Issues: Transportation

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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Online Program Will Cut Street Paving Disruptions

The Queens Gazette reported on an initiative called Street Works Manual that will reduce the many aggravations resulting from redundant and seemingly endless street construction. Along with Mayor Bloomberg and other elected officials, Senator Gianaris announced this online program that will improve coordination among construction companies for more streamlined and efficient performance.

November 1, 2011
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Senator Fuschillo Reacts to LIRR Pension Scandal Arrests

Senator Fuschillo discusses the LIRR pension scandal on Fox 5's Good Day NY.

October 28, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO APPEARS ON FOX 5 NEWS TO CALL ON ASSEMBLY TO PASS LAW REQUIRING BUS DRIVER CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS

Senator Fuschillo appears on Fox 5 News to once again call on the NYS Assembly to pass his legislation requiring criminal background checks for all bus drivers. The bill has already been approved by the NYS Senate.

Senator Fuschillo's call came after another 116 bus drivers were removed from the road through DOT safety inspections. Click here to read more.

October 28, 2011
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO URGES NYS DOT COMMISSIONER TO MODIFY BAN OF COMMERCIAL TRAFFIC ON ONONDAGA LAKE PARKWAY

Senator John A. DeFrancisco has requested that New York State Department of Transportation (NYS DOT) Commissioner Joan McDonald ease the restrictions on commercial vehicles and allow smaller vehicles, such as pickup trucks, to continue to use Onondaga Lake Parkway.

October 27, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO RENEWS CALL FOR ASSEMBLY TO PASS BILL REQUIRING CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR ALL BUS DRIVERS

“Today’s announcement by Governor Cuomo regarding the removal of 116 bus drivers from the road further highlights the need for greater oversight of the bus industry.

As the Governor noted, 530 bus drivers have been removed from the road since last spring through DOT safety inspections. That’s a staggering number, especially considering that it only reflects drivers who got caught. Undoubtedly, there are many more that not only remain on the road, but are responsible for other people’s safety.

October 26, 2011
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Forum/Town Hall: Transportation Town Hall: DUMBO, Fulton Ferry Landing, Downtown Brooklyn

Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Member Joan Millman, and Council Member Steve Levin invite you to a

Transportation Town Hall for DUMBO, Fulton Ferry Landing, and Downtown Brooklyn

Please join us for a discussion about on-going transportation issues in our neighborhood, featuring representatives from the MTA, NYC Department of Transportation, and NYPD's 84th Precinct.

RSVP to belinda@danielsquadron.org or 718-802-3818

October 26, 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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Senator Fuschillo Opposes Higher Airline Taxes and Fees

Senator Fuschillo recently wrote a letter to the members of New York's Congressional Delegation opposing the proposal currently being considered by Congress to create new fees for airlines and their passengers.

To view a copy of Senator Fuschillo's letter, click here.

 

October 21, 2011
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Calls For Mass Transit on Tappan Zee Bridge Replacement

(Tarrytown) - Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF/ I – 35th District) is calling on Federal and State officials to include mass transit options in plans to rebuild the Tappan Zee Bridge. This comes in the wake of President Obama’s selection of the 3 mile Hudson River crossing as one of fourteen nationwide infrastructure projects to receive expedited federal review and approval. Her statement is below.

October 20, 2011
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REVIVING ROUTE 219 PROJECT FOCUS OF LEGISLATIVE ROUNDTABLE

BUFFALO – A completed Route 219 corridor would transform the economic potential for Western New York was the consensus among panelists who spoke at a special roundtable on Thursday that focused on finding solutions to complete the north-south expressway project.

Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean), joined by a delegation of bi-partisan lawmakers from Western New York, hosted the “Route 219: Road to Our Future” forum at the Mahoney State Office Building to hear from key transportation, labor, tourism, logistics, education, banking, and health care officials on expanding the route.

October 20, 2011
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REVIVING ROUTE 219 PROJECT FOCUS OF LEGISLATIVE ROUNDTABLE

BUFFALO – A completed Route 219 corridor would transform the economic potential for Western New York was the consensus among panelists who spoke at a special roundtable on Thursday that focused on finding solutions to complete the north-south expressway project.

Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean), joined by a delegation of bi-partisan lawmakers from Western New York, hosted the “Route 219: Road to Our Future” forum at the Mahoney State Office Building to hear from key transportation, labor, tourism, logistics, education, banking, and health care officials on expanding the route.

October 20, 2011
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Work on Fargo Avenue at D’Youville College Complete

$3.5 Million Project Adds Traffic Circle to West Side Campus Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), New York State Senator Tim Kennedy, City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and City Councilman David Rivera joined D’Youville College President Sister Denise A. Roche to mark completion of the Fargo Avenue traffic circle at D’Youville College’s Campus on Buffalo’s West Side.

October 18, 2011
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e-Jackhammers! New City Website Helps Cut Down on Road Work

New York Observer wrote about the recent launching of an online initiative to clear up congestion on the streets due to construction. It is called Street Works Manual, and Senator Gianaris supports the way in which this project will assist in better cooperation between construction companies to reduce the number of inconveniences due to construction.

October 18, 2011
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