Issues: Transportation

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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Bicyclists come to Sunnyside to support bike-friendly businesses

Senator Gianaris attended the kickoff of Queens' first Bike-Friendly Business District in Sunnyside, and the Sunnyside Post has the details. Click here to read how Senator Gianaris is working to make western Queens bike-friendly. 

October 10, 2014
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NY1 Report on Q103 Bus Service

Senator Gianaris spoke to NY1 about his ongoing efforts to permanently increase Q103 bus service between Astoria and Long Island City. 

View the report here

October 10, 2014
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SQUADRON ANNOUNCES SAFETY MEASURES AT TWO BUSY INTERSECTIONS

Implementation Comes After Requests By Senator Squadron And Community Groups

BROOKLYN – At the request of State Senator Daniel Squadron, a Leading Pedestrian Interval (LPI) is currently being implemented by the city Department of Transportation (DOT) at the intersection of Hicks Street and Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. This follows the successful change of the three phase signal, earlier in the summer, at the intersection of Congress, Bergen, and Court Streets to benefit pedestrians. Requested by Senator Squadron, the Cobble Hill Association, and Brooklyn Community Boards 2 and 6, this signal is in the vicinity of several schools, including the Brooklyn Heights Montessori School and the Brooklyn Preschool of Science.  

October 2, 2014
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NYS Banking Settlement Windfall Belongs to Taxpayers

It’s not a bad problem to have.  What to do with more than $3 billion?  That’s the question facing the State of New York after a settlement with BNP Paribas, a French bank charged with violating U.S. money laundering laws. Similar settlements with other banks could drive the total windfall to about $4 billion.  As you can imagine, there is no shortage of ideas for what to do with this money.  I believe the answer is simple; return the money to the people of New York by relieving the tax burden on residents and lowering the cost of government.

September 30, 2014
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YOUR VISION FOR I-81 SURVEY

As I’m sure you are aware, the elevated portion of Interstate 81, which runs north-south through downtown Syracuse, is nearing the end of its useful life.  State and federal officials are now determining a solution for fixing this important thoroughfare. It’s a decision that will impact Central New Yorkers for many decades.

With this in mind, I mailed a survey to all of my constituents of the 50th Senate District to gather their input on the future of I-81.  Then last week, I mailed a letter to members of the business community to also request their participation in this survey, as I-81 will, no doubt, impact their business and the overall economy for years to come. 

To date, 130 members of the Central New York business community have completed the I-81 survey below.  The results are as follows:

48% want to construct a new I-81 viaduct or repair the existing one

21% want to remove the existing viaduct and construct a street-level boulevard only through Syracuse

3% want to remove the existing viaduct and construct a tunnel only through Syracuse

28% want to remove the existing viaduct and replace it with a street-level boulevard for downtown access, with a tunnel under the boulevard for interstate north-south traffic through Syracuse

Furthermore, 77% of the survey respondents, to date, think it is important to maintain a north-south throroughfare, at interstate speed, through the City of Syracuse.  Just 23% do not think a thoroughfare is important. 

The percentages shown in the above results are almost identical to the results of the survey that was sent to the residents of my Senate District.  

Thank you, again, for having completed this short survey to share your vision for I-81 and to help shape our community's future. The survey will remain open for another week, and I will continue to keep you up-to-date on the results. Your responses will be kept confidential.  

September 29, 2014
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Hopes for newly opened rail line to spur job growth at Steuben County Industrial Park

"Local officials are hoping a recently completed railroad line will help spur development at the long-vacant Steuben County Industrial Park. The ribbon was cut Thursday on a $909,473 project to bring a short branch to the industrial park off the B&H Railroad, which runs from the Norfolk Southern line in Painted Post up to Wayland."

Read more in today's Corning Leader, "Officials hope rail line will spur development at Bath industrial park"

September 26, 2014
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Senator Ken LaValle Releases State Department of Transportation Project Update

Senator Ken LaValle Releases State Department of Transportation Project Update

Construction status for NY Route 347 & NY Route 112 in Terryville and Port Jefferson Station areas

September 24, 2014  – Today, Senator Ken LaValle released a New York State Department of Transportation update for the road construction for NY Route 347 & NY Route 112 in the Terryville and Port Jefferson Station areas.  Senator LaValle requested a formal project update from the Department due to the ongoing inconvenience to the public.

September 24, 2014
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO ANNOUNCES RESULTS OF HIS 50th SENATE DISTRICT SURVEY ON I-81 / Majority of respondents want north-south thoroughfare at Interstate speed through Syracuse

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco held a press conference on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at the State Office Building in Syracuse to discuss the final results of his I-81 survey. The survey asked people living in Senator DeFrancisco’s district to share their thoughts on the future of I-81.The survey, which was mailed last month to constituents of the 50th Senate District, provided four main options for addressing the critical infrastructure needs of Interstate 81.

September 24, 2014
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State Delegation Calls on MTA/Metro-North to Include White Plains Train Station in 5-Year Capital Plan

On September 18th, Senator Stewart-Cousins joined the three other members of the state delegation representing White Plains (Senator George Latimer, and Assemblymembers Amy Paulin and David Buchwald), along with Mayor Thomas Roach, Congresswoman Nita Lowey's representative, and Veronica Vanderpool of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign at the Metro-North train station. Collectively, they asked the MTA/Metro-North to include an upgrade to this facility as part of the 5-year Capital Plan. The station services approximately 21,000 commuters on a daily basis, not only the Senator's constituents in White Plains, but also reverse commuters from Manhattan coming to the region for work.

September 18, 2014
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Senator Mike Nozzolio participates in ceremony to announce Ontario County’s agreement with RGRTA

Canandaigua- Senator Mike Nozzolio recently participated in the announcement of RGRTA’s agreement with Ontario County for bus service. Ontario is the eighth county to join the service providing an inter-county transportation system, which also includes Seneca, Monroe, and Wayne counties.

 

Pictured left to right are: Mary Mansfield, RGRTA Regional Manager of Ontario and Seneca Counties; Mike DeRaddo, RGRTA Regional Director of Operations; Daniele Coll-Gonzalez, RGRTA Chief Operating Officer; Bill Carpenter, RGRTA Chief Executive Officer; Senator Mike Nozzolio; Jack Marren, Chairman of the Ontario County Board of Supervisors; and Assemblyman Brian Kolb.

 

September 17, 2014
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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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Summer-Fall 2014 Rural Futures Edition

September 4, 2014
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