Issues: Transportation

RITCHIE REAPPOINTED SENATE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE CHAIR

Also Selected to Serve On Other Key Committees, Including Finance and Transportation 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has been reappointed as Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and in addition, was named to the powerful Finance and Transportation Committees. 

“In recent years we’ve made great progress to grow the agriculture industry, increasing funding for critical programs and making investments in initiatives that support our state’s hardworking farmers,” said Senator Ritchie.  "I am thrilled to once again be named as Chair of the Agriculture Committee and am looking forward to working alongside my colleagues and New York’s farmers to help the industry continue to grow.”

Since first being appointed Senate Agriculture Committee Chair in 2011, Senator Ritchie has led the charge to increase funding for critical agriculture programs by more than $21 million above the Executive’s recommendation, repeal costly mandates affecting farmers, launch new initiatives including the innovative “Young Farmers NY”—a program that aims to protect the future of agriculture by attracting young people to careers in the industry—and leading the fight against deadly diseases like EEE and rabies. 

January 23, 2015
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Senator Gallivan Respondes to State of the State Address & Budget Presentation

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) was in Albany for today’s State of the State Address and budget presentation by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.  This was the fifth State of the State message Senator Gallivan has received since taking office.

January 22, 2015
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BUDGET MUST REFLECT THE ECONOMIC CHALLENGES FACING MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES

Statement from Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) following Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State Address and Executive Budget Proposal:

 

“We need to keep our eye on the ball, and the primary focus during budget negotiations should be jobs, jobs and more jobs. I was happy to hear the Governor speak about small business tax relief and expansion of broadband in rural areas because both of the initiatives will bring us more opportunities. Distribution of economic development funds must benefit rural areas to ensure that every region of the state gets the attention it needs and deserves. There shouldn’t be winners and losers when it comes to job growth.

 

January 21, 2015
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Statement on Tappan Zee Bridge Tolls & Infrastructure Investment

The new Tappan Zee Bridge is the most ambitious and largest infrastructure investment project in the United States, and, once completed, it will have a positive impact for our community and all of New York State. As this project has progressed, I have consistently called for steps to be taken to ensure the tolls remain as low as possible, as higher tolls would have a negative impact on our local community and the entire state economy. I commend Governor Cuomo for his commitment to invest a portion of bank settlement funds into infrastructure projects like this one, located within my district in Tarrytown, to ease the burden on taxpayers and commuters, and allow New York and its residents to continue on a path toward prosperity.

January 21, 2015
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Invest in infrastructure projects with $5 billion windfall

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

 

Later today, Governor Andrew Cuomo will present his 2015 State of the State Address, along with the release of the 2015-16 Executive Budget.  In the coming days and weeks, I will be going over the Executive Budget proposal with a fine-tooth comb. Generally, my priorities are pushing for more broad-based tax relief, spending restraint and initiatives to spur private-sector job creation.  

 

The budget won’t be the only agenda item for this year’s Legislative Session.  The State Legislature must answer another important question: What should New York do with the over $5 billion windfall from numerous bank settlements?

 

January 21, 2015
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Seward Advocacy Prompts New Plan For Route 80 Project

ONEONTA, 01/16/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on the State Department of Transportation’s (DOT) scaled-down and reconfigured design plan for road repairs along a section of State Route 80 in Otsego County: 

“After strongly advocating for my constituent’s concerns, I am extremely pleased that the Department of Transportation (DOT) listened to property owners and incorporated their suggestions into a revised and reduced blueprint for work along Route 80.  We now have a project that meets the safety needs of the motoring public, protects the environmental health of Otsego Lake, and will have no negative impact on homeowners.”

January 16, 2015
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'Cuomo's support sought for completion of I-86 project' ~ O'Mara says completion of Interstate 86 is a critical step for the Southern Tier economy

"We need to do all and everything we can to put ourselves on the map and to encourage and foster economic growth and the job creation that comes with that," Senator O'Mara recently told the Star-Gazette. "The extension of I-86 to its completion, as was originally proposed, is important."

Read the full article, 'Cuomo's support sought for completion of I-86 project' 

January 15, 2015
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Public Hearing: Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Budget and Finances: To examine the changes necessary to prevent annual operating deficits and stop the continuing cycle of increased fares and decreased services

Joint – Senate Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Capital Investment
Chair: Senator Carl Marcellino
and Senate Standing Committee on Transportation
Chair: Senator Joseph Robach
Public Hearing: Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Budget and Finances: To
examine the changes necessary to prevent annual operating deficits and
stop the continuing cycle of increased fares and decreased services
Place: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New York
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

February 2, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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Public Hearing: Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Budget and Finances: To examine the changes necessary to prevent annual operating deficits and stop the continuing cycle of increased fares and decreased services

Joint – Senate Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Capital Investment
Chair: Senator Carl Marcellino
and Senate Standing Committee on Transportation
Chair: Senator Joseph Robach
Public Hearing: Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Budget and Finances: To
examine the changes necessary to prevent annual operating deficits and
stop the continuing cycle of increased fares and decreased services
Place: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New York
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

February 2, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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Depew Bee: Zurbrick Road to be repaired with state funds

State funding totaling $85,000 has been allocated to the reconstruction of portions of Zurbrick Road in theVillage of Depew according to Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan.

January 8, 2015
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Winter 2014-2015 Rural Futures Edition

The Legislative Commission on Rural Resources is proud to have published our Winter 2014-2015 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!

January 8, 2015
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The Daily News: Gallivan outlines Wyoming issues in supervisors' talk

Posted: Monday, January 5, 2015 3:03 am

January 5, 2015
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Queens Chronicle: Help for Flushing, Little Neck areas; DOT to make changes at two sites

Score two for state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) for getting the city Department of Transportation to take action on two problematic locations in Flushing and Little Neck.

December 24, 2014
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO ANNOUNCES OVER $500,000 FOR AVIATION SAFETY, SECURITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

Senator Mike Nozzolio today announced that over $500,000 in State funding is being awarded to three Finger Lakes Region Airports for aviation safety, security and economic development projects.

“Transportation infrastructure investment in the Finger Lakes is vital to our region’s success,” said Senator Nozzolio. “This funding, which will provide crucial upgrades to some of the key airports in the region, will have a positive impact on our economy and tourism here in the Finger Lakes.”

December 18, 2014
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Chanukah is the celebration of Miracles!

"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said.  "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land.  After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps.  But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.

December 17, 2014
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Citibike to come to Queens

Head over to the Queens Chronicle for full coverage on Citibike coming to Queens, and for more on Senator Gianaris' work to bring bike share to our community. 

December 17, 2014
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Senator Gianaris Welcomes Citibike to Western Queens

At a press conference with Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, Alta Bike Share officials, and local leaders, Senator Michael Gianaris welcomed the city’s bike sharing program to western Queens. Senator Gianaris is especially proud that in addition to the blue bikes coming soon to Long Island City, Astoria and Sunnyside are included in future plans for expansion. Senator Gianaris has worked for years to bring Citibike to all of western Queens, and Astoria and Sunnyside in particular.

"Today brings welcome news for all of us who have fought so hard for years to bring bike share to western Queens. Areas like Long Island City, Astoria, Sunnyside and many more throughout the city are crying out for this program and I am thrilled that after so much uncertainty, we can declare that bikes will be here soon. I commend the DOT and Bikeshare Holdings for moving bike share forward and making it easier to get around our city in a fun and healthy way," said Senator Gianaris.

December 17, 2014
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MTA capital plan would renew 7, N and Q subway platforms

Senator Gianaris spoke to the Times Ledger about the MTA's capital plan and the need for improved train stations in western Queens. Read the full story here. 

December 17, 2014
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CAPITOL PRESSROOM: Dec. 9, 2014: Anne Marie Garti and Robert Nied, UUP’s Fred Kowal, Sen. David Valesky, AG Schneiderman

by ALYSSA PLOCK

December 9, 2014

The Constitution Pipeline, which will transport shale gas from Pennsylvania to New York, has received conditional approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. But some groups are looking for legal actions to halt the process. Anne Marie Garti, a founder of “Stop the Pipeline” and a volunteer lawyer representing “Stop the Pipeline” through the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic, and Robert Nied, of the Center for Sustainable Rural Communities, say Constitution Pipeline lawyers’ threaten and intimidate landowners who refuse to sign easement agreements. They are calling on the Attorney General to intervene.

December 15, 2014
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Advocates gather at Syracuse City Hall to seek state money for roads, pipes and bridges

By Tim Knauss on December 09, 2014 at 12:36 PM, updated December 09, 2014 at 12:40 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Anticipating a "feeding frenzy'' over New York state's $5 billion windfall, a dozen public officials, union leaders and contractors gathered this morning at Syracuse City Hall to advocate spending all of the money to repair roads, bridges, water pipes and other infrastructure.

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, state Senators John DeFrancisco and David Valesky, Assemblyman Al Stirpe and others said the state should use the money from a one-time settlement with banks to make long overdue infrastructure repairs.

December 15, 2014
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