Issues: Transportation

SENATOR GALLIVAN TEAMS UP WITH MONROE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE TO PRESENT DISTRACTED DRIVING PROGRAM TO RUSH-HENRIETTA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Rush-Henrietta High School Senior Tori Mangino and National Advocate Wil Craig Honored with New York State Senate Proclamations.

April 22, 2013
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Spring Rural Futures Newsletter 2013

Resources is proud to have published our Spring 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!

April 17, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill Making it a Crime to Leave Young Children Unattended in a Car in Extreme Conditions

The New York State Senate today passed a bill that would require children under 8 years old not be left alone in a car without supervision of someone twelve or older when the conditions present a significant risk to the health and safety of a child. The legislation, (S.306) sponsored by Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola), is intended to keep young children safe when conditions, such as hot and cold weather, present a risk to safety of the child. "Leaving a helpless child behind, alone, in a vehicle for any length of time is dangerous, period,” said Senator Martins. “We owe it to our children to hold irresponsible parents accountable.  This bill does that."

April 16, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Legislative Commission on Rural Resources Meeting

An opportunity to introduce new and continuing members of the Commission and to set forth the goals and initiatives for the current Legislative Session.

April 16, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO AND SENATOR ZELDIN OPPOSE MAYORAL CONTROL OF MTA

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the New York State Senate’s Transportation Committee, and Senator Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), a member of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, today announced their strong opposition to a proposal to have the Mayor of New York City have control over the MTA.

     “It is obvious that there is an election for the Mayor of New York City because the silly season is upon us. Residents from the suburban communities outside New York City pay a heavy financial burden to the MTA, and they would be disenfranchised under this proposal. For the position of the Mayor of New York City to have control over the MTA is simply absurd,” said Senator Fuschillo.

April 11, 2013
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Public Hearing: To examine requiring ignition interlock devices for school buses in light of events involving intoxicated school bus drivers

Senate Standing Committee on TransportationChair: Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr.Public Hearing: To examine requiring ignition interlock devices for school buses in light of events involving intoxicated school bus driversPlace: Farmingdale State College, Campus Center Ballroom, 2350 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M.Contact: Melissa Kehoe (518) 455-3341Media Contact: Chris Schneider (516) 882-0630ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

May 2, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Senator Kennedy Announces Route 33 Bridge Work Finally Begins

At recent budget hearing, Kennedy pushed DOT to get this project and others in WNY started. 

Kennedy will continue tracking DOT projects, to ensure they are started and completed on-schedule 

Kennedy: After nearly a one-year delay, this critical roadwork is finally beginning to rejuvenate aging structures, improve public safety and strengthen surrounding neighborhoods

April 1, 2013
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Senator Kennedy: $3 Million for NFTA Capital Projects is Needed Boost

Kennedy says New York State will direct more than $3 million in capital assistance to Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. 

Kennedy: This $3 million state investment to support NFTA capital projects is a much-needed and welcome boost for WNY’s public transit system.

March 28, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Announces State Funding Boost for WNY Schools, Local Highways

Kennedy says all Erie County school districts combined will see a state aid increase of over $35 million and county roads will receive nearly 20 percent more than last year.

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo announced that more state funds will be headed to Western New York to enrich our schools and repair local roads. Kennedy said the state is investing about an additional $1 billion in schools across New York. The state budget also targets $438 million to repair local roads and bridges, which represents the first increase in local highway aid in five years.

March 27, 2013
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STATE BUDGET PROVIDES REAL TAX RELIEF FOR MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES, ADDRESSES CHALLENGES FACING UPSTATE

ALBANY - The New York State Senate has passed the State Budget on time for the third consecutive year, Senator Patrick M. Gallivan announced today. The spending plan adheres to a self-imposed two percent spending cap, contains significant tax relief for middle-class families and businesses, and also addresses some of the unique challenges facing Western New York.

March 27, 2013
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March 27, 2013
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Saratoga County to receive more CHIPS funding for roadwork in state budget

Saratoga County to receive more CHIPS funding for roadwork in state budget

The Saratogian, Monday, March 25, 2013

By LUCIAN McCARTYlmccarty@saratogian.com Twitter.com/SaratogianCDesk

March 26, 2013
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BONACIC: NEARLY $5 MILLION IN INCREASED LOCAL ROAD/BRIDGE AID HEADING TO REGION

Local governments across the State will see an increase averaging 20% in funding under the State’s Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement (CHIPS) program.   The total increase in the CHIPS program for the four counties of Senator Bonacic’s District (Delaware, Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster), totals just under $5 million. 

March 26, 2013
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $3.4 MILLION TO BE ALLOCATED FOR ROAD AND BRIDGE REPAIR PROJECTS IN THE 50TH SENATE DISTRICT

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R,I,C) announced that more than $3.4 million in state funds will be allocated to the 50th Senate District for road and bridge repairs as part of the 2013-14 Budget under the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS).

“I am pleased to see an increase in the amount of money provided for road and bridge repair for the first time in five years,” said State Senate Finance Chairman John A. DeFrancisco. “We desperately need these infrastructure improvements for communities throughout our state, and these projects will help to create local jobs and stimulate the economy.”

March 26, 2013
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Legislative Gazette: Bill would put speed cameras across NYC

March 25, 2013 : By Amanda ContoSen. Brad Hoylman, D-Greenwich Village, voiced support for legislation that would establish a pilot program to enforce maximum speed limits by means of "speed cameras," in New York City.The legislation (A.4327) was introduced earlier this year by Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, D-Manhattan. Sen. Andrew Lanza, R-Great Kills, is expected to introduce companion legislation in the Senate.

March 26, 2013
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Counties, towns and villages to see significant boost in state support for local roads, bridges

Albany, N.Y., March 25—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C, Corning) said today that area counties will see significant increases in state support for local roads and bridges under the 2013-14 New York State budget being enacted this week.

A breakdown of county figures as a result of this year’s state-level increase of $75 million for the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) was released by Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders earlier today at the Capitol [to see the full breakdown for counties, towns and villages, go to http://www.governor.ny.gov/assets/documents/CHIPS-Funding-Breakdown.pdf.]

March 25, 2013
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State Budget To Fund Local Highway Improvements

ALBANY, 03/25/13 – As the 2013-14 state budget is finalized, Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) announced today that  local counties will receive a substantial increase in funding to support highway improvements.

“After meeting with county and town highway superintendents from throughout my district it was clear that the state needed to boost funding available through the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Plan (CHIPs),” said Senator Seward.  “I fought hard for new money during the state budget negotiations and was successful in securing an additional $75 million in CHIPs funding – the first CHIPs increase in five years.”

March 25, 2013
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State budget includes big boost for local road and bridge repair

          State Senator Betty Little said the new state budget will provide a big financial boost for repairing local roads and bridges.  Funding will increase $75 million for CHIPS, which stands for Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program.  CHIPS funding has remained flat the past five years.  The increase brings CHIPS funding for the 2013-14 fiscal year to a little more than $438 million.

March 25, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO: STATE BUDGET INCLUDES $9 BILLION INVESTMENT IN TRANSPORTATION

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the New York State Budget includes an over $9 billion investment in transportation. The funding will allow for transportation infrastructure investments that will improve roads and bridges, help create jobs and promote economic development. It also makes investments in mass transit, aviation, and railroads throughout the state and eliminates the need for an increase in commercial tolls on the New York State Thruway.

March 25, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Announces Tougher Penalties for Texting, Cell Phone Use While Driving

New provisions included in budget will strengthen efforts to crackdown on distracted driving on New York State’s roads and highways.

Kennedy: Stronger penalties send a clear message to distracted drivers: keep your eyes on the road and off your phone.

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, announced the State Senate has approved stronger penalties for distracted driving as part of the 2013-14 budget. Kennedy explained the new provisions will strengthen state efforts to crackdown on texting while driving and other cell phone use while driving.

March 25, 2013
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