Issues: Transportation

Senator Kennedy Announces Texting While Driving Now a Primary Violation

Governor signs bill to strengthen state law against distracted driving

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy (D-58th District) announced texting while driving is now a primary violation of state law, after Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill to crack down on distracted driving Tuesday.

For years, texting while driving was only a secondary offense. Law enforcement could only stop a driver distracted by a handheld electronic device if he or she were violating another traffic law (speeding, reckless driving, etc.). That changed today when the Governor signed the bill, which Senator Kennedy co-sponsored.

July 12, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Applauds Enactment Of Distracted Driving Bill

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris applauds the enactment of the Distracted Driving Bill, a traffic safety measure that will help reduce the number of car accidents across New York.

The bill makes utilizing a portable device while driving a primary offense, allowing police officers to stop drivers using their cell phones, MP3 players, laptops, or any device with a screen while behind the wheel.

“Distracted driving is dangerous and can have critical consequences,” Senator Gianaris said. “This law will make our roadways safer, our drivers more attentive, and will result in fewer accidents.”

July 12, 2011
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Governor Cuomo Signs Senator Marcellino’s Legislation Strengthening Enforcement Against Drivers Caught Using Handheld Electronic Devices

New Legislation Makes Using Handheld Electronic Devices while Driving a Primary Traffic Offense; Additional Regulation will Increase Penalty from 2 Points to 3 Points for Cell Phone and Electronic Device Usage While Driving

July 12, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES NEW LAW TO STRENGTHEN STATE’S TEXTING WHILE DRIVING BAN

            Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that Governor Cuomo has signed legislation he supports to strengthen the state’s ban on texting while driving and other illegal uses of handheld electronic devices while driving. 

July 12, 2011
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Statement from Senator Gianaris on the 75th Anniversary of the RFK Bridge

“New York City is known for its ability to unify diverse communities from around the world, and no landmark better symbolizes that unique characteristic than the RFK Bridge. This iconic structure allows New Yorkers from all over the city to easily connect with one another and learn about the distinguished aspects of their respective cultures.”

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July 11, 2011
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SENATOR LANZA PROVIDES FUEL EFFICIENCY TIPS

With gas prices at historically high levels, Senator Lanza urges motorists to take simple steps to save fuel and reduce carbon emissions during the busy summer travel season. The recommendations are part of an Eco-Driving Campaign sponsored by the I-95 Corridor Coalition, of which NYSDOT is a member.

 

July 11, 2011
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Cyclists Undertake Annual "Tour De Queens"

Senator Gianaris attended the "Tour de Queens" bike race and talked to NY1 about the importance of and fun in biking around New York City.

Cyclists took to the streets of the city's largest borough Sunday for the fourth annual "Tour de Queens."

Organizers said more than 2,000 people showed up for the 20-mile ride that started and finished in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park and took riders through the eastern and northern parts of the borough.

Advocacy group Transportation Alternatives organized the event, and spokesman Michael Murphy said today's enthusiasm shows biking is truly a five-borough phenomenon.

July 11, 2011
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SENATOR GIANARIS AND ASSEMBLYMEMBER SIMOTAS WORK TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC AND SAFETY IN LIC

Sent letter to NYC DOT requesting side-angle and alternate side parking.

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris and Assemblymember Aravella Simotas are working together to improve traffic and safety measures for local residents and workers in western Queens, specifically those located near 14th Street between 34th Avenue and 33rd Road in Long Island City. Senator Gianaris and Assemblymember Simotas sent a letter to the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) requesting the establishment of angled parking at these streets due to an inadequate amount of available parking spaces in the area.

July 7, 2011
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Wager Honored in Street Co-Naming

Queens Gazette wrote an article about the event co-naming part of Steinway Street the "Julie Wager Way." Senator Gianaris, a friend and supporter of Julie Wager, spoke at the event. 

Members of Julie Wager’s family along with Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr., state Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas, Congressmember Carolyn Maloney and Central Astoria Local Development Coalition President George Stamatiades, gathered together amid a friendly crowd on June 30 for the co-naming of the corner of Steinway Street and Broadway, Julie Wager Way.

Family, friends and local officials exchanged stories of their lost friend.

July 6, 2011
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Senator Gianaris speaks at street co-naming of the "Julie Wager Way."

"Julie Wager Way" is a portion of Steinway Street in Astoria.

June 30, 2011
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Seward Carries The Flag For Small Town Parades & Events

ONEONTA, 06/28/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) recently called on the NYS Department of Transportation to abandon a new special use permit requirement for local parades and community events.

“New York state is infamous for overregulation,” said Senator Seward.  “One of my long-standing, top priorities has been to reduce red tape for businesses, schools and local governments, now it seems small town parades and special events also need protection.”

June 28, 2011
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ADDABBO: CLEANER, GREENER TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM BENEFITS ALL

Bill Passes Both Houses of Legislature; Enables Safe Access to Public Roads for All Users

 

June 27, 2011
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Senate Passes "Complete Streets" Legislation

The State Senate passed this week the “Complete Streets” legislation, which would help make roadways safer for all who use them.

June 24, 2011
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Complete Streets Passes Senate

The New York State Senate unanimously passed legislation that would encourage municipalities to consider new street design standards for all users.

Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn), Ranking Member of the Transportation Committee, and a sponsor of the legislation, has been a strong advocate of Complete Streets legislation since introducing it last year.

June 21, 2011
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Senate Passes "Complete Streets" Legislation

The New York State Senate today passed the “Complete Streets” legislation which would help make roadways safer for all who use them. The bill (S.5411A), by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) requires state, county, and local transportation agencies to consider roadway design features that increase the safety of pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists.

June 20, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSAGE OF “COMPLETE STREETS” LEGISLATION

          Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that the New York State Senate has passed his "complete streets" legislation which would help make roadways safer for all who use them.

          The legislation would require all state, county, and local transportation agencies to consider complete streets design principles on all projects which receive both federal and state funding. The legislation was developed in consultation with all interested parties, including the New York State Department of Transportation, the Governor, the Assembly, County and Town Highway Superintendents, and advocacy groups.

June 20, 2011
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