Issues: Transportation

Gianaris calls for investigation into TSA strip search

Sunyside Post wrote about Senator Gianaris' urging for further investigation into the recent strip searches of elderly women by the TSA at JFK Airport. In line with his New York Airline Passenger Bill of Rights, the senator hopes to bring justice to the women who felt violated and embarrassed by the searches that the TSA is denying ever existed.

State Sen. Mike Gianaris, who wrote the New York Airline Passenger Bill of Rights, has called for an investigation dealing with the two elderly women who were allegedly strip searched by TSA officials at JFK airport.

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December 8, 2011
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SQUADRON TO GOVERNOR: INVEST IN BQE REHAB, CITY TECH, ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Following Bill's Passage, Squadron Asks Governor to Invest New York Works Infrastructure Fund in Brooklyn, Lower Manhattan

Squadron Applauds Passage of Programs He’s Long Championed: Summer Youth Employment, Career Pathways

ALBANY – Following the state legislature’s passage of legislation aimed at creating jobs and growing New York’s economy, State Senator Daniel Squadron asked Governor Cuomo to invest part of the New York Works Infrastructure Fund in key projects in the 25th Senate District: the rehabilitation of the Brooklyn Queens-Expressway (BQE), an incentive program for Lower Manhattan businesses to increase energy efficiency, and a new academic center at New York City College of Technology (City Tech).

December 8, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Fights for Air Travelers' Rights

Asks TSA officials to investigate strip-searching of elderly women at JFK Airport.

Queens, NY – A staunch advocate for air passengers’ and senior citizens’ rights, Senator Michael Gianaris continues to fight for the dignity of air travelers and seniors by calling on the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to investigate search procedures at JFK Airport in New York City.

Following reports of alleged unnecessary strip-searches of two elderly women at Kennedy Airport, Senator Gianaris sent a letter to TSA Administrator John Pistole requesting an immediate and comprehensive investigation of both incidents.

December 6, 2011
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Another Elderly Woman Says She Was Subjected To Strip Search At Kennedy Airport

CBS New York wrote about two elderly women getting strip searched at Kennedy Airport. Senator Gianaris offered his insights as to why senior citizens were being violated and spoke for the need to get to the bottom of what exactly they had done to endure such humiliation and embarrassment. 

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Lenore Zimmerman, 85, was angry and embarrassed after what she claims was a strip search at Kennedy Airport.

Now another woman in her 80s said she was exposed one day before at the very same terminal. From her home in Sunrise, Fla., 88-year-old Ruth Sherman said she knows for a fact senior citizens are being violated at a screening checkpoint at JFK.

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December 6, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO: LEGISLATURE MUST ACT ON PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP LEGISLATION TO GET ROAD & BRIDGE PROJECTS MOVING FORWARD

Law Would Help Resolve Transportation Infrastructure Crisis,Create Jobs, and Promote Economic Development

     With New York State needing to develop plans to repair both its economy and its roads and bridges, Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today called for legislative action on legislation allowing New York State to utilize public-private partnerships (P3s) to help finance and deliver transportation infrastructure projects. The legislation, which Senator Fuschillo sponsors, would help the state resolve its growing transportation infrastructure crisis, create thousands of jobs, and promote economic development.

December 2, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO BLASTS PORT AUTHORITY FOR MISLEADING PUBLIC ABOUT NEED FOR TOLL HIKES

           “As someone who strongly opposed the Port Authority’s toll increase plan, I am completely appalled that the Port Authority misled the public as to why these toll increases were needed. 

December 1, 2011
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SENATORS FUSCHILLO & GOLDEN RENEW CALL FOR LAW ALLOWING NEW YORK STATE TO USE PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS IN FUNDING ROAD & BRIDGE PROJECTS

Abandonment of BQE & Gowanus Expressway Improvement Plans Because of Funding Issues Highlights Need for Law 

November 30, 2011
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MTA LIC Noise Reducer Complete

The Queens Gazette reported on the recent installment ofsound abatement equipment for the No. 7 train ventilator plant in Hunters Point. Senator Gianaris, Assemblymember Cathy Nolan and Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer worked together to resond to the noise complaints from the MTA East River ventilator. The community can now say goodbye to restless nights and headaches.

November 29, 2011
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Senator Dilan Announces Implementation of “Operation Hang-Up” this Thanksgiving Holiday

 Brooklyn—Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Bushwick) today announced the implementation of “Operation Hang-up” – an initiative created under the leadership of Governor Cuomo to discourage drivers from using their cell phones and other electronic devices while driving this Thanksgiving holiday. 

 “Driving while using a handheld electronic device is not only extremely dangerous, but it is also illegal,” Senator Dilan explained. “And since Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel days of the year, we will heighten our enforcement of this law to ensure that our friends and family get to their destinations safely.”

November 23, 2011
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Noise abatement equipment muffles ear-splitting MTA fan in Hunters Point

NY Daily News reported on the impact of noise-abating equipment in Hunters Point, which was installed in response to the loudness of a local subway tunnel which had caused headaches and sleepless nights among residents. Senator Gianaris along with Assemblywoman Nolan and Councilman Van Bramer, gathered $700,000 to pay for the quipment.

Noise abatement equipment recently placed on a large fan that exhausts fumes from a nearby subway tunnel has muffled its ear-splitting racket, according to state Sen. Michael Gianaris.

November 22, 2011
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WNY Shortchanged by Millions of Dollars After DOT Error; Roundtable Forum Held on Regional Economic Impact

Senator Kennedy Holds Roundtable Forum to Discuss the Impact on the Region 

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Western New York was shortchanged by about $167 million in infrastructure funding after the Department of Transportation made a human error while calculating allocation formulas for fiscal year 2008-2009. Senator Tim Kennedy, as a member of the Transportation Committee and ranking member of the Economic Development Committee, hosted a roundtable forum Monday to discuss the on-the-ground impact that the DOT funding shortfall has had on Western New York.

November 22, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Hosts Roundtable Forum to Discuss Impact of DOT Funding Error on WNY Economy and Infrastructure

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Western New York was shortchanged by about $167 million in infrastructure funding after the Department of Transportation made a human error while calculating allocation formulas for fiscal year 2008-2009. Senator Tim Kennedy, as a member of the Transportation Committee and ranking member of the Economic Development Committee, has called for a roundtable forum to be held Monday, November 21 to address the on-the-ground impact that the DOT funding shortfall has had on Western New York.

November 21, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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GIANARIS, NOLAN, VAN BRAMER ANNOUNCE COMPLETION OF MTA NOISE SILENCER PROJECT IN LONG ISLAND CITY

Queens, NY – Due to the efforts of Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Cathy Nolan, and Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, sound abatement equipment for the 7 train ventilator plant in Hunter’s Point has successfully been installed. The elected officials’ secured funding for the equipment last year after complaints of ear-splitting sounds coming from the MTA East River ventilator, located at 50th Avenue between 5th Street and Center Street.

NYC Transit President, Thomas Prendergast, sent a letter to the three elected officials in October indicating that the equipment’s installation was complete and area noise levels reduced.

November 18, 2011
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Long Awaited Bridge Reopens In Oneonta

ONEONTA, 11/16/11 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) recently joined in the grand reopening of the Pony Farm Road bridge in the Town of Oneonta.  The bridge connecting State Route 7 and Pony Farm Road had been closed since January 2008.

“Pony Farm Road businesses and residents rely on this bridge for improved access and safety,” said Senator Seward.  “By leveraging public and private funding sources the long-awaited span was completed without impacting local taxes – a major plus.”

November 16, 2011
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GAPCo Celebrates Recent Enhancements to Grand Army Plaza

The Grand Army Plaza Coalition (GAPCo) celebrated the recent improvements to street and bicycle networks around Grand Army Plaza, improving traffic and pedestrian safety and access around the plaza, and beautifying existing and new pedestrian islands. Senator Adams, DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Kahn, and other elected officials joined in the celebration to recognize the enhancements that have helped to make travel around the Plaza – by car, on foot or by bicyle – safer and more efficient.  The Grand Army Plaza Coalition was founded in March 2006 by Project for Public Spaces and a group of committed local residents.

 

November 15, 2011
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Governor Cuomo and Governor Shumlin Announce Opening of Lake Champlain Bridge

New Bridge Reopens Vital Link Between New York and Vermont;

November 9, 2011
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Senator Dilan Announces the Opening of New Champlain Bridge – Re-Connecting New York and Vermont

State Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) today announced that the new Lake Champlain Bridge – connecting Crown Point, NY and Addison, VT – will open during a ceremony to be held at 2:30 pm.

“It has been a long two-years for the residents of this upstate New York region as they had to endure the loss of a bridge that serves as a lifeline for businesses and families alike.  Thank you to NYS DOT, Governor Cuomo as well as Governor Shumlin of Vermont for their efforts to get the bridge open as quickly as possible,” Senator Dilan said.

November 7, 2011
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Squadron, Millman Herald City Council Home Rule Message to Allow Residential Parking Permits

Senator, Assemblymember Call on State to Pass Legislation, Give Communities Choice

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblymember Joan Millman heralded City Council committee passage of a 'home rule message' to allow New York State to move forward with legislation that authorizes residential parking permits in the city. 

Senator Squadron and Assemblymember Millman sponsor the legislation, which would address increasingly prohibitive parking for residents while easing traffic congestion, pedestrian hazards, and air and noise pollution, and protecting small businesses.

November 2, 2011
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