Issues: Highways

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

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

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

By Teri Weaver |

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

Griffo: State Must Stop Raiding Highway & Bridge Fund

UTICA – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo today reiterated his objection to the state’s sweep of highway and bridge funds, following a state comptroller’s report that revealed just 22 percent of motorist taxes and fees are being used for capital construction project.

“Motorists paid $3.8 billion last year in state taxes and fees on travel-related items such as gas, vehicle licensing and rental cars. That money is supposed to go toward making bridges and highways safer,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “Instead, the money is being taken to pay for past borrowing as well as operating costs of state agencies – at the expense of our infrastructure.”

February 5, 2014

Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein Launches IDC’s 2014 Agenda – “Affordable NY”

Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein Launches IDC’s 2014 Agenda – “Affordable NY”

IDC Introduces Innovative Programs Like Family Leave Insurance for Working Mothers and Fathers and Launches Mitchell Llama 2020; Agenda Re-Focuses State Resources on Working Families



December 13, 2013

Making New York Affordable: Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein Launches IDC’s 2014 Agenda

Before Senator Klein and the IDC crafted their legislative agenda, Senator Klein heard from real New York families on how their coping with our state's affordability crisis. This video shows some of what these working New Yorkers said. 

December 13, 2013

Senator Kennedy Proposes New Bill, Pushes for Investment to Make Streets Safer in WNY

Kennedy announces new reform to strengthen the state’s Complete Streets law at dangerous intersection in Cheektowaga.

With collisions involving pedestrians and bicycles on the rise, Kennedy, Supervisor Mary Holtz, Justin Booth of GObike Buffalo and local parents call for investment in infrastructure projects that make streets safer for all roadway users.

December 10, 2013


Span of Route 20A Will Connect At County Line With Wyoming County Veterans Memorial Highway

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) applauded Governor Cuomo today for taking time over the Veterans Day Weekend to sign legislation (S.4752 - Gallivan) designating a stretch of Route 20A as the "Livingston County Veterans Memorial Highway." The portion to be designated begins at I-390 and runs west to the Livingston County line, where it meets with a portion of Route 20A in Wyoming County already designated as the Wyoming County Veterans Memorial Highway.

November 12, 2013

Kennedy, Schimminger Announce I-290 Bridge Named for Trooper Kevin Dobson

Following approval in the Senate and Assembly, Governor has signed legislation, which Kennedy and Schimminger sponsored, to designate I-290 bridge at the Colvin exit as “New York State Trooper Kevin P. Dobson Sr. Memorial Bridge”

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, and Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, D-C-I-Kenmore, today announced the Interstate-290 bridge that crosses N.Y. State Route 425 at the Colvin exit will now be designated as the “New York State Trooper Kevin P. Dobson, Sr. Memorial Bridge”.

October 1, 2013


Routes 219 and 400 Will Undergo Significant Improvements

ERIE COUNTY - State Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma), a member of the Senate's transportation committee, today announced nearly $21 million in improvement investments for key highway construction projects across southern Erie County. The investment will be funded through the New York Works State Highway and Bridge Project Acceleration Program, which was approved as part of this year's enacted state budget.

Specifically, the state will invest $9.6 million toward removing and replacing 14 miles of Route 219’s road surface stretching from Route 391 in the Town of Boston to Route 39 in the Town of Concord.

September 18, 2013


Teams With Colleges, Health, Highway Officials, Law Enforcement

to Boost Traffic Safety, Prevent Car-Buggy Crashes

State Senator Patty Ritchie is teaming with area colleges, local agencies and officials to launch a new highway safety initiative to help raise awareness of the region’s growing Amish population, and prevent vehicle-buggy crashes like those that claimed the lives of an Amish child last year, and caused tens of thousands of dollars in property damage.

The initiative targets new drivers and college students, in particular, and includes special state budget funding secured by Senator Ritchie to install as many as 100 new, reflective road hazard signs, and a new informational brochure prepared with the help of highway safety experts to remind drivers to “Share the Road” with slow-moving Amish buggies.

Participants in the effort include Senator Ritchie, all four colleges located in St. Lawrence County, County Sheriff Kevin Wells, County Clerk Mary Lou Rupp,  the St. Lawrence County Traffic Safety Council, and Jefferson County’s Public Health Service.

September 12, 2013

Grisanti Announces $9.48 Million Investment For Projects On Elmwood Avenue and 198 In City Of Buffalo

     Senator Mark J. Grisanti. (R,I- Buffalo), announced today a $9.48 million investment for road and bridge projects for Elmwood Avenue and the 198 in the City of Buffalo. The investment will be funded through the New York Works State Highway and Bridge Project Acceleration Program. This project is a part of the $45.96 million that has been secured for Region 5.

September 6, 2013

Senator Carlucci Announces 4-Point Legislative Package to Crack Down on Costly Toll Evaders

TARRYTOWN, NY -- To combat the growing problem of toll evasion, Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) today outlined a comprehensive 4-Point Plan to crack down on toll evaders along New York’s vast network of roads, bridges, and tunnels.   At a press conference at the Tarrytown Toll Plaza overlooking the Tappan Zee Bridge, the Senator discussed various measures that will ultimately serve as an effective deterrent to protect law-abiding commuters and save money.

August 21, 2013


Four-Way Stop And Line-Of-Sight Upgrades Will Make Riga-Mumford Road and North Road Intersection Safer

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, 59th District) announced today that the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has outlined a series of physical improvements to be made immediately to the dangerous intersection at Riga-Mumford Road and North Road in the Town of Wheatland where three young adults lost their lives in a car accident on July 16th.

August 12, 2013

Senator DeFrancisco Helps Honor the Life of Harriet Tubman

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped unveil a New York State Department of Transportation highway sign honoring the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman.  Senator DeFrancisco joined family members of the late Harriet Tubman and other local dignitaries for the "Walk in the Steps of Harriet" event held in Auburn on Friday August 2, 2013. 

August 6, 2013

Construction To Begin On Sherwood Greenway Trail

New York
State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Acting Regional Director Darrell
Kaminski was joined by federal, state and local officials to break ground on a
project to construct the Sherwood Greenway Trail and make highway improvements
to NY Route 324 (Sheridan Drive) and NY Route 325 (Sheridan Drive Extension) in
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July 30, 2013

NYSDOT Answers Call For Route 8 Traffic Study

ONEONTA, 07/26/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has initiated a full study of traffic issues along New York State Route 8 in Chenango County approaching the Chobani plant. 

July 29, 2013


Fatal Crash In Wheatland Marks Tragic End To Three Promising Young Lives

“As a former State Trooper and Erie County Sheriff, and as a father, I speak from experience in saying there is nothing worse than arriving on an accident scene and finding young drivers involved. My thoughts remain with the family members of the deceased. Unfortunately, answers are not always as immediate as we would like following tragedies of this nature.”

“Since Tuesday, I have been in communication with local, county and State Department of Transportation officials to discuss the cause of the accident, the traffic safety history of the intersection, and the effectiveness of safety improvements implemented in 2011.”

July 18, 2013

Route 8 Traffic Study Needed

ONEONTA, 06/24/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced his strong support for a full New York State Department of Transportation study of traffic safety issues along New York State Route 8 in Chenango County approaching the Chobani plant. 

June 24, 2013

Kennedy Announces Senate Approval of Bill to Name I-290 Bridge for Trooper Kevin Dobson

Senate unanimously approves legislation, which Senator Kennedy introduced, to designate I-290 bridge over NY Rt. 425 as the “New York State Trooper Kevin P. Dobson Sr. Memorial Bridge”

Kennedy: The ‘NYS Trooper Kevin P. Dobson, Sr. Memorial Bridge’ will serve as a reminder for all WNYers that our highways were made safe by Trooper Dobson and his brothers and sisters in uniform.

June 17, 2013
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