Issues: Transportation

Knickerbocker Ave M Station Reopen, Rehabilitation Complete

Senator Dilan recently joined MTA New York City Transit President Thomas Prendergast to formally unveil the newly refurbished Knickerbocker Avenue M Line Station on Myrtle Avenue. The station was closed from August 18, 2012 to February 8, 2013 for rehabilitation.

The Knickerbocker Avenue M Station rehabilitation is one of a handful of upgrades the MTA has completed, and one of many slated for completion this year. These are necessary upgrades and I commend the MTA and Interim President Thomas Prendergast for recognizing a need and delivering for the riders of the M Line. I look forward to working with stakeholders and the MTA as more of these service restorations and upgrades are completed. 

February 11, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Transportation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Transportation Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., Chair 9:30 AM, Tuesday, February 12, 2013 Room 124 CAP

PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN TIME TO 9:30 AM.

February 12, 9:30 AM - 9:33 AM
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Senator Kennedy Presses DOT for Answers on Skyway, Regional Funding Disparities at Transportation Budget Hearing

DOT Commissioner says it is the intention of the department to “use all their best efforts” to deliver promised funds to WNY. 

Commissioner confirmed Skyway ‘plausibility review’ is underway, says she will come to Buffalo to discuss review findings. Also confirms review findings will not just be laid aside and ignored.    

Kennedy: Western New Yorkers Deserve a Responsive DOT that Delivers on its Promises and Acts on Local Transportation Needs. Today’s Public Hearing was a Step in the Right Direction. 

January 31, 2013
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Today's legislative budget hearing focuses on transportation proposals in Gov. Cuomo's state budget plan ~ Watch live beginning at 10:00 a.m.

The Legislature's fiscal committees continue a series of public hearings on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2013-2014 proposed state budget.

Today's hearing focuses on transportation.  Watch live, beginning at 10:00 a.m., HERE.

January 31, 2013
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SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE APPROVES LEGISLATION TO PROTECT NEW YORKERS FROM DRUNK DRIVERS

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, today announced that the Committee has approved legislation to help strengthen the state’s DUI laws and protect individuals from drunk drivers.

     “Drunk drivers endanger innocent lives every time they choose to get behind the wheel, regardless of the type of vehicle. Strengthening our laws and closing legal loopholes will give law enforcement greater tools to catch and prosecute drunk drivers and help to make our roads safer for everyone,” said Senator Fuschillo.

     The drunk driving legislation approved by the committee would:

January 29, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO REAPPOINTED AS CHAIRMAN OF SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

            Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today was reappointed as Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee.  This will be Senator Fuschillo’s second term as the Committee’s Chairman. 

January 25, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Transportation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Transportation Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., Chair 9:30 AM, Tuesday, January 29, 2013 Room 123 CAP

PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN TIME AND LOCATION TO 9:30 AM IN 123 CAP.

January 29, 9:30 AM - 9:40 AM
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Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013
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STATEMENT FROM STATE SEN. PATRICK M. GALLIVAN REGARDING GOVERNOR CUOMO’S 2013 STATE BUDGET PROPOSAL

Review The Governor's Proposal Yourself: openbudget.ny.gov

“State government has been able to change direction the last two years largely because Albany has adopted a course of fiscal prudence. Today’s budget proposal demonstrates the Governor’s continued commitment to financial responsibility, keeping state spending growth below two percent while closing a $1.35 billion budget deficit without proposing any new taxes.”

January 23, 2013
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Kennedy Remains Top Ranking Democrat on Economic Development Committee, Earns Place on Finance Committee

Assignments to important committee posts follow Leader Stewart-Cousins move to make Kennedy a part of her leadership team. 

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, today announced his committee assignments for the 2013 legislative session. Kennedy will retain his position as the ranking Democratic member on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business. He also earned a post on the Senate Finance Committee, which will give the Senator a larger influence on legislation that carries fiscal implications for the state.

January 22, 2013
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Winter Rural Futures Newsletter 2012

The Legislative Commission on Rural Resources is proud to have published our Winter 2012 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!

January 4, 2013
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Griffo Commends Thruway Authority for Averting Truck Toll Increase

Griffo: A Thruway Toll Hike Now Would’ve Harmed Upstate Economy

December 20, 2012
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO COMMENDS THE NEW YORK STATE THRUWAY AUTHORITY FOR STOPPING ITS PROPOSED 45% TOLL HIKE ON COMMERCIAL VEHICLES

New York State Senator Mike Nozzolio announced the New York State Thruway Authority’s proposed 45% toll increase for commercial vehicles has been dropped. Today, The State Thruway Authority withdrew its disastrous plan to raise highway tolls on trucks and other commercial traffic.

“The Thruway Authority’s decision not to implement the proposed toll hike is a major victory for New York’s businesses and consumers.” said Senator Nozzolio, " There is no question that all businesses would suffer if this proposed toll increase has been allowed and the increase in transportation costs for consumer goods would have inevitably been passed on to individuals and families in our communities."

December 17, 2012
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Thruway Toll Hike Plan Ditched

ONEONTA, 12/17/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the Thruway Authority’s announcement terminating plans to raise tolls on commercial vehicles:

“When the Thruway Authority floated a proposal to hike tolls on trucks and other commercial vehicles I was among a loud chorus of elected officials, business leaders and concerned citizens denouncing the plot.  

“Abandoning this ill-conceived toll hike plan is the right thing to do.  The Thruway Authority, like the rest of state government, needs to focus on cost saving measures to right the fiscal ship, instead of simply hiking the cost of doing business in New York.

December 17, 2012
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Statement by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos

I commend Governor Cuomo for taking action to prevent a 45 percent toll hike on trucks that use the New York State Thruway.  This massive proposed increase, which was opposed by Senate Republicans, would have negatively impacted small businesses throughout New York and hurt our efforts to grow the economy.

If we are going to continue the progress we’ve made over the last two years, we’ll need to do it without raising taxes and fees, or increasing the cost of doing business.  This is great news for businesses and taxpayers.

 

December 17, 2012
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Statement on Thruway Authority Decision to Pull Toll Hike

Earlier today, the New York State Thruway Authority pulled a plan which would have increased tolls on the Thruway 45% for commercial trucks. I would like to thank everyone who signed my on-petition to call on the NYS Thruway Authority NOT to increase tolls. Your voices have been heard by the Authority and our Governor. Also, I would like to thank the folks at Klein Steel, Inc. for their support and hosting a press conference in August that discussed the negative impact a toll hike would have on jobs, the working class, and small businesses in our community. Finally, thanks to Steve Wadhams of Wadhams Enterprises. This time the loud voice of people served democracy well.

December 17, 2012
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ELECTED OFFICIALS TO MTA: VERRAZANO-NARROWS BRIDGE TOLL INCREASES NOT GOING OUR WAY

Senator Golden, Congressman Grimm and Assemblywoman Malliotakis Call on MTA Chairman Lhota and Board Members to Reject Toll Hike Proposal

 

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), Congressman Michael Grimm (R-C, Brooklyn, Staten Island) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-C, Brooklyn, Staten Island) this afternoon have authored a letter to Metropolitan Transit Authority Chairman Joseph Lhota, and all MTA Board Members, urging them to oppose the plan to raise tolls on the Verrazano-Bridge at the December 19th Board meeting.

 

In the letter, the elected officials wrote, “In these difficult economic times, the last thing New Yorkers need is the burden of additional travel expenses. The proposal now before

December 17, 2012
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Senator Stavisky Voices Opposition to Lunar New Year 7 Train Closures

 

Senator Stavisky fights alongside local politicians, small business owners, and community leaders to keep the 7 Train running during Lunar New Year for her Asian constituents at a press conference at the Sheraton LaGuardia.

 

December 11, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Announces Thruway to Commemorate Anniversary of A.J. Larson’s Death with “Don’t Text While Driving” Message

Digital signs over the NYS Thruway will urge motorists to stay alert behind the wheel with no texting while driving reminder.

Larson’s mother Kelly Cline relentlessly advocated for changes to state law to ban texting while driving. 

Kennedy and Cline Remind Drivers: Keep Your Eyes on the Road and Off Your Phone.

December 3, 2012
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