Issues: Thruway Authority

Senate Passes the "Brighter Future" Budget Plan

The New York State Senate today passed the “Brighter Future” budget plan that creates a new property tax rebate program for middle-class homeowners, extends historic opportunities to students and makes significant investments in New York’s infrastructure to create good-paying jobs.

March 12, 2015

State Senator Gustavo Rivera Hosts Black History Month Celebration

 In honor of the countless contributions that African-Americans have made to our country, State Senator Gustavo Rivera, the Montefiore Health System, Health First and the Claremont Community Center will host a Black History Month Celebration on Saturday, February 7th from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM.

February 7, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Kennedy: Thruway Authority Answers Questions About November Storm Response at Transportation Budget Hearing

Acting NYSTA Executive Director Also Discusses Possibility of Future Toll Hikes

BUFFALO, N.Y. – NYS Thruway Authority Acting Executive Director Robert Megna today told Senator Tim Kennedy (D-Buffalo) that a team at the Authority is evaluating its response during Buffalo’s November Storm, and intends to put together a set of recommendations based on those findings.

During a Joint Budget Hearing on Transportation in Albany, Kennedy asked Megna what the NYSTA learned from the storm, and what policies were being examined and identified as needing improvement.

January 29, 2015

Senator Gallivan Respondes to State of the State Address & Budget Presentation

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) was in Albany for today’s State of the State Address and budget presentation by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.  This was the fifth State of the State message Senator Gallivan has received since taking office.

January 22, 2015

Western New York Delegation to host roundtable discussion about Winter Storm

Senator Michael Ranzenhofer and Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, co-deans of the Western New York Legislative Delegation, will host a roundtable discussion on Friday, January 9, 2015 to update the entire delegation and observing public on how the incident management protocols developed to respond to weather-related and other traffic emergencies on major thoroughfares in the Buffalo Niagara region functioned during the unprecedented November winter storm.


December 29, 2014

Chanukah is the celebration of Miracles!

"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said.  "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land.  After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps.  But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.

December 17, 2014

Buffalo News: Surplus could close $39 million Thruway gap

Toll hike seems unlikely as officials meet to see if state windfall can solve agency budget deficit

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December 17, 2014

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

Senator Dilan Announces Passage of 2014 – 2015 State Budget

$138 billion spending plan funds citywide Pre-K, increases to TAP and higher-ed opportunity programs.Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Bushwick) announced the passage of  a $138 billion budget that includes $300 million for universal Pre Kindergarten programs in New York City, new government reforms and increased funding to social programs.“This year’s budget has made great strides to meet new, and greater demands while continuing to offset the gaps left by previous year’s cuts. I commend Governor Cuomo and my Senate Colleagues for delivering a responsible spending plan that spends smart, invests in our students, and offers some much-needed relief for our working families,” said Senator Dilan.  

April 1, 2014


ALBANY, NY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today lauded the passage of the state’s fourth and historic consecutive on-time budget. This has not been accomplished with the same Governor and legislative leaders in more than 40 years.

April 1, 2014

Senator Dilan Outlines Transportation Budget Priorities

Senator Dilan delivers his budget priorities during a Monday, March 17, joint conference committee hearing on the proposed transportation budget.

March 18, 2014


State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced her  bill that would improve motorcycle safety by adding motorcycle awareness training to the DMV’s mandatory, pre-licensing courses has passed unanimously the Senate.


“Today, more and more people are using motorcycles to get around, and that means that all drivers need to be more aware of how to safely share the road” said State Senator Patty Ritchie. 


“By adding this training to the DMV’s pre-licensing courses, we can help ensure that new drivers are given the information they need—right from the start—to be more cognizant of motorcycles when they are out on the road.”

June 13, 2013

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

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

Thruway Toll Hike Plan Ditched

ONEONTA, 12/17/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the Thruway Authority’s announcement terminating plans to raise tolls on commercial vehicles:

“When the Thruway Authority floated a proposal to hike tolls on trucks and other commercial vehicles I was among a loud chorus of elected officials, business leaders and concerned citizens denouncing the plot.  

“Abandoning this ill-conceived toll hike plan is the right thing to do.  The Thruway Authority, like the rest of state government, needs to focus on cost saving measures to right the fiscal ship, instead of simply hiking the cost of doing business in New York.

December 17, 2012


When the Thruway Authority proposed a plan for a 45 percent toll increase on trucks and other commercial vehicles earlier this year, I immediately expressed my opinion that it was unacceptable and advocated against the increase. 

I am very pleased with the decision today that this ill-conceived toll hike plan has now been reversed.

The Thruway Authority's proposed toll increase would have had a terrible impact on countless businesses across New York state, hurting job creation and adding new costs for consumers.

December 17, 2012

Statement by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos

I commend Governor Cuomo for taking action to prevent a 45 percent toll hike on trucks that use the New York State Thruway.  This massive proposed increase, which was opposed by Senate Republicans, would have negatively impacted small businesses throughout New York and hurt our efforts to grow the economy.

If we are going to continue the progress we’ve made over the last two years, we’ll need to do it without raising taxes and fees, or increasing the cost of doing business.  This is great news for businesses and taxpayers.


December 17, 2012


     “I am very pleased that the New York State Thruway Authority is abandoning its proposed 45 percent commercial toll increase and will instead be considering a cost savings plan that includes no toll hike.

December 17, 2012

Statement on Thruway Authority Decision to Pull Toll Hike

Earlier today, the New York State Thruway Authority pulled a plan which would have increased tolls on the Thruway 45% for commercial trucks. I would like to thank everyone who signed my on-petition to call on the NYS Thruway Authority NOT to increase tolls. Your voices have been heard by the Authority and our Governor. Also, I would like to thank the folks at Klein Steel, Inc. for their support and hosting a press conference in August that discussed the negative impact a toll hike would have on jobs, the working class, and small businesses in our community. Finally, thanks to Steve Wadhams of Wadhams Enterprises. This time the loud voice of people served democracy well.

December 17, 2012

Senator Kennedy Announces Thruway to Commemorate Anniversary of A.J. Larson’s Death with “Don’t Text While Driving” Message

Digital signs over the NYS Thruway will urge motorists to stay alert behind the wheel with no texting while driving reminder.

Larson’s mother Kelly Cline relentlessly advocated for changes to state law to ban texting while driving. 

Kennedy and Cline Remind Drivers: Keep Your Eyes on the Road and Off Your Phone.

December 3, 2012
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