Issues: Transportation

CBS 2 News: Flushing Commons Construction Causes Traffic, Pedestrian Pains

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Flushing Commons will eventually bring open space, housing and retail to downtown Flushing, but right now, construction is creating a problem for pedestrians and drivers alike.

November 25, 2014
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Oneida removes limits on taxis

By Jolene Cleaver, The Oneida Daily Dispatch

POSTED: 11/19/14, 9:55 AM EST | UPDATED: 4 DAYS AGO

ONEIDA >> Among myriad actions at Tuesday’s Common Council meeting, councilors voted to allow an unlimited number of taxi companies in the city.

Councilors voted in favor of repealing a portion of city code that set a maximum number of taxis permitted in Oneida.

Previously, Fred Edick, owner of Oneida Taxi, pointed out that the number of taxis operating in the city went against the city charter, which stated there should be one taxi for every 1,000 people.

November 24, 2014
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Transportation Funding Secured by Senator Young for Allegany County

For Release: Immediate, November 24, 2014

Supplemental Non-Emergency Medicaid Transportation Payment of $36,287 for Allegany County

ALBANY - Elderly, disabled, and other local residents who rely on efficient public transportation options can cheer the news announced by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) that much needed relief for non-emergency Medicaid transportation systems is coming to Allegany County.

November 24, 2014
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Transportation Funding Secured by Senator Young for Chautauqua County

For Release: Immediate, November 24, 2014

Supplemental Non-Emergency Medicaid Transportation Payment of $79,377 for Chautauqua County

ALBANY - Elderly, disabled, and other local residents who rely on efficient public transportation options can cheer the news announced by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) that much needed relief for non-emergency Medicaid transportation systems is coming to Chautauqua County.

November 24, 2014
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BP ADAMS, STATE SENATOR SQUADRON, & ASSEMBLYMEMBER LENTOL TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO RAISE PENALTIES OF TRESPASSING HIGH-PROFILE STRUCTURES

State Legislation Would Increase Penalties for Trespassing on Bridges, Tunnels, Other Critical Infrastructure

BROOKLYN – In response to the third trespassing incident on the Brooklyn Bridge in four months, today, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, State Senator Daniel Squadron, and Assemblymember Joseph Lentol announced state legislation that would raise the penalties for trespassing on critical infrastructure. This comes two days following the third security breach of the Brooklyn Bridge since July, this time by a 23-year-old French tourist. This legislation would fill a gap in current state law, as well as complement a proposal introduced earlier this year by U.S. Senator Charles Schumer that would make it a federal crime to trespass on critical infrastructure with the intent to commit a crime.

November 18, 2014
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I-88 Rest Stop In Worcester To Reopen

ONEONTA, 11/14/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced that the NYSDOT rest area along I-88 eastbound between exits 18 and 19 in Worcester is set to reopen by November 21.

“With the holiday travel season now upon us, I am extremely pleased that this rest stop, a critical component for highway safety, is set to reopen,” said Senator Seward.  “I fought against the NYSDOT decision to shutter this and other rest areas four years ago, and reopening the site was among my top priorities this year.”

November 14, 2014
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State Highway Named In Honor Of Delaware County Veterans

DAVENPORT, 11/10/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta)  and Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney (R/C/I – New Hartford) today joined members of Davenport VFW Post 487 to announce that a portion of New York State Highway 23 is being renamed in honor of United States servicemen and women.  The legislators and veterans unveiled a sign today commemorating the designation.

Anthony Moore with Davenport Memorial Post 487 contacted Senator Seward and requested that New York State Highway 23, through the Town of Davenport, be renamed to serve as a memorial to recently deceased members who served in Korea and fought in World War II, as well as the many veterans residing in the Town of Davenport.

November 10, 2014
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Press Release: Senator Stewart-Cousins Announces Completion of NY Works Bridge Project in Elmsford

Elmsford, NY - Democratic Conference Leader, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, announced today completion of the $21.7 million NY Works Project to replace the north and southbound bridges carrying the Sprain Brook Parkway over Route 119 in the village of Elmsford.

“Motorists in my district can now enjoy a smoother, safer ride over the Sprain Brook Parkway in Elmsford,” said Senator Stewart-Cousins. “The completion of this NY Works project is part of our commitment to invest in infrastructure for the future of our state. Another plus is that in order to do so, some 500 people were employed, providing a boost to the local economy.”

November 3, 2014
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Elected Officials Announce MTA Response to Bus Concerns in West Village

Electeds: Agency Agrees To Assess M5 & M21 To Improve Service

Agency Responding To Summer Town Hall And Local Push

MANHATTAN – State Senator Squadron, Borough President Brewer, State Senator Hoylman, Assemblymember Glick, and Councilmembers Johnson and Chin today announced the MTA’s response to concerns raised at a Town Hall on Buses, Subways, and Transit held this summer. The MTA agreed to assess and improve the M5 and the M21 which are particularly important to residents in Greenwich Village and SoHo. The elected officials sent a letter to New York City Transit President Carmen Bianco, attached, thanking him for the MTA’s participation in the Town Hall and commitment to assessing the lines for improved service.

October 31, 2014
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Kennedy and Scanlon to State DOT: Finish the Job and Install Gates on Remaining Skyway Onramps

Kennedy and Scanlon to State DOT: Finish the Job and Install Gates on Remaining Skyway Onramps

After A Two-Blizzard Winter, The Costs of Shuttering The Skyway Are Clear  

Buffalo Taxpayers Pay For a Professional, Highly-Trained Police Force – Not Human Road Blocks 

October 30, 2014
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Governor Cuomo Announces $70 Million for 68 Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects,

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced approximately $70 million in awards to fund 68 bicycle, pedestrian and multi-use path transportation projects in New York. The projects, funded by the Federal Highway Administration and which leverage a total investment of $103.7 million, will promote walking and biking, and boost tourism and economic development opportunities in dozens of communities across the state.

The projects include the addition of accessible sidewalks, improved pedestrian access to public transportation services, construction of new bicycle and pedestrian facilities and the preservation and conversion of abandoned railroad corridors for trail use.

October 27, 2014
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Seward Announces $130k Grant For Herkimer Infrastructure Project

HERKIMER, 10/27/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a $130,000 state grant he secured will assist with construction costs to shore up East German Street Extension along the West Canada Creek in the Town of Herkimer. Senator Seward made the announcement at the construction site as work on the project commenced.

“When you get right down to it, the first priority of a public official is the safety of those he represents,” said Senator Seward.  “This grant is a key component of the funding needed to move this construction project forward and protect homes and infrastructure along East German Street Extension.”

October 27, 2014
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LARKIN SUPPORTS OIL SHIPPING SAFETY EFFORTS

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today praised two state agencies for their efforts to protect New Yorkers by making crude oil shipments safer.

October 23, 2014
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RITCHIE CALLS ON GOVERNOR TO RE-OPEN HASTINGS REST AREA, ADD “TASTE NY” STORE

Request Comes As Governor Proposes Expansion of “Taste NY” Initiative 

As Governor Cuomo works to expand “Taste NY”—a program designed to highlight locally grown and produced food and products—Senator Ritchie is urging the placement of a Taste NY retail store at the now-closed Hastings rest area on I-81.

The request comes after the Governor this week proposed an expansion of Taste NY, setting goals to add Taste NY retail stores in strategic locations and triple gross sales of participating vendors in the coming year.  In her letter to Governor Cuomo, Senator Ritchie suggests reopening the rest area between exits 32 and 31, which has sat vacant since 2010 and adding a Taste NY retail location in an effort to welcome visitors and highlight local products. 

“Heavily traveled by local residents as well as a significant number of Canadian shoppers going to and from Syracuse, I-81 would be a great location for featuring items grown and produced locally including wine, craft beer, maple syrup, fresh produce such as apples and onions, dairy products and so much more,” said Senator Ritchie in her letter. 

October 16, 2014
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Queens Chronicle: LIRR station gets repairs

In response to a complaint about the disrepair at the Auburndale Long Island Rail Road Station, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) announced Monday that it is receiving much-needed attention.

October 16, 2014
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Senator Carlucci Unveils Comprehensive Plan to Keep Tolls Affordable on the Tappan Zee Bridge

Today Senator David Carlucci celebrated  a toll relief plan at Memorial Park in Nyack for residents of Rockland and Westchester counties. The plan aims to offset the possibility of rising costs for residents who commute over the Tappan Zee Bridge. The initiative includes a discount for residents of Rockland and Westchester counties, a tax credit for toll expenses, a plan to go after chronic toll evaders and the consolidation of services between the Thruway Authority and the Bridge Authority.

October 14, 2014
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Residents get DOT to make 5th St. safer

Senator Gianaris joined public officials and Long Island City residents to celebrate traffic safety improvements at 5th Street in LIC. Check out this story in the Queens Chronicle for more details. 

October 10, 2014
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Senator Gianaris Applauds $25 Million Federal TIGER Grant for Vision Zero in NYC

(Astoria, NY) Senator Michael Gianaris is thrilled the United States Department of Transportation granted New York City’s request for a $25 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grant to help make Vision Zero a reality. Included among the beneficiary schools of the funding are local schools PS 199 in Long Island City and PS 239 in Ridgewood. Senator Gianaris, an early and avid supporter of Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero agenda, wrote a letter of support for the grant application in April and looks forward to new traffic safety improvements coming to Queens, particularly in school zones. 

“This TIGER grant money is great news for all of us who believe in Vision Zero,” said Senator Gianaris. “I have worked with DOT on countless traffic safety initiatives and am encouraged to see the Federal Government recognize the worthiness of our cause. This grant money will immediately go towards implementing desperately needed traffic safety measures, including at schools in Long Island City, Ridgewood and Woodhaven.”

October 10, 2014
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Sunnyside due for slow zones as funds ramp up for projects

Senator Gianaris spoke with the Times Ledger about upcoming slow zones in western Queens as we continue working towards Vision Zero and making our streets safer. Check out the article here

October 10, 2014
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Weekend bus service along Vernon Boulevard likely to become permanent

In the LIC Post, Senator Gianaris discusses his work to permanently increase Q103 service in western Queens. Read more to find out why permanent service increases could be coming soon. 

October 10, 2014
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