Issues: Transportation

Seward Calls For Full Investigation of Property Ownership Along State Route 80

ONEONTA, 09/09/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today said that the New York State Department of Transportation will put a hold on the Route 80 project in order to review ownership and repair issues associated with the properties along State Route 80.  

September 9, 2014
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Summer-Fall 2014 Rural Futures Edition

The Legislative Commission on Rural Resources is proud to have published our Summer-Fall 2014 Rural Futures Edition (click on the link below). We hope you find Rural Futures both interesting and informative. Please feel free to contact the Commission staff with any questions, comments or suggestions. Thank you!

 

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September 4, 2014
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RITCHIE DELIVERS $100,000 IN FUNDING FOR TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENTS IN CNY

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $100,000 in special funding to improve transportation in Oswego County by replacing culverts in the Towns of Hannibal and West Monroe. 

“Doing things like replacing culverts and repairing roads helps to improve our local communities by making transportation more efficient and safer for local residents,” said Senator Ritchie.  “I’m pleased to be able to provide this funding, which will allow the Towns of Hannibal and West Monroe manage the costs associated with making necessary improvements to their roadways.”

According to Town officials, funding will be used to replace culverts on Parson’s Road in the Town of Hannibal and on Morey Road in the Town of West Monroe.

“Parson’s Road is roadway frequented by many people on a near daily basis to help them get from point A to point B,” said Hannibal Town Supervisor Ron Greenleaf. “We thank Senator Ritchie for this essential funding and for recognizing just how important it is to provide our residents with a safe transportation network.”

September 3, 2014
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LOCAL STATE OFFICIALS TO URGE SENIORS TO SIGN UP FOR NEW AND IMPROVED ACCESS A RIDE SERVICE

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-C-I, Brooklyn/Staten Island), will host a press conference on Thursday, September 4, 2014, at 11:30 a.m., at the Fort Hamilton Senior Center, 9941 Fort Hamilton Parkway, to bring awareness of the new and improved access a ride service, and encourage senior and disable citizens to apply for it to meet their transportation needs.

 

Southwest Brooklyn is home to one of the largest senior populations in the City of New York, and recent information brought forth at a public hearing, highlighted the need for more information about this New York City Transit Authority service to be made available.

 

Members of the media are welcome.

September 3, 2014
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SHARE YOUR VISION FOR I-81

As I’m sure you are aware, the elevated portion of Interstate 81, which runs north/south through downtown Syracuse, will reach the end of its useful life in 2017. State and federal officials are in the process of determining the best solution for fixing this important thoroughfare. It’s a decision that will impact Central New Yorkers for many decades. That’s why I would like your input on the future of I -81.

Thank you in advance for completing and returning this short survey to share your vision for I-81, and to help shape our future. Your response will be kept anonymous.

August 29, 2014
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RITCHIE DELIVERS $50,000 TO IMPROVE TRANSPORTATION IN THE TOWN OF THERESA

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $50,000 in special funding to improve transportation in the Town of Theresa by repairing a culvert that sits under a road in the municipality. 

“Ensuring that our local communities have safe and reliable infrastructure—particularly when it comes to our roadways—is a top priority for me,” said Senator Ritchie.  “I’m pleased to provide this funding, which will help the Town of Theresa not only upgrade its transportation network, but also improve safety for local residents.”

According to Town officials, funding will be used to repair a culvert under the Countryman Road, which is frequently used by school buses. 

August 28, 2014
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RITCHIE SECURES $100,000 TO ASSIST CENTRAL SQUARE WITH SIDEWALK IMPROVEMENT EFFORTS, WASTEWATER TREATMENT UPGRADES

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $100,000 to help the Village of Central Square improve transportation for pedestrians and make improvements to its wastewater treatment plant. 

“When you look at any community, there are certain things that stand out as being key to increasing well-being for residents,” said Senator Ritchie.  “A safe, accessible transportation network as well as an environmentally sound wastewater treatment operation are two of those things.  I’m pleased to be able to provide funding that will not only allow the Village to improve its sidewalks, but also will enable it to make upgrades to its wastewater treatment facility.”

August 28, 2014
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RIDERS ALLIANCE, SENATOR SQUADRON, ELECTED OFFICIALS RALLY TO KEEP FREE TRANSFER FOR G, J AND M TRAIN RIDERS

Free Transfer, Set to Expire Next Week, Could Make Commuting Cheaper and Faster for Thousands of Riders

 

BROOKLYN, NY—This morning, the grassroots organization Riders Alliance, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna, Senator Martin Dilan, Assembly Member Joseph Lentol, Council Members Stephen Levin and Antonio Reynoso, and the office of Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez rallied in front of the Broadway G train station to ask the MTA to make permanent a well-received free transfer between the G train at the Broadway station and the J and M trains at Lorimer.

 

August 27, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Secures Funding to Rebuild South Park Avenue and Ridge Road

Kennedy delivers $2.5 million state investment that will repair crumbling South Park Avenue & Ridge Road.

Critical routes through Lackawanna connect residents and visitors to Botanical Gardens, Our Lady of Victory Basilica, waterfront and other important destinations.

August 27, 2014
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RITCHIE SECURES $50,000 TO ASSIST VILLAGE OF ADAMS WITH SIDEWALK IMPROVEMENT EFFORTS

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $50,000 to help the Village of Adams increase accessibility and improve transportation for pedestrians by rehabilitating and extending its sidewalks.

August 25, 2014
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MANHATTAN ELECTED OFFICIALS' STATEMENT ON ENFORCEMENT OF INTERCITY BUS REGULATIONS

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Councilmember Margaret Chin, and Borough President Gale Brewer released the following statement regarding the enforcement of intercity bus regulations:

August 15, 2014
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Senator Gianaris Statement on Possible Citibike Deal

Senator Michael Gianaris released the following statement regarding a possible deal to revive and expand Citibike.

"As news of a possible deal to revive and expand Citibike inches closer to becoming a reality, I renew my commitment to fighting for the inclusion of our neighborhoods in this innovative program. As a result of our hard work since bike share's debut, the DOT promised to include Astoria, Long Island City and Sunnyside in the next phases of expansion. I will work to ensure that those promises are kept no matter the details of any coming deal. Western Queens remains home to some of the most bike friendly neighborhoods in the city, and some of the most underserved by mass transit, making our community perfect for Citibike," said Senator Gianaris.

August 15, 2014
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Senator Gianaris Announces DOT Traffic Safety Improvements Coming to Broadway

“It is good to see DOT continue to make good on its pledge to get serious about improving street safety in Queens,” said State Sen. Michael Gianaris. “For years it seemed our pleas for safer streets would fall on deaf ears, but Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero has brought results to the streets of western Queens,” Gianaris added.

Get the full story at the Sunnyside Post

August 15, 2014
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Senator Gianaris Hails Astoria Bus Improvements

Senator Michael Gianaris celebrated recent improvements in our transit system, saying, "The extension of the Q19 and the streamlining of the Q102 are welcome improvements for western Queens residents. Western Queens was hit hard by the drastic MTA service cuts of 2010, and I've fought since then to get the MTA to see that our growing community needs more public transit options, not less. I'm glad to see we are regaining some service we never should have lost, but even happier to see the MTA taking steps to keep up with our fast-growing neighborhoods."

August 15, 2014
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Senator Gianaris Works Toward Permanent Q103 Expansion

Senator Gianaris spoke with NY1 about permanently expanding Q103 bus service in western Queens. Watch the interview here. 

August 15, 2014
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Senator Hoylman Calls on New York State to Investigate Sightseeing Bus Company with Spotty Safety Record

New York, NY— Today, New York State Senator Brad Hoylman sent a letter to the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) to request an investigation into whether sightseeing bus operator Twin America LLC (“Twin America”) has complied with DOT safety regulations, including the mandatory reporting of accidents.

August 14, 2014
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Klein Bill to Lower City Speed Limit Signed by Governor Cuomo

NEW YORK, NY  - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced Monday that Governor Andrew Cuomo signed his bill authorizing New York City to lower its speed limit from 30 to 25 miles per hour.

August 11, 2014
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August 11, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #28: What To Do With An Extra $4.2 Billion

Recently, a French bank named BNP Paribas admitted laundering $190 billion through financial institutions in our state. The money was originating in Sudan and Iran, two countries blacklisted by ours for their support of terrorist organizations.

The bank is paying a huge fine - $8.9 billion – for its crimes. Our state is receiving $3.6 billion from the settlement. It’s one of five financial settlements that will, together, bring in $4.2 billion in unexpected revenue in the 2015 fiscal year.

August 7, 2014
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Griffo Calls for $4B Investment In Infrastructure, Schools, Tax Relief and Debt Relief

ALBANY – Senator Joseph A. Griffo today outlined how he believes the state should use its net $4.2 billion windfall from five financial settlements, as outlined in Monday’s state Division of Budget financial report (link opens PDF).

“In the context of a $142 billion spending plan, these settlements won’t pay for everything,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “It’s important to maintain perspective and prioritize. Creating new programs and funding pet projects may make some lawmakers look good, but it’s not a good use of a one-time revenue.”

August 5, 2014
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