Issues: Transportation

Seward Views Storm Damage

PRATTSVILLE, 08/31/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today joined Governor Andrew Cuomo, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate for a tour of flood ravaged portions of upstate New York.

“The devastation is utterly astonishing,” said Senator Seward. “My heart goes out to the families and individuals who are demonstrating such amazing courage and fortitude in the face of this tragedy.

“I also want to commend the first responders, National Guard members and local elected officials who have worked tirelessly around the clock to protect life and property before, during and after the storm.”

August 31, 2011
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Governor Cuomo Provides Advice to New Yorkers Regarding Hurrican Property Lossess & Insurance Claims - Disaster Hotline Begins Operating Today

"The days following a natural disaster can be confusing and stressful, but it is important for those who have suffered property damage to file an insurance claim as quickly as possible to help protect their financial future," Governor Cuomo said.

Benjamin Lawsky, Superintendent of the Department of Financial Services, who oversees the State Insurance Department, said, "We will do everything we can to help people who suffered damage from the storm recover and get their lives back on track as quickly as possible. The purpose of insurance is to help people rebuild and we will be working to see that process does as smoothly as possible."

August 29, 2011
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Statement on Hurricane Irene

ONEONTA, 08/29/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the effects of Hurricane Irene and the ongoing clean-up:

“In the wake of Hurricane Irene my thoughts and prayers go out to the many families and communities that have suffered significant losses and continue to cope with the aftermath of the storm. 

August 29, 2011
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Senator Squadron and Council Member Chin Call on DOT to Improve Safety on Delancey Street

New York, NY – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Council Member Margaret Chin called on the Department of Transportation to address the serious safety concerns on the Delancey Street corridor. 

In a letter to DOT (also below), Senator Squadron and Council Member Chin highlighted the fatal accident on Delancey and Chrystie Streets last week as the latest reminder of the need to immediately improve safety conditions on the thoroughfare.

Senator Squadron said, “Each tragedy is a clarion call that we need more safety improvements now. Last year’s Department of Transportation improvements were a welcome step – but Delancey remains one of the most dangerous streets in this city.  I will continue to work with the community, DOT, NYPD, and my colleagues in government to make these dangerous intersections -- and all of our streets -- safe for bikers, pedestrians and all types of users”

August 24, 2011
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GOVERNOR SIGNS BONACIC’S “MOVE OVER” BILL

New law to protect individuals responding to emergency calls on parkways, expressways and highways

August 19, 2011
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AIRPORT AUTHORITY BILL SIGNED INTO LAW

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) announced that his bill (S3250A), which creates a Syracuse Regional Airport Authority, has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.  The law takes effect immediately.  “This new entity will allow the airport to function more like a business and find ways to operate more efficiently,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

August 18, 2011
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Safety Review Of Cairo-Durham School Entrance Needed

ONEONTA, 08/18/11 – Following an appeal from State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) the NYS Department of Transportation will review safety measures on Route 145 at the entrance of Cairo-Durham Middle & High School where the recent death of a student has sparked concern.

“Highway safety is always one of my top concerns,” said Senator Seward.  “Ensuring safety near a school, where young lives are at stake, is an absolute priority.” 

August 18, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO CALLS ON GOVERNORS CUOMO AND CHRISTIE TO RE-EVALUATE CURRENT PORT AUTHORITY LEADERSHIP

            “Yesterday’s audit issued by New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli on the Port Authority’s finances, which comes on the eve of the Port Authority Board voting on a massive toll increase proposal, shows exactly why the Port Authority’s current leadership should be re-evaluated.

            The Comptroller’s audit showed that the Port Authority spent over $85 million in overtime in 2010 alone, and that the Authority’s management ‘fell asleep at the wheel’ in achieving its goals to control overtime costs.

August 18, 2011
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Sunnyside Merchants Urge DOT To Rethink Parking Rules

Senator Gianaris spoke to NY1 on the need to change parking regulations in Sunnyside to better serve local businesses and residents.

Watch the video here.

August 18, 2011
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Sunnyside leaders want city to reconsider parking rules

Queens Times Ledger wrote about the need for revised parking regulations in Sunnyside, which would alleviate much of the congestion and make it easier for residents to travel through their neighborhood streets.

Sunnyside business owners and western Queens officials want the city Department of Transportation to change the parking rules along Queens Boulevard, saying the rules benefit commuters at the expense of local businesses.

Ciaran Staunton, who opened the pub and coffee shop Molly Blooms at Queens Boulevard near 43rd Street in Sunnyside in March, said his morning business has been hindered because of a no-standing rule on the boulevard from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. between 39th and 49th streets Monday through Friday.

August 15, 2011
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Public Hearing: How to utilize Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) to repair and improve New York State’s transportation system

Senate Standing Committee on TransportationChair: Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr.Public Hearing: How to utilize Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) to repair and improve New York State’s transportation systemPlace: Lupton Hall, Farmingdale State College, 2350 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M.Contact: Melissa Kehoe (518) 455-3341Media Contact: Chris Schneider (516) 882-0630ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

September 27, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Route 15A in Lima to be Renamed the “Lima Veterans Memorial Highway”

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan announced today that Governor Andrew Cuomo has recently signed legislation into law (S. 3242 - Gallivan) that will designate the portion of Route 15A that runs through the Town of Lima as the “Lima Veterans Memorial Highway”.

“Every corner of this state has a rich tradition of national service and every citizen owes a degree of gratitude to all those who have served through the years. That is even more true for the residents of Lima,” Gallivan said. “Lima was founded by veterans of the Revolutionary War and the town has sent its sons and daughters to defend America in every one of our nation’s major armed conflicts. This designation is a fitting tribute to both the town and its tradition of military service.”

August 5, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Commends Comptrollers Dinapoli and Liu at Release of MTA Audit

Report shows that MTA is not doing enough to prevent or alert riders of subway service disruptions

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris applauded State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and City Comptroller John Liu as they released a joint audit that takes the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to task for leaving subway riders in the dark about wasteful and unproductive service diversions. According to the audit, subway service diversions are increasing and over budget with little explanation or instruction to riders.

Senator Gianaris on Sunday joined the Comptrollers at a press conference at Queensborough Plaza in Long Island City to announce the audit’s results.

August 1, 2011
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ANSWERS TO “LIRR RIDERS SPEAK OUT”

The LIRR is a vital part of Long Island’s transportation infrastructure. Thousands of local residents ride the trains to and from work every day, and it is important for the LIRR to know how people feel about the service they receive and how it can be improved.

August 1, 2011
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Texting while driving ban shows the power of grassroots advocacy; Bee News Guest Column

Originally published July 28, 2011, Bee News Group  New York State has taken an important step forward in our fight against distracted driving.

August 1, 2011
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Senator Gianars speaks at a press conference on the results of the latest MTA audit.

The press conference was held by Comptroller DiNapoli and Comptroller Liu at Queensborough Plaza, where they announced the results of their joint-audit of the MTA

August 1, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO CALLS ON ASSEMBLY TO PASS BILL REQUIRING CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR ALL BUS DRIVERS

Following the suspension of another eight charter bus operators for safety reasons, Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today called on the Assembly to pass legislation he sponsors to require all bus drivers to submit to a criminal history check. Yesterday’s suspensions follow a string of fatal bus crashes over the last several months involving bus drivers with histories of criminal driving convictions. 

July 26, 2011
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New bridge links Niagara and Erie Counties

Senator George Maziarz joined Erie County Executive Chris Collins, Niagara County Legislators, and other officials to dedicate a new bridge linking the Town of Royalton (Niagara) with the Town of Newstead (Erie).  The bridge spans Tonawanda Creek at Cedar Street/Foote Road and took two years to complete.  The Niagara County Public Works Department managed the project.

July 22, 2011
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GOVERNOR APPROVES FUSCHILLO BILL TO INCREASE PENALTIES FOR TRESPASSING ON RAILROAD PROPERTY

             Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that Governor Andrew Cuomo has approved legislation he sponsors to strengthen penalties for individuals who trespass on railroad property.  

July 21, 2011
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