Issues: Transportation

March 23, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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Skelos, Ball meet with Business Leaders: MTA, Property Taxes and Hostile Business Climate Top Concerns

ALBANY, NY (March 23, 2011) –Senator Greg Ball (R, C—Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess) and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R, C—Nassau) met with over 30 members of The Business Council of Westchester yesterday, as part of the group’s annual summit in Albany.The Senators spoke with the council on a variety of pressing issues facing the business community including, MTA Tax, property taxes, state spending, Medicaid, business development, deregulation, and ways to create a more friendly business environment.“It is imperative that we work with the business community to include provisions for job creation in this year’s budget. We need to make New York State more competitive in attracting and retaining business” stated Ball after the meeting.

March 23, 2011
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Downtown Digest: Crash highlights urgency of bus bill

Downtown Express

Volume 20, Number 44

March 16 - 22, 2011

Crash highlights urgency of bus bill A tour bus from Chinatown crashed on I-95 in the Bronx Saturday morning, killing 13 people and injuring a few dozen others.

The horrific accident prompted NY State Senator Daniel Squadron to press the Senate to move quickly in passing a bill he proposed in early February.

The proposed legislation would regulate intercity passenger buses through a permit system, which would include assigning pick-up and drop-off locations to bus drivers and provide for community input in regulating enforcement of the rules.

March 22, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Transportation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Transportation Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., Chair 1:00 PM, Tuesday, March 22, 2011 Room 124 CAP

March 22, 1:00 PM - 1:02 PM
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Martins Introduces Legislation to Repeal MTA's $10 Processing Fee

From the Elmont-Franklin Square Herald, a Richner Communications Newspaper

By Jackie Nash

Sen. Jack Martins (R-Elmont) introduced a bill last week to repeal a recently implemented policy by the Metropolitan Transit Authority that charges customers a $10 processing fee for returning unused Long Island Rail Road tickets. Martins said he introduced the legislation because he believes the fee is an unfair addition to the MTA’s already inconvenient fare increases and service cuts that have occurred over the past year.

March 17, 2011
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Hoyt, Grisanti Call on NYS DOT to Pursue Federal High Speed Rail Funding

Lobbying Feds Could Result in up to $2.4 Billion for New York

BUFFALO- Senator Mark Grisanti (R-Buffalo) and Assemblyman Sam Hoyt (D-Buffalo) sent a letter to NYS DOT Commissioner Joan McDonald this week urging her to pursue $2.4 billion in federal funds that are available for high speed rail after Florida rejected the money.

Hoyt and Grisanti said in the letter: “The economic impact of a high speed rail connection from Buffalo to New York City would be tremendous, and the service would be expeditious, easy, environmentally friendly and energy efficient.”

March 17, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Announces Construction Resumes on South Park Avenue

Work restarted Monday, revitalization project expected to be completed in June

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced that work has resumed on South Park Avenue, as crews move toward the completion of the construction component of the South Park Avenue Revitalization Project.

With about 70 work days remaining in the 300-day project, it is expected that the work will be completed during the month of June – barring any unforeseen delays like poor weather. The project officially restarted Monday with workers beginning the process of streetlight installation.

March 16, 2011
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Senator Zeldin Welcomes The New Commissioner of Transportation for New York State

State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) recently met with and welcomed Joan McDonald, the new Commissioner of Transportation for New York State.  Senator Zeldin joined the rest of the State Senate on Tuesday March 8, 2011, to unanimously approve her nomination.

March 16, 2011
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Legislative Commission on Rural Resources

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March 15, 2011
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Borough Taxis: Let the City Know What You Think!

You may have heard about the Mayor’s proposal to establish a new category of livery cars that can make on-street pickups outside of Manhattan just like yellow cabs do. It will give many New Yorkers a safe, reliable and convenient option for getting around. The program aims to improve taxi availability while bringing yellow-taxi-like amenities (e.g., metered fares, credit/debit card payment, easier-to-spot cabs) to the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island.

The City wants to hear from residents about your experiences with taxis and car services and has a developed a brief online survey where your voice can be heard. let them know what you think at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NYCTaxiSurvey

March 15, 2011
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ONTEORA SCHOOL DISTRICT’S DIRECTOR OF TRANSPORTATION INSPIRES NEW LEGISLATION TO ENSURE CHILDREN’S SAFETY

Legislation (S.3100),  sponsored by Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I – Mt. Hope), passed the Senate on March 7, 2011. The legislation expands the list of crimes for which a person is prohibited from becoming a school bus driver. 

March 9, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Advances Fight for Increased Transportation Aid to Western New York

Kennedy challenges current system as unfair to Western New Yorkers

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, advanced his fight to secure increased transportation aid for Western New York, at the confirmation hearing for Joan McDonald, Governor Cuomo’s appointee to take over the Department of Transportation.

When the DOT 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, urged Commissioner McDonald to fix the funding disparity that Western New York has endured as a result of the miscalculation.

March 9, 2011
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March 9, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Lays Out the Facts at DOT Commissioner McDonald's Confirmation Hearing

Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, advanced his fight to secure increased transportation aid for Western New York, at the confirmation hearing for Joan McDonald, Governor Cuomo’s appointee to take over the Department of Transportation.

When the DOT 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, urged Commissioner McDonald to fix the funding disparity that Western New York has endured as a result of the miscalculation. 

March 8, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES SENATE CONFIRMATION OF NEW DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION COMMISSIONER

          Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, today announced that the New York State Senate has confirmed Joan McDonald as Commissioner of the New York State Department of Transportation.

March 8, 2011
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Vandals Force Straphangers to Buy Swips at WaHi Train Station, Official Say

State Senator Adriano Espaillat is raising awarness around the issue of vanalism and predatory behavior at the 181st Street A Train stop, since the MTA removed station agents last year. 

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March 8, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Transportation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Transportation Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., Chair 11:00 AM, Tuesday, March 8, 2011 Room 124 CAP

March 8, 11:00 AM - 11:02 AM
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