Issues: Transportation

March 16, 5:00 PM - 5:22 PM
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RELEASE: AVELLA, WEPRIN AND CIVIC AND BUSINESS LEADERS RALLY AGAINST TOLLING EAST RIVER BRIDGES

(QUEENS, NY) Today, State Senator Tony Avella was joined by Assembly Member David Weprin, Keep NYC Congestion Tax Free, the Small Business Congress of New York City, which represents over 180,000 small businesses throughout New York City, the Queens Civic Congress, which represents over 100 Queens civic and cooperative associations, members of the Queens Chamber of Commerce, Friends of La Guardia, and community leaders to protest the latest congestion pricing proposal included in Move NY’s transportation plan.

March 13, 2015
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Senate Passes the "Brighter Future" Budget Plan

The New York State Senate today passed the “Brighter Future” budget plan that creates a new property tax rebate program for middle-class homeowners, extends historic opportunities to students and makes significant investments in New York’s infrastructure to create good-paying jobs.

March 12, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Transportation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Transportation Senator Joseph E. Robach, Chair 10:30 AM, Tuesday, March 10, 2015 Room 804 LOB

March 10, 10:30 AM - 10:33 AM
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Senator Young, Local Highway Superintendents Urge Greater Funding for Roads and Bridges

Call for a five-year dedicated fund and greater support for the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program

 

ALBANY – “Local Roads Matter” was the call to action voiced by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) and local Highway Superintendents during yesterday’s rally at the state Capitol.

 

March 5, 2015
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Ortt, Highway Superintendents Push for Infrastructure Funding

Call On Governor To Increase CHIPS Funding

State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) today joined a bi-partisan group of elected officials, local leaders and county and town highway superintendents to push for additional infrastructure funding in this year’s state budget. At a press conference at the New York State Capitol, Ortt called on the Governor and legislative leaders to increase Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) funding.

March 4, 2015
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Hundreds Join Push to Increase CHIPS Funding

Sen. Ortt joined other elected officials and dozens of county and town highway superintendents on the Million Dollar Staircase in the Capitol to rally for increased CHIPS funding to fix local roads, bridges and culverts.

 

March 4, 2015
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Senator Michael Gianaris Leads Elected Officials and Transit Advocates in Renewed Call to Increase Penalties for Drivers Without Valid Licenses Following Queens Hit-And-Run Death

(Elmhurst, NY) State Senators Michael Gianaris and Toby Ann Stavisky, Assemblymember Francisco Moya, Councilman Danny Dromm, Transportation Alternatives and Make Queens Safer renewed calls for passage of Senator Gianaris's legislation to crack down on drivers who kill or seriously injure others while driving with revoked, suspended or otherwise invalid licenses. This proposal (under Senate bills S2539 and S2484), which is included in Mayor de Blasio's Vision Zero agenda, would make such an event a felony and would provide for the immediate impoundment of a vehicle in an accident like the one that took the life of a pedestrian on Woodside Avenue this Sunday. Assemblywoman Marge Markey carries both bills in the State Assembly.

Senator Gianaris first introduced the legislation after a truck driver without a valid license struck and killed Noshat Nahian, a 3rd-grader at PS 152 in Woodside on his way to school on Northern Boulevard in December 2013. Senator Gianaris renewed his call for these measures after Angela Hurtado was killed by a driver with a suspended license in Maspeth in January 2014. This latest incident makes three deaths in similar circumstances in just over a year.

“How many deaths at the hands of unauthorized drivers will it take before we make sure the punishment fits the crime in these cases?” said Senator Michael Gianaris (D-Queens). “It is heartbreaking to see one family after another suffer the loss of a loved one because irresponsible drivers get behind the wheel when they shouldn’t. My proposals would create a serious deterrent so that anyone thinking about getting behind the wheel without a license will think twice or face real jail time if they do so and kill or seriously injure someone. I call on my fellow legislators to pass these bills immediately before we face yet another tragedy.”

March 4, 2015
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Local Roads Matter

ALBANY, 03/04/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today joined a bipartisan group of 114 state legislators along with county and town highway superintendents from across the state to call for increased state funding for local highway improvements.  

March 4, 2015
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Legislators and highway superintendents, led by Senator O'Mara and Assemblyman Palmesano, rally at the Capitol in support of local roads and bridges.

Senator O'Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano organized a rally at the Capitol today calling for increased state support for local roads and bridges.  They were joined in the effort by more than 100 of their legislative colleagues, highway superintendents from every region of the state and other local leaders.  

In the photo above, the group gathers on the historic Million Dollar Staircase in the New York State Capitol.

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March 4, 2015
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O'Mara and Palmesano: Local Roads Matter!

Senator O'Mara and Assemblyman Palmesano help deliver the message: Local Roads Matter!

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March 4, 2015
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O'Mara, Palmesano organize bipartisan group of legislators and join highway superintendents, other local leaders to call on Gov. Cuomo to increase state aid for local roads and bridges (UPDATED~Watch a Replay of the news conference)

Albany, N.Y., March 4—A bipartisan group of 114 state legislators, organized by state Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-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, bridges and culverts.

March 4, 2015
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Senator O'Mara joins legislative colleagues, highway superintendents and other local leaders to call for increased state support for local roads and bridges through the CHIPS program.

Albany, N.Y., March 4—A bipartisan group of 114 state legislators, organized by state Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-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, bridges and culverts.

March 4, 2015
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Local Roads Matter!

Local Roads Matter! As Senate Transportation Chairman, I am proud to fight for increased funding in this year's State Budget to repair roads and bridges throughout Upstate New York. If there's a commitment for a billion dollars for the Tappan Zee Bridge, then there should be a commitment for a matching billion dollars for Upstate roads and bridges!

March 4, 2015
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Latimer & Otis Oppose Border Toll Proposal in Connecticut Legislature

(Port Chester, NY) Senator George Latimer and Assemblyman Steve Otis came out in opposition to a proposal making its way through the Connecticut State Legislature that would install tolls at the border of New York and Connecticut.  An independent study prepared for a Connecticut state agency showed that the placement of these tolls would cause an additional 14,000 cars per day to drive through Port Chester and Byram before getting back onto the highway after avoiding the toll. The proposal is designed to help close a $225 million deficit in the Connecticut Transportation budget.  Latimer and Otis sent a letter to NYS Transportation and Thruway Authority officials urging them to help combat the unnecessary burden on New York drivers in border areas.

March 4, 2015
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Build a Better New York Press Conference

I joined Aaron Hilger and hard working men and women from across New York to call for increased funding and investment in our state's aging transportation infrastructure like our roads and bridges. This will create good paying jobs and improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers.

March 3, 2015
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Senator Bonacic Participates in Public Hearing Regarding MTA

Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) participated in a Public Hearing regarding the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), March 2, at the Capitol in Albany. Senator Bonacic asked the MTA officials to consider two projects that would benefit Orange County. The first project would be the installation of passing sidings all the way from Hoboken to Port Jervis, and the second would be the installation of a new rail yard in Orange County.

March 2, 2015
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Build a Better New York

Today, I had the opportunity to co-sponsor Build a Better New York Day at the State Capitol, joining hard working men and women from across the state to call for an investment in our aging infrastructure.

March 2, 2015
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Press Release: Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Urges Communities To Apply for the New NY Bridge's $20 Million Community Benefits Program

(Tarrytown - March 2nd) Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins announces that applications are being accepted for the $20 million, new NY Bridge Community Benefits Program. The 35th State Senate District that Senator Stewart-Cousins’ represents includes Tarrytown and other rivertowns within the Town of Greenburgh where the bridge is being constructed.

“With the largest infrastructure project in the country continuing right here in Tarrytown, I urge communities to apply for these grants made available through the New York State Thruway Authority and the new bridge’s construction company,” said Senator Stewart-Cousins.

March 2, 2015
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