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

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March 16, 2012
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Senator Fuschillo Supports Reforms to Make Port Authority More Accountable and Transparent

New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) votes "yes" on legislation he cosponsored to make the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey more accountable and transparent.The legislation was introduced following the Port Authority's complete lack of transparency in approving a toll increase last year. Additionally, there have been numerous reports which have raised questions about the Authority's spending practices and financial management.

March 15, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO VOTES FOR PORT AUTHORITY REFORM LEGISLATION

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation he cosponsors to help make the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey more open, accountable, and transparent to residents.

     “The Port Authority has been heading in the wrong direction for far too long. The disgraceful way it treated residents during last year’s toll increase process is just one of far too many examples of why it needs to change the way it operates. More accountability and transparency are sorely needed and long overdue. That’s exactly what this legislation would bring to the Port Authority,” said Senator Fuschillo, Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee. 

March 15, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO INCREASE PORT AUTHORITY ACCOUNTABILITY

Legislation Seeks To Reform Organizational Deficiencies

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to ensure the proper functioning of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as an open, transparent and accountable interstate authority. The bill (S.5878) is named the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Transparency and Accountability Act and is part of a bipartisan, bi-state effort designed to create a new system of accountability at the Port Authority.

March 15, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill to Increase Port Authority Accountability

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to ensure the proper functioning of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as an open, transparent and accountable interstate authority. The bill (S.5878) is named the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Transparency and Accountability Act and is sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R-I, Staten Island). The Act is part of a bipartisan, bi-state effort designed to create a new system of accountability at the Port Authority.  “With passage of this legislation in the New York Senate, we are one step closer to bringing urgently needed reforms to the Port Authority requiring more open, transparent and accountable operations,” said Senator Andrew Lanza.

March 15, 2012
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SENATE PASSES 2012-13 BUDGET RESOLUTION

Gallivan: “Senate Plan Cuts Taxes, Reforms Medicaid, Protects Seniors and Schools.”

The New York State Senate voted to approve its 2012-13 Senate Budget resolution, continuing its focus on state spending, job creation, and structural reform to government.

The Senate budget, at just under $132.5 billion, keeps the total state spending increase below two percent, and spends less than the Executive Budget. The budget closes a $2 billion budget deficit and builds on last year’s successes in putting the state’s fiscal house in order.

March 13, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO & ASSEMBLYMAN WISNIEWSKI TO HOLD JOINT PUBLIC HEARING EXAMINING PORT AUTHORITY’S FINANCES & LACK OF ACCOUNTABILITY

     New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and New Jersey State Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski (D-Sayreville) today announced plans to hold a joint public hearing on the Port Authority’s finances and lack of accountability.  The hearing will be held jointly by the New York State Senate’s Transportation Committee and the New Jersey General Assembly’s Committee on Transportation, Public Works, and Independent Authorities.

     The hearing, which will be held on Friday, April 20th at 10:30 am at the Center for the Arts at the College of Staten Island, will examine the Authority’s spending practices and financial management, as well as ways to make the Authority more accountable and transparent.

March 12, 2012
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NY & NJ LAWMAKERS CALL FOR IMMEDIATE ROLL BACK OF PORT AUTHORITY TOLL HIKES - Staten Island Albany Delegation Calls on Port Authority Board to Roll Back Toll Hikes & Push Governors to SupportReform Legislation

Following yesterdays Interim Consultant's Report on the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, New York State Senator Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island), New York Assemblyman Michael Cusick (D-Staten Island), New Jersey Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-NJ 37th), and the Staten Island

February 8, 2012
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Newsday: Senator Fuschillo-Port Authority 'Lied'

By TED PHILLIPS

A Long Island senator blasted the Port Authority Thursday after it disclosed in court documents last month that this year's toll hikes would not be used to rebuild the World Trade Center.

"During the debate and discussion the Port Authority members . . . [said] this will complete the World Trade Center project," said Sen. Charles Fuschillo Jr. (R-Merrick). He said the authority "lied to the public."

In September, the New York and New Jersey chapters of AAA sued the authority to try to block the hike, arguing that use of funds for non-transportation projects would violate federal laws. The case is scheduled for a hearing in federal court in New York City next week.

December 2, 2011
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IN THE NEWS: Toll of just two bucks and change urged for Staten Island's Port Authority spans

Published by the Staten Island Advance: Monday, November 14, 2011, 8:31 AMby Tom Wrobleski    

http://blog.silive.com/latest_news/print.html?entry=/2011/11/toll_of_just_two_bucks_and_cha.html

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Borough lawmakers are looking to open a new front in the battle against the ramped-up tolls on the Port Authority's three bridges here, a bid that is being thrown down like a gauntlet to the Legislature and to Govs. Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie.

November 15, 2011
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STATEMENT FROM STATE SENATOR MICHAEL GIANARIS ON AGREEMENT TO REBUILD ST. NICHOLAS GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH

“For more than a decade, Greek-Americans have been without our place of worship in one of the most significant locations in this country. This long-awaited deal reminds the world of New York’s emphasis on religious freedom and the value of reconstruction as we continue to remember all we lost on September 11th. I look forward to celebrating the rebuilding of Saint Nicholas with my fellow Greek-Americans and all New Yorkers. I thank the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Governor Cuomo and the Port Authority for their hard work to bring about today’s agreement.”

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October 14, 2011
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Senator Skelos' Statement on the Rebuilding of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church

“Today is a very historic day for the members of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and the entire Greek American community. As the grandson of Greek immigrants, I have worked for years to ensure that this church was rebuilt, and thanks to Archbishop Demetrios, Governor Cuomo, Mayor Bloomberg and countless others, we have finally achieved that reality. Rebuilding St. Nicholas Church at Ground Zero will stand as a strong and hopeful symbol to the world of the revitalization of New York and a fitting reminder of the spiritual journey we have taken together since 9/11.”

October 14, 2011
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IN THE NEWS: Staten Island Advance - Legislators press case for Staten Island residential discount on Jersey crossings

By Tom Wrobleski

http://blog.silive.com/latest_news/print.html?entry=/2011/09/legislators_press_case_for_sta.html

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Staten Island officials are keeping up the fight for a resident discount on the borough's Port Authority bridges in the face of steep toll increases that have recession-weary drivers feeling the pinch.

And one, Rep. Michael Grimm (R-Staten Island/Brooklyn), is taking the battle against the tolls to court.

Grimm is set to submit an amicus (friend of the court) brief in support of the Automobile Club of America's (AAA) lawsuit against the hikes, filed yesterday.

September 28, 2011
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Senator Larkin Joins Local Dignitaries and Port Authority Officials in Unveiling a Piece of the World Trade Center Steel at Stewart Memorial Park located at Stewart Airport

A steel beam from the World Trade Center is unveiled at Stewart Memorial Park across from the main terminal entrance at Stewart Airport.

September 21, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO STATEMENT ON PORT AUTHORITY TOLL INCREASES TAKING EFFECT THIS SUNDAY

“This Sunday, New York’s overtaxed residents and businesses will be forced to pay more yet again when the Port Authority’s toll increase takes effect.  

September 16, 2011
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Outerbridge Crossing EZ-Pass lanes (Traveling into Staten Island) Closed for Maintenance Friday, September 2nd, 12:30 a.m. - 4:00 a.m.

 

The high-speed EZ-Pass lanes at the Outerbridge Crossing will be closed for maintenance starting on Friday, September 2nd at 12:30 am and ending at 4:00 a.m.

In addition, only one travel lane will be open across the span for traffic during these times.

There should be minimal traffic impacts.

September 2, 12:30 AM - 4:30 AM
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JFK Airport Safety Update

Speakers from the Port Authority will be on hand to discuss improvements in security at JFK

airport since the 9/11 attacks.

September 20, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Senator Fuschillo Blasts Port Authority Toll Increase on WABC Radio

Clip from Senator Fuschillo's August 19th appearance on the Joe Crummey show (WABC 770 radio), where he discusses his opposition to the Port Authority's toll increase plan and calls for an independent forensic audit of the Port Authority & re-evaluation of Port Authority's leadership.

August 22, 2011
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