Issues: Transportation

Murphy's laws: Governor signs bills to honor Hudson Valley service members killed in action

ALBANY, NY - Earlier today Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation sponsored by New York State Senator Terrence Murphy which would rename portions of the state highway system and a bridge in honor of two Hudson Valley service members who died in the service of their nation.

July 2, 2015
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Senator Ortt's Week in Review

June 23, 2015 - Take a minute to catch up on what's been happening in Senator Rob Ortt's Senate district. He rallied alongside Metro and Paratransit riders to speak out against the NFTA, supported local firefighters in a parade, cut the ribbon on a major bridge project and much more. 

July 2, 2015
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Murphy secures $10 mil funding for accelerated road paving

BREWSTER, NY - After months of advocating for additional funds to address the Hudson Valley's crumbling infrastructure, Senator Terrence Murphy announced today that key thoroughfares within the 40th Senate District are set to benefit from an additional $75 million in accelerated paving projects. "Earlier this year I joined my colleagues in successfully securing an additional $50 million in CHIPS funding to address the harsh conditions of our roads following last year's brutal winter," said Murphy. "Having heard from the local officials across my district it was clear that they needed more assistance than was originally provided to ensure our roads are safe for everyone."

June 25, 2015
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David Fahey Jr., a true soldier, to be remembered with State bridge renaming

ALBANY, NY - Four years ago, United States Army Specialist David R. Fahey Jr., 23, was killed by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. Today, the State Senate passed a law sponsored by State Senator Terrence Murphy that honors Fahey by officially naming a bridge on Route 129 in his hometown of Yorktown as the Specialist David R. Fahey Jr. Memorial Bridge. "Yorktown lost one of its finest the day David Fahey gave his life so that others could be safe and free," Senator Murphy said. "David understood how proud we all were of him, and he sent us home a flag from Kandahar that was displayed in the town of Yorktown when I served as Councilman. He was a hero and a true soldier."

June 23, 2015
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Just Ahead - Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway

ALBANY, 06/23/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced final legislative approval of a bill he sponsored establishing the Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway.  Senator Seward’s bill (S.5687) adds portions of New York State Routes 28, 42, and 214 in Delaware and Ulster counties to the New York State Scenic Byways System.

June 23, 2015
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Mayor Pappas, Congressman Higgins, Senator Ortt & Assemblyman Schimminger Rededicate Frederick B. Durkee Memorial Bridge

NORTH TONAWANDA - Mayor Arthur G. Pappas, Congressman Brian Higgins, Senator Rob Ortt, Assemblyman Robin Schimminger joined other local officials and members of the community for a ceremony today rededicating the Frederick B. Durkee Memorial Bridge, which is the only access to Tonawanda Island from River Road in the City of North Tonawanda.  The Durkee Bridge is the only bridge structure owned by the City of North Tonawanda, and just completed a $2.4M rehabilitation project with many significant improvements. 

 

June 22, 2015
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Murphy gets railway safety back on track

ALBANY, NY - Following the horrific Metro North train accident in February, Senator Terrence Murphy, who represents the area of Valhalla where the accident occurred, vowed to address the need for increased safety measures to protect local commuters and community members. Thursday, the New York State Senate passed legislation, authored by Senator Murphy, which would allow local municipalities to install traffic cameras at local grade crossings to better monitor traffic at these dangerous transportation intersections.

June 19, 2015
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Western New York Southtowns Scenic Byway Set to Expand into Cattaraugus County

Expansion of the byway will promote economic development and community pride

 

ALBANY – The Western New York Southtowns Scenic Byway (WNYSSB), which currently runs through the Towns of Aurora, Boston, Colden, Concord, East Aurora, Orchard Park and Springville, will soon be expanding into Cattaraugus County. Another 37 miles of roadway will be added to the existing byway corridor, bring added attention to northern Cattaraugus County’s resources, thus increasing community pride and boosting the local economy by promoting cultural, historic, and recreational tourism.

 

June 18, 2015
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State Senate Passes Legislation on Automobile Recall Notices

The New York State Senate today approved legislation (S4296B), sponsored by Senator Betty Little (R-C-I, Queensbury), that would require registered automobile owners to be notified of any manufacturer recalls during

June 18, 2015
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Ortt Passes Bill Requiring State to Maintain Lift Bridges

Senator Ortt's bill, which passed in the Senate during the last week of session, would close loopholes in the canal law and hold New York State responsible for maintaining and repairing canal infrastructure before lift bridges fall into disrepair. Read the full article in the Orleans Hub

June 18, 2015
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SENATE OKs RITCHIE BILL TO LET OGDENSBURG AIRPORT SOAR

Simple Legal Fix Boosts Plan for Low-Cost Flights from ‘OGS’ to Florida and Beyond

June 17, 2015
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SERINO FIGHTS TO INCREASE ACCESS TO TRANSPORTATION FOR VETERANS

SERINO FIGHTS TO INCREASE ACCESS TO TRANSPORTATION FOR VETERANS

Bill To Create MTA Half-Fare Rate Program for Vets Passes Senate

ALBANY, NY—Senator Sue Serino (R, C, I—Hyde Park) today announced that her bill to create a half-fare program for veterans utilizing services provided by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) passed in the Senate.

“Our veterans have dedicated their lives to protecting our freedoms and for that, they deserve not only our respect, but also our gratitude,” said Senator Serino.

June 17, 2015
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Senate approves O'Mara legislation to focus on public transportation 'crisis' in rural New York ~ Calls for state-local, interagency committee to examine impact on rural communities and populations, including the disabled, elderly and the rural workforce

Albany, N.Y., June 17—The New York State Senate has unanimously approved legislation co-sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) to focus state and local attention on the future of public transportation systems in rural New York.

June 17, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Transportation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Transportation  Senator Joseph E. Robach, Chair  Tuesday, June 16, 2015  OFF THE FLOOR

June 16, 2:52 PM - 3:30 PM
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Ortt Passes Bill That Keeps NFTA Funds From Being Diverted

Bill is Now Passed in Both Houses of the State Legislature

State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) today passed a bill that would ensure money allotted for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) goes directly to the NFTA. The legislation (S4523A) has now passed in both houses of the state legislature. Funds dedicated to the NFTA often get diverted from its general fund to the state for governmental purposes. This bill would prohibit that diversion.

June 15, 2015
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Statement from Senator Catharine Young on Old Route 219 Bridge Replacement

“I applaud the Cattaraugus County Legislature for giving the green light for the old Route 219 bridge replacement. Construction of a new state-of-the-art bridge will be extremely beneficial to Western New York because it will stimulate economic growth by creating new, good-paying jobs and providing greater access to broadband service, preserve the local economy, and give residents on both sides of the Cattaraugus Creek access to emergency care and shopping they need and deserve.”

 

June 10, 2015
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Senator Young Dedicates Highway To Honor Local Veterans

Legislation passed by the Senate will designate portions of State Route 15A in Livingston County to honor local veterans

 

ALBANY – Paying tribute to veterans in Livingston County, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) passed legislation this week that will designate portions of State Route 15A as the Springwater Veterans Memorial Highway and the Livonia Veterans Memorial Highway.

 

This nearly nine mile stretch of the highway will now serve as a salute to American service members, past and present, hailing from the Towns of Springwater and Livonia and remind travelers of the sacrifices made on their behalf.

 

June 9, 2015
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SENATE PASSES FUNKE BILL TO INCREASE PENALTIES FOR SCHOOL BUS PASSING SCOFFLAWS

The New York State Senate passed S.2978, a bill sponsored by Senator Rich Funke to stiffen the penalties for drivers who break the law by passing a stopped school bus. The legislation would increase monetary penalties for the traffic violation of passing a stopped school bus and also apply criminal charges to those who injure or kill a person while doing so. Senator Funke’s bill passed with unanimous, bipartisan support.

June 4, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Transportation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Transportation Senator Joseph E. Robach, Chair 10:30 AM, Tuesday, June 9, 2015 Room 804 LOB

June 9, 10:30 AM - 10:39 AM
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Committee Meeting: Transportation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Transportation Senator Joseph E. Robach, Chair 10:30 AM, Tuesday, June 2, 2015 Room 804 LOB

June 2, 10:30 AM - 10:37 AM
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