Issues: Transportation

Senate Passes Bill to Protect Inexperienced Drivers

The New York State Senate today passed a bill to protect young and inexperienced drivers by helping to remove distractions that could lead to accidents.

May 29, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES MEASURE TO INCREASE PENALTIES FOR DRIVERS WHO PASS STOPPED SCHOOL BUSES

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced he New York State Senate recently passed a bill that would increase the fines for passing a stopped school bus. The bill (S.1064) also requires criminal penalties for drivers who injure or kill a person by doing so.

The bill significantly increases the fines for passing a school bus. The maximum fine for a first offense would increase from $400 to $700. The maximum fine for a second offense would be $1,500.

This legislation also requires that if a driver injures someone while passing a school bus, the driver would be charged with aggravated vehicular assault. The charge would be criminally negligent homicide if the person is killed in the incident.

May 28, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Transportation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Transportation Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., Chair 9:30 AM, Thursday, May 30, 2013 Room 124 CAP

May 30, 9:30 AM - 9:36 AM
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Senate Passes Measure to Increase Penalties for Drivers Who Pass Stopped School Buses

The New York State Senate today passed a bill that would increase the fines for passing a stopped school bus. The bill (S.1064), sponsored by Senator George Maziarz, also requires criminal penalties for drivers who injure or kill a person by doing so.

May 22, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill to Require Mandatory Jail Sentences for Repeat DWI Offenders

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), to require mandatory jail sentences for repeat DWI offenders.“Every year, thousands of convicted DWI offenders are arrested for driving drunk again, and they are not required to spend one day in jail under current law.  That sends the wrong message.

May 22, 2013
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SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE APPROVES LEGISLATION TO KEEP DRUNK DRIVERS OFF THE ROAD

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, announced that the committee has approved legislation to keep drunk drivers off the road.  The legislation would ensure that DUI offenders do not have their license reinstated until they have completed all the terms of their sentencing, as well as strengthen New York State’s ability to permanently revoke the driver’s license of persistent DUI offenders.

May 21, 2013
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SENATOR BONACIC ANNOUNCES THE SENATE PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION TO ENHANCE SAFETY IN SCHOOL ZONES

     Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation to enhance the safety of students and parents in school zones.

     The legislation (S3528) would enhance safety for students within a school zone by preventing drivers from making U turns within the posted hours that the school zone is in effect.

May 20, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Transportation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Transportation Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., Chair 1:00 PM, Tuesday, May 21, 2013 Room 124 CAP

May 21, 1:00 PM - 1:05 PM
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Senator DeFrancisco Calls For Public Input on the Future of I-81

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco held a press conference on May 17, 2013, at the corner of Harrison and South State Streets near the OnCenter to encourage citizen involvement in the decision-making process regarding the future of I-81. Various other legislative leaders, community members and business owners joined Senator DeFrancisco to call on the general public to get involved.

The elevated section of I-81 that runs through the City of Syracuse and its suburbs is nearing the end of its “useful” lifespan. Therefore, it will need to be repaired, removed or replaced with significant cost.

May 15, 2013
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NYC DOT COMMISSIONER SADIK-KHAN AND STATE SEN. SQUADRON ANNOUNCE MAJOR EXPANSION OF BROOKLYN BRIDGE ACCESS RAMPS, EASING CONGESTION

Two ramps connecting the bridge and the FDR expanded, easing notorious bottlenecks

Third ramp, from bridge to Cadman Plaza in Brooklyn, to expand later this year

New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and State Senator Daniel Squadron today announced the expansion of access ramps to and from the Brooklyn Bridge and the FDR Drive, which will now accommodate two traffic lanes and simplify traffic patterns, easing notorious traffic bottlenecks for many of the 120,000 vehicles that cross the bridge daily as bridge rehabilitation continues.

May 13, 2013
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Forum/Town Hall: A roundtable to examine the state of New York’s rural hospitals

Senate Standing Committee on HealthChair: Senator Kemp Hannonand Legislative Commission on Rural ResourcesChair: Senator Catharine YoungRoundtable: A roundtable to examine the state of New York’s rural hospitalsPlace: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor,Albany, New YorkTime: 11:30 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.Caitlin McGowan (518) 455-2632Andrew Mangini (518) 455-3563 TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

June 3, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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Senator Bonacic Discusses Bus Safety with Members of the New York Association for Pupil Transportation

On Tuesday, May 7, 2013, Senator Bonacic met with members of the New York Association for Pupil Transportation (NYAPT) from the district to discuss bus safety issues.  The group was in Albany promoting "stop arm cameras" which are used to catch drivers illegally passing school buses.  Senator Bonacic is pictured above, left to right, with John Higbie, Louise Stewart, and Pam Reyer.

May 8, 2013
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May 7, 2013 - "Your Voice" with Senator Cathy Young

In this week's segment of "Your Voice," Senator Cathy Young discusses school bus safety legislation and local events in the district including the Town of Portland's 200th anniversary, a meeting with the Genesee Valley Conservancy, a tour of Pioneer Central School, and a visit with graduates of a computer class for senior citizens.

May 8, 2013
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Forum/Town Hall: Senator Grisanti Announces Roundtable Discussion on "The Future of the Buffalo Skyway"

WHO: Senator Mark Grisanti ( R,I- 60) and Senator Charles Fuschillo (R,-8), Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. WHAT: Roundtable Discussion on the "The Future of the Buffalo Skyway."  WHEN: Wednesday May 15, 2013 at 10:00 am.WHERE: Pierce Arrow Transportation Museum, 263 Michigan Ave  Buffalo, NY 14204List of invitees include: General Mills, Erie Canal Harbor Development, Uniland Development, Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Both City and County Public Works Commissioners, Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council, Buffalo and Erie County Naval Park, NFTA and Citizen Regional Transportation Council and other state elected officials.WHY: This Roundtable will examine the "The Future of the Buffalo Skyway" and what are the best practices moving forward.

May 15, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Forum/Town Hall: O'Mara hosts Albany Roundtable on 'major change' underway in rural transportation (Updated)

Albany, N.Y., May 6—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), a member of the Senate Transportation Committee, today sponsored a “Finger Lakes and Northern New York Medicaid NEMT Roundtable Discussion” in Albany.O’Mara’s roundtable was held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Room 124 of the Capitol.  

May 6, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE HOLDS PUBLIC HEARING EXAMINING HOW TO BETTER PROTECT CHILDREN FROM DRUNK SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS

     The New York State Senate’s Transportation Committee, chaired by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), today held a public hearing to examine how New York State can better protect children from drunk bus drivers, including whether school buses should be equipped with ignition interlocks.

     The hearing follows at least four incidents on Long Island since last October in which drivers were arrested for operating a school bus while intoxicated, including one in which the driver crashed his bus with five young students onboard into a Syosset home. Melissa Escudero, whose son Christian was a passenger on the bus, testified at the hearing.

May 2, 2013
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Get Involved: I Love My Park Day

This Saturday, May 4th, New Yorkers across the State will be gearing up to show their love for our State parks and historic sites. Volunteers are needed throughout the day to help with clean-up and beautification at various sites. To get involved or to find a site near you, please take a second to visit http://www.ptny.org/ilovemypark/findanevent.shtml.

April 30, 2013
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Senate Passes Teresita's Law

The New York State Senate today passed legislation known as Teresita’s Law, which makes it a felony if an unlicensed driver causes death to another person. The bill (S.1888), sponsored by Senator John Bonacic (R-C-I, Mount Hope),  recognizes that the unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, that ends in death, should be treated as a serious crime.

April 29, 2013
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