Issues: Transportation

SENATOR CARLUCCI CALLS FOR “SAFER CROSSINGS”

In wake of the Metro-North Train #659 collision, Senator Carlucci has introduced S3858, legislation that will direct the department of transportation the authority to collaborate with other organizations to find out which grade crossing lanes are not safe, and how much it would cost to fix them.

The bill, S3858 will Although the numbers of accidents and fatalities at level grade rail crossings have fallen steadily on a national level, they have increased in New York State.

February 20, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Transportation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Transportation  Senator Joseph E. Robach, Chair  10:30 AM, Thursday, February 26, 2015  Room 804 LOB

February 26, 10:30 AM - 10:35 AM
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Kennedy & Panepinto Say WNY Roads Are Crumbling, More Funding Needed

Senators: Extra $200 Million for CHIPs Would Only Be a “Chip” Out of $5 Billion Surplus

47% of Local Roads in NYS In Need of Rehabilitation 

February 18, 2015
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'Officials: I-86 is key to region's economic future' ~ I-86 Corridor Project gets underway to develop strategic action plan

from the February 13th Elmira Star-Gazette:

"Attracting and retaining businesses along a section of Interstate 86 from the Town of Erwin to the City of Elmira is the objective of an economic blueprint that is now is being created.

The recently formed regional planning team for the I-86 Corridor Project is in the initial stages of developing a strategic action plan intended to result in economic growth in Chemung and Steuben counties."

February 18, 2015
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R LINE SUSPENSION FEBRUARY 13th TO FEBRUARY 16th, AND FEBRUARY 16th TO 17th

From 11:45 p.m. to 6:30 a.m., Friday, February 13 to Monday, February 16, and from 11:45 p.m. Monday, February 16 to 5 a.m. Tuesday, February 17, service is suspended from 59 St and 36 St in Brooklyn. As an alternate, take the N.

February 13, 2015
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Worried about Centro's proposed service cuts? Here's what you can do

By Teri Weaver on February 03, 2015 at 10:23 AM, updated February 04, 2015 at 2:27 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Centro, last week, announced proposed cuts to late-night and weekend services to make up for a $4.5 million budget gap.

The proposals are preliminary.

But they are significant: Centro would end bus routes after 9 p.m. on weeknights, after 7 p.m. on Saturdays and all service on Sundays.

Centro officials are talking with state leaders about solutions to its budget woes to avoid the drastic changes and steer the bus authority onto better, long-term financial footing. Centro officials also have asked the public to weigh in.

February 12, 2015
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Gallivan Re-Introduces Alix's Law

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes (D-Buffalo) have introduced legislation (S.405/A.4760) that would make it illegal to leave the scene of an accident while intoxicated.

February 6, 2015
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Public Hearing: Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Budget and Finances

Senate Standing Committee on Transportaion Chair: Senator Joseph E. Robach Senate Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Capital Investment Chair: Senator Carl L Marcellino Public Hearing: To examine the changes necessary to prevent annual operating deficits, stop the continuing cycle of increased fares and decreased services, and discuss funding options for the Capital Plan. Place: Legislative Office Building, Hearing Room A , Albany, NY Time: 10:30 A.M. Contact: Debbie Peck Kelleher (518) 455-2390 Media Contact: Kathy Wilson 516 922-1811, Steve Barz 585-225-3650 ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

March 2, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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Public Hearing: Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Budget and Finances

Senate Standing Committee on Transportaion Chair: Senator Joseph E. Robach Senate Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Capital Investment Chair: Senator Carl L Marcellino Public Hearing: To examine the changes necessary to prevent annual operating deficits, stop the continuing cycle of increased fares and decreased services, and discuss funding options for the Capital Plan. Place: Legislative Office Building, Hearing Room A , Albany, NY Time: 10:30 A.M. Contact: Debbie Peck Kelleher (518) 455-2390 Media Contact: Kathy Wilson 516 922-1811, Steve Barz 585-225-3650 ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

March 2, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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Committee Meeting: Transportation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Transportation  Senator Joseph E. Robach, Chair  10:30 AM, Tuesday, February 10, 2015  Room 804 LOB

February 10, 10:30 AM - 10:36 AM
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Statement from Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos

"My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims of the terrible Metro North tragedy that occurred last night in Westchester County.  I have been in touch with Senator Murphy, whose district includes Valhalla, and have communicated our desire to help in any way possible.  We will continue to monitor the situation in the days and weeks ahead, and hope the upcoming investigation can shed light on exactly what happened and how we can prevent a similar incident from taking place again.  As a State, we must do more to ensure the safety of commuters who rely every day on this critical mode of transportation in New York City and its surrounding suburbs."

February 4, 2015
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STATE SENATOR JOSEPH P. ADDABBO, JR. STATEMENT ON STATE OF THE CITY ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR THE ROCKAWAYS

"The Mayor's announcements regarding the Rockaways gives me hope the Peninsula can emerge from decades of isolation stronger than ever. It is high time oru city make use of the area's untapped economic, commercial potential. Infrastructure upgrades are necessary to keep our community safe from any future storms and to also assure new residents that residing in the Rockaways is a one-of-a-kind experience. A ferry service is the icing on that cake -- if the Peninsula is accessible, it is desirable.

February 4, 2015
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SQUADRON STATEMENT ON MAYOR DE BLASIO’S CITYWIDE FERRY SERVICE PROPOSAL

Squadron: Big Deal for Transit Underserved Waterfront Communities

NEW YORK – State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement in response to Mayor de Blasio’s expanded citywide ferry service proposal:

February 3, 2015
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Senator Gianaris Statement on Future of Sunnyside Yards

(Queens, NY) Senator Michael Gianaris issued the following statement regarding any possible development at Sunnyside Yards.

“Mayor de Blasio is right that western Queens needs more affordable middle class housing so we can maintain the character of our growing neighborhoods,” said Senator Gianaris. “It is critical that the discussion regarding Sunnyside Yards includes the community and focuses on providing the additional infrastructure we desperately need. Any future development must bring with it more and better schools, new parks and open spaces, and vastly improved mass transit, particularly on the 7 line. I look forward to working with the Mayor to ensure our existing community is consulted and protected as this process unfolds.”

February 3, 2015
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STATE SENATOR JOSEPH P. ADDABBO, JR. STATEMENT ON MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO’S CITYWIDE FERRY SYSTEM ANNOUNCEMENT

"I thank the mayor for recognizing the transportation needs of my constituents in the Rockaways and also for acknowledging the economic potential the Peninsula holds. I have said and will say again, a ferry service is the Rockaways most viable transportation option and can bring great economic advantages. Including the Rockaways as part of a citywide ferry system to me makes it a more secure service that will hopefully continue permanently. 

February 3, 2015
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ADDABBO TO MAYOR: REACTIVATE A PERMANENT, FULL-TIME FERRY SERVICE IN ROCKAWAY

Queens, NY (February 3, 2015) – State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr. this week sent a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio, requesting the reinstatement of a full-time ferry service in the Rockaways following the closure of the Rockaway Ferry in October 2014. 

February 3, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Important Testimony from the Transportation Hearing on Your Voice

Budget hearings are underway in Albany, and as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator John A. DeFrancisco has been asking tough questions of those state department heaads, who will help shape the 2014-15 State Budget.

On this week’s program of Your Voice, Senator DeFrancisco shares some video highlights from Tuesday’s Transportation Hearing, including his questioning of NYS DOT Commissioner Joan McDonald on the unequal funding of Upstate transit and the future of the Interstate 81 project through the City of Syracuse.

You can also hear more about upcoming budget hearings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 3, 2015
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Senator Panepinto questions Robert Megna at the Transportation Budget Hearing

January 29, 2015 - Senator Penepinto questions Acting Executive Director of the NYS Thruway Authority Robert Megna on the state's handling of the devastating November snow storm at the Transportation Budget Hearing in Albany.

February 3, 2015
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