Issues: MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority)

SENATOR SALAND RANKED AS TOP "PRO-JOBS SUPPORTER" BY STATE BUSINESS COUNCIL

The Business Council of New York State named Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C - Poughkeepsie) as one of the top pro-jobs supporters in the state legislature as part of its 2011 Voters’ Guide. 

The Business Council of New York State recently released its 2011 Voters’ Guide, which measures New York State Legislators’ commitment to improving the state’s economic climate and performance by scoring their support for key business legislation during the 2011 session. 

December 5, 2011
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Senator Martins Seeks Resolution to Carle Place Train Station Noise

State Senator Jack M.Martins, State Assemblyman Tom McKevitt and Nassau County Legislator Richard Nicolello met with representatives of the Long Island Railroad recently to discuss a problem that has been facing some residents of Carle Place.

Those residents have asked elected officials for help in getting the railroad reduce the volume of announcements being made aboard trains at the Carle Place train station. Some residents in the area say the announcements are so loud, they can clearly hear them from their homes during off hours.

November 30, 2011
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MTA LIC Noise Reducer Complete

The Queens Gazette reported on the recent installment ofsound abatement equipment for the No. 7 train ventilator plant in Hunters Point. Senator Gianaris, Assemblymember Cathy Nolan and Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer worked together to resond to the noise complaints from the MTA East River ventilator. The community can now say goodbye to restless nights and headaches.

November 29, 2011
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Noise abatement equipment muffles ear-splitting MTA fan in Hunters Point

NY Daily News reported on the impact of noise-abating equipment in Hunters Point, which was installed in response to the loudness of a local subway tunnel which had caused headaches and sleepless nights among residents. Senator Gianaris along with Assemblywoman Nolan and Councilman Van Bramer, gathered $700,000 to pay for the quipment.

Noise abatement equipment recently placed on a large fan that exhausts fumes from a nearby subway tunnel has muffled its ear-splitting racket, according to state Sen. Michael Gianaris.

November 22, 2011
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SENATOR BALL, TRUST BUT VERIFY “LHOTA AGREE TO AUDIT, TAX REPEAL”

 

Brewster, N.Y.  – (11/18/11) – Pending Senate confirmation Joseph Lhota will succeed Jay Walder as the chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). In response to Lhota’s appointment Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) is renewing both his call for a repeal of the MTA payroll tax and a full forensic audit of the MTA’s accounting practices.

November 21, 2011
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GIANARIS, NOLAN, VAN BRAMER ANNOUNCE COMPLETION OF MTA NOISE SILENCER PROJECT IN LONG ISLAND CITY

Queens, NY – Due to the efforts of Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Cathy Nolan, and Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, sound abatement equipment for the 7 train ventilator plant in Hunter’s Point has successfully been installed. The elected officials’ secured funding for the equipment last year after complaints of ear-splitting sounds coming from the MTA East River ventilator, located at 50th Avenue between 5th Street and Center Street.

NYC Transit President, Thomas Prendergast, sent a letter to the three elected officials in October indicating that the equipment’s installation was complete and area noise levels reduced.

November 18, 2011
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Squadron Urges City to Award NYU/Poly Applied Sciences Proposal

Campus at 370 Jay Street Would Utilize Long-Empty Keystone Property, Allow Multiple Applied Sciences Proposals To Be Selected

BROOKLYN – State Senator Daniel Squadron is urging the City to move forward with an Applied Sciences in NYC proposal submitted by New York University and the Polytechnic Institute of NYU.  The application proposes a Center for Urban Science and Progress at 370 Jay Street in Downtown Brooklyn.

In a letter to Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert Steel that is also copied to senior officials at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Senator Squadron writes that “pursuing 370 Jay Street would be a major step forward in the resurgence of Downtown Brooklyn, an area that has garnered hundreds of millions of dollars in capital improvements, but in which a full renaissance is stymied by 370 Jay’s current abandonment and disrepair…. NYU’s application presents a long-awaited opportunity.”

November 17, 2011
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SENATOR ZELDIN RECEIVES BUSINESS COUNCIL’S HIGHEST GRADE IN 2011 VOTERS’ GUIDE REPORT

Ronkonkoma, N.Y. – The Business Council of New York State recently released their 2011 Voters’ Guide, which measures New York State legislators’ “Commitment to improving the state’s economic climate and performance by scoring their support for key business legislation during the 2011 session.” Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) received the Business Council’s highest score.

November 15, 2011
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Long Island Business News: LIRR platform smoking ban takes effect

by John Callegari

Published: November 14, 2011

A new law banning smoking on the platforms of Long Island Rail Road train stations took effect Sunday, bringing some harsh penalties along with it.

The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Charles Fuschillo, R-Merrick, and signed into law in August by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, extends existing smoking bans on all indoor mass transportation areas to outdoor ticketing, boarding or platform areas of train stations operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

November 14, 2011
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NEW LIRR SMOKING BAN LAW TAKES EFFECT SUNDAY

Law Bans Smoking on MTA Train Platforms and Boarding Areas

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is reminding residents that a new law he authored to help protect MTA passengers from harmful second hand smoke exposure takes effect Sunday.

The law prohibits smoking at all outdoor ticketing, boarding, and platform areas of train stations operated by the MTA or its subsidiaries, including the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North. The City of New York already enacted a similar law banning smoking on all subway platforms. The law builds upon the existing ban on smoking on indoor mass transportation areas. The law was authored by Senator Fuschillo and Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffe (D-Suffern) and signed by Governor Cuomo on August 15th.

November 10, 2011
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SENATOR SALAND: FIRST REPORT ISSUED ON THE MTA FORENSIC AUDIT REVEALS FISCAL ABUSE

For years, I have been demanding the need for a forensic audit of the MTA.  Under intense public pressure, the Comptroller commenced a forensic audit in 2010.  In the first of a series of reports to be issued by the Comptroller, he points to abuse, manipulation of the system, inflated salaries and pensions, and supervisors signing their own attendance records.  Is anyone surprised? Given the history of fiscal mismanagement of the MTA, I’m willing to bet this first audit is the tip of the iceberg.  And I’m not a betting man.   Perhaps if the Comptroller unearths enough abuse, MTA will at long last be forced to clean up its act, stop wasting our tax dollars, and be forced to live without the payroll tax.

November 10, 2011
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MTA Heeds Sen. Squadron's Call, Formalizes Plans to Improve L Train Service

NEW YORK -- Today, the MTA formally announced plans to improve L train service by mid-2012, following requests by State Senator Daniel Squadron to review and increase service. 

"Today's NYC Transit committee meeting makes official the MTA's plans to heed my call and increase L train service beginning in mid-2012," said Senator Squadron. "This L train improvement is an important step toward a subway system that works for its riders every day of the week."

October 24, 2011
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Forum/Town Hall: Transportation Town Hall: DUMBO, Fulton Ferry Landing, Downtown Brooklyn

Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Member Joan Millman, and Council Member Steve Levin invite you to a

Transportation Town Hall for DUMBO, Fulton Ferry Landing, and Downtown Brooklyn

Please join us for a discussion about on-going transportation issues in our neighborhood, featuring representatives from the MTA, NYC Department of Transportation, and NYPD's 84th Precinct.

RSVP to belinda@danielsquadron.org or 718-802-3818

October 26, 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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October 17, 2011
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Brooklyn Paper Op-Ed: First of all, the 370 Jay St. thing is big news

By Daniel Squadron

We’ve undergone a dramatic transformation in Downtown in recent years, revitalized by an ever-growing stream of businesses, residents, and visitors.

But one piece of the puzzle has been missing, as the former MTA headquarters at 370 Jay St. has stood nearly abandoned for years.

October 7, 2011
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Our Town Downtown: MTA AGREES TO SQUADRON’S PUSH FOR BETTER WEEKEND SERVICE ON THE L

Riders of the L train, the popular, often crowded gray line that ferries New Yorkers to and from Downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn, should expect to have better service by mid-2012, says State Sen. Daniel Squadron. In July, Squadron requested a review of the L line and weekend F and L train service, according to a release distributed by the senator’s office.

October 7, 2011
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DNAinfo/Huffington Post: MTA Looks to Increase L Train Service as Ridership Rises

By Patrick Hedlund

MANHATTAN -- The MTA is looking at increasing rush-hour and weekend service along the crowded L train following inquiries by a local politician into sluggish service on the 14th Street subway line.

State Sen. Daniel Squadron announced Monday that straphangers could see an increase in the frequency of trains starting in mid-2012, after he requested an analysis of the L and F lines this summer.

October 7, 2011
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NY Times: Soon, L Will Mean Less Crowded, Subway Officials Say

The good news for riders is that the sardinelike conditions may soon be coming to an end: subway officials have pledged to run more L trains on the weekends, starting in the summer of 2012, according to State Senator Daniel L. Squadron, a Democrat representing parts of Brooklyn and Manhattan whose office requested the study.

October 7, 2011
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NBC New York: Extra L Train Service to Ease Crowded Brooklyn Rides

State Senator Daniel Squadron of Brooklyn, who helped push for new trains, said, "The MTA has been responsive to our call to actually take a soup-to-nut look at the L line, and actually fix it to meet ridership. That's a good sign for the MTA."

October 7, 2011
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