Issues: Transportation

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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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES STRONGER PENALTIES FOR DISTRACTED DRIVING INCLUDED IN STATE BUDGET

             Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the state budget will include higher penalties for distracted driving.

March 25, 2013
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March 24, 2013
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ADDITIONAL FUNDS FOR LOCAL ROADS IN STATE BUDGET

First Funding Hike for Local Highways in Five Years; Investments to Help Create Jobs 

March 24, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Announces Construction on I-490 Bridges in Monroe County to Begin in April

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that construction will begin next month on a project to replace four bridge decks on Interstate 490 in Monroe County. The work is part of a $13.8 million contract funded through the NY Works program. The project meets the goals of Governor Cuomo’s Drivers First initiative to ensure that construction causes the least impact to motorists.

 

The bridges carry eastbound and westbound I-490 over Chili Center Coldwater Road (Route 386) in Chili and eastbound and westbound I-490 over Route 204 (Airport Expressway) in Gates.

 

March 22, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO: MEASURES TO HELP PREVENT GAS SHORTAGES DURING DECLARED FUEL SHORTAGE EMERGENCIES INCLUDED IN STATE BUDGET

Budget Includes Provisions for Gas Stations to Purchase Generators or be Prewired to Receive a Generator

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the state budget will include measures to help prevent gas shortages during a declared energy or fuel shortage emergency.

     The budget makes provisions for federal grants for gas stations in key areas of Long Island, New York City, and Westchester and Rockland Counties to be wired to receive generators or purchase generators that will be used in the event of a declaration of an energy or fuel shortage emergency by the Governor, County Executive, of Mayor of New York City.

March 22, 2013
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O'Mara, Palmesano applaud budget agreement to boost CHIPS funding for local roads and bridges

Albany, N.Y., March 21—Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C, Corning), who in early March 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, applauded today’s announcement that the final 2013-14 state budget will include a $75 million increase in funding for the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS).

CHIPS provides the bulk of state aid to counties and towns for the maintenance and improvement of local roads and bridges. 

March 21, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO: STATE BUDGET WILL INCLUDE INCREASE IN HIGHWAY FUNDING FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

Increase is the First in Five Years and Will Help Create Jobs, Promote Economic Development, and Improve Infrastructure

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, today announced that the 2013-14 New York State Budget will include over $438 million in state highway aid to local governments, a $75 million increase from last year’s total.

March 21, 2013
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ALIX’S LAW PASSES THROUGH SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

Bill Named After Amherst Teen Would Close Dangerous Loophole In Hit-And-Run Accidents

ALBANY - The New York State Senate Transportation Committee passed “Alix’s Law” (S.1698A) today, sponsored by Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma). The bill would close a legal loophole and hold intoxicated drivers accountable for leaving the scene of an accident. 

March 19, 2013
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SQUADRON ANNOUNCES SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE PASSAGE OF BILL TO STRENGTHEN HAYLEY & DIEGO'S LAW AND CRACK DOWN ON CARELESS DRIVING

Council Resolution Supports Squadron-Kavanagh Legislation

NEW YORK – State Senator Daniel Squadron announced that the Senate Transportation Committee today passed his legislation (S3644) to provide law enforcement with better tools to crack down on careless drivers who injure or kill pedestrians and bicyclists. The bill, also sponsored by Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, would strengthen “Hayley and Diego’s Law” (Vehicle & Traffic Law 1146), which Squadron and Kavanagh introduced and passed after the tragic deaths of Hayley Ng, 4, and Diego Martinez, 3, who were killed in 2009 in Chinatown when a delivery van that was left in reverse jumped the curb and hit the children.

March 19, 2013
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