Issues: Transportation

SENATOR FUSCHILLO REMINDS RESIDENTS ABOUT NEW YORK’S “MOVE OVER LAW”

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is reminding drivers about the State’s “Move Over Law” which requires them to move over and exercise due caution when approaching emergency vehicles that are stopped with their lights flashing.  

May 1, 2011
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Teen wants MTA to revive X-bus to Manhattan

Queens Times Ledger included that Senator Gianaris sent an article to the MTA asking for the Q22 bus to be restored.

A Whitestone teen who attends school in Long Island City is circulating a petition asking the MTA to restore an express bus from Jackson Heights to Astoria and Long Island City to midtown Manhattan that had been cut last year.

“The service needs to be reinstated because people would use it if people knew about it,” said Ali Fadil, 17.

April 29, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Transportation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Transportation Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., Chair 1:00 PM, Tuesday, May 3, 2011 Room 124 CAP

May 3, 1:00 PM - 1:18 PM
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Court Sq. riders waiting for MTA ‘understanding’

Queens Chronicle asked Senator Gianaris to comment on the delayed opening of the transfer section at the Court Square stop in Long Island City.

A completed escalator would allow passengers to transfer to the E, G and M trains without walking above ground. An elevator, right, would allow the disabled to access the 7 train station easily. Stores located behind the glass escalator enclosure are out of business, below.

 An escalator covered in plastic wrap, benches and an elevator barricaded, lamp posts wrapped with black plastic bags — no, this isn’t the art of Christo and Jeanne Claude, but the work of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Jackson Avenue in Long Island City.

April 28, 2011
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Astorians want Q22 express bus back

Queens Chronicle wrote about Senator Gianaris' efforts to reinstate the Q22 express bus.

Residents and elected officials are pushing to have Q22 express bus service restored in Astoria.

A petition is circulating online, and in a letter dated April 26, addressed to Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Jay Walder, state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) demanded the service between Astoria and Manhattan be restored.

April 28, 2011
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Senator Gianaris speaking at rally to improve service on the 7 train.

Senator Gianaris participated in and spoke at a rally held at the Vernon Blvd stop of the 7 train, calling for improvements to the train's service. Queens residents should not have to deal with the train's pattern of delays, unreliable service and impossible to hear announcements, which occur almost on a daily basis.

April 28, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Fights To Rid LIC Of Loud Trains

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris is continuing his fight to improve western Queens’ quality of life by requesting that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) immediately cease the idling of Long Island Railroad (LIRR) trains at the Long Island City rail yard in Queens. These trains pollute the air with the excessive amount of fuel they waste while sitting idle and disturb the neighborhood with the loud noises of their running engines.

April 27, 2011
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Senator Marty Golden Arranges for Metrocard Bus to Visit Community Office

Senator Golden stated, “I am pleased to continue to welcome the Metro Card Van to my district office the first Monday of every month as a service to my constituents. I encourage all those who have Metro Card related matters to take care of to stop by the event at my office and receive prompt and attentive service.”

 

The Metro Card Bus will enable the local residents to take care of all their Metro Card business at the Metro Card Bus, whether it's applying for or refilling a Reduced-Fare Metro Card, buying or refilling a regular Metro Card, or asking a MetroCard-related question.

May 2, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Senate Republicans’ Plan to Toll East River Bridges

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: April 27, 2011Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

Statement from Senator Shirley L. Huntley onSenate Republicans’ Plan to Toll East River Bridges

April 26, 2011
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LIRR Survey

The LIRR is a vital part of Long Island’s transportation infrastructure. Thousands of local residents ride the trains to and from work every day, and it is important for the LIRR to know how people feel about the service they receive and how it can be improved. On May 5th I will be holding a Public Hearing on the Finances, Policies and Practices of the MTA. I would like to know your opinion on how the LIRR is doing. Please take the time to answer this brief survey so I can be better informed.

April 26, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES OVER $33 MILLION FOR LONG ISLAND ROAD IMPROVEMENTS

          Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that Long Island will be receiving over $33 million in state funding for local road improvement projects.

April 15, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION ALLOWING NEW YORK STATE TO ENTER INTO PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS TO EXPEDITE ROAD AND BRIDGE REPAIRS STATEWIDE

     New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, today announced that he will introduce legislation allowing New York State to enter into public-private partnerships in order to expedite and better fund infrastructure projects throughout the state.

April 15, 2011
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Mohawk Infrastructure Improvements Complete

MOHAWK, 04/14/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today joined Village of Mohawk Mayor Irene Sweet to announce the recent completion of the Minnow Brook culvert repair project.  The project was funded through a $400,000 Multi Modal grant previously secured by Senator Seward.

“Local infrastructure is critical to the well-being of families and individuals as well as future economic growth,” said Senator Seward.  “Often times, however, repair costs are just too much for a small rural municipality to afford.  I was pleased to step in and help secure funding to protect public safety and the bottom line for those who live and work in the Village of Mohawk.”

April 15, 2011
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Pols demand change after copycat crashes

Queens Chronicle on the Queensborough Bridge rally.

Politicians and community members gathered at the base of the Queensboro Bridge on Friday to demand traffic changes after two people were killed in almost identical yet separate accidents.

State Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) said the accidents were too similar to be coincidental. “DOT needs to step up and stop saying they had nothing to do with it,” Gianaris said.

Read the full article here.

April 14, 2011
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Call For Investigation In Qns Plaza Crashes

Queens Tribune wrote about the press conference Senator Gianaris held in response to the crashes at Queensborough Bridge.

In the wake of two similar disastrous car accidents on the Queens side of the Queensboro Bridge, local officials are asking the city to change the traffic pattern that they say has caused two accidents that killed two and destroyed a business - twice.

In the span of two weeks, two Volkswagen Jettas crashed into a store on Queens Plaza South and Crescent Street. Both cars collided with the store after jumping the curb exiting the Queens-bound outer roadway of the Queensboro Bridge. Both accidents occurred at about 4 a.m., when the normally-congested bridge is nearly empty. Tragically, both drivers each lost an arm.

April 14, 2011
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SENATOR GOLDEN ANNOUNCES UPTOWN/DOWNTOWN EXPRESS BUS SERVICE RESTORED

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), this morning announced that negotiations orchestrated through his leadership within the State Senate, have resulted in the return of Uptown/Downtown Express Bus Service on the X27 and X 28 routes serving the Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bath Beach and Bensonhurst communities of Brooklyn. The service will be restored in the early Summer.

April 14, 2011
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Kelly Cline and Senator Kennedy Launch Families Against Texting While Driving

Click here to join Families Against Texting While Driving

Advocacy group will first focus on making texting while driving a primary offense statewide

April 14, 2011
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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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