Issues: Highways

LEGISLATION BY SENATOR BILL LARKIN PASSES SENATE

Bill Would Allow Towns To Set Speed Limits

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced that the New York State Senate has unanimously passed legislation (S3992) which would allow towns with a population of more than 25,000 to set speed limits on their own roads and highways.

April 28, 2014
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Senator Dilan Joins NYC DOT, NYPD to Announce Arterial Slow Zone on McGuiness Blvd

Senator Dilan joined state representatives, city officials and advocates at the intersection of McGuinness Boulevard and Nassau Avenue to welcome the latest of 25 planned arterial slow zones throughout the city. McGuinness Boulevard joins Atlantic Avenue and the Grand Concourse as a 25 mph arterial slow zone, with signal re-timings and new signage to be added in the coming weeks.

April 22, 2014
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Grisanti's Bill Designates Pedestrian Bridge In Buffalo As 'Scajaquada 9/11 Memorial Bridge'

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) today announced the passage of a bill that amends the highway law to designate the bridge that crosses over Route 198 into Delaware Park that connects Nottingham Terrace with Hoyt Lake in the City of Buffalo as "Scajaquada 9/11 Memorial Bridge."  The designation of the bridge was spearheaded by community activists who have been working on this project for over three years to have a memorial located in the city honoring people who were killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

 

April 18, 2014
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State Budget Paves Way For Local Highway Improvements

ALBANY, 04/15/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced that crucial funding to support local highway improvements is included in the 2014-15 state budget.  

“Local roads, bridges, and culverts are the backbone of our state’s infrastructure,” said Senator Seward.  “County and town highway superintendents from throughout my district joined me in Albany last month to call for added state funding – and their voices were heard.”

After five years without any increase in Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPs) funding, the new budget includes a second year of record funding - $438 million – for important local highway, road, and bridge repair projects. 

April 15, 2014
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RITCHIE: STATE BUDGET INCLUDES $2 MILLION IN WINTER STORM RELIEF FOR CENTRAL AND NORTHERN NEW YORK HIGHWAYS

Extra Funding is in Addition to a Record $20 Million in State Aid for Local Highways

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that the new state spending plan includes extra aid for local highway departments that have had their budgets affected by this winter's severe weather. 

Contained in the new State Budget is an extra $2 million in aid for municipalities in the Central and Northern New York regions Senator Ritchie represents.  The support is part $40 million in special, onetime funding allocated for local highway departments having to deal with the aftermath of a particularly brutal winter. 

“This year, the ice, snow and cold hammered Upstate New York, placing a heavy burden on highway departments having to deal with an increased amount of weather-related cleanup and damages,” said Senator Ritchie.

“Earlier this year, I met with more than four dozen local highway officials from our region who requested extra help for critical maintenance and repair projects that would provide relief to local budgets—and to local taxpayers.  I’m pleased that this year’s State Budget recognizes the unique challenges presented by our most recent winter by including extra aid for municipalities trying to make ends meet.”

April 11, 2014
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Senator Dilan Announces Passage of 2014 – 2015 State Budget

$138 billion spending plan funds citywide Pre-K, increases to TAP and higher-ed opportunity programs.Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Bushwick) announced the passage of  a $138 billion budget that includes $300 million for universal Pre Kindergarten programs in New York City, new government reforms and increased funding to social programs.“This year’s budget has made great strides to meet new, and greater demands while continuing to offset the gaps left by previous year’s cuts. I commend Governor Cuomo and my Senate Colleagues for delivering a responsible spending plan that spends smart, invests in our students, and offers some much-needed relief for our working families,” said Senator Dilan.  

April 1, 2014
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SENATOR VALESKY HAILS PASSAGE OF FOURTH CONSECUTIVE ON-TIME STATE BUDGET

ALBANY, NY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today lauded the passage of the state’s fourth and historic consecutive on-time budget. This has not been accomplished with the same Governor and legislative leaders in more than 40 years.

April 1, 2014
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Senate Republicans Include Funding for Pothole and Road Repairs in State Budget

For Release: Immediate, March 30, 2014

            ALBANY - Record road repair funds to help local governments, including a new $40 million “Extreme Weather Assistance” pothole fund, were added successfully to the state budget by Senate Republicans, according to Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-57th District).

            The extra transportation money was included by lawmakers in response to the unusually harsh winter which has seriously damaged roads. The pothole funding is on top of the popular Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIP) which was brought to a record $438 million to help municipalities afford much-needed road maintenance.

            “Every day I hear from travelers who are upset about rough roads and the potholes that are just about everywhere. The extreme freezing and thawing cycles have heaved up pavement and caused deep craters. Poor road conditions can be a contributing factor in car crashes and can cause expensive damage to vehicles. It is a serious safety and pocketbook issue,” Senator Young said.

            The pothole fund will be distributed under the same formula as the CHIP dollars, according to Senator Young.

            The budget also includes capital road and bridge funds totaling $3.7 billion statewide.

March 30, 2014
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Senate Passes Town Speed Limit Mandate Relief Legislation

The New York State Senate passed mandate relief legislation today, sponsored by Senator Betty Little (R-C-I, Queensbury), that would authorize towns to set speed limits within their own jurisdictions. Current law requires most towns to petition the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) to set local speed limits, however, villages, cities and about 80 towns with large populations are exempt from the requirement.

“This is a mandate relief measure,” said Senator Little. “Towns in New York are required to jump through a hoop that villages, cities and some very large towns don’t have to, costing them time and money.  This would create a uniform policy treating all municipalities the same.”

March 25, 2014
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Senator Dilan Outlines Transportation Budget Priorities

Senator Dilan delivers his budget priorities during a Monday, March 17, joint conference committee hearing on the proposed transportation budget.

March 18, 2014
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State Commits to Senator Kennedy to Support WNY Communities in Storm Response

With an unprecedented second blizzard warning in 2014, Kennedy calls Emergency Services Commissioner to monitor state response to storm.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, called New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Jerome Hauer this morning to ensure the state's preparedness to support storm response in Western New York. Western New York is facing an unprecedented second blizzard warning in 2014, and Kennedy is closely monitoring the state's response.

March 12, 2014
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Meeting with Local Highway Superintendents

I had a great meeting with dozens of local and state Highway Superintendents yesterday afternoon in Albany. These hard working men and women are dedicated to providing the best roads and highways for New York State travelers. I look forward to working with them more in my role as Senate Transportation Committee Chairman. Thanks for making the trip to Albany!

March 6, 2014
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Senator O'Mara and Assemblyman Palmesano welcome local highway superintendents to Albany

Albany, N.Y., March 5—With final negotiations over the 2014-15 New York State budget kicking into high gear over the next few weeks, a group of state legislators, led by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C, Corning), today joined county and town highway superintendents and other local leaders from across New York to call for increased state support for local roads and bridges.

In the photo above, Senator O'Mara and Assemblyman Palmesano join their colleagues and local highway superintendents from throughout New York on the historic "Million Dollar Staircase" in the State Capitol.

March 5, 2014
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O'Mara and Palmesano rally statewide support for local roads and bridges

Albany, N.Y., March 5—A group of nearly 100 state legislators, led by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning), today joined county and town highway superintendents and other local leaders from across New York to call for increased state support for local roads and bridges.

Local highway superintendents from every region of the state have  been in Albany this week as part of their “2014  ‘Local Roads Matter’ Grassroots Advocacy Campaign for Local Roads & Bridges.” 

March 5, 2014
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Senator O'Mara and Assemblyman Palmesano rally statewide support for local roads and bridges

Albany, N.Y., March 5—With final negotiations over the 2014-15 New York State budget kicking into high gear over the next few weeks, a group of state legislators, led by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C, Corning), today joined county and town highway superintendents and other local leaders from across New York to call for increased state support for local roads and bridges.

O'Mara and Palmesano held a news conference earlier today at the Capitol (watch their opening remarks above).

March 5, 2014
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County and town highway superintendents lobby in Albany

Senator Betty Little (center) talks with county and town highway superintendents during the annual “Local Roads Matter” lobby day in Albany on Wednesday, March 5.  Under the executive budget proposal, funding for the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) and the Federal Municipal Streets and Highways Program (“Marchiselli”) would be held at current levels.

March 5, 2014
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In Midst of Harshest Winter in Years, Senator Kennedy Pushes New Initiatives to Combat Western New York’s Pothole Problems

Kennedy Calls for Increased State Investment in Local Roads – Pushes New Legislation to Help Drivers Whose Cars are Damaged by Crumbling State Roads, Create New Online Portal to Report Potholes and Monitor Repairs.

Kennedy: In WNY, we’re accustomed to the woes winter weather can bring, but ‘Old Man Winter’ has packed a particularly hard punch this year. New York State should step in and provide relief.

March 1, 2014
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Keeping our bridges and roadways safe, well-maintained

Last night, 13WHAM ran an excellent story on the state's Dedicated Highway and Bridge Fund. In a time when a third of Monroe County bridges are past their 50-year lifespan, only 22 cents on the dollar from this fund are being spent on capital projects.I appreciated the opportunity to share a potential solution in the segment. I am cosponsoring legislation that would realign this fund with its original, crucial purpose.

February 27, 2014
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Utica Observer-Dispatch editorial: Stop robbing bridge fund

"State Sen. Joseph Griffo is dead-on in his criticism of the state's ongoing raid on highway and bridge funds. Our infrastructure is a mess and requires every tax dollar and fee collected to make improvements. Our infrastructure is a mess and requires every tax dollar and fee collected to make improvements.

"And we second Griffo's call for legislation that will protect taxpayers' money and make sure it goes where it should."

Read the rest here

February 11, 2014
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CNY lawmakers to state: Keep I-81 in same general corridor through Syracuse area

By Teri Weaver | tweaver@syracuse.com

January 30, 2014 at 7:37 AM, updated January 30, 2014 at 10:45 AM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Central New York's state lawmakers want any solution for Interstate 81 to travel along the same general path the aging highway occupies now, according to a letter sent in December to the state's top transportation official. 

February 10, 2014
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