Issues: Transportation

Senator Lee Zeldin Tours Brookhaven Rail Terminal

On August 5th, 2013, Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I—Shirley) toured the Brookhaven Rail Terminal. Having added two large temporary warehouses and extended rail links, the facility is providing a welcome economic boost to the Long Island economy and job market. The public officials were given the opportunity to see the progress being made at the facility first-hand as Brookhaven Rail Terminal President, Andy Kaufman (not pictured), led the tour.

August 8, 2013
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Senator Gianaris Advocates Inclusion of Western Queens in Upcoming MTA Service Enhancements

(Queens, NY) As the announcement of MTA service restorations appears imminent, Senator Michael Gianaris continued to advocate for mass transit options in western Queens by calling on the MTA to improve service in Queens neighborhoods. The area is notorious for transit troubles, as any local resident who rides the 7, N or Q trains or takes the bus to get around western Queens can attest.

 

July 29, 2013
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Queens Residents Fed Up With Apparent Unsafe Dutch Kills Traffic Conditions

Senator Michael Gianaris took Jessica Schneider of CBS News on a tour of Dutch Kills to show why the neighborhoods needs traffic safety improvements now.

Watch the video on CBS Online.

July 29, 2013
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Senator Michael Gianaris, Joined By Councilman Van Bramer, Calls on DOT to Improve Traffic Safety in Dutch Kills

(Dutch Kills, NY) Senator Michael Gianaris, joined by City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, rallied local residents and community leaders at a particularly dangerous Dutch Kills intersection in Long Island City to demand traffic safety improvements for the area. Residents of Dutch Kills had grown concerned over increasingly unsafe traffic conditions in their neighborhood, citing a need for traffic control infrastructure and for enforcement of existing traffic laws. In a letter to the Department of Transportation, Senator Gianaris urged the DOT to take immediate action.

July 29, 2013
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Pol wants CitiBike to come to Astoria

In a letter sent to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the Department of Transportation, Senator Michael Gianaris formally requested that Western Queens be included in future plans for Citibike. Citing the area’s love of cycling and pressing transportation needs, and highlighting recent bike-friendly developments in western Queens, Senator Gianaris called for the DOT to include Astoria and Woodside in the next phase of Citibike expansion.

Check out this TimesLedger article for more on this story. 

July 29, 2013
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Gianaris Declares Western Queens the Perfect Place for Citibike

(Astoria, NY) In a letter sent to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the Department of Transportation, Senator Michael Gianaris formally requested that Western Queens be included in future plans for Citibike. Citing the area’s love of cycling and pressing transportation needs, and highlighting recent bike-friendly developments in western Queens, Senator Gianaris called for the DOT to include Astoria and Woodside in the next phase of Citibike expansion.

“Western Queens is the perfect place for Citibike. We have the bike paths, we have the need for transportation alternatives, and most importantly we have the people who want this new and exciting bike-sharing program,” said Senator Gianaris. “I urge Mayor Bloomberg and the Department of Transportation to include Astoria and Woodside in plans for the next phase of Citibike expansion.”

July 29, 2013
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NYSDOT Answers Call For Route 8 Traffic Study

ONEONTA, 07/26/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has initiated a full study of traffic issues along New York State Route 8 in Chenango County approaching the Chobani plant. 

July 29, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES NEW TRAFFIC SAFETY IMPROVEMENT ON SUNRISE HIGHWAY IN MERRICK

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that, in response to his request, the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) will be making a new traffic safety improvement at the intersection of Sunrise Highway and Hewlett Avenue in Merrick. 

     Senator Fuschillo urged the DOT to explore new safety improvements at the intersection on behalf of constituents who expressed concerns that the intersection, which is often extremely busy and congested, was dangerous for pedestrians and motorists.

July 25, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO: STRONGER PENALTIES FOR DISTRACTED DRIVING TAKE EFFECT JULY 26TH

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the New York State Senate’s Transportation Committee, announced that higher fines for distracted driving will take effect on July 26th. The new penalties were included as part of the state budget. 

July 24, 2013
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR PATRICK M. GALLIVAN

Fatal Crash In Wheatland Marks Tragic End To Three Promising Young Lives

“As a former State Trooper and Erie County Sheriff, and as a father, I speak from experience in saying there is nothing worse than arriving on an accident scene and finding young drivers involved. My thoughts remain with the family members of the deceased. Unfortunately, answers are not always as immediate as we would like following tragedies of this nature.”

“Since Tuesday, I have been in communication with local, county and State Department of Transportation officials to discuss the cause of the accident, the traffic safety history of the intersection, and the effectiveness of safety improvements implemented in 2011.”

July 18, 2013
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SQUADRON/DILAN-REQUESTED FULL LINE REVIEW WILL LEAD TO MAJOR G TRAIN IMPROVEMENTS

Review Conducted for Senators and Advocates Recommends 25% More Evening Rush Trains, Station Improvements to Address Notorious G Train Sprint

Squadron, Dilan, MTA, Riders Alliance Celebrate Big Win for Growing Brooklyn & Queens Neighborhoods

BROOKLYN -- Today, State Senators Daniel Squadron and Martin Malavé Dilan, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), and the Riders Alliance announced that the G train Full Line Review requested by Squadron and Dilan earlier this year will lead to major improvements along the line, including recommendations of a 25 percent increase in evening rush trains and new station improvements to end the notorious "G Train Sprint."

July 15, 2013
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State Senator Diane J. Savino’s 2013 Staten Island Railway Rider Report

Please take a moment to read my Staten Island Railway Rider Report; just as in my past reports, I go right to the commuter, and the commuters have spoken, it is my hope is they will once again be heard. Most Staten Island Railway riders noted the lack of newsstands and metro card machines, litter, closed waiting rooms, darkness and lack of security cameras or personnel at their stations, while bemoaning the deteriorating connections to their buses and ferry connections. The report will be distributed to commuters, elected officials, transportation advocates, and Administration officials.

Sincerely,

Diane J. Savino
State Senator
23rd District

July 9, 2013
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Summer Rural Futures Newsletter 2013

Rural Resources is proud to have published our Summer 2013 edition of Rural Futures (click on the link below). We hope you find Rural Futures both interesting and informative. Please feel free to contact the Commission staff with any questions, comments or suggestions. Thank you!

July 2, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO: NEW LAW RAISES PENALTIES FOR TEENS WHO TEXT AND DRIVE

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, announced today that legislation to suspend the driver’s licenses of teenage drivers who text or talk on a cell phone while driving has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The legislation was sponsored by Senator Fuschillo and Senator Carl Marcellino.

July 1, 2013
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Senator Gianaris Attends Woodhaven Town Hall

(Woodhaven, NY) Senator Michael Gianaris addressed dozens of attendees at the Woodhaven Residents Block Association Town Hall meeting on Saturday. 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. Amplifying these Woodhaven worries is the concern that the most recent bout of redistricting has divided the neighborhood into multiple State Senate districts. Senator Gianaris reassured those present that his advocacy on their behalf would not be diminished by an imperfect redistricting process.

“Woodhaven is a one of a kind neighborhood with its own unique issues and concerns,” said Senator Gianaris. “I will ensure that the needs of Woodhaven residents are represented in the State Legislature as we work to preserve and improve this vibrant community.”

June 26, 2013
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Senate Passes Virtual Learning Bill

Bill creates online learning advisory committee to explore online and blended learning 

ALBANY— A bill passed in the Senate (S.5509-A), and sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean),  would help rural school districts dramatically increase course offerings for students by taking steps toward the creation of a statewide online and blended learning program.

Online and blended learning initiatives, often referred to as virtual learning, provide schools with cost-effective opportunities to use technology to offer students access to courses otherwise not available.

June 24, 2013
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Route 8 Traffic Study Needed

ONEONTA, 06/24/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced his strong support for a full New York State Department of Transportation study of traffic safety issues along New York State Route 8 in Chenango County approaching the Chobani plant. 

June 24, 2013
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Summary of 2013 Senate Legislative Action

 

2013-2014 NEW YORK STATE BUDGET

 

The New York State Senate approved the 2013-14 state budget that delivers on priorities outlined by the Senate Republican Conference to provide much-needed tax relief for middle-class families, help businesses create jobs, and, for the third consecutive year, the budget keeps spending growth below two percent, which is consistent with the local spending cap that applies to school districts and local governments.  It was also the third consecutive budget approved prior to the April 1 deadline.

 

June 24, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Transportation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Transportation Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., Chair Thursday, June 20, 2013   124 CAP

June 20, 11:00 AM - 2:28 PM
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