Issues: Transportation

Senator Fuschillo Discusses Reopening of Ocean Parkway (from News 12 Long Island)

New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. appears on News 12 Long Island to discuss the reopening and reconstruction of the Ocean Parkway, which was severely damaged during Hurricane Sandy.

November 27, 2012
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Forum/Town Hall: Greenpoint Transportation and Traffic Safety Town Hall

Senator Martin Malave Dilan, Senate Transportation Committee ranker will join Councilmember Stephen Levin, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, New York State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblymember Joe Lentol, the NYC Department of Transportation and the 94th Police Precinct to co-host a Greenpoint Transportation and Traffic Safety Town Hall on Monday, November 19.

Topics to be discussed include:

November 19, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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GALLIVAN QUESTIONS DMV CONTRACT FOR NEW LICENSES WITH CANADIAN COMPANY

Senate Economic Development Chair Cites Economic and Safety Concerns, Urges Comptroller’s Office To Thoroughly Review Contract

“The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles’ apparent selection of a bid submitted by CBN Secure Technology of Canada to produce the state’s next generation drivers licenses raises several questions and concerns.”

“The fact that CBN’s bid was the most expensive to taxpayers and would shift the development and manufacturing processes out of the United States raises some questions as New York State continues to grapple with budget issues. I hope the State Comptroller’s office gives this contract a thorough review to ensure tax dollars are being invested wisely.”

November 15, 2012
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Kennedy and Ryan Want Answers: New Contract for NY Driver’s Licenses Will Cost Taxpayers an Extra $38 Million

DMV Tentatively Awards New Contract To Produce NY Driver’s Licenses To Highest Bidder – Kennedy and Ryan Urge DMV To Explain Contract Decision

BUFFALO – Today, November 14, 2012, New York State Senator Tim Kennedy and Assemblyman Sean Ryan urged the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to explain why they have awarded a new contract to produce New York State driver’s licenses that will cost taxpayers an extra $38 million.

November 14, 2012
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GALLIVAN URGES THRUWAY AUTHORITY TO AVOID TOLL HIKES “AT ALL COSTS”

Renews Call To Separate Canal System From Thruway Authority

As New York State Thruway Authority officials postponed a scheduled meeting for the second time in five days that may have included a vote to approve a 45 percent increase on three-axel vehicles, Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – Elma), chairman of the Senate’s Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Committee, urged the Thruway Authority Board to explore other options to avoid a toll increase and consider his proposal to separate the State’s Canal System from the Thruway Authority.

November 13, 2012
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Long Island Railroad Holds Ribbon Cutting for New High Tech Train Wash in Babylon

Senator Owen H. Johnson joined LIRR representatives and elected officials on October 16, 2012 for the official ribbon cutting for the new high tech train wash in Babylon that cleans the LIRR electric train fleet.

Senator Owen H. Johnson said:  "I am pleased that our new high tech railroad car wash in Babylon Village provides our residents with clean and properly maintained railroad cars. I applaud the use of green technology such as solar panels producing electricity to operate the facility and water treatment systems allowing for recycling and safe disposal into our sewer system. This is a fine example of government embracing new technologies that help both the commuter and the environment."

November 9, 2012
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GALLIVAN ANNOUNCES WAYS WESTERN NEW YORKERS CAN ASSIST DOWNSTATE NEIGHBORS IMPACTED BY SUPERSTORM SANDY

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) today announced several ways that Western New Yorkers, and all New Yorkers, can help the massive relief effort underway in the New York City Metro Area in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy that ravaged the Eastern Seaboard last week.

Gallivan urged New Yorkers to utilize The American Red Cross and Catholic Charities, or other trusted charitable organizations who have strong track records of efficiently and effectively distributing relief aid in disaster situations.

November 5, 2012
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Seward, Butler Call On State DOT To Take Another Trip Down Route 28

HERKIMER, 10/25/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) and Assemblyman Marc Butler (R/C/I – Newport) are continuing their appeal to New York State Department of Transportation for a thorough review of traffic safety issues on Route 28 in the Village and Town of Herkimer.

Earlier this year, Senator Seward and Assemblyman Butler brought local residents and municipal officials together to call on NYSDOT to examine traffic safety concerns along Route 28 between West German Street and Shells Bush Road.  A response from NYSDOT Interim Regional Director John Williams indicated that after a review of accident history, traffic volumes, speed, and available sight distance, a passing zone closure and speed limit reduction is not recommended.

October 25, 2012
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SENATOR MARTY GOLDEN TO MTA: “HERE YOU GO AGAIN”

DENOUNCES PLANS TO INCREASE METROCARD COST, INCREASE EXPRESS BUS FARES AND BRIDGE AND TUNNEL TOLLS AND REDUCE E-Z PASS DISCOUNTS

 

Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a member of the Metropolitan Transit Authority Capital Review Board, is today denouncing a proposal by the Metropolitan Transit Authority to increase the price of MetroCards, express bus fares and bridges and tunnel tolls, including the Verrazano Bridge, while reducing E-Z pass discounts.

 

October 15, 2012
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Kennedy Calls for Senate Transportation Hearing on Future of the Buffalo Skyway

With the DOT planning to spend over $110M in maintenance, Kennedy calls for hearing to ensure plan considers long-term best interest of Buffalo 

Kennedy says removal of  Skyway will provide economic boost to Buffalo and cost savings for taxpayers; calls for hearing to examine DOT's future plans

Kennedy: Skyway's Sky-high Maintenance Costs Make it a Bad Investment

October 10, 2012
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SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARING TO EXAMINE BRIDGE STRIKES

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, today announced that the New York State Senate Transportation Committee will be holding a public hearing to examine the problem of bridge strikes by commercial vehicles on parkways.

     The public hearing will be held at 10 am on Thursday, October 25th at Farmingdale State College (Lupton Hall, IRTT Room T-101), which is located at 2350 Broadhollow Road in Farmingdale.

October 1, 2012
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Public Hearing: To review the Bridge Vehicle Impact Assessment and examine what steps New York State can take to prevent future bridge strikes by commercial vehicles

Senate Standing Committee on TransportationChair: Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr.Public Hearing: To review the Bridge Vehicle Impact Assessment and examine what steps New York State can take to prevent future bridge strikes by commercial vehiclesPlace: Farmingdale State College, IRTT Room T-101, Lupton Hall,2350 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale, New York 11735-1006Time: 10:00 A.M.Contact: Melissa Kehoe (518) 455-3341Media Contact: Chris Schnieder (516) 882-0630ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

October 25, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Senator Carlucci and NBC Nightly News Correspondent Jenna Wolfe Discuss Lauren's Law

Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) recently appeared on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt to discuss the recent passage of Lauren's Law (S.7103A) in the New York State Legislature.  The bill now makes its way over to Governor Cuomo's desk.

To watch the nationally televised segment, please visit nbcnews Click Here.

September 25, 2012
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Forum/Town Hall: Public Workshop on the 2nd Avenue Subway

Members of the community are invited to attend an MTA public workshop regarding the construction of the Second Avenue Subway, to maintain an open dialogue between the MTA and the community at large. MTA employees and contractors will attend the workshop to facilitate discussion and answer questions. Read the invitation below for more details, and sign up at http://www.mta.info/sas to RSVP.

September 27, 6:00 PM - 7:45 PM
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MALLIOTAKIS, GOLDEN BLAST MTA TOLL HIKE PLAN

Legislators decry assault on toll payers, economy

 

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-Brooklyn, Staten Island) and Senator Martin Golden (R,C,I-Brooklyn) today hosted a press conference at the Brooklyn entrance of the Verrazano Bridge to voice their opposition to the MTA’s proposed toll hikes on local bridges and tunnels. In light of data Assemblywoman Malliotakis has obtained from the Port

Authority regarding the devastating impact of their toll hikes on businesses in the New York Container Terminal (NYCT), the legislators decried the damaging effect such a measure would have on the city’s economy.

 

September 20, 2012
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Rural Futures Newsletter Fall 2012

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

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Rural Futures Newsletter Fall 2012

September 19, 2012
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STATE LEGISLATORS TO DENOUNCE MTA PLANS TO HIKE BRIDGE AND TUNNEL TOLLS

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-C-Brooklyn/Staten Island) will host a press conference tomorrow, Thursday, September 20, 2012, at 11:30 a.m. at the entrance to the Verrazano Bridge at the Southwest corner of 92nd Street and Gatling Place in Brooklyn, to denounce a proposal being considered by the Metropolitan Transit Authority to increase tolls on area bridges and tunnels.

 

The legislators will also be speaking about the impact of the toll costs on business in New York State including the New York Container Terminal.

 

Members of the media are welcome to attend.

September 19, 2012
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Stop The Toll Hikes On Commercial Trucks

I, like much of the public, was shocked when the Thruway Authority proposed a 45% increase in commercial tolls.  This toll hike will have detrimental ramifications on all New Yorkers. 

This increase, which is set to take effect in October, will hit the trucking industry at the heart of their business. According to the NYS Motor Truck Association, nearly 90 percent of New York communities depend exclusively on trucks to move their goods and over 87 percent of all manufactured goods are transported by trucks. New York’s trucks are responsible for transporting over 1.4 million tons of manufactured material here each day, while providing one in 25 jobs in the state.  Without trucks, no person, home or business could survive. 

September 11, 2012
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Daily News Op-Ed: Your Hot Pizza, Their Steep Fine

In today's Daily News, transportation advocate Paul Steely White and restaurant workers' advocate Daisy Chung pushed for Sen. Krueger's legislation that would lead to safer driving by bicycle delivery cyclists.

September 6, 2012
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Senators Gallivan and Grisanti, Assemblyman Gabryszak Announce Legislation to Separate Canal System From Thruway Authority

Reform Would Save Thruway Authority Millions Annually, Help Prevent Toll Hike

Chairman of the Senate’s Commerce, Economic Development, and Small Business Committee, Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R - Elma), joined with Senator Mark Grisanti (R - Buffalo) and Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak (D - Cheektowaga) this afternoon at Canalside, the historical terminus of the Erie Canal, on Buffalo’s waterfront to announce formal legislation to sever the New York State canal system from the New York State Thruway Authority.

The announcement comes as the Thruway Authority is considering a plan to raise tolls on three-axle vehicles by 45 percent.

September 5, 2012
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