Issues: Highways

Ortt, Highway Superintendents Push for Infrastructure Funding

Call On Governor To Increase CHIPS Funding

State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) today joined a bi-partisan group of elected officials, local leaders and county and town highway superintendents to push for additional infrastructure funding in this year’s state budget. At a press conference at the New York State Capitol, Ortt called on the Governor and legislative leaders to increase Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) funding.

March 4, 2015
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Hundreds Join Push to Increase CHIPS Funding

Sen. Ortt joined other elected officials and dozens of county and town highway superintendents on the Million Dollar Staircase in the Capitol to rally for increased CHIPS funding to fix local roads, bridges and culverts.

 

March 4, 2015
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Highway Superintendents Rally For Funding In Albany

I would like to thank the Orange County Highway Superintendents Association for coming up to Albany in support of increased CHIPS and infrastructure funding.  

March 4, 2015
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Local Roads Matter

ALBANY, 03/04/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today joined a bipartisan group of 114 state legislators along with county and town highway superintendents from across the state to call for increased state funding for local highway improvements.  

March 4, 2015
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Local Roads Matter!

Local Roads Matter! As Senate Transportation Chairman, I am proud to fight for increased funding in this year's State Budget to repair roads and bridges throughout Upstate New York. If there's a commitment for a billion dollars for the Tappan Zee Bridge, then there should be a commitment for a matching billion dollars for Upstate roads and bridges!

March 4, 2015
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Latimer & Otis Oppose Border Toll Proposal in Connecticut Legislature

(Port Chester, NY) Senator George Latimer and Assemblyman Steve Otis came out in opposition to a proposal making its way through the Connecticut State Legislature that would install tolls at the border of New York and Connecticut.  An independent study prepared for a Connecticut state agency showed that the placement of these tolls would cause an additional 14,000 cars per day to drive through Port Chester and Byram before getting back onto the highway after avoiding the toll. The proposal is designed to help close a $225 million deficit in the Connecticut Transportation budget.  Latimer and Otis sent a letter to NYS Transportation and Thruway Authority officials urging them to help combat the unnecessary burden on New York drivers in border areas.

March 4, 2015
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Kennedy: Thruway Authority Answers Questions About November Storm Response at Transportation Budget Hearing

Acting NYSTA Executive Director Also Discusses Possibility of Future Toll Hikes

BUFFALO, N.Y. – NYS Thruway Authority Acting Executive Director Robert Megna today told Senator Tim Kennedy (D-Buffalo) that a team at the Authority is evaluating its response during Buffalo’s November Storm, and intends to put together a set of recommendations based on those findings.

During a Joint Budget Hearing on Transportation in Albany, Kennedy asked Megna what the NYSTA learned from the storm, and what policies were being examined and identified as needing improvement.

January 29, 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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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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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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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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