Issues: Transportation

Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #28: What To Do With An Extra $4.2 Billion

Recently, a French bank named BNP Paribas admitted laundering $190 billion through financial institutions in our state. The money was originating in Sudan and Iran, two countries blacklisted by ours for their support of terrorist organizations.

The bank is paying a huge fine - $8.9 billion – for its crimes. Our state is receiving $3.6 billion from the settlement. It’s one of five financial settlements that will, together, bring in $4.2 billion in unexpected revenue in the 2015 fiscal year.

August 7, 2014
Read more...

Griffo Calls for $4B Investment In Infrastructure, Schools, Tax Relief and Debt Relief

ALBANY – Senator Joseph A. Griffo today outlined how he believes the state should use its net $4.2 billion windfall from five financial settlements, as outlined in Monday’s state Division of Budget financial report (link opens PDF).

“In the context of a $142 billion spending plan, these settlements won’t pay for everything,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “It’s important to maintain perspective and prioritize. Creating new programs and funding pet projects may make some lawmakers look good, but it’s not a good use of a one-time revenue.”

August 5, 2014
Read more...

ELECTEDS SHARE OPTIONS AS G-TRAIN SHUTDOWN BEGINS

Electeds: India Street Ferry Finally Back in Service; Check-in on Impacts in Ten Days

BROOKLYN -- The G-train shutdown, which begins tonight at 10:30pm, will leave Greenpointers and northern Brooklynites without a vital transportation lifeline for 5-weeks. These repairs will address Sandy-related damage to the subway tunnels between Nassau Avenue and Long Island City. Fortunately, through the advocacy of Senator Squadron, Councilmember Levin, Assemblymember Lentol, and Congresswoman Maloney, the MTA will provide the following accommodations, in addition to a free shuttle bus between the affected stations:

July 28, 2014
Read more...

Column by Senator Bill Larkin on Oil Shipment Safety

Now that the state Division of Homeland Security (DHS) has ruled crude oil shipment information must be made available to the public through the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL), the criticism surrounding oil shipments in New York can get directed back to where it belongs: the federal government’s continued lack of enhanced oil train safety standards.

July 22, 2014
Read more...

Leader Stewart-Cousins Announces Approval of State Grant for Kawasaki Rail Car Toward Purchase of Manufacturing Site, Keeping the Company and 375 Jobs in Yonkers

Yonkers, NY - Democratic Conference Leader, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, was joined by Empire State Development President and CEO Kenneth Adams, and the President of Kawasaki Rail Car Inc., Hiroki Iwasaki, to announce final approval of a $500,000 state grant to keep the company and 375 employees in Yonkers.

July 22, 2014
Read more...

SQUADRON, LEVIN STATEMENT ON ONGOING CLOSURE OF INDIA STREET PIER

BROOKLYN – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Councilmember Steve Levin released the following statement regarding the ongoing closure of the India Street pier:

July 11, 2014
Read more...

IN THE EVENT OF A STRIKE, THERE BETTER BE A PLAN ~ SENATOR AVELLA URGES THE MTA TO RESUME TALKS WITH LIRR BUT BE PREPARED IN EVENT OF STRIKE

(Queens, NY) Today, Senator Tony Avella is calling on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to come back to the table and continue negotiations in order to avoid a looming strike by the Long Island Rail Road workers as talks broke down yesterday and Congress seems unlikely to intervene.  

July 9, 2014
Read more...

SENATE REPUBLICANS LAUNCH BOLD PLAN TO INVEST OVER $3 BILLION BNP BANK SETTLEMENT TO KEEP STATE MOVING FORWARD

Accelerates Tax Relief, Rebuilds Infrastructure to Create Jobs, Helps Schools;

Rolls Back Economic Damage Caused by Senate Democrats

July 7, 2014
Read more...

LI SENATORS SAY CUOMO NEEDS TO GET NEGOTIATIONS BACK ON TRACK

Senator Carl L. Marcellino, Vice-Chairman of the NYS Senate Transportation Committee and Senator Jack Martins today called on Governor Andrew Cuomo to use his considerable influence to intervene and to resolve the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) workers and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) contract dispute in order to prevent a devastating strike. The unions have been without a contract since 2010. Under federal law, LIRR workers can legally walk off the job as early as July 20.

July 2, 2014
Read more...

'Corning area now has 2 interstates; U.S. 15 designated I-99 to Pa. border'

“It’s also a testament to the hard work, dedication and perseverance of so many community leaders and residents over many years. I-99 represents an exciting lifeline to future jobs and economic growth, and the north-south corridor we need to complement I-86,” said state Sen. Tom O’Mara, R-Big Flats.

July 1, 2014
Read more...

School crossing guards must be hired to fill approximately 200 vacancies the NYPD says exist citywide

As reported by the Daily News:

BY STATE SENATOR JOSE PERALTA:

If signed by Gov. Cuomo, the legislation will extend to school crossing guards the same on-the-job protection that’s already extended to paramedics, sanitation workers, emergency room personnel, nurses and paramedics, as well as well as police officers and firefighters.

School crossing guards are essential to the kind of comprehensive street safety plan our children need and deserve.

By showing them the respect their job warrants and demonstrating that we have their backs, I am hopeful that we will be able to recruit enough crossing guards to fill existing vacancies and address emerging needs.

For full article, click here.

June 30, 2014
Read more...

Following Kennedy’s Call, State Agrees to Hold Crude Oil Emergency Training Drill in WNY in July

An Estimated 200 to 300 Outdated DOT-111 Rail Cars Carrying Crude Oil or Ethanol Travel Through Every Day.

With rising levels of crude oil shipped by rail, Kennedy called on NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to help ensure local first-responders are ready and prepared.

June 27, 2014
Read more...

Albany Times Union Agrees with Sen. Krueger on ATV Bill

The editorial board of the Albany Times Union agreed with Sen. Krueger and recommended that legislation to increase the allowable size of recreational ATVs to 1,500 pounds be put on hold. The editorial was reprinted in at least two other upstate papers, the Times Herald-Record (Hudson Valley) and the Recorder (Montgomery County).

June 24, 2014
Read more...

SENATOR MARTINS: LIRR STRIKE CONTINGENCY PLAN FAILS NORTH HEMPSTEAD RESIDENTS

     Following news that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) LIRR preliminary strike contingency plan for commuters contains not one shuttle bus/park & ride lot in the Town of North Hempstead, Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) is demanding that MTA revise its plan. 

     In a letter to MTA Chairman & CEO Thomas Prendergast, Senator Martins called on the MTA to amend the plan “so that the over 220,000 residents in the Town of North Hempstead are not excluded.” Senator Martins noted that ridership on the Port Washington branch grew by over 350,000 last year, and that Mineola and Great Neck are two of the LIRR’s busiest stations.

June 20, 2014
Read more...

State Senator Jeff Klein passes legislation to reduce New York City speed limit

ALBANY, NY – New York City's speed limit will lower to 25 miles per hour in an effort to prevent fatalities, thanks to legislation sponsored by state Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx / Westchester), passed the State Senate 58-2 on Thursday night.

June 20, 2014
Read more...

Forum/Town Hall: Vision Zero Town Hall

In New York City, approximately 4,000 New Yorkers are seriously injured and more than 250 are killed each year in traffic accidents. The Vision Zero Action Plan is the City’s framework for ending traffic deaths and injuries on the streets.

Tuesday, June 24th, Sen. Krueger will be hosting a Vision Zero Town Hall Presentation and Discussion on improving street safety in our community, along with Councilmembers Dan Garodnick and Ben Kallos and the New York City Department of Transportation. Additional participants will include the Office of the Mayor, the NYPD, local community boards, and Transportation Alternatives.

Join us to learn more about the plan, share your ideas about how to improve street safety, and help us identify dangerous locations in our neighborhoods. 

June 24, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Read more...

Senator Young Passes Bill to Improve Transportation for People with Developmental Disabilities

For Release: Immediate, June 20, 2014

Senate Bill 7798 Would Assist Developmentally Disabled Individuals in Rural Areas

ALBANY - Transportation for people with developmental disabilities can be a difficult challenge, especially in rural areas. Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I,-Olean) has announced the state Senate’s passage of legislation to improve the transportation services available.

June 20, 2014
Read more...

Tribute to Sergeant Shawn Farrell II Passes Senate

ALBANY, 06/20/14 – The New York State Senate has passed legislation renaming a portion of New York State Route 44/55 in Ulster County  in honor of United States Army Sergeant Shawn Michael Farrell II.  The bill (S.7824) sponsored by Senator James L. Seward pays tribute to the young soldier killed on April 28th in Afghanistan. 

“Every man and woman who dons a United States military uniform sacrifices for our nation and our way of life,” said Senator Seward.  “Sergeant Farrell made the ultimate sacrifice and we owe it to him and his family to keep his memory alive.” 

June 20, 2014
Read more...

SQUADRON & RIDERS ALLIANCE ANNOUNCE MTA FULL-LINE REVIEW OF A & C LINES

Part Of Continued  Push To Improve Service Across The System

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and the Riders Alliance announced that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will undertake a Full-Line Review of the A and C lines at the urging of both the Senator and the group.

June 19, 2014
Read more...

Senate Passes Telehealth Bill

Bill creates more opportunities for New York patients to use telehealth and telemedicine services  

ALBANY – Telehealth and telemedicine have the potential to transform access to healthcare throughout the state, particularly in rural areas where access and availability remain prominent concerns. A bill passed recently in the New York State Senate (S.7852) would improve access to telehealth and telemedicine services for residents throughout the state.

The bill is sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean). It provides patients throughout the state with the ability to utilize telehealth and telemedicine technologies for services that would otherwise only be covered in-person.

June 18, 2014
Read more...
Syndicate content