Issues: Transportation

Senator Stewart-Cousins Praises Decision to Expedite Tappan Zee Bridge Project

(Tarrytown) - Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF/ I – 35th District) praised President Obama for selecting the Tappan Zee Bridge as one of fourteen infrastructure projects nationwide for expedited federal review and approval. She also thanked Governor Cuomo for advocating the need for this project to the Federal Government. Her statement is below.

October 11, 2011
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Vigil To Be Held For Girl Who Inspired Tough Drunk Driving Law

NY1 -- A memorial vigil will take place Tuesday for Leandra Rosado, the 11-year-old girl whose death in a drunk driving crash in Manhattan inspired a tough state law.

Tuesday is the second anniversary of the crash on the West Side Highway that killed Leandra.

Shortly after her death, former Governor David Paterson signed Leandra's Law, making it a felony to drive under the influence with a child younger than 15 in the car.

Since the law went into effect, there have been 1,550 arrests in the state, including 150 in the city.

October 11, 2011
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Senator Skelos' Statement on Expedited Approval for Tappan Zee Bridge Project

"I applaud the federal government for expediting approval of this important project, which will create tens of thousands of jobs and protect thousands of commuters as they make their way across the Tappan Zee every day. As Senator Fuschillo and I have made clear since we toured the Tappan Zee Bridge with County Executive Astorino in July, rebuilding this bridge and investing in our infrastructure must continue to be a priority. I commend Governor Cuomo and Senator Fuschillo, the Chairman of the Senate's Transportation Committee, for their leadership on this critical project, and look forward to working together with all parties until it is complete."

October 11, 2011
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Senator Skelos' Statement on Tappan Zee Bridge Project

“I urge the federal government to expedite approval for this important project which will create tens of thousands of jobs. Major investments in infrastructure are exactly what New York needs to jumpstart our economy and restore safety to heavily traveled bridges and other arteries. I commend Governor Cuomo and Senator Fuschillo, the Chairman of the Senate's Transportation Committee, for their leadership on this critical project.”

October 10, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO APPLAUDS GOVERNOR CUOMO FOR MAKING TAPPAN ZEE BRIDGE PROJECT A PRIORITY

“I applaud Governor Cuomo for urging Washington to expedite the review and approval process to allow work to begin on the Tappan Zee Bridge project.

In July, I toured the Tappan Zee Bridge with Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino to raise awareness about the need to rebuild the bridge, which is a vital economic artery for both New York State and the entire country. A new Tappan Zee Bridge is critical to the economic development of our entire region which will help create jobs and greatly improve our transportation infrastructure.

I am pleased that the Governor is making this a priority and thank him for taking action to help get this project moving forward.”

October 10, 2011
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Senator Skelos' Statement on Tappan Zee Bridge Project

“I urge the federal government to expedite approval for this important project which will create tens of thousands of jobs. Major investments in infrastructure are exactly what New York needs to jumpstart our economy and restore safety to heavily traveled bridges and other arteries. I commend Governor Cuomo and Senator Fuschillo, the Chairman of the Senate's Transportation Committee, for their leadership on this critical project.”

October 10, 2011
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BORDER CAUCUS IDENTIFIES ISSUES

The newly formed “International Border Caucus,” co-chaired by State Senators Patty Ritchie and Joseph Griffo and Ontario Senator Robert Runciman, discussed problems posed by delays at Northern New York’s border crossings for both Americans and Canadians.

“I am very pleased that our first organizational meeting of this international legislative group identified the problems everyday citizens and business people from both sides of the border are having when they visit each other’s countries,” Senator Ritchie said. “That’s the number one complaint I hear from the people I represent.”

October 7, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO JOINS WITH SUPERVISOR BELLONE & OTHER LOCAL OFFICIALS IN UNVEILING REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION AND DEVELOPMENT PLAN

Plan Calls for Bus Rapid Transit to Ease Congestion and Improve Access to Route 110 Corridor

Photo caption: Senator Fuschillo speaks about the benefits of Bus Rapid Transit along the Route 110 Corridor as part of the Connect Long Island plan.

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently joined with Babylon Town Supervisor Steve Bellone, Huntington Town Supervisor Frank Petrone, Farmingdale Mayor Butch Starkie, and other local officials in unveiling Connect Long Island: A Regional Transportation and Development Plan. 

October 7, 2011
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GM Welcomes Community To Holdings Plant for Open House

On Wednesday, October 5th, Senator Robach had the opportunity to attend an open house at the General Motors Holdings Plant on Lexington Avenue in Rochester. The open house was a way to say thank you to our community for the support that the company has received. Thousands of people took advantage of the open house to see many of the products made right here in our back yard. It was great to meet so many of the employees and see the members of our community who came out to support this open house.

October 7, 2011
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Parking in Sunnyside now easier for locals

Queens Chronicle wrote about the lifting of rush-hour parking restrictions - a common sense approach that balances traffic concerns with those of local residents.

Elected officials announced last week that short-term parking is being added and regulations are being adjusted along Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside to make parking more accessible for motorists.

In a press conference on Thursday, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D- Sunnyside), Rep. Joe Crowley (D- Bronx, Queens), state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D- Astoria) and city Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan spoke of the need for the changes as a way to help the small businesses of Sunnyside.

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October 6, 2011
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Oppenheimer Grant Helps Safe Routes to School Kick-off

For Immediate Release

Sept 30, 2011

International Walk to School Week is taking off across the Sound Shore with help from the Safe Routes to School Committees from Rye, Rye Neck and Mamaroneck.  With 9 elementary schools in the area, representing over 4500 children grades K-5, that’s a lot of steps taking to the sidewalks during the week of Oct. 3-7. 

With help from the Rye Y and grant funding provided by the United Way of Westchester and NY State Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer, Safe Routes “starter kits” were distributed to 9 local grade schools as a way to encourage safe walking and biking to school. Walking safety tips, banners, walking school bus signs, and an array of incentives were included in the kit for children.  Adult messaging such as “Please Put Down the Cellphone” are on lawn signs to appear on school campuses as well as car magnets proclaiming, “Caution.  I stop at Crosswalks.” 

International Walk to School Week takes place twice a year, in the Fall and Spring.  Safe Routes to School is an international program recognized by the CDC as an effective initiative in helping to create healthier communities.

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October 6, 2011
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DOT Announces Parking Improvements In Sunnyside

Queens Gazette wrote about the changed parking regulations on Queens Blvd in Sunnyside that Senator Gianaris helped bring about. It is important that city services benefit Sunnyside residents and businesses rather than people simply passing through the area.

The city Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, Congressmember Joe Crowley and state Senator Michael Gianaris announced that short term metered parking is being added and parking regulations are being adjusted along Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside to make parking more accessible for motorists, especially the customers of local businesses lining the corridor.

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October 6, 2011
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GIANARIS PRAISES NEW TRAFFIC LAW

Queens Gazette wrote about the effectiveness of the Distracted Driving Bill:

State Senator Michael Gianaris (D–Astoria) has praised the effectiveness of a new law, enacted recently, which has led to double the number of drivers ticketed for texting while driving in August 2011 than in August 2010.

The Distracted Driving Bill makes the use of portable devices while driving a primary offense, said Gianaris. But “previously using these devices while behind the wheel was a secondary offense and police could only stop motorists if they were committing another, primary offense—such as speeding or running another red light,” said Gianaris.

October 5, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE HAILS DECISION TO REINSTATE EYE TESTS

Ending requirement would have made NY highways less safe

State Senator Patty Ritchie is praising the Cuomo administration for its reported decision to overturn a DMV rule change that would have ended routine eye tests for New York drivers.

“New York has made tremendous gains in improving highway safety—and saving lives—by focusing on such problems as drunk and distracted driving, but those gains were put at risk by this plan to essentially let motorists play eye doctor and self-certify that their vision was good enough to be on the road,” said Senator Ritchie.

September 30, 2011
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Fighting for WNY's Fair Share! Show Your Support!

Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, has been fighting to secure increased transportation aid for Western New York to ensure we get our fair share of funding for our roads and bridges. Now, he needs your help. Senator Kennedy is asking Western New Yorkers to voice their support for this fight by signing the online petition below. When the Department of Transportation committed a human error in the calculation of the region’s funding formula, they ended up shortchanging Western New York to the tune of approximately $167 million. Senator Kennedy, a member of the Transportation Committee, is urging the DOT to fix the funding disparity that Western New York has endured as a result of the miscalculation.

September 30, 2011
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DOT Adds Parking, Reduces Meter Time On Queens Boulevard

NY1 video of the press conference Senator Gianaris participated in announcing the changed parking regulations on Queens Boulevard. Senator Gianaris is pleased these regulations are changing to better reflect the needs of the community, which will allow Sunnyside to continue to flourish.

Watch the video here.

September 29, 2011
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September 29, 2011
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Senator Martins Attends Hearing on Public-Private Partnerships For Transportation

Senator Jack M. Martins recently attended a Senate Hearing, held by the Senate Standing Committee on Transportation, on Public-Private Partnerships to fund transportation infrastructure projects in New York State.

Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) are contractual agreements formed between a public agency and a private sector entity to finance the construction, maintenance and operation of transportation infrastructure projects. Given that the costs of needed infrastructure upgrades is outpacing traditional funding sources, New York State is exploring how to utilize P3s to repair and improve its transportation system.

September 28, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO CHAIRS PUBLIC HEARING EXAMINING USE OF PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS TO FUND TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS

             Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, today chaired a Transportation Committee public hearing examining the use of public-private partnerships (P3s) to fund transportation infrastructure projects. 

September 27, 2011
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RITCHIE: KEEP EYE TESTS FOR DRIVERS

Says DMV Plan Will Reverse Gains in Road Safety

State Senator Patty Ritchie is today calling on the state DMV to abandon its plan to abolish vision tests for drivers, saying the move creates an unnecessary risk for motorists and will undo recent gains in road safety.

September 27, 2011
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