Issues: MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority)

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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Metro: MTA to add more weekend L trains

By Alison Bowen

Riders on the L train may not have to battle — as much — for elbow room next year.

State senator Daniel Squadron announced yesterday that the MTA will improve service on the crowded line. The MTA will add one more train on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. beginning in December, according to the transit authority.

The MTA also promised to begin adding more L trains on the weekends starting in mid-2012, probably sometime next summer.

“Improving weekend L service is a step toward a subway system that keeps up with its riders,” said Squadron, who did a study of the line.

October 7, 2011
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Daily News: MTA finally moving from derelict headquarters in Brooklyn, promise to sell or rent building

By Erin Durkin

The MTA has finally moved to get rid of its derelict former headquarters in downtown Brooklyn.

The agency announced plans this week to sell off or rent the hulking, mostly vacant building at 370 Jay St. - after years of complaints from local officials that it's an eyesore.

"It's a game-changer for downtown Brooklyn," said Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Downtown Brooklyn), who has urged the MTA to do something with the 14-story structure atop the Jay St. subway station which he said has been a "blight" on the neighborhood for too long.

October 7, 2011
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Squadron: MTA Agrees to Improve L Train Weekend Service

MTA Heeds Squadron’s Call to Review L Line and Improve Weekend Service

MTA Plans to Add Additional Trains By Mid-2012

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron announced that the MTA has heeded his call and plans to improve weekend service on the L train.  Riders can expect to see more frequent trains beginning in mid-2012.

In July, Senator Squadron requested a review of the L line and of weekend F and L train service, similar to the 2009 F train review the MTA undertook at his request. The 2009 review was the first of its kind, resulting in more on-time trains and newer, cleaner subways.

October 3, 2011
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NY1: Lower Manhattan Subway Stop Fully Reopened

After 10 years, the Cortlandt Street subway station fully reopened Tuesday and southbound service on the N and R lines in Lower Manhattan has launched again.

The station, which is located across the street from the World Trade Center, was closed for one year after the September 11th attacks and shut again in August 2005 as part of construction of the $1.4 billion Fulton Street Transit hub.

"This week the world's eyes are on Lower Manhattan. We are opening the station within 10 years of the anniversary of the event. We have taken an appropriate moment, nationally and internationally to remember that horrible day," said Manhattan-Brooklyn Senator Daniel Squadron.

September 27, 2011
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Senator Squadron Reacts to MTA Announcement on 370 Jay Street

BROOKLYN -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement on the MTA's announcement that it plans to make use of 370 Jay Street:

Today, the MTA signaled its intention to make use of 370 Jay Street.

For years, my colleagues and I have called on the MTA to make use of the nearly abandoned building, which has remained a blight on Downtown Brooklyn as the neighborhood continues to grow. By looking for a developer and pursuing office use, the MTA will generate much-needed revenue and bolster Downtown Brooklyn's economy. 

Taking 370 Jay Street out of mothballs and into use will mean dramatic progress in a keystone location for Downtown Brooklyn.

I urge the city and the MTA to quickly issue an RFP in the coming weeks. This will ensure that 370 Jay becomes an asset to the community, rather than a liability.

September 26, 2011
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR ANDREW J. LANZA ON MTA DEBT DOWNGRADE

Recent news that Fitch Ratings, one of the world’s leading credit agencies, downgraded the MTA’s debt rating from an A+ to an A

September 14, 2011
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Hylan Boulevard Transportation Improvement Study

PUBLIC MEETING

MTA NYC Transit (NYCT) and the NYC Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) will present a draft plan of bus treatments and traffic and safety improvements on Hylan Boulevard for public comment.

 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

September 15, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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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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