Issues: Highways

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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Add Valesky To ‘Syracuse Billion’ Push

Sen. David Valesky of Oneida is joining the push for a “Syracuse Billion.”

The Independent Democratic Conference member on Monday said in a statement he backed the plan as proposed by Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner to have the state commit to a massive infrastructure investment in the central New York city.

December 15, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Supports Rebuild NY Now's Statewide Campaign to Raise Awareness about New York's Infrastructure Needs

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, spoke during a press conference on December 9th at Syracuse City Hall about the importance of investing in New York's aging infrastructure.  He joined various other elected officials and community leaders at the event - part of Rebuild NY Now's statewide campaign to raise public awareness about the pressing problem of deteriorating infrastrucutre, which includes roads and bridges and water and sewer lines. 

December 9, 2014
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Rebuild NY Now Campaign

Today, I joined with local government officials, labor leaders and community members as part of the Rebuild NY Now campaign to help raise awareness about our state's aging infrastructure needs. As Senate Transportation Committee Chairman, I will continue to advocate for improving our state's roads and bridges, which will help to keep New Yorkers safe when traveling and provide good paying construction jobs to hard working men and women. My thanks to all of the Town Supervisors, Village Mayors, Labor Leaders and other community members for their participation and support of this effort.

December 4, 2014
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After Monster Storm, Kennedy, Brown & Scanlon Renew Call for More Skyway Onramp Gates

Buffalo Police Officers Needed to Guard Skyway Onramps During Height of Storm

Following Church Street Onramp Installation, NYSDOT Must Establish Additional Gates to Assist Police Department in Extreme Weather Events

December 2, 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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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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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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Seward Continues To Push DOT For Route 80 Solution

ONEONTA, 10/20/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today called on the State Department of Transportation (DOT) to reconfigure and expedite its plan for road repairs and resolution of property ownership issues associated with a section of State Route 80 in Otsego County.

“While the Department of Transportation (DOT) has put work along State Route 80 on hold since I advocated on behalf of property owners in September, several issues remain unresolved,” said Senator Seward.  “In addition, homeowners and local government officials have been stonewalled when seeking tangible information on the status of the project and property ownership concerns.”

October 20, 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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RITCHIE SECURES $100,000 TO ASSIST CENTRAL SQUARE WITH SIDEWALK IMPROVEMENT EFFORTS, WASTEWATER TREATMENT UPGRADES

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $100,000 to help the Village of Central Square improve transportation for pedestrians and make improvements to its wastewater treatment plant. 

“When you look at any community, there are certain things that stand out as being key to increasing well-being for residents,” said Senator Ritchie.  “A safe, accessible transportation network as well as an environmentally sound wastewater treatment operation are two of those things.  I’m pleased to be able to provide funding that will not only allow the Village to improve its sidewalks, but also will enable it to make upgrades to its wastewater treatment facility.”

August 28, 2014
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RITCHIE SECURES $50,000 TO ASSIST VILLAGE OF ADAMS WITH SIDEWALK IMPROVEMENT EFFORTS

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $50,000 to help the Village of Adams increase accessibility and improve transportation for pedestrians by rehabilitating and extending its sidewalks.

August 25, 2014
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August 11, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #28: What To Do With An Extra $4.2 Billion

Recently, a French bank named BNP Paribas admitted laundering $190 billion through financial institutions in our state. The money was originating in Sudan and Iran, two countries blacklisted by ours for their support of terrorist organizations.

The bank is paying a huge fine - $8.9 billion – for its crimes. Our state is receiving $3.6 billion from the settlement. It’s one of five financial settlements that will, together, bring in $4.2 billion in unexpected revenue in the 2015 fiscal year.

August 7, 2014
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Griffo Calls for $4B Investment In Infrastructure, Schools, Tax Relief and Debt Relief

ALBANY – Senator Joseph A. Griffo today outlined how he believes the state should use its net $4.2 billion windfall from five financial settlements, as outlined in Monday’s state Division of Budget financial report (link opens PDF).

“In the context of a $142 billion spending plan, these settlements won’t pay for everything,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “It’s important to maintain perspective and prioritize. Creating new programs and funding pet projects may make some lawmakers look good, but it’s not a good use of a one-time revenue.”

August 5, 2014
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Griffo Secures Funds for Utica Road Repairs

UTICA – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo today announced that he has secured $600,000 for the City of Utica to pay for repairing two roads.

“The deep freeze of this past winter was hard on many local roads, resulting in craters and cracks that have frustrated motorists who use these streets daily,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “I suggested – and was pleased to see – a $40 million ‘winter weather’ fund included in this year’s state budget to help all our local communities repair their roads.”

August 1, 2014
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Your Voice With Senator Griffo: Tax Relief, Common Core, Financial Windfall

Senator Griffo discusses the 2014 session, including tax relief initiatives, Common Core changes, highway and road funding, tuition assistance for college-bound New Yorkers and what to do with a $3 billion windfall from a bank settlement. Julia Lilkendey hosts.

July 30, 2014
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Meadow Drive Extension in NT opens

Mayor Ortt, Congressman Brian Higgins, Senator George Maziarz, City Attorney Shawn Nickerson and other local officials participated in a ribbon cutting event for the long awaited Meadow Drive Extension which will extend from West to East between Nash Road and Erie Avenue.

The project, which included 1.4 million dollars in federal funds, along with state and local funds, has been in the works since 2006.  It now connects the mid-city business district to a burgeoning commercial/industrial corridor along Erie Avenue, while improving traffic flow in the city.

July 8, 2014
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