Issues: Transportation

Families Against Texting While Driving: Click here to join the cause

Kelly Cline and Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, officially launched a new advocacy and awareness group called Families Against Texting While Driving Thursday at the West Seneca West Senior High School.

Families Against Texting While Driving is coming together as one strong voice to send a message to Albany: New Yorkers believe in safety first.

April 14, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Visited Local Businesses After Two Fatal Car Crashes

The Western Queens Gazette wrote about the Senator's visit to businesses near the site of two fatal car crashes off of the Queensboro Bridge. Senator Gianaris reassured the business owners that he would use all his power to make sure that the Department of Transportation improve safety along this dangerous stretch of road.

On April 7, state Senator Mike Gianaris visited the café that narrowly missed being hit by the cars that exited off the Queensboro Bridge off-ramp in Long Island City. He met with some of the employees of Tozt to assure them of his efforts toward making the area safe and accident free.

April 13, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Bill Protecting People From Hidden Dangers

The Western Queens Gazette wrote an article about Senator Gianaris' bill regarding the outlawing of concealed vehicular compartments These hidden spaces can be extremely dangerous and can aid drug, gun and human trafficking.

State Senator Michael Gianaris’ (D-Astoria) legislation making it illegal to install or possess a concealed compartment in a vehicle passed through the New York State Senate Codes Committee.

Law enforcement personnel nationwide as well as within New York state have witnessed a surge in the number of hidden compartments found in motor vehicles, which often aid drug and gun trafficking. With the advent of advanced electronics, concealed vehicular compartments have become even more difficult to find.

April 13, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Leads Fight for Traffic Safety Improvements Near Queensboro Bridge

The Western Queens Gazette wrote a front page story about Senator Gianaris' press conference at  the Queensboro Bridge following two major accidents in 10 days at one of the bridge's off-ramps. Senator Gianaris has helped lead the charge to improve safety along this dangerous stretch of road.

April 13, 2011
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Senator Dilan Session Comments on Bill to Restore Road and Bridge Fund

Senator Dilan asks Senator Thomas Libous for a explanation of his bill S.1071 before questioning the legislation's ability to restore balance to the state fund dedicated to road and bridge maintenance and construction.

April 13, 2011
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ADDABBO: STATEMENT ON SAFETY OF AIRTRAIN & JFK AIRPORT

Queens, NY, April 11, 2011 -- Generally, I have a daily concern for security in and around the JFK Airport property, including the Airtrain. The gateway to millions of visitors to New York is right in our backyard and therefore, my interest in the airport’s safety measures, which are a high priority for me. I intend to continue my working relationship with the all aspects of the Port Authority to ensure the safety of my constituents. In a recent conversation with the Port Authority regarding the inoperable radio usage near the Jet Blue Terminal, they advised me that the situation is being addressed and should be resolved shortly.

April 12, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Bill Protecting People from “Hidden Dangers”

Gianaris Bill Outlawing Hidden Compartments in Vehicles Passes Through Committee

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris’ legislation (S2510) making it illegal to install or possess a concealed compartment in a vehicle passed through the New York State Senate Codes Committee.

Law enforcement personnel nationwide as well as within New York State have witnessed a surge in the number of hidden compartments found in motor vehicles, which often aid drug and gun trafficking. With the advent of advanced electronics, concealed vehicular compartments have become even more difficult to find.

April 11, 2011
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Raids leave bridge, road funds in $3B hole

Times Union, Monday, April 11, 2011 by Brian Nearing, staff writer
Motor fuel, licensing and other taxes for rebuilding infrastructure gets detour

April 11, 2011
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Gianaris Fights for Traffic Safety at Queens Plaza in Long Island City

Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan and Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, along with local businesses and residents, held a rally demanding that the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) investigate the layout and design of the street grid around Queens Plaza.

In the last 10 days two major accidents have occurred in this area.

In both incidents, vehicles failed to acknowledge and negotiate the sharp turn at the end of the Long Island City side of the Queensboro Bridge as they exited, causing them to jump the curb and crash. This horrific oversight resulted in not only serious injuries to the vehicles’ drivers and passengers, but also in the fatality of a pedestrian and considerable damage to local businesses.

April 8, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Transportation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Transportation Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., Chair 1:00 PM, Tuesday, April 12, 2011 Room 124 CAP

April 12, 1:00 PM - 1:03 PM
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Press Conference: Press Conference on Queensboro Plaza Accidents

Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan and Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer will hold a press conference with community leaders at base of the Queensborough Plaza to demand that the New York City Department of Transportation (NYDOT) investigate the layout and design of the street grid around Queen Plaza. In the past 10 days two major accidents with one resulting in a fatality have occurred in this area. These officials and community leaders will also demand the NYCDOT strengthen traffic safety on the bridge and at the ramp to avoid any future accidents and tragedies.

April 8, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Legislative Report with Senator Martin Malave Dilan

April 6, 2011- Senator Dilan discusses 2011 - 2012 Budget, Education, and Transportation

April 7, 2011
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Senate Aims to Strengthen Passenger/Highway Safety, Passes “Abbagail’s Law”

 

Senator Addabbo: Bill Strengthens Penalties Against Intoxicated Supervising Drivers 

 

April 6, 2011
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Bill seeks to keep buses in check

Downtown Express

Volume 20, Number 46

March 30 - April 5, 2011

By Aline Reynolds

Two fatal bus crashes prompted the City to get behind a New York State law requiring permits of intercity buses for passenger drop-offs and pick-ups in Chinatown and citywide.

The intercity bus bill, introduced in the State Senate and Assembly last month, would improve safety for passengers and lessen noise, pollution and congestion in Chinatown, according to N.Y. State Senator Daniel Squadron.

April 5, 2011
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Senate Pass Bill to Toughen Laws for Driving Under the Influence

The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.164C) to create new penalties for individuals supervising another driver while also under the influence of alcohol or drugs, Abbagail’s Law, sponsored by Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane), is named after an eight-year-old girl who died in a car accident caused by an inexperienced driver who was supervised by a parent under the influence of alcohol.

April 4, 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.

April 4, 2011
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MTA, NASSAU COUNTY, STATE SENATE ANNOUNCE AGREEMENT TO SAVE LONG ISLAND BUS SERVICE

          The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Nassau County and State Senate Republicans, lead by Senator Charles Fuschillo (R, Merrick) and Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola), today announced an agreement to stave off proposed cuts to Long Island Bus that would have affected more than half of the bus routes in Nassau County.  

April 1, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Transportation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Transportation Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., Chair 1:00 PM, Tuesday, April 5, 2011 Room 124 CAP

April 5, 1:00 PM - 1:06 PM
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