Issues: Transportation

Senator Klein, City Island Civic Association Announce Filing of Lawsuit Against Proposed New City Island Bridge

CITY ISLAND, NY – Standing at the foot of the historic, 112-year old City Island bridge, Senator Klein, community leaders, and local business owners announced the filing of a civil lawsuit against the Department of Transportation as part of their effort to halt construction on the bridge's controversial new replacement.

November 8, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO: NEW LAW TO ENHANCE SAFETY IN SCHOOL ZONES TAKES EFFECT TOMORROW

     Photo caption: Senator Fuschillo speaks about the new law which will enhance safety in school zones.

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that a new law he authored to enhance the safety of students and parents in school zones takes effect tomorrow, November 1st. The new law prohibits drivers from making U turns within school zones.

     Senator Fuschillo made the announcement at Old Mill Road Elementary School in North Merrick with Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray, Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad, Councilman Gary Hudes, and Assemblyman Dave McDonough.

October 31, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO: NEW DISTRACTED DRIVING LAW FOR COMMERCIAL DRIVERS TAKE EFFECT MONDAY

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the New York State Senate’s Transportation Committee, is reminding residents that a stronger distracted driving law for commercial drivers take effect this Monday, October 28th.

     “Distracted drivers jeopardize the safety of everyone on the road. It’s even more dangerous when the driver is operating a commercial vehicle that is significantly larger, heavier, and more powerful than most others on the road. This new law will help ensure that commercial drivers focus on the road, not their cell phone, when they are behind the wheel,” said Senator Fuschillo.

October 26, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO REMINDS FAMILIES ABOUT THE DANGERS OF DISTRACTED DRIVING AS PART OF NATIONAL TEEN DRIVER SAFETY WEEK

     With this Sunday marking the start of National Teen Driver Safety Week, Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, is reminding families about the dangers of distracted driving. National Teen Driver Safety Week, which this year runs from October 20th-26th, was established to help educate young people about the risks of distracted driving and the importance of practicing safe driving habits. 

October 18, 2013
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Bountiful Apples

Celebrate fall by visiting New York orchards and farms 

ALBANY — With an especially plentiful crop this year, families and individuals in New York are celebrating autumn by enjoying the crisp bite of the state fruit – the apple.

“Last year’s fruit crops, including apples, were devastated by a combination of unseasonably warm spring weather that was followed by freezing temperatures,” said Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean), chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources. “After facing such a difficult year in 2012, this year’s harvest demonstrates the resilience of our apple growers throughout the state.”

October 15, 2013
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O'Mara, Palmesano and Friend on hand to help welcome final stretch of U.S. Route 15, future I-99

below from the Corning Leader:

Lindley, N.Y., October 8--After 10 years and more than $230 million in construction, detours and orange barrels, a white ribbon of concrete highway now carves its way through the northern hills of Pennsylvania on its way to the Southern Tier.  The final stretch of new roadway, northbound on Route 15 from Lawrenceville, Pa., to Presho, is now open, completing an 80-mile segment of interstate-grade, four-lane divided highway from Interstate 180 in Williamsport, Pa., to Interstate 86 in Corning...READ MORE

October 9, 2013
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Senator Gianaris Brings MTA Mobile Unit to Astoria Houses

State Senator Michael Gianaris made commuting easier for Astoria Houses residents by arranging for a visit from an MTA Mobile Sales Unit. Astoria Houses residents recently contacted Gianaris to explain the challenges they face living far from the subway. “Too often the residents of Astoria Houses are overlooked by the MTA, which is why I set up an event like this,” said Gianaris. “Today the MTA met the community first-hand and made it easier to access public transit.”

October 8, 2013
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More buses rolling in arty Queens neighborhoods

"As western Queens continues to include our city's fastest-growing neighborhoods, we need to make sure public transportation keeps up," Senator Gianaris said.

Improvements on the Q102 and Q103 bus lines. This story in the New York post has the scoop. 

 

October 8, 2013
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Senator Young Announces State Funding for Rail Upgrades in Livingston County

For Release: Immediate, September 30, 2013

Rail lines to receive $3,877,662 of grant funding for track rehabilitation and improvements

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) has announced that track rehabilitation and upgrade projects in Livingston County have received substantial grant funding from the New York State Passenger and Freight Rail Assistance Program totaling over $3.8 million.

A grant of $3,719,908 for Rochester and Southern Railroad, Inc. will provide for the rehabilitation of rail lines stretching from Caledonia to Dansville, allowing for faster track speeds and greater utilization.

October 7, 2013
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SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARING ON MTA’S FINANCES

      Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the New York State Senate’s Transportation Committee, announced that the committee will be holding a public hearing on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) finances. The hearing will provide the Committee with an update on the MTA’s capital spending plan and operating budget as they pertain to each MTA agency. 

October 7, 2013
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Senators on Regulatory Reform

Senator David J. Valesky appeared on Capital Tonight on YNN this week, along with Sens. Patrick Gallivan and Kathleen Marchione, to talk about the regulatory reform hearings they have been conducting around the state to find burdensome and unnecessary regulations. Watch the interview here.

October 4, 2013
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Fall Rural Futures Newsletter 2013

Rural Resources is proud to have published our Fall 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!

 

File: 
Fall Rural Futures Newsletter 2013

September 30, 2013
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RITCHIE ANNOUNCES NEARLY $1,000,000 IN FUNDING TO GET PEOPLE BACK TO WORK, PROMOTE OUTDOOR RECREATION IN OSWEGO COUNTY

$960,000 Project Includes Removing Abandoned Railroad Bridge, Maintaining Snowmobile Trail

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has obtained $960,000 in funding for a key project that will create jobs in Oswego County and support the region’s outdoor recreation industry. 

The project is slated to include the removal of an abandoned New York Central Railroad bridge on Rt. 13 and maintenance of the snowmobile trail in the town of Williamstown.

“Putting people back to work by investing in our roads and transportation system is critical to our long term economic development efforts to revive Central New York’s economy,” said Senator Ritchie. “By moving these long-delayed projects onto the fast track our region can improve safety and help improve our important transportation corridors.”

“A recent economic study by researchers at SUNY Potsdam showed the snowmobiling industry contributes about $700 million to our state’s economy,” Senator Ritchie said. “By maintaining our extensive trail system we keep Oswego County as a world class tourism destination that means jobs and economic growth to our stores, restaurants and hotels.”

September 20, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES OVER $6.5 MILLION FOR TRANSIT PROGRAMS ON LONG ISLAND

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that New York State has awarded over $6.5 million in grants for transportation improvements on Long Island. The grants will help fund projects that will improve transportation infrastructure and support economic development. 

September 19, 2013
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GALLIVAN ANNOUNCES MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS IN ERIE COUNTY MOVING FORWARD

Routes 219 and 400 Will Undergo Significant Improvements

ERIE COUNTY - State Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma), a member of the Senate's transportation committee, today announced nearly $21 million in improvement investments for key highway construction projects across southern Erie County. The investment will be funded through the New York Works State Highway and Bridge Project Acceleration Program, which was approved as part of this year's enacted state budget.

Specifically, the state will invest $9.6 million toward removing and replacing 14 miles of Route 219’s road surface stretching from Route 391 in the Town of Boston to Route 39 in the Town of Concord.

September 17, 2013
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RITCHIE URGES DRIVERS TO ‘SHARE THE ROAD’ WITH NORTH COUNTRY AMISH

Teams With Colleges, Health, Highway Officials, Law Enforcement

to Boost Traffic Safety, Prevent Car-Buggy Crashes

State Senator Patty Ritchie is teaming with area colleges, local agencies and officials to launch a new highway safety initiative to help raise awareness of the region’s growing Amish population, and prevent vehicle-buggy crashes like those that claimed the lives of an Amish child last year, and caused tens of thousands of dollars in property damage.

The initiative targets new drivers and college students, in particular, and includes special state budget funding secured by Senator Ritchie to install as many as 100 new, reflective road hazard signs, and a new informational brochure prepared with the help of highway safety experts to remind drivers to “Share the Road” with slow-moving Amish buggies.

Participants in the effort include Senator Ritchie, all four colleges located in St. Lawrence County, County Sheriff Kevin Wells, County Clerk Mary Lou Rupp,  the St. Lawrence County Traffic Safety Council, and Jefferson County’s Public Health Service.

September 12, 2013
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO ANNOUNCES $3.3 MILLION INVESTMENT FOR ROAD AND BRIDGE PROJECT IN THE TOWN OF MANLIUS

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, announced that $3.3 million in state funding will be allocated for a road and bridge project in the Town of Manlius. 

September 12, 2013
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GALLIVAN LEADS FIRST BIPARTISAN FORUM ON STATE REGULATORY REFORM

Panel Will Hear Input From Leaders In WNY’s Healthcare And Medical Sciences Industries

BUFFALO - A statewide series of industry-specific bipartisan forum’s intended to identify and help eliminate up to 1,000 burdensome and duplicitous state regulations that impede job creation and economic growth will kick-off in Downtown Buffalo on Wednesday at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, where the chairs of the statewide effort – Sens. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-Erie County), David Valesky (D-Onondaga County), Kathleen Marchione (R-Saratoga County) and David Carlucci (D-Rockland County) – will hear testimony from leaders in Western New York’s healthcare and medical sciences industries.

September 9, 2013
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