Issues: PANYNJ (Port Authority of New York and New Jersey)

Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014
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NEW YORK LEGISLATURE PASSES HISTORIC, BI-STATE LEGISLATION TO CREATE TRANSPARENCY & ACCOUNTABILITY AT PORT AUTHORITY OF NY & NJ

Bill Imposes Comprehensive Transparency and Accountability Standards to Bi-State Agency; Includes New Requirements for Public Participation and Reporting

 

June 18, 2014
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Senator Hoylman Hails Passage of Bill to Shine Light on Port Authority Records

New York, NY— Today, State Senator Brad Hoylman (D – Manhattan), ranking member of the Senate Investigations and Government Operations Committee, hailed the Senate’s passage of S.6718A to close the loophole that exempts the Port Authority from the New York State’s Freedom of Information Law (FOIL). Senator Hoylman first called for increased transparency of Port Authority records when he introduced the Port Authority Open Government Act (S.

May 28, 2014
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NY Daily News: State Sen. Brad Hoylman to Introduce Bill to Make Port Authority more Transparent

February 11, 2014 : By Glenn Blain 

ALBANY - In the wake of Gov. Christie’s Bridgegate scandal, a state lawmaker from Manhattan is looking to shed light on the inner workings of the Port Authority.

Sen. Brad Hoylman, a Democrat, plans to introduce legislation Tuesday that would make the Port Authority comply with the state’s Freedom of Information Law governing the release of internal documents.

“We might avoid future bridgegates if the public and the press had more leverage over confidential documents,” Hoylman told the Daily News.

February 11, 2014
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New York Airports to Get Noise Study

Senator Martins, the bill sponsor, thanks residents for their diligence on airplane noise issue

Residents of Nassau County have long been outspoken about noise generated from low-flying airplanes and now it appears that their voices have risen above the airplane noise. 

November 15, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS TO HOST IMPORTANT AIRPLANE NOISE HEARING ON OCTOBER 28

From Senator Jack M. Martins:

I am asking for your help in our continuing fight against deafening airplane noise in our community.

The Port Authority is looking to expand and reconfigure runways at JFK airport which will result in increased air traffic and aircraft noise over our neighborhoods.  Now is the time for us to raise our voices before they are drowned out by the roar of aircraft engines overhead.

October 22, 2013
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Department of Financial Services to Speek Resolution of Insurance Claims in Areas Affected by SANDY

The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.

February 27, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013
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SENATOR LANZA ANNOUNCES PORT AUTHORITY REACHES AGREEMENT IN PRINCIPLE WITH NY CONTAINER TERMINAL

Agreement will keep New York Container Terminal in Howland Hook through 2029, retain 500 jobs and ensure significant investments to enhance the facility's competitiveness

September 20, 2012
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IN THE NEWS - STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE: Staten Island pols cheer D.C. probe of toll hikes

Published: Friday, July 20, 2012, 1:00 AM by Tom Wrobleski

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.  --- Staten Island officials who have slammed draconian toll hikes are applauding a new federal probe of toll increases on Port Authority of New York and New Jersey bridges and other spans in the region.

The federal Government Accountability Office said is it has begun investigating toll increases on bridges in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

GAO spokesman Ned Griffith said the agency is looking into whether bi-state transportation authorities are accountable.

The authorities, including the Port Authority, were created by compacts approved by Congress.

July 20, 2012
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SQUADRON WELCOMES APPROVAL OF SHORE POWER FOR BROOKLYN CRUISE TERMINAL

BROOKLYN -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron welcomed the Port Authority's approval of an agreement to bring shore power to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook. 

The agreement, which was reached over a year ago at the urging of Senator Squadron and other community leaders but was not approved until today, will allow cruise ships to plug into the electrical grid rather than burning diesel fuels while idling at the port. The Port Authority expects implementation to be completed by 2014.

June 28, 2012
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IN THE NEWS: Fine points of Port Authority toll plan reveal a better deal for Staten Island drivers

Published: Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 6:02 AM

By Judy L. Randall


STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The good news just got better.

The two state lawmakers here who worked with the Cuomo administration to craft the residential toll discount plan for P.A. bridges today shed additional light on the savings Staten Island drivers can expect.

June 26, 2012
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Governor Cuomo in Syracuse to Discuss Budget

I was pleased to join Governor Cuomo in discussing budget accomplishments for Central New York. Click the link for more details.

File: 
Gov Cuomo CNY Budget Presentation.pdf

April 5, 2012
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Senator Gallivan Addresses 2012 State Budget In Video Message

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) speaks to the taxpayers and families of Western New York concerning the just enacted 2012 State Budget.

April 4, 2012
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State Passes Fiscally Responsible Budget That Respects Taxpayers

Budget Comes Early, Controls Spending and Holds The Line On Taxes

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan hailed the 2012 state budget today as lawmakers approved the spending plan ahead of the April 1st deadline, marking the second consecutive year New York State will enact an on-time budget.

“Passing a second on-time budget in as many years is indicative of the larger progress we’ve seen lately in Albany. Just as late budgets were once a symbol of dysfunction, on-time budgets are symbolic of continued progress,” the Senator said. “Even more important than passing an on-time budget, is that we passed a fiscally responsible budget that respects New York’s taxpayers and keeps the State moving forward.”

April 3, 2012
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Governor Cuomo and Legislative Leaders Announce Agreement on 2012-13 State Budget

Governor Cuomo released the following announcement on March 27, 2012:

The Budget continues the Governor’s commitment to fiscal responsibility while creating jobs and strengthening communities across the state. It closes a multi-billion dollar deficit with no new taxes, fees or gimmicks, limits spending growth to two percent or below for the second year in a row, and launches the New York Works Task Force to invest billions of dollars to rebuild the state's roads, bridges, parks, and other infrastructure and create tens of thousands of jobs.

March 29, 2012
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SQUADRON ON WTC: PLAN MUST INCREASE ACCESS WHILE ENSURING SECURITY

In Testimony, Squadron Lays Out Ideas for Improved Access, Including Off-Site Vehicle Screening and MTA Bus Service Through Site

NEW YORK -- This week, State Senator Daniel Squadron submitted testimony on the draft World Trade Center Campus Security Plan, arguing that it is possible to increase access to and passage through the site while ensuring security. 

"The design and rebuilding of the site after September 11th, 2001, promised a reconnection to the grid. With a booming residential and commercial population in Battery Park City, Greenwich South, Tribeca, and the Financial District, it is as important as ever that the site is woven into the fabric of Lower Manhattan," said Squadron.

March 28, 2012
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IN THE NEWS: Staten Island Advance Editorial - Keep the pressure on

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2012, 7:55 AM by Staten Island Advance Editorial

March 23, 2012
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IN THE NEWS: NY1 - N.Y., N.J. Lawmakers Team Up To Try To Make Port Authority More Accountable

A coordinated effort is underway between lawmakers in Albany and Trenton, N.J. to impose greater accountability on the Port Authority, in response to toll hikes last summer and a recent audit of the agency. NY1's Zack Fink filed the following report.

 

Long before Port Authority toll raises were approved, there were concerns about cost overruns at the World Trade Center site, where the agency has made significant public investment.

March 20, 2012
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