Issues: MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority)

Senator Krueger's Community Bulletin: September 2011

Message from Liz . . .

We are a less than a week away from the 10 year anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001, and just over a week past Hurricane Irene. Each had a very different and complex cause; both left us with the immediate need to rebuild our communities. Both also highlight the importance of interdependence as a fundamental strength of our democratic society. In other words, none of us “do it all by ourselves;” we survive through our inter-relationships and our dependence on institutions. When the basic safety and infrastructure of local communities is damaged, we must rely on others to help us rebuild. It really does “take a village.”

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Senator Krueger's Community Bulletin: Sept 2011

September 7, 2011
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DAILY POUND RIDGE: BALL RENEWS CALL FOR FORENSIC AUDIT OF MTA

 

by Bob Dumas

ALBANY, N.Y. – In the wake of the resignation of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) chair and chief executive officer, Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) is once again calling for a full forensic audit of the (MTA). Ball represents the 40th Senate District, which includes Lewisboro and Pound Ridge.

August 17, 2011
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EXAMINER: BALL AND KATZ CALL FOR FORENSIC AUDIT OF MTA

by Faith Ann Butcher

State Senator Greg Ball and Assemblyman Steve Katz are once again asking Governor Cuomo to do a forensic audit of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.  The lawmakers believe that now, before the governor appoints a new MTA chairman and chief executive officer, is the right time to have the authority’s finances publicly reviewed for corruption and waste. Cuomo will be appointing the person who succeeds the outgoing Jay Walder.

August 16, 2011
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DAILY YORKTOWN: BALL, KATZ & MURPHY CALL FOR AUDIT OF MTA

 

by Jennifer Swift

SOMERS, N.Y. — Northern Westchester politicians serving in Albany are teaming up with local officials to scrutinize the finances of one of the state’s largest entities. State Sen. Greg Ball (R,C – Patterson), Assemblyman Steve Katz (R,I – Yorktown), and other local politicians, including Yorktown Councilman Terrence Murphy, called for a forensic audit of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) at Somers Town Hall Monday afternoon.

August 16, 2011
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DAILY SOMERS: SENATOR BALL DEMANDS IMMEDIATE AUDIT OF MTA

 

by Katherine Pacchiana

SOMERS, N.Y. - Senator Greg Ball (R,C – Patterson) and Assemblyman Steve Katz (R,I – Yorktown) joined forces with Somers officials at Town Hall on Monday afternoon to call for an immediate forensic audit of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). The tag, forensic, indicates a search for facts that can be presented in a court of law.

August 16, 2011
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LOHUD: CUOMO MUST REPLACE CHIEFS OF METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY, POWER AUTHORITY, THRUWAY AUTHORITY

 

Written by: Joseph Spector

ALBANY — Several major public authorities in New York are in the midst of trying to fill their top executive posts after a series of resignations.

August 14, 2011
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LOHUD: BALL, KATZ KEEP BEATING DRUM FOR MTA AUDIT

 

Posted by: Jon Campbell

A pair of Hudson Valley state lawmakers are calling on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to be audited immediately as the organization begins its search for a new chief executive officer.

August 14, 2011
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MEDIA ADVISORY: BALL, KATZ & LOCAL OFFICIALS TO CALL FOR FORENSIC AUDIT OF MTA NOW

 

for Monday, August 15, 2011

State Senator Greg Ball (R,C-Patterson) and Assemblyman Steve Katz (R,I-Yorktown) will be joined by local officials and business leaders at a press conference THIS MONDAY to call for an immediate forensic audit of the Metropolitian Transportation Authority (MTA). The lawmakers believe that the mismanaged authority’s finances should be known and reviewed before the governor appoints a new MTA chair and chief fiscal officer to replace outgoing Jay Walder.

August 11, 2011
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Join the Fight: Sign up to Dump the MTA Tax

On June 15, 2011, the Senate passed my MTA Payroll Tax repeal legislation (S.5596-A/A.8193-A) with a bi-partisan vote, 40-22.

The job-killing MTA Tax represents one of the worst ideas Albany has ever come up with.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver would not allow a vote on this bill in the State Assembly, despite bi-partisan sponsorship in his house. He is obviously not looking out for the best interests of Nassau County taxpayers.

August 9, 2011
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The Villager: Squadron is ‘weekend warrior’ for better F and L train service

By Aidan Gardiner

To weary straphangers waiting on subway platforms for their ride home on the L or F train at 1 a.m., do not fear: There may be a light at the end of the tunnel, because your champion is back in the fight.

State Senator Daniel Squadron has renewed his call for service improvements on the L and F trains. According to Squadron, train service between Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan has not kept pace with community demands.

August 9, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO CONGRATULATES MERRICK RESIDENT ON APPOINTMENT TO MTA INSPECTOR GENERAL MANAGEMENT ADVISORY BOARD

    Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently congratulated Merrick resident Robert Kroll on being appointed to the MTA Inspector General Management Advisory Board.  Mr. Kroll was appointed by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos at the recommendation of Senator Fuschillo.    Members of the MTA Inspector General Advisory Board assist and work with the MTA Inspector General’s Office in its mission to provide independent oversight of the MTA and its subsidiary agencies, including the Long Island Rail Road.

August 4, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO CALLS FOR HIGHER FINES FOR SUBWAY FARE-BEATERS

          Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that he is introducing legislation to raise the fines for those who attempt to avoid paying fares on New York City subways. Fare evasion cost the MTA an estimated $31 million last year alone. 

August 3, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Commends Comptrollers Dinapoli and Liu at Release of MTA Audit

Report shows that MTA is not doing enough to prevent or alert riders of subway service disruptions

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris applauded State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and City Comptroller John Liu as they released a joint audit that takes the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to task for leaving subway riders in the dark about wasteful and unproductive service diversions. According to the audit, subway service diversions are increasing and over budget with little explanation or instruction to riders.

Senator Gianaris on Sunday joined the Comptrollers at a press conference at Queensborough Plaza in Long Island City to announce the audit’s results.

August 1, 2011
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Senator Gianars speaks at a press conference on the results of the latest MTA audit.

The press conference was held by Comptroller DiNapoli and Comptroller Liu at Queensborough Plaza, where they announced the results of their joint-audit of the MTA

August 1, 2011
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SENATOR LANZA & ASSEMBLYWOMAN MALLIOTAKIS SPEAK OUT AGAINST MTA DEBT PROPOSAL

Legislators say fiscal hole shows need for public audit 

Senator Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C-Brooklyn, Staten Island) today railed against the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) plan to help close a $9 billion budget deficit by digging themselves $6.9 billion deeper into debt through new loans and bonds.

August 1, 2011
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Senator Squadron Discusses Ugliest Subway Stations Report, MTA Funding with PIX11's Greg Mocker

Senator Squadron joined PIX11 News' Greg Mocker to discuss Greg's Ugliest Subway Stations Report and the need for sustainable MTA funding that doesn't put the burden on the backs of riders. 

Click here to view the video on PIX11's site.

July 29, 2011
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Senator Squadron Announces Major Progress on Old Fulton Street

Squadron Partners with 84th Precinct to End Scourge of Idling, Illegally Stopped Tour Buses

Works With MTA to Approve Rerouting of B25 Bus at Today’s Board Meeting; Allows Redesign to Move Forward

BROOKLYN – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron announced two dramatic steps forward on Old Fulton Street that will improve quality of life and create a more pedestrian, resident, and business-friendly environment:

July 28, 2011
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LOHUD: MTA CHIEF JAY WALDER CUT COSTS, PUSHED INNOVATION

Written by

Ken Valenti

Jay Walder took over the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in the harshest economic times most people alive now have ever known.

It has been a tough time for the nation’s largest transit agency. The MTA relies in part on real estate tax, and one hit to the agency had come from the crash of the housing market.

July 25, 2011
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After Walder: an MTA to-do list

After Walder: an MTA to-do list

By LEE M. ZELDIN

Last Updated: 3:46 AM, July 25, 2011

Posted: 10:18 PM, July 24, 2011

The sudden resignation of MTA Chair man Jay Walder gives Gov. Cuomo a tremendous chance to improve the agency. While the MTA has made much progress since Walder's arrival, much more work remains. Walder aggressively pursued cost savings -- including those behind his recent announcement that he'd reduced the MTA's capital deficit by another $2 billion. But the finances of the MTA's capital and operating budgets remain dire.

The taxpayers of the 12-county MTA region need those of us in government to face the host of difficult decisions needed to protect the nation's largest mass-transit system.

July 25, 2011
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Statement by Senator Zeldin on Resignation by MTA Chairman Walder

State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) released the following statement in response to Jay Walder's resignation as MTA Chairman:

“While many improvements were made to the MTA under Chairman Walder's tenure, much more work needs to be done.

Here are a dozen suggestions for the next Chairman:

1) Prepare for life after the MTA Payroll Tax. Chairman Walder said it was "impossible", which was simply the wrong answer;

2) Cap the salaries of all MTA employees to no more than Governor Cuomo's salary. The amount of individuals making over $200,000, especially Chairman Walder's $350,000, is insulting to all taxpayers in the 12 county MTA region;

3) Commit to staying in the position through at least December 31, 2014;

July 21, 2011
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