Issues: Transportation

Forum To Address Rural Public Transportation Concerns

ONEONTA, 07/20/15 – New York State Senators James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) and Tom O’Mara (R/C/I-Big Flats) will be in Otsego County, WEDNESDAY, July 22nd, at the Village Library of Cooperstown.

The senators will host a roundtable discussion focusing on rural concerns raised over the state takeover of the management of local Medicaid Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NMET).

Local leaders and transportation management officials will testify in regard to their experience with the new system and the specific challenges rural communities are contending with due to the state’s ongoing Medicaid redesign strategy.  

July 22, 2015
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State Senate forum keeps focus on crisis facing rural public transportation ~ O'Mara and Seward hear from local leaders, transportation officials from throughout NY (UPDATED, July 23 - Watch video replay of the forum)

[July 23, 2015: A video replay of the July 22nd forum is currently available for viewing HERE]

Cooperstown, N.Y., July 22—New York State Senators Tom O’Mara (R/C/I-Big Flats) and James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta), whose Upstate, rural legislative districts are being hurt by state-level changes underway in the management of Non-Emergency Medical Transportation, held a “New York Medicaid NEMT Roundtable Discussion” today in Cooperstown.

July 21, 2015
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State Senate forum in Cooperstown on Wednesday will examine rural public transportation concerns ~ Local leaders and transportation management officials from throughout the state will testify

Albany, N.Y., July 20 – New York State Senators Tom O’Mara (R/C/I-Big Flats) and James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) will be in Otsego County on Wednesday, July 22, for a forum at the Village Library in Cooperstown on the future of rural public transportation.

The senators will host a round table discussion focusing on rural concerns raised over the state takeover of the management of local Medicaid Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NMET).

July 20, 2015
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Ortt, Hawley Call on Assembly Majority to Pass Legislation to Prevent Canal Bridge Closures

Legislation to Close Loopholes in Canal Law and Hold State Accountable, Held up in Assembly

KNOWLESVILLE – Standing in front of the heavily traveled Knowlesville lift bridge in Orleans County, New York State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) and New York State Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I – Batavia) today urged the Assembly Majority to pass a bill that would prevent further closure of bridges over the Erie Canal and other canals within New York State. Bridges include lift or movable, highway and pedestrian.   

July 20, 2015
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Murphy announces $312k to combat distracted driving on Westchester parkways

VALHALLA, NY - Coming on the heels of a bombshell report published by the Journal News which listed portions of key Westchester thoroughfares among the most accident prone roadways in New York State, today Senator Terrence Murphy announced additional funding to increase distracted-driving enforcement by Westchester County Police. "When it comes to public safety we must take a zero tolerance approach," Senator Murphy said. "During this year's budget negotiations I was thrilled to partner with the Westchester County Police and County Executive Astorino to secure additional state funds to further Westchester County's Accident Prevention Initiative."

July 15, 2015
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Senator Larkin, Assemblymen Skoufis and Zebrowski, announce funding to repair Palisades Parkway

Senator Bill Larkin (R-Cornwall) alongside Assemblymen James Skoufis (D-Woodbury) and Ken Zebrowski (D-New City) announced that over $10 million in critical state funding has been secured to repair the north section of the Palisades Interstate Parkway after years of neglect. Additionally, Route 6 will be resurfaced between Route 293 and the Palisades Parkway later this year.

July 13, 2015
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Senator Serrano Fights for M86 Select Bus Service, Which will Benefit East & West Siders

(New York, NY)- Senator Serrano expressed content on the launch of the M86 Select Bus Service. With 25,000 riders a day, the crosstown M86 carries more passengers per mile than any other New York City bus route. As such, the M86 Select Bus Service will reduce travel times for thousands of New Yorkers.

July 13, 2015
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Kennedy Delivers: Critical Repairs to Major Lackawanna Roadways Underway After State Investment

After Rough Winter, Milling and Paving Processes Begin to Revive South Park Avenue and Ridge Road

$2.5 Million Grant Secured by Kennedy Will Repair One of Worst Stretches of Pothole-Riddled Roadways in Erie County

July 7, 2015
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New 'Bus Buddies' initiative underway in Steuben County to engage and mobilize new riders of public transportation ~ Find additional details here ~ Senator O'Mara has highlighted critical importance of public transportation in rural, Upstate counties

News from the Institute for Human Services, Inc. (IHS) that a new program is underway in Steuben County to "engage, mobilize, and empower new riders of public transportation."

According to a recent news release from the IHS, "Transportation continues to remain a principal issue in Steuben County. Many seniors and persons with disabilities - the very people public transportation can benefit most - are intimidated by the public transportation system. To address this need, Steuben Coordinated Transportation Mobility Management, in collaboration with Steuben County RSVP, has launched a new program called Bus Buddies."

July 7, 2015
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Murphy's laws: Governor signs bills to honor Hudson Valley service members killed in action

ALBANY, NY - Earlier today Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation sponsored by New York State Senator Terrence Murphy which would rename portions of the state highway system and a bridge in honor of two Hudson Valley service members who died in the service of their nation.

July 2, 2015
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Senator Ortt's Week in Review

June 23, 2015 - Take a minute to catch up on what's been happening in Senator Rob Ortt's Senate district. He rallied alongside Metro and Paratransit riders to speak out against the NFTA, supported local firefighters in a parade, cut the ribbon on a major bridge project and much more. 

July 2, 2015
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Murphy secures $10 mil funding for accelerated road paving

BREWSTER, NY - After months of advocating for additional funds to address the Hudson Valley's crumbling infrastructure, Senator Terrence Murphy announced today that key thoroughfares within the 40th Senate District are set to benefit from an additional $75 million in accelerated paving projects. "Earlier this year I joined my colleagues in successfully securing an additional $50 million in CHIPS funding to address the harsh conditions of our roads following last year's brutal winter," said Murphy. "Having heard from the local officials across my district it was clear that they needed more assistance than was originally provided to ensure our roads are safe for everyone."

June 25, 2015
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David Fahey Jr., a true soldier, to be remembered with State bridge renaming

ALBANY, NY - Four years ago, United States Army Specialist David R. Fahey Jr., 23, was killed by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. Today, the State Senate passed a law sponsored by State Senator Terrence Murphy that honors Fahey by officially naming a bridge on Route 129 in his hometown of Yorktown as the Specialist David R. Fahey Jr. Memorial Bridge. "Yorktown lost one of its finest the day David Fahey gave his life so that others could be safe and free," Senator Murphy said. "David understood how proud we all were of him, and he sent us home a flag from Kandahar that was displayed in the town of Yorktown when I served as Councilman. He was a hero and a true soldier."

June 23, 2015
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Just Ahead - Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway

ALBANY, 06/23/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced final legislative approval of a bill he sponsored establishing the Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway.  Senator Seward’s bill (S.5687) adds portions of New York State Routes 28, 42, and 214 in Delaware and Ulster counties to the New York State Scenic Byways System.

June 23, 2015
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Mayor Pappas, Congressman Higgins, Senator Ortt & Assemblyman Schimminger Rededicate Frederick B. Durkee Memorial Bridge

NORTH TONAWANDA - Mayor Arthur G. Pappas, Congressman Brian Higgins, Senator Rob Ortt, Assemblyman Robin Schimminger joined other local officials and members of the community for a ceremony today rededicating the Frederick B. Durkee Memorial Bridge, which is the only access to Tonawanda Island from River Road in the City of North Tonawanda.  The Durkee Bridge is the only bridge structure owned by the City of North Tonawanda, and just completed a $2.4M rehabilitation project with many significant improvements. 

 

June 22, 2015
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Murphy gets railway safety back on track

ALBANY, NY - Following the horrific Metro North train accident in February, Senator Terrence Murphy, who represents the area of Valhalla where the accident occurred, vowed to address the need for increased safety measures to protect local commuters and community members. Thursday, the New York State Senate passed legislation, authored by Senator Murphy, which would allow local municipalities to install traffic cameras at local grade crossings to better monitor traffic at these dangerous transportation intersections.

June 19, 2015
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Western New York Southtowns Scenic Byway Set to Expand into Cattaraugus County

Expansion of the byway will promote economic development and community pride

 

ALBANY – The Western New York Southtowns Scenic Byway (WNYSSB), which currently runs through the Towns of Aurora, Boston, Colden, Concord, East Aurora, Orchard Park and Springville, will soon be expanding into Cattaraugus County. Another 37 miles of roadway will be added to the existing byway corridor, bring added attention to northern Cattaraugus County’s resources, thus increasing community pride and boosting the local economy by promoting cultural, historic, and recreational tourism.

 

June 18, 2015
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State Senate Passes Legislation on Automobile Recall Notices

The New York State Senate today approved legislation (S4296B), sponsored by Senator Betty Little (R-C-I, Queensbury), that would require registered automobile owners to be notified of any manufacturer recalls during

June 18, 2015
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Ortt Passes Bill Requiring State to Maintain Lift Bridges

Senator Ortt's bill, which passed in the Senate during the last week of session, would close loopholes in the canal law and hold New York State responsible for maintaining and repairing canal infrastructure before lift bridges fall into disrepair. Read the full article in the Orleans Hub

June 18, 2015
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SENATE OKs RITCHIE BILL TO LET OGDENSBURG AIRPORT SOAR

Simple Legal Fix Boosts Plan for Low-Cost Flights from ‘OGS’ to Florida and Beyond

June 17, 2015
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