Issues: Transportation

Committee Meeting: Transportation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Transportation Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., Chair 12:30 PM, Monday, January 30, 2012 Room 123 CAP

January 30, 12:30 PM - 12:32 PM
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Committee Meeting: Transportation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Transportation Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., Chair 1:00 PM, Monday, January 23, 2012 Room 124 CAP

January 23, 1:00 PM - 1:05 PM
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January 19, 2012
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Senate Passes Michelle and Jordan's Law

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to increase penalties for unlawful high-speed car racing which has caused numerous accidents across the state, including the deaths of a 17-year-old Staten Island girl and a 5-year-old Queens boy. Michelle and Jordan’s Law (S.2938A)  is sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R-I, Staten Island) and stems from tragic crashes involving suspected drag racing at excessive speeds.

January 19, 2012
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SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE APPROVES ANTI-DWI LEGISLATION

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, today announced that the committee has approved several measures to help strengthen the state’s DWI laws.

Senator Fuschillo, who sponsored the anti-DWI measures, said “Drunk drivers endanger innocent lives every time they choose to get behind the wheel. Giving law enforcement greater tools to catch and prosecute drunk drivers will help make our roads safer for everyone.”

The anti-DWI legislation approved by the committee would:

* Require mandatory jail sentences for repeat DWI offenders (S2597).

January 18, 2012
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Schumer, Gianaris Calling For TSA Passenger Advocates

The Queens Gazette wrote an article about the announcement made by Senator Gianaris and Senator Schumer, which called on the TSA to designate on-duty passenger advocates at airports in order to resolve disputes between passengers and agents over screening issues. 

“While the safety and security of our flights must be a top priority, we need to make sure that flying does not become a fear-inducing, degrading, and potentially humiliating experience,” Schumer said. “Right now, passengers who feel that their rights are about to be violated have nowhere to turn, but by training passenger advocates at each of our airports, the TSA can finally give passengers a voice.”

January 13, 2012
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Public Hearing: Joint Legislative Public Hearing on 2012-2013 Executive Budget Proposal: Topic "Transportation"

Joint Legislative Public Hearing Notice and Testimonies forTransportation

January 26, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Committee Meeting: Transportation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Transportation Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., Chair 12 Noon, Wednesday, January 18, 2012 Room 124 CAP

January 18, 12:00 PM - 12:04 PM
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Buffalo News Op-Ed: Public-private partnership needed to finance projects

by: Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr.

Updated: January 9, 2012, 10:52 AM

 

The father of America’s interstate highway system, President Dwight Eisenhower, once wrote that its “impact on the American economy— the jobs it would produce in manufacturing and construction — was beyond calculation.”

Decades later, those same words hold true as New York faces its own infrastructure and economic crisis. Investing in transportation projects can, and must, be a part of the solution.

January 11, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARING ON DISTRACTED DRIVING

          Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, announced that he will be holding a public hearing to examine the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) recent report on distracted driving and explore how New York State can better prevent distracted driving on its roadways. The hearing will be held on Monday, February 13th at 10 am in Hearing Room A of the State Legislative Office Building in Albany.

January 11, 2012
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Senator Fuschillo Votes for New Executive Director of NYS Thruway Authority

Senator Fuschillo votes to confirm Thomas Madison as the new Executive Director of the New York State Thruway Authority, stating he has the experience needed to handle the challenges ahead, most notably rebuilding the Tappan Zee Bridge.

Senator Fuschillo is the Chairman of the New York State Senate's Transportation and chaired a meeting of the committee to examine Mr. Madison's qualifications and professional experience prior to the Senate vote.

January 9, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES SENATE CONFIRMATION OF NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THRUWAY AUTHORITY

          Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that the New York State Senate has confirmed Governor Cuomo’s nomination of Thomas Madison as the Executive Director of the New York State Thruway Authority.

January 9, 2012
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Senator Fuschillo Votes to Confirm New MTA Chairman

Senator Fuschillo votes to confirm Joe Lhota as Chairman of the MTA, stating he has the experience needed to make the MTA more financially accountable and transparent to residents.

Senator Fuschillo is the Chairman of the New York State Senate's Transportation and chaired a meeting of the committee to examine Mr. Lhota's qualifications and professional experience prior to the Senate vote.

January 9, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES SENATE CONFIRMATION OF NEW MTA CHAIRMAN

          Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that the New York State Senate has confirmed Governor Cuomo’s nomination of Joseph Lhota as the Chairman & CEO of the MTA.

January 9, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Presses for Answers on $200M Thruway Funding Shortfall to Western New York

Thomas Madison confirmed as new executive director of the Thruway Authority.

Senator Kennedy raises questions of regional funding equity during confirmation hearing.

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, pressed Thomas Madison, the new executive director of the New York State Thruway Authority, for more information regarding a $200 million Thruway funding shortfall to Western New York during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Transportation Committee.

January 9, 2012
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SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE APPROVES NOMINATIONS FOR NEW LEADERS OF MTA & THRUWAY AUTHORITY

Also Approves Legislation to Make Streets Safer and Raise Penalties for Subway “Fare-Beaters”

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, today announced that the Committee has approved Governor Andrew Cuomo’s nominations of Joseph Lhota as Chairman & CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and Thomas Madison as Executive Director of the New York State Thruway Authority.

January 9, 2012
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Healthcare Providers Meet with Legislators in Albany to Discuss Statewide Telemedicine/Telehealth Network

ALBANY ¬– Access to healthcare can be life-changing, especially for individuals who may live in rural or isolated areas.

“With telemedicine and telehealth programs, that much-needed access becomes a reality, providing access to world-renowned experts and improving quality standards while alleviating the isolation of rural providers. The possibilities are endless, from literally saving lives to allowing disabled and frail elderly to stay in their homes,” said Senator Catharine Young.

January 9, 2012
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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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