Issues: Transportation

Senators Young and Hannon Lead Effort to Help Rural Hospitals

ALBANY— Many of New York’s rural hospitals are in danger of closing unless policy changes are made to strengthen them, according to Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean), who recently led a roundtable discussion with experts from across upstate to brainstorm solutions.

The session was a joint endeavor between Senator Young, Chair of the Commission on Rural Resources, and Senator Kemp Hannon (R, C, I—Garden City), Chair of the Senate Health Committee.

June 18, 2013
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News from NYSDOT Regarding Dangerous Roadways

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) is advising motorists to slow down, drive cautiously and avoid flood-prone roadways today as weather forecasts call for heavy rain, flash floods, and highway and coastal flooding which could create hazardous driving conditions.  Presently, rain with heavy downpours is expected through this afternoon into this evening with areas of fog, with a total of 1.5 to 2.5 inches of rain likely through late Friday night.

June 13, 2013
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LIVINGSTON COUNTY VETERANS MEMORIAL HIGHWAY LEGISLATION PASSES SENATE UNANIMOUSLY

Gallivan Bill Seeks To Designate Part Of Route 20A In Honor Of Area Vets

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) announced this week that the New York State Senate passed legislation (S.4752 - Gallivan) to designate a portion of State Route 20A in Livingston County as the “Livingston County Veterans Memorial Highway.” The portion to be designated begins at State Route 20A’s intersection with Route I-390 and continues west to Livingston County’s border with Wyoming County.

June 13, 2013
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RITCHIE MOTORCYCLE SAFETY BILL UNANIMOUSLY PASSES SENATE

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced her  bill that would improve motorcycle safety by adding motorcycle awareness training to the DMV’s mandatory, pre-licensing courses has passed unanimously the Senate.

 

“Today, more and more people are using motorcycles to get around, and that means that all drivers need to be more aware of how to safely share the road” said State Senator Patty Ritchie. 

 

“By adding this training to the DMV’s pre-licensing courses, we can help ensure that new drivers are given the information they need—right from the start—to be more cognizant of motorcycles when they are out on the road.”

June 13, 2013
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LARKIN ANNOUNCES TRANSPORTATION SUMMIT

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C-I, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that the Orange and Sullivan Counties Employment Alliance Network (OSCEAN) and the Local Business Advisory Council (LBAC) will be hosting a Transportation Summit on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at The Lobby at the Ritz Theater in Newburgh.

The purpose of the Transportation Summit is to bring together parties that use, fund and provide public transportation services in Orange and Sullivan Counties, and to then develop ways to help individuals who do not or cannot drive get transportation to workplaces within the region.

June 6, 2013
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BUFFALO NEWS: Peace Bridge projects must move forward in Buffalo

By Mark Grisanti and Sean Ryan

In recent weeks, a lot of attention has been paid to the Peace Bridge Authority and our proposed legislation. We would like to clarify how the legislation would work and why we think it is needed.

The authority was created solely for the purpose of financing the construction of the Peace Bridge. The original legislation that formed the authority provided that it would dissolve upon repayment of its bonds. Our legislation would return the Bridge Authority to that status, thereby putting the future of the authority in the hands of its board.

June 6, 2013
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Senator Fuschillo Supports Stronger Penalties for Distracted Driving

Senator Fuschillo discusses why New York State should enact stronger penalties for distracted driving, including license suspensions for teenagers who text and talk on a cell phone while driving. You can read more about the legislation by clicking here.

June 5, 2013
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Senate Approves Bill to Strengthen Distracted Driving Penalties for New Drivers

The New York State Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senators Carl L. Marcellino (R, Syosset) and Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R, Merrick) to increase the safety of roads and drivers by strengthening penalties for teens and other new drivers who text or talk on a cell phone while driving.

June 5, 2013
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STRONGER PENALTIES FOR TEENS WHO TEXT AND DRIVE PASSED BY SENATE

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, announced today that the New York State Senate has passed legislation to suspend the driver’s licenses of teenage drivers who text or talk on a cell phone while driving. The legislation is sponsored by Senator Fuschillo and Senator Carl Marcellino (R-Syosset).

June 5, 2013
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SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE APPROVES LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN DISTRACTED DRIVING PENALTIES FOR TEENS

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, today announced that the committee approved legislation to suspend the driver’s licenses of teenage drivers who text or talk on a cell phone while driving.

     “A driver’s focus should be on the road, not their phone.  Teenagers are the least experienced drivers on the road, yet they are also the most likely to engage in distracted driving.  Suspending the licenses of teens who commit a distracted driving offense would reinforce how serious and dangerous distracted driving is and give teens another reason to take their eyes and hands off their phone when behind the wheel,” said Senator Fuschillo.

June 4, 2013
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STATE SENATOR PATRICK GALLIVAN INVITES MONROE AND LIVINGSTON BUSINESSES TO PARTICIPATE IN SMALL BUSINESS SUMMIT AT RIT

New York State Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-59th District) is hosting a “Small Business Summit and Networking Event” on June 27th from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s state-of-the-art Golisano Institute of Sustainability on the RIT campus in Henrietta.

June 3, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR "FUEL NY" INITIATIVE TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO FUEL DURING DECLARED EMERGENCIES

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, today announced that New York State will make up to $17 million in federal Sandy relief funding available to help retail gas stations improve their back-up power capacity so that they can remain open during a severe storm or other major weather event.

     The funding is part of “Fuel NY,” an initiative which was included within the state budget to help improve access to gasoline during a declared emergency. The initiative was developed as a direct response to the gas shortages which occurred during Superstorm Sandy.

June 3, 2013
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Woodhaven Shares Astoria's State Senator

Senator Michael Gianaris addressed dozens of attendees at the Woodhaven Residents Block Association Town Hall meeting on Saturday, May 18th. Woodhaven residents offered their opinions on topics ranging from broad  issues such as transportation and public cleanliness to more specific issues like the future of a recently collapsed building on Jamaica Avenue.

For more information, check out this article in the Queens Ledger.

 

June 3, 2013
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Senator Jeff Klein Joins City Island’s Pilot Cove Manor Residents to Commemorate Arrival of New Senior Van

CITY ISLAND, NY – This afternoon, Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) joined Pilot Cove Manor Residents and community leaders to commemorate the arrival of a new senior van for Pilot Cove Manor nursing facility, home to over 100 seniors.

Senator Klein said, “I am proud that working with the NYS Department of Transportation and Ms. Gallagher, we were able to replace Pilot Cove Manor’s previous van – a van that had been in use for over twenty years. This senior van provides a critical service to the seniors here at Pilot Cove and I am pleased that I was able to make sure that City Island’s seniors are transported safely and soundly.”

June 1, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO STATEMENT ON NEWLY ANNOUNCED MEASURES TO TOUGHEN DISTRACTED DRIVING PENALTIES

     “The stronger distracted driving penalties announced today, along with legislation to toughen license sanctions for young and newly licensed drivers who text and drive, would build upon New York’s efforts to combat a problem which endangers the safety of everyone on the road.

May 31, 2013
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RITCHIE, STATE OFFICIALS JOIN TO BOOST MOTORCYCLE SAFETY

Drivers are Urged to ‘Share the Road’ as Biker Numbers Soar

State Senator Patty Ritchie is joining with the New York State Thruway to urge drivers to use greater caution and “Share the Road” with a growing number of motorcycle riders who are appearing on area roadways as the summer riding season gets in full gear.

Beginning this weekend, the Thruway will use its electronic Variable Message Signs (VMS) to increase driver awareness. Senator Ritchie had asked for the state Thruway Authority’s help in the wake of a series of horrific motorcycle crashes that claimed the lives of a number of local bikers.

From June 1 to June 8, the Thruway will flash the messages, “Watch for Motorcycles” and “Share the Road” on signs boards across their system, from Buffalo to the New York City line—and also including Central New York. The signs could be seen by an estimated 750,000 motorists who use the highway each day.

May 31, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Transportation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Transportation Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., Chair 1:00 PM, Tuesday, June 4, 2013 Room 124 CAP

June 4, 1:00 PM - 1:22 PM
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May 30, 2013
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Senate Passes Mandatory DWI Testing After Serious Accidents

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would help increase prosecution of dangerous drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

May 30, 2013
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SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE APPROVES LEGISLATION TO PROTECT STUDENTS FROM INTOXICATED SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, today announced that the Committee has approved legislation to protect students from intoxicated school bus drivers. The legislation would greatly expand random drug and alcohol testing for school bus drivers, as well as impose stronger penalties on intoxicated school bus drivers.

May 30, 2013
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