Issues: Transportation

SENATOR MARTINS: LIRR STRIKE CONTINGENCY PLAN FAILS NORTH HEMPSTEAD RESIDENTS

     Following news that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) LIRR preliminary strike contingency plan for commuters contains not one shuttle bus/park & ride lot in the Town of North Hempstead, Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) is demanding that MTA revise its plan. 

     In a letter to MTA Chairman & CEO Thomas Prendergast, Senator Martins called on the MTA to amend the plan “so that the over 220,000 residents in the Town of North Hempstead are not excluded.” Senator Martins noted that ridership on the Port Washington branch grew by over 350,000 last year, and that Mineola and Great Neck are two of the LIRR’s busiest stations.

June 20, 2014
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State Senator Jeff Klein passes legislation to reduce New York City speed limit

ALBANY, NY – New York City's speed limit will lower to 25 miles per hour in an effort to prevent fatalities, thanks to legislation sponsored by state Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx / Westchester), passed the State Senate 58-2 on Thursday night.

June 20, 2014
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Forum/Town Hall: Vision Zero Town Hall

In New York City, approximately 4,000 New Yorkers are seriously injured and more than 250 are killed each year in traffic accidents. The Vision Zero Action Plan is the City’s framework for ending traffic deaths and injuries on the streets.

Tuesday, June 24th, Sen. Krueger will be hosting a Vision Zero Town Hall Presentation and Discussion on improving street safety in our community, along with Councilmembers Dan Garodnick and Ben Kallos and the New York City Department of Transportation. Additional participants will include the Office of the Mayor, the NYPD, local community boards, and Transportation Alternatives.

Join us to learn more about the plan, share your ideas about how to improve street safety, and help us identify dangerous locations in our neighborhoods. 

June 24, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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Senator Young Passes Bill to Improve Transportation for People with Developmental Disabilities

For Release: Immediate, June 20, 2014

Senate Bill 7798 Would Assist Developmentally Disabled Individuals in Rural Areas

ALBANY - Transportation for people with developmental disabilities can be a difficult challenge, especially in rural areas. Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I,-Olean) has announced the state Senate’s passage of legislation to improve the transportation services available.

June 20, 2014
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Tribute to Sergeant Shawn Farrell II Passes Senate

ALBANY, 06/20/14 – The New York State Senate has passed legislation renaming a portion of New York State Route 44/55 in Ulster County  in honor of United States Army Sergeant Shawn Michael Farrell II.  The bill (S.7824) sponsored by Senator James L. Seward pays tribute to the young soldier killed on April 28th in Afghanistan. 

“Every man and woman who dons a United States military uniform sacrifices for our nation and our way of life,” said Senator Seward.  “Sergeant Farrell made the ultimate sacrifice and we owe it to him and his family to keep his memory alive.” 

June 20, 2014
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SQUADRON & RIDERS ALLIANCE ANNOUNCE MTA FULL-LINE REVIEW OF A & C LINES

Part Of Continued  Push To Improve Service Across The System

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and the Riders Alliance announced that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will undertake a Full-Line Review of the A and C lines at the urging of both the Senator and the group.

June 19, 2014
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Senate Passes Telehealth Bill

Bill creates more opportunities for New York patients to use telehealth and telemedicine services  

ALBANY – Telehealth and telemedicine have the potential to transform access to healthcare throughout the state, particularly in rural areas where access and availability remain prominent concerns. A bill passed recently in the New York State Senate (S.7852) would improve access to telehealth and telemedicine services for residents throughout the state.

The bill is sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean). It provides patients throughout the state with the ability to utilize telehealth and telemedicine technologies for services that would otherwise only be covered in-person.

June 18, 2014
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SQUADRON BILL CRACKING DOWN ON CARELESS DRIVING PASSES SENATE

Squadron, Kavanagh Proposal Advances Important Vision Zero Goal

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement regarding passage of Senate Bill S3644A, which updates “Hayley and Diego’s Law:”

June 18, 2014
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Following Assembly Approval, Kennedy, Peoples-Stokes Urge Senate Passage of Bill to Alleviate Parking Problems for Neighborhoods Near Medical Campus

While rapid development of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus has spurred much-needed job growth, it has also caused some frustrations for residents in neighborhoods nearby.

Kennedy, Peoples-Stokes push residential parking program for Buffalo’s Fruit Belt neighborhood.

Fruit Belt Coalition, Roswell Park, BNMC, Buffalo Common Council and Council President Pridgen All Support Kennedy/Peoples-Stokes Bill for Fruit Belt Parking Program.

June 17, 2014
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Precision Agriculture Bill Passed in State Senate

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C–Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, has passed legislation allowing New York’s farmers to continue a long history of developing and using innovative technology to grow and strengthen the agricultural industry in the State. The bill, (S.6543-B), calls for an assessment of precision agriculture in the state, including a review of rural broadband availability and usage.

June 16, 2014
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149th Street Bridge Must be Completely Rebuilt, Slated to Open in November 2015

Queens, NY—Immediately following a meeting with New York City Department of Transportation Queens Borough Commissioner Dalila Hall and other DOT officials, Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing), Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) and Council Member Peter Koo (D-Flushing) announced at a press conference at Queens Borough Hall that the long defunct 149th Street Bridge must be completely rebuilt before it can be re-opened to vehicular traffic.

June 6, 2014
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Kennedy, Schimminger Announce Local Bridge Dedicated for Fallen New York State Trooper Kevin Dobson

Senator Kennedy and Assemblyman Schimminger Passed Legislation to Designate I-290 Bridge over Twin Cities Memorial Highway as “New York State Trooper Kevin P. Dobson Sr. Memorial Bridge”

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, Assemblyman Robin Schimminger and the New York State Police today held a ceremony to officially dedicate the Interstate-290 bridge that crosses N.Y. State Route 425 at the Colvin Boulevard exit as the “New York State Trooper Kevin P. Dobson, Sr. Memorial Bridge.”

June 5, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Transportation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Transportation Senator Joseph E. Robach, Chair Tuesday, June 3, 2014 Room 804 LOB

PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN MEETING TIMEThe Committee on Transportation will meet immediately following Session

June 3, 11:35 AM - 11:38 AM
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WATCHING OUT FOR THOSE ON TWO WHEELS

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

Following a long winter, motorcyclists across the Central and Northern New York region are eager to hit the road.  As summer approaches, it’s extra important for those on both two wheels and four to safely share the road.  

May 23, 2014
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Senator Kennedy, Lackawanna Leaders Push for State Takeover of South Park Avenue and Ridge Road

With Lackawanna Financially Strained, Kennedy and City Leaders Push Legislation to Secure State Support for South Park & Ridge.

As Kennedy pushes in Senate, Assemblyman Kearns supporting effort in Assembly.

Critical routes through Lackawanna connect residents and visitors to Botanical Gardens, Our Lady of Victory Basilica, waterfront and other important destinations.

May 22, 2014
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Senator Dilan's Remark on Local Control of Speed Limits

Support for granting localities the ability to establish speed limits as low as 20 mph has grown well beyond the five boroughs. On the same day Senator Dilan joined Families for Safe Streets to urge support for the City of New York to establish its own limits,  the Senate convened to take up a number of bills before the house, including a bill to allow the Town of Riverhead, Suffolk County, to set its own speed limits.

May 21, 2014
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Senator Gianaris, Western Queens Leaders Urge MTA to Adopt Q103 Increase Plan

(Astoria, NY) Senator Michael Gianaris, elected officials, and cultural institutions from Astoria and Long Island City urged the MTA to adopt a proposed plan under consideration at its Monday meeting that would institute increased service on the Q103 Bus line. Under this plan the Q103, which connects the two Queens waterfront neighborhoods along Vernon Boulevard, would see expanded weekday service hours and would finally run on weekends thanks to an MTA trial program that would begin in June. The plan, long advocated by local leaders, still requires final approval from the New York City Transit and Bus Committee of the MTA Board on Monday April 28th.  

“At long last, weekend service on the Q103 bus line is in sight,” said Senator Gianaris. “I urge the MTA to approve this service increase and recognize that our community’s need for better mass transit is pressing. The need for more public transportation in our area will only continue to grow, especially on weekends, as more people flock to our waterfront to visit our restaurants, parks, and cultural institutions. Astoria and Long Island City have become hubs for the arts, and New Yorkers should finally be able to travel between them on the Vernon Boulevard bus lines on Saturdays and Sundays.”

May 19, 2014
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MTA to Test Expanded Q103 Service Along Growing Corridor

Check out this NY1 story on Senator Gianaris' work to improve bus service on the Q103 line in Astoria and Long Island City. 

May 19, 2014
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Your Voice With Senator Griffo

Senator Griffo discusses his recently-passed legislation on low-volume roads and violent felony offenders, before introducing Jason Robinson. Robinson, 11, is a very inspiring 11-year-old boy. Born with a rare form of spina bifida, he was the youngest person to ever finish the 15-kilometer Boilermaker Road Race.

May 19, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Transportation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Transportation Senator Joseph E. Robach, Chair 10:30 AM, Tuesday, May 20, 2014 Room 124 CAP

May 20, 10:30 AM - 10:43 AM
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