Issues: Highways

Historic agreement to make Amish buggies more visible at night

Senator Patty Ritchie and St. Lawrence County leaders announced an historic agreement with members of the state's fastest-growing Amish community to improve markings on their horse-drawn buggies to make them more easily seen at night.

July 23, 2015

Following Two Deadly Accidents, Kennedy & Wozniak Call for NYSDOT to Act at Harlem Road & Walden Ave Intersection

12-Year Old & 19-Year Old Killed in Span of Less Than 1 Year at Deadly Intersection, Study and Reforms Badly Needed Say Kennedy & Wozniak

Tens of Thousands Of Cars Compete With Bikers and Pedestrians Every Day – Intersection Requires an Overhaul 

July 22, 2015


Nearly Doubles Reflective Markings on Buggies to Help Avoid Crashes

July 22, 2015

Murphy announces $312k to combat distracted driving on Westchester parkways

VALHALLA, NY - Coming on the heels of a bombshell report published by the Journal News which listed portions of key Westchester thoroughfares among the most accident prone roadways in New York State, today Senator Terrence Murphy announced additional funding to increase distracted-driving enforcement by Westchester County Police. "When it comes to public safety we must take a zero tolerance approach," Senator Murphy said. "During this year's budget negotiations I was thrilled to partner with the Westchester County Police and County Executive Astorino to secure additional state funds to further Westchester County's Accident Prevention Initiative."

July 15, 2015

Senator Larkin, Assemblymen Skoufis and Zebrowski, announce funding to repair Palisades Parkway

Senator Bill Larkin (R-Cornwall) alongside Assemblymen James Skoufis (D-Woodbury) and Ken Zebrowski (D-New City) announced that over $10 million in critical state funding has been secured to repair the north section of the Palisades Interstate Parkway after years of neglect. Additionally, Route 6 will be resurfaced between Route 293 and the Palisades Parkway later this year.

July 13, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ortt Introduces Legislation That Strengthens Criminal Penalties for Work Zone Crashes

Bill to Create New Crimes of Vehicular Assault and Manslaughter in Work Zones Passes in Senate

State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) has introduced critical measures to help protect workers in active work zones and deter erratic and distracted driving in these zones. Recently passed in the Senate, the bill (S2975) would strengthen criminal penalties for motorists driving recklessly in work zones.

June 1, 2015

Senator Valesky’s Legislation to Enhance “Move Over” Penalties Passes Senate

 ALBANY, N.Y.—The State Senate unanimously passed legislation (S.640) sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that will increase the penalties in the “move over” law, which requires drivers approaching emergency vehicles to move one lane away. Currently, the law does not provide for increased penalties for killing or seriously injuring someone as a result of violating the law.

“The ‘move over’ law has increased safety for police and first responders, but violators may only be charged with a misdemeanor, even if their actions cause serious injury or death,” Senator Valesky said. “This legislation changes the penalty to a felony for individuals who disregard the law and operate a vehicle recklessly.”

May 29, 2015

Senate Passes Legislation To Dedicate Bridge After Interstate 86 Champion

Bridge will be dedicated in memory of Susan Foster Myers


ALBANY – Susan Foster Myers, a former Councilwoman on the Board of the Town of Friendship and a former Allegany County Legislator, will soon be posthumously honored for her efforts to improve life in Allegany County and across the region.


This week, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) helped guide legislation that will name the bridge that crosses State Route 275 over Interstate 86 in Susan’s honor.


May 20, 2015

Murphy passes bill establishing Marine Capt. Eric A. Jones Memorial Highway

ALBANY, NY - On October 26, 2009, Marine Captain Eric A. Jones, 29, of Pound Ridge, gave his life for his country during Operation Enduring Freedom on a combat mission in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Today, State Senator Terrence Murphy passed his third piece of legislation this year in the State Senate, which seeks to honor Jones by ceremonially renaming a highway after him in his hometown.

Captain Jones was killed in action on his third deployment, after having served two tours in Iraq. He grew up in Pound Ridge and earned his flight wings in 2007 after graduating from Northeastern University in 2004.

May 12, 2015

Senate Passes Bills to Strengthen Laws for Reckless and Irresponsible Driving

The New York State Senate today passed four measures that would keep our roads safe by holding drivers accountable for reckless and irresponsible actions.

May 12, 2015

Senate Passes Bills To Strengthen Laws For Reckless And Irresponsible Driving

The New York State Senate today passed four measures that would keep our roads safe by holding drivers accountable for reckless and irresponsible actions. The legislation would increase or create new penalties for repeat DWI offenders, those who drive at high speeds, and individuals who cause a death while driving without a valid license.

May 12, 2015


Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

Did you know that motorcyclists are 30 times more likely than those traveling by car to die in a crash?  According to the most recent numbers available from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, in 2013, there were more than 5,100 motorcycle crashes statewide.  Those crashes resulted in 171 deaths and more than 5,000 injuries.

This month, we make an extra effort to increase the safety of our roadways through “Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month,” a time when those who travel our roadways are encouraged not only to be extra alert, but also to make an extra effort to learn how to more safely share the road with others.  If you travel on four wheels, here are some safety tips for staying safe:

May 11, 2015
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