Issues: Transportation

Newsday Letters: Readers write agenda for 2012

Published: January 6, 2012 5:50 PM

Build NY's bridges

Newsday is absolutely correct: The state's economy won't thrive without the infrastructure needed to support it ["Wish list for the new year," Editorial, Jan. 1].

Major projects like the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement are looming and one-third of all state and local highway bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. Facing budget deficits and a weak economy, we must find innovative ways to complete necessary projects that improve our infrastructure, economy and quality of life.

January 7, 2012
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Old Route 219 Span Over Cattaraugus Creek Closed For Safety Inspection

Senator Gallivan Presses DOT To Complete Review and Repairs Quickly

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – Elma) was informed by New York State Department of Transportation officials today that after undergoing inspection, the old Route 219 bridge over Cattaraugus Creek between the Town of Concord in Erie County and the Town of Ashford in Cattaraugus County has been closed (currently named S. Cascade Dr. in Concord and Miller Rd. in Ashford, respectively).

State DOT officials were taking part in an ongoing repairs project to the span when an irregularity was discovered, which they determined warrants a more thorough inspection to ensure the bridge’s safety for motorists.

January 5, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Transportation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Transportation Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., Chair 1:00 PM, Monday, January 9, 2012 Room 123 CAP

January 9, 1:00 PM - 2:22 PM
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Statement From Senator Patrick M. Gallivan on the Governor’s State of the State Address

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) was selected by his Senate colleagues today to give official notification to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo that the Senate is standing at ready to conduct its business for 2012. Gallivan notified the Governor prior to the annual State of the State address this afternoon, which Gallivan applauded for “its strong vision for New York State’s future” while stressing the importance of building upon the cooperation and collegiality that enabled last year’s progress.

January 4, 2012
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State of the State 2012: Senator Kennedy Applauds $1 Billion Commitment to WNY

Praises Governor Cuomo for his Determined Efforts to Grow our Regional and Statewide Economy, as Outlined in State of the State Address

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, applauded the $1 billion investment in Western New York – which Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday in his 2012 State of the State address. While it was the brightest highlight of the speech for Western New York, the Governor also discussed his comprehensive statewide agenda for 2012.

January 4, 2012
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Dangerous Glen Oaks Intersection to be made safer

After touring M.S. 172 in May, Senator Tony Avella learned of dangerous traffic conditions in front of the school on 257th Street. The senator then urged the Department of Transportation (DOT) to get involved. The DOT conducted a traffic analysis of the area over the summer and recently announced plans to install “All-Way Stop” controls at the intersection of 257th Street and 81st Avenue. The DOT also said they will advise the commanding officer of the 105th Precinct to monitor for vehicles that double park at the intersection of 257th Street and 82nd Avenues.

January 4, 2012
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Avella, residents demand DOT repair broken curbs

Queens residents have had their hopes for safe sidewalks curbed by the Department of Transportation (DOT).

Senator Tony Avella recently united with perturbed residents from northern and eastern Queens – who have suffered with broken curbs in front of their homes for years – to demand the DOT “accelerate” their sidewalk repair program.

January 4, 2012
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Senator Fuschillo to Hold Public Hearings on Distracted Driving

Senator Fuschillo appears on News 12 Long Island to discuss plans to hold public hearings on distracted driving. The hearings will examine how New York State can better prevent distracted driving to improve safety on our roadways.

December 28, 2011
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BUFFALO NEWS: Petition seeks state funds for NFTA

By Richard Baldwin

More than 450 people signed a petition over the Christmas weekend to restore $10 million in state aid to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority to preserve full Metro Bus service in Erie and Niagara counties.

State Sen. Mark J. Grisanti, R-Buffalo, said Tuesday he hopes to collect more than 1,000 signatures in coming weeks on his online petition.

The NFTA has announced plans to eliminate about 22 percent of its bus routes and to lay off about 20 of its 100 police officers in order to close a $14.5 million deficit in its budget for the year beginning next April 1.

December 28, 2011
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BUSINESS FIRST: Online campaign seeks emergency aid for NFTA

In an effort to stave off projected cuts in service and routes, State Sen. Mark Grisanti has started an online drive to convince Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other Albany leaders to free up $10 million in emergency aid for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.

December 27, 2011
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Senator Grisanti Launches Online Petition in Support of Restoring Bus Services to Constituents

“Let’s show the rest of the state how loud Western New York’s Voice is”

Senator Grisanti is the first state Senator to take a a stand against cuts to the NFTA. Senator Grisanti is also the first lawmaker to launch an online petition in support of the NFTA. The Senator is hoping all of Western New York signs the petition to show other lawmakers in Albany how important the NFTA is in our daily lives.

December 23, 2011
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Taxi Legislation Agreement

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: December 23, 2011Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

*PRESS RELEASE*

Senator Huntley Announces Agreement on New York City Taxi Legislation

Agreement Ensures Taxicab and Livery System is Accessible for Persons with Disabilities

December 23, 2011
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Gallivan Introduces Legislation to Create Wyoming County Veterans Memorial Highway

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) announced today that he has officially introduced legislation (S.6061) to designate a stretch of Rt. 20A as "Wyoming County Veterans Highway". The portion to be designated traverses 16 miles between the intersection of Rt. 20A and Rt. 98, in the Hamlet of Varysburg, and the intersection of Rt. 20A and Rt. 246 in the Town of Sheldon.

December 21, 2011
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Senator Adriano Espaillat & Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez Congratulate Livery Cab Drivers on Major Progress

Gov. Cuomo thanks Sen. Espaillat and other leaders for helping craft a compromise that will benefit New York City taxi and livery cab drivers as well as customers

(New York, NY) – Sen. Adriano Espaillat joined Gov. Andrew Cuomo in touting major progress made as a result of the livery cab bill agreement announced this evening. The agreement – allowing legal street hails for livery cab drivers and increasing handicap accessibility – will be a major boost for drivers in the livery cab industry, who largely come from immigrant communities while protecting yellow cab drivers.

December 20, 2011
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Senator Carlucci Promotes Green Jobs at Trans Tech

WARWICK - Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) on Friday visited Trans Tech, a manufacturer of conventional and environmentally friendly electric Type-A school buses, to showcase how promoting green technology manufacturers will spur economic growth and create jobs here in Orange County.  Trans Tech, which develops zero emissions Type-A school buses, allowed Senator Carlucci to take a drive on one of its cutting edge green fleet vehicles.

December 18, 2011
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Rural Futures Fall 2011 Newsletter

The Legislative Commission on Rural Resources is proud to have published our Fall 2011 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 Fall 2011 Newsletter

December 16, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO SUPPORTS NTSB RECOMMENDATION TO BAN DRIVERS FROM USING CELL PHONES

“The National Transportation Safety Board’s recommendation that states ban all drivers from using any portable electronic devices while driving is a positive step which would help make our roads safer. 

Research has shown that distracted driving greatly increases the likelihood of getting into a car crash. Some research has shown that distracted drivers are more impaired than those who are drunk or under the influence of drugs. 

According to AAA, distracted driving causes between 4,000 and 8,000 crashes a day and contributes to as many as half of the 6 million crashes nationwide each year. That’s more than enough reasons to require drivers to focus their attention solely where it belongs; on the road ahead. 

December 14, 2011
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SCHUMER AND GIANARIS URGE TSA TO DESIGNATE AN ON-DUTY PASSENGER ADVOCATE AT AIRPORTS TO HEAR PASSENGER CONCERNS AS THEY OCCUR; CALL FOR INVESTIGATION INTO RECENT CASES OF INAPPROPRIATE SEARCHING AT KENNEDY AIRPORT

 TSA ‘Passenger Advocate’ at Airports Will Assist Travelers With Concerns Over Inappropriate Screening Processes, Immediately and On-Site

Schumer, Gianaris Request Investigation of Security Checkpoint Procedures at Kennedy Airport Following Recent Cases of Alleged Inappropriate Searching of Three Elderly Women

Schumer, Gianaris: Enhanced Screening Programs at Airports are Making the Skies Safer, But We Must Strike the Right Balance Between Security and Protecting Vulnerable Passengers

December 11, 2011
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Senator Gianaris speaking at Schumer-Gianaris press conference at JFK Airport.

Senator Gianaris joined Senator Schumer to request the TSA conduct an immediate and comprehensive investigation into what actually occurred during the three alleged strip-searching incidents.

December 11, 2011
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Senator Dilan Announces Deal Reached on Taxes, Flood Victim Relief, Infrastructure Development and Youth Employment

Comprehensive legislation designed to spur New York’s economy and invest in the future passes Senate and Assembly

Albany—State Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) announced that the Senate and Assembly has passed legislation that will help kick start a sluggish economy by providing modest tax relief to the middle class along with financial assistance to victims of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

December 8, 2011
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