Issues: Transportation

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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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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