Issues: Highways

SENATOR BILL LARKIN ANNOUNCES $75 MILLION INCREASE IN CONSOLIDATED LOCAL STREET AND HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (CHIPS)

Senator Bill Larkin (R,C,I, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced today that the 2013-2014 New York State budget includes an increase of $75 million in funding to the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS).  This funding will allow municipalities to repair and improve their local roads, bridges and highways.

March 27, 2013
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Saratoga County to receive more CHIPS funding for roadwork in state budget

Saratoga County to receive more CHIPS funding for roadwork in state budget

The Saratogian, Monday, March 25, 2013

By LUCIAN McCARTYlmccarty@saratogian.com Twitter.com/SaratogianCDesk

March 26, 2013
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State Budget To Fund Local Highway Improvements

ALBANY, 03/25/13 – As the 2013-14 state budget is finalized, Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) announced today that  local counties will receive a substantial increase in funding to support highway improvements.

“After meeting with county and town highway superintendents from throughout my district it was clear that the state needed to boost funding available through the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Plan (CHIPs),” said Senator Seward.  “I fought hard for new money during the state budget negotiations and was successful in securing an additional $75 million in CHIPs funding – the first CHIPs increase in five years.”

March 25, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Announces Tougher Penalties for Texting, Cell Phone Use While Driving

New provisions included in budget will strengthen efforts to crackdown on distracted driving on New York State’s roads and highways.

Kennedy: Stronger penalties send a clear message to distracted drivers: keep your eyes on the road and off your phone.

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, announced the State Senate has approved stronger penalties for distracted driving as part of the 2013-14 budget. Kennedy explained the new provisions will strengthen state efforts to crackdown on texting while driving and other cell phone use while driving.

March 25, 2013
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March 24, 2013
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ADDITIONAL FUNDS FOR LOCAL ROADS IN STATE BUDGET

First Funding Hike for Local Highways in Five Years; Investments to Help Create Jobs 

March 24, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Announces Construction on I-490 Bridges in Monroe County to Begin in April

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that construction will begin next month on a project to replace four bridge decks on Interstate 490 in Monroe County. The work is part of a $13.8 million contract funded through the NY Works program. The project meets the goals of Governor Cuomo’s Drivers First initiative to ensure that construction causes the least impact to motorists.

 

The bridges carry eastbound and westbound I-490 over Chili Center Coldwater Road (Route 386) in Chili and eastbound and westbound I-490 over Route 204 (Airport Expressway) in Gates.

 

March 22, 2013
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Senator Flanagan Announces Road Safety Legislation Passes Senate

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation to impose felony charges on wrong-way and other reckless drivers.  The bill (S752), which Senator Flanagan co-sponsored, is an effort to protect law abiding drivers from those who make the decision to drive in a dangerous manner.

The bill would establish the new crime of “aggravated reckless driving” and make it a class E felony, punishable by a prison sentence of up to four years.  The charge would apply to:

Drivers who drive the wrong way or against the flow of traffic; either knowingly or because they are intoxicated or impaired;
Drivers who drive more than 30 miles-an-hour over the speed limit while intoxicated or impaired; or

March 20, 2013
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ALIX’S LAW PASSES THROUGH SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

Bill Named After Amherst Teen Would Close Dangerous Loophole In Hit-And-Run Accidents

ALBANY - The New York State Senate Transportation Committee passed “Alix’s Law” (S.1698A) today, sponsored by Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma). The bill would close a legal loophole and hold intoxicated drivers accountable for leaving the scene of an accident. 

March 19, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ADVISES RESIDENTS OF DOT’S CLOSURE OF WESTBOUND OCEAN PARKWAY

Westbound Ocean Parkway Between Wantagh and Meadowbrook Parkways Closed by DOT Through the End of March

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is informing drivers that the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) has closed the westbound Ocean Parkway between the Wantagh Parkway and Meadowbrook Parkway around the clock through the end of March. According to the DOT, the closure is necessary to reconstruct the pedestrian tunnel between Jones Beach parking field four and the Jones Beach central mall.

March 12, 2013
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RITCHIE MEETS WITH HIGHWAY SUPERINTENDENTS

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently met with county and town highway superintendents from Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties in her Albany office.

Highway officials explained to Senator Ritchie that while last year’s State Budget increased funding for state roads by $1.16 billion, there was no increase in funding for local roads.

March 7, 2013
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Department of Financial Services to Speek Resolution of Insurance Claims in Areas Affected by SANDY

The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.

February 27, 2013
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Learn about the plans for redesigning the Robert Moses Parkway and voice your opinion

Lost in all the shuffle over the recent developments with regard to the Robert Moses Parkway is the fact that the public still has an important role to play in the highway’s future.

February 22, 2013
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Senator Gipson Leads Putnam Valley Press Conference on Pudding Street Overpass

For Immediate Release: February 1, 2013Media Contact: Brian Keeler | 845.463.0840 | keeler@nysenate.gov

SENATOR GIPSON, ASSEMBLYMAN KATZ, SUPERVISOR TENDY HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE ON PUDDING STREET OVERPASS

 

February 4, 2013
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SENATOR GIPSON, ASSEMBLYMAN KATZ, SUPERVISOR TENDY HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE ON PUDDING STREET OVERPASS

For Immediate Release: February 1, 2013Media Contact: Brian Keeler | 845.463.0840 | keeler@nysenate.gov

SENATOR GIPSON, ASSEMBLYMAN KATZ, SUPERVISOR TENDY HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE ON PUDDING STREET OVERPASS

 

February 1, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013
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Griffo Commends Thruway Authority for Averting Truck Toll Increase

Griffo: A Thruway Toll Hike Now Would’ve Harmed Upstate Economy

December 20, 2012
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Thruway Toll Hike Plan Ditched

ONEONTA, 12/17/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the Thruway Authority’s announcement terminating plans to raise tolls on commercial vehicles:

“When the Thruway Authority floated a proposal to hike tolls on trucks and other commercial vehicles I was among a loud chorus of elected officials, business leaders and concerned citizens denouncing the plot.  

“Abandoning this ill-conceived toll hike plan is the right thing to do.  The Thruway Authority, like the rest of state government, needs to focus on cost saving measures to right the fiscal ship, instead of simply hiking the cost of doing business in New York.

December 17, 2012
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Statement by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos

I commend Governor Cuomo for taking action to prevent a 45 percent toll hike on trucks that use the New York State Thruway.  This massive proposed increase, which was opposed by Senate Republicans, would have negatively impacted small businesses throughout New York and hurt our efforts to grow the economy.

If we are going to continue the progress we’ve made over the last two years, we’ll need to do it without raising taxes and fees, or increasing the cost of doing business.  This is great news for businesses and taxpayers.

 

December 17, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Announces Thruway to Commemorate Anniversary of A.J. Larson’s Death with “Don’t Text While Driving” Message

Digital signs over the NYS Thruway will urge motorists to stay alert behind the wheel with no texting while driving reminder.

Larson’s mother Kelly Cline relentlessly advocated for changes to state law to ban texting while driving. 

Kennedy and Cline Remind Drivers: Keep Your Eyes on the Road and Off Your Phone.

December 3, 2012
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