Issues: Transportation

Ranzenhofer: More funding for potholes, road damage in Erie County

$40 million in Extreme Winter Weather Assistance Capital 

 

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that the 2014-15 State Budget will provide an additional $40 million to help municipalities repair potholes and road surface damage caused by the harsh winter weather.

 

“While spring has finally arrived, the aftermath of a brutal winter still remains. There are still a significant number of potholes and surface damage all over the roadways.  At the same time, the harsh winter has depleted municipalities’ budgets to repair roads,” said Ranzenhofer.  “These investments will benefit towns and villages throughout Erie County so that new infrastructure repair projects can be undertaken.”

April 4, 2014
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SENATOR AVELLA ANNOUNCES FUNDING ALLOCATION FOR MTA BUS RESTORATION STUDY

The funds appropriation for the study, which totals $500,000, was allocated by Senator Avella aspart of the State Executive Budget

April 3, 2014
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SENATOR VALESKY HAILS PASSAGE OF FOURTH CONSECUTIVE ON-TIME STATE BUDGET

ALBANY, NY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today lauded the passage of the state’s fourth and historic consecutive on-time budget. This has not been accomplished with the same Governor and legislative leaders in more than 40 years.

April 1, 2014
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Senator Young Secures $5 Million in Funding for New York State Critical Access Hospitals

Critical Access Hospitals provide vital healthcare for rural communities

ALBANY – For the second year in a row, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, announced that she successfully secured funding crucial to the continued operation of New York’s Critical Access Hospitals.

“These facilities serve as a healthcare lifeline for many rural communities. The people they serve are reliant on the healthcare services they provide,” said Senator Young.

April 1, 2014
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SENATOR BONACIC ANNOUNCES $40 MILLION FOR POTHOLE REPAIRS IN STATE BUDGET PROPOSAL

Senator Bonacic (R/C/I- Mt. Hope) is pleased to announce that the New York State 2014 – 2015 budget agreement includes $40 million in funding to help fix the many potholes that are left after a rough winter throughout New York.

The increase in aid for pothole repairs is among several boosts in money for road repairs, particularly upstate. Local municipalities have raised concerns that the pothole problem would put stress on their budgets.

“This brutal winter has resulted in more than three feet of frost underneath our roads, and local governments have struggled to deal with the effect it has had on their budgets. The well-being of motorists and pedestrians across New York State depends on keeping our roads safe,” said Senator Bonacic.

April 1, 2014
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2014-15 State Budget Includes Funding to Improve State's Roads, Bridges, and Public Transit

The New York State Senate today passed transportation budget bills that provide critically important funding for roads, bridges, transit.

March 31, 2014
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O'Mara, Palmesano say new state budget continues last year's increased state support for local roads and bridges, provides additional help for winter-damaged roads

Albany, N.Y., March 31—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C, Corning) said today that area counties will see increases in state Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) funding under the 2014-15 New York State budget being enacted today. 

March 31, 2014
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Senator O'Mara recognized for leadership on state support for local roads and bridges

Albany, N.Y., March 31--On the floor of the New York State Senate earlier today, Senator John Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) praised his colleague, Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C-Big Flats), for O'Mara's leadership on state support for local roads and bridges.

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March 31, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Announces Final Budget Increases Local Road Funds to Support Pothole Repair, Strengthen Infrastructure

Senator Kennedy pushed for increased funding for local highways after harsh winter left many roads in rough shape.

State budget to include a $40 million increase for the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program as an “Extreme Winter Recovery” appropriation.

March 31, 2014
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GRIFFO, BRINDISI ANNOUNCE $40M FOR WINTER WEATHER RECOVERY

ALBANY – The 2014-15 state budget includes a new, one-time $40 million fund for the benefit of highway departments repairing roads damaged by extreme winter weather, Sen. Joseph A. Griffo and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi announced.

“Forty-five percent of our major roads and highways in this state are in poor or mediocre condition, which costs New York motorists dearly. We’re collectively paying $4.9 billion more than we have to every year on repairs required because of shoddy roads,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “This winter’s deep freeze just exacerbated this, which is why the assemblyman and I called for relief.”

March 30, 2014
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Senate Republicans Include Funding for Pothole and Road Repairs in State Budget

For Release: Immediate, March 30, 2014

            ALBANY - Record road repair funds to help local governments, including a new $40 million “Extreme Weather Assistance” pothole fund, were added successfully to the state budget by Senate Republicans, according to Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-57th District).

            The extra transportation money was included by lawmakers in response to the unusually harsh winter which has seriously damaged roads. The pothole funding is on top of the popular Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIP) which was brought to a record $438 million to help municipalities afford much-needed road maintenance.

            “Every day I hear from travelers who are upset about rough roads and the potholes that are just about everywhere. The extreme freezing and thawing cycles have heaved up pavement and caused deep craters. Poor road conditions can be a contributing factor in car crashes and can cause expensive damage to vehicles. It is a serious safety and pocketbook issue,” Senator Young said.

            The pothole fund will be distributed under the same formula as the CHIP dollars, according to Senator Young.

            The budget also includes capital road and bridge funds totaling $3.7 billion statewide.

March 30, 2014
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Queens Leaders Push to Find Driver in Fatal Northern Blvd. Hit-and-Run

Senator Gianaris joined transit safety advocates and local leaders to enlist the public's help in tracking down a hit-and-run driver who took the life of Kumar Ragunath and fled the scene. Senator Gianaris also doubled down on his calls to improve traffic safety on Northern Boulevard and bring reckless drivers to justice. 

Read more at DNAinfo

March 26, 2014
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Op-ed: No. 7 Train closures can’t close Long Island City

Each year the residents of western Queens, and Long Island City in particular, wonder anxiously how many weekends the MTA will shut down the No. 7 train. In past years, the MTA did not even provide advance warning, adding insult to injury. All the prior notice in the world, however, cannot ease the pain of the 22 weekend closures we face in 2014.

Western Queens is home to the fastest-growing, most exciting neighborhoods in the five boroughs, and Long Island City continues to set the pace. People from all over flock here to live and raise their families, visit our wonderful cultural attractions, sample our world-class restaurants and enjoy our beautiful green spaces. Long Island City, and all of western Queens, deserves increased mass transit options, not ones that are being slashed.

March 26, 2014
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Mayor de Blasio Takes Up Senator Gianaris’ Call to Crack Down on Suspended License Drivers

Following the release of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero Report, Senator Michael Gianaris issued the following statement in support of the Mayor’s Vision Zero efforts.

“I am pleased Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero Report includes support for my bill to increase penalties on suspended and unlicensed drivers,” said Senator Gianaris. “Too many lives are needlessly lost at the hands of reckless drivers who should not be on our streets. I look forward to working with the Mayor to make our streets safer for all New Yorkers.”

March 26, 2014
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MTA hosts 7 train discussion with elected officials

As Senator Gianaris continued to fight for better 7 train service in western Queens, he attended a meeting with the MTA about upcoming 7 train weekend closures. Senator Gianaris discussed the meeting with the LIC/Astoria Journal; read the full story here

March 26, 2014
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Pols call for Northern Boulevard to be included in mayor’s Vision Zero initiative

Senator Gianaris joined his fellow elected officials, transit safety groups, and local residents to call for Mayor Bill de Blasio to focus his Vision Zero efforts on Northern Boulevard after four pedestrians were injured in an accident at a Woodside bus stop.  “Here we go again,” said Senator Michael Gianaris, who introduced a bill in the Senate, which would charge drivers who continue to drive without a valid license and are in an accident that causes serious injury or death with vehicular assault. “Until we begin taking pedestrian safety seriously, we are going to keep standing at more and more press conferences

March 26, 2014
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Griffo Calls On Feds For Freeze Funding Fix

ALBANY – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo called on the federal government to help New York fix its aging infrastructure after years of underfunding and this past winter’s extreme conditions.

“The Times-Union recently declared this ‘the worst winter in years for potholes and general road decay’ – and I couldn’t agree more,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “It’s simple ‘frozenomics.’ Local governments maintain roads that sustain more than 63 billion miles of travel. Governments at all levels have underfunded the upkeep of those roads. Now motorists are paying for it.”

March 26, 2014
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Senate Passes Town Speed Limit Mandate Relief Legislation

The New York State Senate passed mandate relief legislation today, sponsored by Senator Betty Little (R-C-I, Queensbury), that would authorize towns to set speed limits within their own jurisdictions. Current law requires most towns to petition the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) to set local speed limits, however, villages, cities and about 80 towns with large populations are exempt from the requirement.

“This is a mandate relief measure,” said Senator Little. “Towns in New York are required to jump through a hoop that villages, cities and some very large towns don’t have to, costing them time and money.  This would create a uniform policy treating all municipalities the same.”

March 25, 2014
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Senate Passes Mandatory DWI Testing After Serious Accidents

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would help convict dangerous drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

March 25, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #12: Working Toward Another On-Time Budget

I want to pass a fourth on-time budget by April 1. So my colleagues and I recently outlined our priorities to provide a starting point for negotiations.

Here’s what I’d like to see in this year’s budget:

TAX RELIEF

I agree there’s a need for property tax relief. That’s why I want to make the property tax cap permanent and strengthen the STAR program.

The Senate is proposing a $1.4 billion tax relief proposal for homeowners, plus reducing various taxes for businesses. Our plan also doesn’t include any new taxes or fees.

March 20, 2014
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