Issues: Transportation

Senate Passes Bill Requiring Criminal Background Checks for Bus Drivers

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Charles Fuschillo (R, Merrick), that would help ensure bus safety and crack down on so-called “terror” bus drivers. The bill requires bus drivers to submit to a criminal history check. The legislation aims to improve safety for bus passengers following a string of bus crashes caused by dangerous bus drivers with a history of criminal driving convictions.

June 2, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO’S “COMPLETE STREETS” LEGISLATION APPROVED BY SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE

         Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that his "complete streets" legislation, which would help make roadways safer for all who use them, has been approved by the Senate Finance Committee.

          "Complete streets design principles help reduce fatalities and injuries, making our roadways safer for everyone. Taking them into consideration on future projects will help improve safety for drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists. I’m pleased that this legislation is moving forward and am hopeful that it will soon be approved by the full Senate," said Senator Fuschillo, Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee.

June 2, 2011
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SENATE PASSES FUSCHILLO BILL REQUIRING CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR ALL BUS DRIVERS

Bill Addresses Recent Incidents of Dangerous Bus Drivers with a History of Criminal Driving Convictions

June 2, 2011
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SENATE PASSES FUSCHILLO BILL TO HELP SAFEGUARD NEW YORK’S RAILWAYS

          Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation he sponsors to help safeguard the state’s railway system and its passengers.

          "Our railways, which are used by millions of people every day, remain a coveted target for terrorists. We need to do everything we can to keep passengers safe. Law enforcement does an outstanding job protecting our mass transit system; now we need to give them stronger tools to prosecute saboteurs who seek to cause serious damage. That’s exactly what this legislation will do," said Senator Fuschillo, Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee.

June 1, 2011
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2011 Women of Distinction | Barbara Medina

Barbara Median of Williamsburg was named this year's Woman of Distinction by Senator Dilan.

Read her bio here.

June 1, 2011
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Barbara Medina Bio

Barbara Medina was born in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn to parents from the Island of Puerto Rico. Ms. Medina is single mother of three wonderful children and has spent fourteen successful years as an Executive in the Marketing business. Ms. Medina’s career allowed her to travel to different parts of the United States developing new businesses and venturing with other companies. The experience has helped her become a voice amongst the voiceless and the value of being an independent woman.

June 1, 2011
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Electeds Call for Immediate Passage of Bill to Regulate ‘Chinatown Buses’

For Immediate Release   May 31, 2011                                         

Today’s Fatal Bus Crash Another Clear Sign We Need Better Handle on Intercity Buses

CHINATOWN --  In the wake of another tragic bus crash, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and Councilmember Margaret Chin will call on the State Senate to immediately pass key legislation that would better regulate intercity buses.

May 31, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Transportation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Transportation Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., Chair 1:00 PM, Thursday, June 2, 2011 Room 124 CAP

June 2, 1:00 PM - 1:03 PM
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Senator Gianaris Stands Up For Energy Consumers

Senate Unveils Alternative Energy Package

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris continues his efforts to increase energy affordability for consumers while enhancing energy efficiency and protecting the environment in New York State. On Wednesday, May 25, 2011, he, along with various Senate colleagues including fellow Queens Senator Jose Perlata unveiled a package of alternative energy bills aimed at making energy affordable.

May 27, 2011
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Maloney touts rail project at Sunnyside Yds.

Queens Times Ledger quoted Senator Gianaris from Congresswoman Maloney's press conference on the new federal rail grant.

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) visited Sunnyside Yards last Thursday to tout not only a federal grant to fix the bottlenecking of trains at the yards and prepare the yards for high-speed rail, but also the jobs and economic boost expected to come from the construction work.

“The first high-speed rail project in America is going to be this one,” Maloney said.

May 26, 2011
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Maloney Announces Jobs Created At Sunnyside Yards

Queens Gazette included Senator Gianaris' quote from Congresswoman Maloney's press conference last week announcing a new federal rail grant for Sunnyside Yards.

May 26, 2011
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Senator Greg Ball Debates Gas Tax Holiday Bill in New York State Senate

Senator Greg Ball (R, C -- Patterson) announced that the Gas Tax Holiday Bill, S4880B, passed the State Senate by a 48-14 vote. The legislation, sponsored by Senator Ball and Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R, C, I -- Schenectady-Saratoga) suspends 33 cents in gas taxes during Memorial Day weekend, Independence Day weekend, and Labor Day weekend.

May 25, 2011
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New York Needs To Take A Gas Tax Holiday

ALBANY, 05/24/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced senate approval of legislation eliminating the state gas tax for three key holiday weekends to help families cope with the rising cost at the pump.

“New Yorkers are facing increasing costs at every turn and soaring gas prices have many tapped out,” said Senator Seward.  “Families need a break, especially over the summer holidays when many are traveling.  A gas tax holiday would provide some much needed relief.”

May 25, 2011
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BILL WOULD REDUCE HOLIDAY GAS TAXES

Urges Assembly To Help Reduce Gasoline Prices

State Senator Patty Ritchie says a bill (S4880B) she supported that was passed by the Senate today will reduce the cost of gasoline by 33 cents a gallon for three holiday weekends this summer.

The savings could take effect as soon as this weekend if the Assembly joins the Senate in passing the bill.

“With Memorial Day almost upon us, New York’s families need relief from high gasoline prices. The American Petroleum Institute reports New Yorkers pay the second highest gasoline taxes in the nation,” Senator Ritchie said. “The bill requires that savings be passed on to consumers.”

May 24, 2011
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May 24, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO’S “COMPLETE STREETS” LEGISLATION APPROVED BY SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

          Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, today announced that the Committee has approved his "complete streets" legislation to help make roadways safer for all who use them.

          "Complete streets design principles help reduce fatalities and injuries, which is why we should take them into consideration on future projects. The Committee’s approval of this legislation is a positive step in the right direction towards making our roadways safer for everyone," said Senator Fuschillo.

May 24, 2011
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Senate Acts to Help Protect Pedestrians From Truck Accidents

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that will require certain trucks to be equipped with a special convex mirror that helps improve visibility and reduces the risk of pedestrian accidents. The bill (S.3151), sponsored by Senator Martin Golden (R,C,I-Brooklyn), was requested by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg following a significant number of pedestrian deaths and injuries attributed to the inability of some truck drivers to see people passing in front of their vehicles.

May 23, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO HELP UTILIZE PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS TO FUND TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS

Innovative Infrastructure Development Act Would Help Create Tens of Thousands of Jobs, Unlock Billions of Dollars in Private Capital, & Address State’s Infrastructure Crisis

May 23, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Transportation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Transportation Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., Chair 11:00 AM, Tuesday, May 24, 2011 Room 124 CAP

May 24, 11:00 AM - 11:04 AM
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