Participants Agree to Find Better Safety Markings for Buggies
In an effort to help the North Country public and the region’s Amish population more safely share the road, State Senator Patty Ritchie brought together St. Lawrence County Legislators, law enforcement and Amish leaders to explore different ways to improve markings on buggies and announced that by using a state grant she had secured, St. Lawrence County recently finished installing more than 100 new warning signs to alert motorists to buggies traveling on roadways.
“St. Lawrence County is home to the fastest growing Amish population in our state, and while they have different beliefs and customs, members of the Amish community have become a significant part of our community—living working and investing in our region,” said Senator Ritchie.
Bridge will be dedicated in memory of Susan Foster Myers
ALBANY – Susan Foster Myers, a former Councilwoman on the Board of the Town of Friendship and a former Allegany County Legislator, will soon be posthumously honored for her efforts to improve life in Allegany County and across the region.
This week, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) helped guide legislation that will name the bridge that crosses State Route 275 over Interstate 86 in Susan’s honor.
Senator David Carlucci (D – Rockland/Westchester), hosted a press conference on Friday, May 15th to call for the passage of S3858, legislation that will authorize the New York State Department of Transportation to collaborate with other organizations to find out which grade crossing lanes are not safe, and how much it would cost to fix them.
The House Appropriations Committee unanimously approved an amendment to increase funding set aside for railroad grade crossing improvements in the Highway Safety Improvement Program by $130 million. Although the numbers of accidents and fatalities at level grade rail crossings have fallen steadily on a national level, they have increased in New York State.
Did you know that motorcyclists are 30 times more likely than those traveling by car to die in a crash? According to the most recent numbers available from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, in 2013, there were more than 5,100 motorcycle crashes statewide. Those crashes resulted in 171 deaths and more than 5,000 injuries.
This month, we make an extra effort to increase the safety of our roadways through “Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month,” a time when those who travel our roadways are encouraged not only to be extra alert, but also to make an extra effort to learn how to more safely share the road with others. If you travel on four wheels, here are some safety tips for staying safe:
Changes are coming to the Q28 bus route this summer, with additional buses allocated to increase frequency and decrease crowding.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will implement changes to the bus route beginning in late June, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) announced last week.
The Q28 route, which runs from Main Street in Flushing to Bell Boulevard in Bay Terrace, will be scheduled to run every 3 1/2 minutes during peak morning hours, as opposed to the four-minute increments currently in place.
The MTA estimated the changes will reduce the average bus capacity from 109 percent to 97 percent in the morning.
The city Department of Transportation announced traffic calming measures in conjunction with MTA Bridges and Tunnels’ anticipated reopening of the Third Avenue exit ramp at the Whitestone Expressway.
DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, along with state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside), announced plans to install bollards, or short posts that identify an area to guide traffic and safeguard vulnerable spots, for additional traffic calming.
“Local intelligence is critical to creating smart, safer designs for streets,” Trottenberg said in a statement. “Our ongoing conversations with the community and these elected leaders led to this important safety upgrade which will make vehicles slow down as they approach residential streets.”
Following yet another disastrous 7 train commute, Senator Gianaris said, “The 7 train nightmare for western Queens residents continues. We have been dealing with this for months already and today's new chapter is especially troubling, with riders trapped under the river for an extended period. The status quo on the 7 line is simply unacceptable and I will continue to push the MTA to drastically improve the 7 train's performance on a day to day basis.”
“A fare hike is always hard to stomach but given the terrible subway service in western Queens recently, this one seems to be in particularly bad taste,” state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) said. “This winter the 7 train and the N, Q lines have provided one horror story after another for hardworking New Yorkers just trying to get to the office on time. I can understand if my neighbors are angry about a fare hike on top of abysmal service. I’m angry too.”
Senator Gianaris stated, “There is so much happening throughout western Queens that our need for better methods of traveling between our neighborhoods has never been more pressing. This service expansion represents a hard fought victory, but I will never stop fighting for improved transit service in our community.”
“This major funding commitment is welcome news for all who have known Queens Boulevard as the Boulevard of Death for too long,” Senator Gianaris said regarding the funding to make Queens Boulevard safer. “We have worked to solve this problem for years and though I wish improvements would have happened sooner, I’m glad to see that steps are being taken to make this dangerous street safer. I will continue to work with DOT and our community to ensure Queens Boulevard fixes are put in place quickly and effectively as possible.”
ALBANY – Much-needed public transportation is scarce in rural areas, but Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, is taking action to address this shortage in New York State.
“Due to the lack of comprehensive public transportation systems in Upstate New York, many service providers have established their own transportation systems to meet the needs of the individuals they serve. However, there is tremendous opportunity to improve the efficiency, reach, and cost effectiveness of these systems by coordinating with other organizations that have their own transportation needs,” said Senator Young.
Elected Members of the A and C Train Working Group Urge Full-Line Reviews Across the System Once Every Five Years
Electeds: Move NY Plan Allows Improvements that "Make A Difference in Commuters' Lives"
NEW YORK – A coalition of State and City elected officials who worked together as part of the A and C Train Working Group wrote a letter to Governor Cuomo, Majority Leader Skelos and Speaker Heastie, urging support of the Move NY Fair Plan -- to improve transit service with expanded Full-Line Reviews, as well as fund the MTA capital plan. The letter was signed by State Senator Squadron; Assemblymember Mosley; Manhattan Borough President Brewer; State Senators Espaillat and Hoylman; Assemblymembers Gottfried, Rosenthal and Simon; and Councilmembers Chin, Cumbo, Johnson, Levine and Richards. Riders Alliance organized the A and C Train Working Group that led to the ongoing A and C Full-Line Review, and also supports this effort.