Issues: MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority)

SENATOR CARLUCCI CALLS FOR EXEMPTING LIBRARIES FROM MTA PAYROLL TAX

Nanuet, NY (February 23, 2012) – Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) today joined with Rockland County public library directors, Rockland County Legislator Harriet Cornell, and Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski to call for exempting all public libraries and library systems from paying the MTA payroll tax in New York State.

February 23, 2012
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MTA to Make House Calls to Check Subway Construction Noise

Fox 5 interviewed Sen. Krueger for this update on the Second Avenue Subway construction. Following a letter from Sen. Krueger and other elected officials, MTA engineers will be making late-night visits to sleepless residents to assess the late-night noise problem.

Fox 5 New York

February 22, 2012
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SQUADRON, COLLEAGUES URGE MTA ACTION ON L TRAIN SHUTDOWNS

Letter to MTA Highlights Ideas To Protect North Brooklyn Small Businesses Following Meeting on Shutdowns’ Impact

Electeds: Commerce Along L Depends on Weekend Visitors

BROOKLYN – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Assemblymember Joseph Lentol, and Councilmember Stephen Levin sent a letter (attached below) to the MTA urging action to mitigate the impact of weekend L train shutdowns on Williamsburg and Greenpoint small businesses.

Yesterday, Senator Squadron, his colleagues and the Northside Merchants Association hosted a meeting with over 30 North Brooklyn businesses who underscored the damaging impact of weekend L train shutdowns on their businesses and brainstormed suggestions that would protect their businesses while allowing necessary work along the line to continue.

February 17, 2012
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Senators Martins and Zeldin Introduce Bill to Eliminate MTA Payroll Tax for All Local Governments

Senator Jack M. Martins and Senator Lee M. Zeldin held a press conference in Nassau County to announce legislation to repeal the MTA Payroll Tax for all villages, towns and counties. Joining the Senators were numerous elected officials included Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. The legislation result in relief for taxpayers.

February 16, 2012
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Williamsburg Small Businesses: Join Sen. Squadron, Northside Merchants & Elected Officials for a Discussion on Recent L Train Shutdowns

State Senator Daniel Squadron, Northside Merchants Association, 

Borough President Marty Markowitz, Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, Councilmember Steve Levin, District Leader Lincoln Restler, District Leader Linda Minucci & Community Board 1 

invite 

SMALL BUSINESSES OF WILLIAMSBURG 

to discuss 

L Train Shutdowns 

February 16, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Next Stop: Congestion and Fare Hikes

All aboard! A bad idea is about to leave the station.

February 13, 2012
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Senators Martins and Zeldin, Assemblymen Thiele and Murray, Introduce Legislation To Repeal MTA Payroll Tax for Suffolk County and Its Towns and Villages

Local Elected Officials Express Support for Legislation

Brookhaven, NY- New York State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) and New York State Assemblyman Dean Murray (R, C- East Patchogue) today joined local elected officials to announce the introduction of State Legislation to fully repeal the MTA Payroll Tax for all counties, towns and villages outside of New York City.

February 6, 2012
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Newsday: NY senators back LIRR second track project

Originally published: January 27, 2012 6:33 PM

Updated: January 27, 2012 6:37 PM

By PATRICIA KITCHEN

New York State Sen. Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. has called on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to "do everything possible to expedite" a proposed project to construct a second track on the Long Island Rail Road line between Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma.

The project is "a critical component of the proposed Republic/Route 110 Corridor HUB project, which would help create additional jobs and economic development for Long Island," said Fuschillo (R-Merrick), chairman of the Senate transportation committee.

January 28, 2012
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SENATORS FUSCHILLO, JOHNSON, AND ZELDIN CALL ON MTA TO ACCELERATE LIRR DOUBLE TRACK PROJECT

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), along with Senator Owen Johnson (R-West Babylon) and Senator Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), called on the MTA to accelerate the proposed double track project, which would help create jobs, promote economic development, and improve LIRR service for thousands of commuters.

January 27, 2012
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SQUADRON WELCOMES LHOTA COMMENTS ON NEED TO EXPAND SUBWAY STATIONS

MTA Chair Singles Out Williamsburg L Stop - Which Will See Additional Trains This Year - As Key Example

BROOKLYN -- State Senator Daniel Squadron welcomed MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota's comments on the need to expand the city's subway stations, made at a joint budget hearing in Albany. Chairman Lhota highlighted increasingly-residential Williamsburg and its L train station as particularly overcrowded. 

January 27, 2012
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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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