and bring relief to small businesses and non-profit organizations affected by the MTA payroll tax.

December 9, 2011
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December 9, 2011 Senator John Bonacic Cable Show

Senator Bonacic discusses tax relief, MTA Tax Reform and Flood Mitigation funds...

December 9, 2011
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