Issues: Transportation

Griffo Calls On Feds For Freeze Funding Fix

ALBANY – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo called on the federal government to help New York fix its aging infrastructure after years of underfunding and this past winter’s extreme conditions.

“The Times-Union recently declared this ‘the worst winter in years for potholes and general road decay’ – and I couldn’t agree more,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “It’s simple ‘frozenomics.’ Local governments maintain roads that sustain more than 63 billion miles of travel. Governments at all levels have underfunded the upkeep of those roads. Now motorists are paying for it.”

March 26, 2014

Senate Passes Town Speed Limit Mandate Relief Legislation

The New York State Senate passed mandate relief legislation today, sponsored by Senator Betty Little (R-C-I, Queensbury), that would authorize towns to set speed limits within their own jurisdictions. Current law requires most towns to petition the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) to set local speed limits, however, villages, cities and about 80 towns with large populations are exempt from the requirement.

“This is a mandate relief measure,” said Senator Little. “Towns in New York are required to jump through a hoop that villages, cities and some very large towns don’t have to, costing them time and money.  This would create a uniform policy treating all municipalities the same.”

March 25, 2014

Senate Passes Mandatory DWI Testing After Serious Accidents

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would help convict dangerous drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

March 25, 2014

Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #12: Working Toward Another On-Time Budget

I want to pass a fourth on-time budget by April 1. So my colleagues and I recently outlined our priorities to provide a starting point for negotiations.

Here’s what I’d like to see in this year’s budget:


I agree there’s a need for property tax relief. That’s why I want to make the property tax cap permanent and strengthen the STAR program.

The Senate is proposing a $1.4 billion tax relief proposal for homeowners, plus reducing various taxes for businesses. Our plan also doesn’t include any new taxes or fees.

March 20, 2014

New Advances in MTA Real-Time Digital Communications

MTA Bus Time Now Covers All Buses in New York City; Four in Ten Railroad Riders Have Downloaded Free Apps for Metro-North and LIRR

March 19, 2014
March 20, 10:00 AM - 10:05 AM

Senator Dilan Outlines Transportation Budget Priorities

Senator Dilan delivers his budget priorities during a Monday, March 17, joint conference committee hearing on the proposed transportation budget.

March 18, 2014

Committee Meeting: Transportation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Transportation  Senator Joseph E. Robach, Chair  10:30 AM, Tuesday, March 25, 2014  Room 804 LOB

March 25, 10:30 AM - 10:34 AM

Community Town Hall on the Summer Shutdown of the G Train

State Senator Dilan will join Senator Squadron, US Rep. Maloney, Assemblyman Lentol, Councilmember Levin, Borough President Adams and CB1  for a community town hall on the summer shutdown of the G Train on Thursday, April 3, 6 p.m. On July 26, through September 1, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will suspend G Train service between Long Island City and Nassau Avenue to make Superstorm Sandy-related repairs. Although, the MTA will provide full shuttle service for G riders, Senator Dilan, local elected and rider advocates want to provide the community a forum to discuss additional measures that may be taken to accommodate riders.

March 13, 2014

Committee Meeting: Transportation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Transportation  Senator Joseph E. Robach, Chair  10:30 AM, Tuesday, March 18, 2014  Room 804 LOB

The following bills have been placed on the agenda pursuant to Senate Rule VII, Motion for Committee Consideration:  S.4326

March 18, 10:30 AM - 10:38 AM
March 17, 2:00 PM - 2:31 PM

Senator Young Calls for State Funding Increase for Local Roads Maintenance

For Release: Immediate, March 10, 2014

CHIPS Funding Will Help to Reduce the Burden on Local Taxpayers 

            ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R, C, I-Olean) joins local highway superintendents from across New York State in calling for increased funding for the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS). The CHIPS program is designed to alleviate the local tax burden by helping municipal governments meet costly infrastructure needs.

            “The potholes this year are terrible - probably the worst we’ve seen. The roads are crumbling because of the unusually harsh, sub-zero temperatures and repeated thawing,” Senator Young said.

March 10, 2014

NY lawmakers want money for pedestrians, cyclists

ALBANY, N.Y. — A group of New York senators is seeking $20 million in funding for bicycles and pedestrian safety as well as infrastructure to be included in the coming fiscal year.

A letter circulated by Sen. Martin Malave Dilan asks the Senate leadership to include the money in the Senate's budget bill due next week.

Parks and Trails New York, the Tri-State Transportation Campaign and the New York Bicycling Coalition have been urging lawmakers to add funding for bicyclist and pedestrian infrastructure to the budget.

According to the letter signed by 20 senators, a federal transportation law cut the state's money for bicycle and pedestrian projects by $12 million a year.

March 7, 2014

Committee Meeting: Transportation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Transportation  Senator Joseph E. Robach, Chair  10:30 AM, Tuesday, March 11, 2014  Room 804 LOB

March 11, 10:30 AM - 10:39 AM

Meeting with Local Highway Superintendents

I had a great meeting with dozens of local and state Highway Superintendents yesterday afternoon in Albany. These hard working men and women are dedicated to providing the best roads and highways for New York State travelers. I look forward to working with them more in my role as Senate Transportation Committee Chairman. Thanks for making the trip to Albany!

March 6, 2014

Senator O'Mara and Assemblyman Palmesano rally statewide support for local roads and bridges

Albany, N.Y., March 5—With final negotiations over the 2014-15 New York State budget kicking into high gear over the next few weeks, a group of state legislators, led by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C, Corning), today joined county and town highway superintendents and other local leaders from across New York to call for increased state support for local roads and bridges.

March 5, 2014

In Midst of Harshest Winter in Years, Senator Kennedy Pushes New Initiatives to Combat Western New York’s Pothole Problems

Kennedy Calls for Increased State Investment in Local Roads – Pushes New Legislation to Help Drivers Whose Cars are Damaged by Crumbling State Roads, Create New Online Portal to Report Potholes and Monitor Repairs.

Kennedy: In WNY, we’re accustomed to the woes winter weather can bring, but ‘Old Man Winter’ has packed a particularly hard punch this year. New York State should step in and provide relief.

March 1, 2014

Press Release: Statement From Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Regarding Tappan Zee Bridge's Mass Transit Task Force's Final Report

"I was honored to serve on the Tappan Zee Bridge Mass Transit Task Force throughout this past year and am proud that all stakeholders were able to come to a consensus and create a quality report. I have been calling for bus rapid transit service to be a component of the new Tappan Zee Bridge and I-287 corridor since the project was fast-tracked in 2011. When fully implemented, the proposals in this report will help satisfy many of the transit needs of my constituents in Westchester and throughout the region. A fully operational BRT system will also maximize the economic impact of the New New York Bridge by creating transit oriented development opportunities in Westchester and Rockland.

February 28, 2014

Griffo, Brindisi Announce $600K Grant for Griffiss International Airport

ROME – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi jointly announced today that the state has awarded $600,000 to Griffiss International Airport to cover a portion of Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (NUAIR)’s start-up operating costs.

The Federal Aviation Administration recently selected Griffiss International Airport as one of six national sites for drone aircraft development. The airport has teamed with NUAIR, an alliance of 40 private, academic and military institutions, to lead research and testing to determine how drone aircraft can be integrated into the national airspace.

February 28, 2014

Robach Named Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 27, 2014 

Robach Named Chairman of Senate Transportation Committee

New York State Senator Joseph E. Robach (R, C, I – Rochester) was named Chairman of the New York State Senate’s Committee on Transportation.

February 27, 2014
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