Issues: Highways

Oppenheimer Smart Growth Bill Becomes Law

Governor signs bill to combat sprawl and promote environmentally sound development

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) is pleased to announce that her bill, the State Smart Growth and Infrastructure Policy Act (S.5560B/A.8011B) was signed into law on August 30, 2010.  The new law establishes state smart growth infrastructure criteria and requires state agencies to review and consider these guidelines when allocating funds for public infrastructure projects.

September 7, 2010
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Westchester News Online: New Bicycle Safety Law Named After Greenburgh Cyclist Signed Into Law

A bicycle safety law sponsored by State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins(D-Yonkers) has been signed by Governor David Paterson.

The bill, which was dubbed "Merrill's Law" was so named after 66 year old Merrill Cassell, an avid cyclist, who was struck and fatally crushed by a BeeLine Bus in November 2009 as he was riding on Route 119 near Aqueduct Road in Greenburgh.

Westchester News Online - (August 16,2010)

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August 30, 2010
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Senator Dilan-Sponsored Measure “Elle’s Law” Signed Into Law

Increases Penalties on Reckless Drivers Who Injure PedestriansLegislation closing a long-time legal gap that allowed for reckless drivers who injure pedestrians to escape prosecution was signed into law last week.Elle’s Law, sponsored by Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn), Chair of Senate Transportation Committee, amends New York State’s Vehicle and Traffic Law to enact tougher penalties on motorists who blatantly disregard the vehicle and traffic code’s “rules of the road,”  and injure pedestrians as a result of dangerous and unlawful driving.

August 17, 2010
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Bicycle Safety Bill Sponsored by Senator Stewart-Cousins Signed into Law

Today, legislation (S7897) Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins introduced and passed in the Senate to protect bicyclists was signed into law. The new law requires motorists to pass bicyclists proceeding in the same direction at a safe distance. Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins introduced the legislation after Merrill Cassell, an avid cyclist and safety advocate, was fatally struck by a vehicle last year, while cycling in Greenburgh, NY.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the State of New York had 42 bicycle-related traffic fatalities in 2008 alone. Requiring motorists to pass at "a safe distance," this legislation will serve to educate the public about the need for motor vehicles and bicyclists to share our roads safely.

August 15, 2010
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Important Memo from NYSDOT Regarding Closures on Northern State Parkway

THIS IS A MEMO FROM THE NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION REGARDING CLOSURES ON THE NORTHERN STATE PARKWAY

Night Closure of Westbound Northern State Parkway Begin Sunday, July 18, 2010 in the Towns of Smithtown & Huntington

July 19, 2010
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Smart Growth Act could fix state's infrastructure

By: Peter B. Fleischer

New York's budget crisis is forcing government at all levels to re-evaluate how it allocates increasingly rare public dollars. As officials seek to identify and eliminate wasteful and unnecessary spending, they will find some of the waste is hiding in plain sight.

Travel to downtown Buffalo or to many of the state's older suburbs and you'll find decaying sidewalks, half-empty shopping centers, vacant lots and abandoned homes. Then travel a few more miles into what was until recently open countryside, and you'll find big new homes sprouting from former farm fields. Meanwhile, the population of many counties and the state continues to decline.

July 12, 2010
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WGRZ: Bicycle Safety Legislation Passes New York Legislature

Following the death of a 66-year-old bicyclist in Westchester County last November, the New York Senate and Assembly have passed legislation that would require vehicles to pass cyclists at a safe distance to prevent accidents.

Westchester Putnam Bike Walk Alliance member Merrill Cassell was biking on Route 119 at the Greenburgh/White Plains border Nov. 6 when he was sideswiped by a Bee-Line public bus and killed. The bus driver didn't receive a ticket.

July 7, 2010
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Legislature Passes Oppenheimer Smart Growth Bill

Legislation combats sprawl and promotes environmentally sound infrastructure development 

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) is pleased to announce passage of her bill, the State Smart Growth and Infrastructure Policy Act (S.5560B/A.8011B), which will combat modern development practices that have contributed to urban and suburban sprawl.  The legislation passed both houses of the legislature last week and will now be sent to the Governor for his consideration.

June 29, 2010
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STACHOWSKI BILL TO RENAME ROUTE 62 THE “NATIONAL VETERANS HIGHWAY” PASSES SENATE

       The New York State Senate has passed legislation (S.6277-A) sponsored by Senator William T. Stachowski (D, Lake View) that would designate a portion of U.S. Route 62 as the "National Veteran's Highway." 

June 28, 2010
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SENATOR JOHNSON ANNOUNCES BLUEPRINT FOR SMARTER, SAFER NY INFRASTRUCTURE

Legislative Package to Improve Quality of Life for Communities Statewide, Enact Cost-Savings Passes Senate

June 27, 2010
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Senate Passes Legislation to Protect Cyclists

On Friday, June 25, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins announced the Senate passed legislation (S7897) requiring motorists to pass bicyclists proceeding in the same direction at a safe distance. Once the bill has passed in both houses it will be sent to the Governor for his signature. Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins introduced the legislation after Merrill Cassell, an avid cyclist and safety advocate, was fatally struck by a vehicle last year, while cycling in Greenburgh, NY.

June 25, 2010
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Complete Streets/Smart Growth

News From Senator Shirley L. Huntley

For Immediate Release: June 24, 2010

Contact: Ami Shah | shah@senate.state.ny.us | (518) 455-3531

SENATE PASSES BLUEPRINT FOR A SMARTER

SAFER NEW YORK INFRASTRUCTURE

June 23, 2010
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Senator Dilan Helps to Secure Funding For New York’s Roads and Bridges, Student MetroCards

Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) and Senate colleagues last night passed a budget agreement that funds a 2-year New York State Department of Transportation Capital Plan as well as provides more than $25 million to fund reduced-fare MetroCards for New York City students.

June 22, 2010
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SENATOR LAVALLE ANNOUNCES STATE HIGHWAY AID FOR LOCAL MUNICIPALITIES

Senator LaValle today announced that local road projects within the First Senate District will benefit from more than $5.5 million in 2010 Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) funds. 

June 17, 2010
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SENATE PASSES STACHOWSKI BILL REQUIRING MOTORISTS TO MOVE OVER FOR PARKED EMERGENCY VEHICLES

      Senator William T. Stachowski (D, Lake View), today announcedthat legislation (S.4647-B) he sponsored to protect law enforcement and emergency workers on the state’s highways has passed the New York State Senate.

      Named the "Ambrose-Searles Move Over Act," the legislation requires highway motorists to move over or slow down when approaching a parked authorized emergency vehicle whose emergency lights are flashing.

June 16, 2010
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Senator Dilan-Sponsored Elle's Law Passes Senate

Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) passed Elle’s Law, an amendment to New York State’s Vehicle and Traffic Law that enacts tougher penalties on motorists who seriously injure pedestrians as a result of dangerous and unlawful driving.

Elle’s Law closes a gap in current law that allows reckless drivers who blatantly disregard the State vehicle and traffic code’s “rules of the road,” unless drugs or alcohol are found to be involved, from evading more serious charges when a pedestrian is injured.

June 16, 2010
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Senator Dilan-Sponsored Elle's Law Passes Senate

Measure Increases Penalties on Reckless Drivers Who Injure Pedestrians

“Elle’s Law” Responds to 3-year-old pedestrian struck, injured at Manhattan intersection

Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) recently passed Elle’s Law, an amendment to New York State’s Vehicle and Traffic Law that enacts tougher penalties on motorists who seriously injure pedestrians as a result of dangerous and unlawful driving.

June 16, 2010
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Sen. Fuschillo Thanks Scarpati Family and Gov. Paterson for making Wantagh Bike Path Safer

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) today joined in a ribbon cutting ceremony with Lynn and Jim Scarpati and Governor David Paterson to launch the construction of the Wantagh Parkway guard rail project. 

 

June 6, 2010
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STACHOWSKI & THRUWAY AUTHORITY ANNOUNCE $91.2 MILLION HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENT PROJECT AWARDED FOR ERIE COUNTY

June 4, 2010

STACHOWSKI & THRUWAY AUTHORITY ANNOUNCE $91.2 MILLION HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENT PROJECT AWARDED FOR ERIE COUNTY

     Senator William Stachowski (D, Lake View) together with the New York State Thruway Authority, today announced a $91.2 million contract has been awarded to Union Concrete and Construction Corp. of West Seneca, New York, for the rehabilitation of approximately eight miles along I-90 from west of Interchange 57 (Hamburg, Route 75) to east of Interchange 58 (Silver Creek, Irving, Route 438).

June 4, 2010
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Bike Summit Features Ways To Make Roads Safer for Cyclists

Cycling enthusiasts, political figures, state and local officials, environmentalists and planners will gather at the Greenburgh Town Hall May 6, for the 2nd annual Westchester Bike Summit. The focus of the session is, “to make the region more friendly to those who get around on two wheels,” according to the Bike Walk Alliance of Westchester and Putnam.

May 10, 2010
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