Issues: Transportation

Seward Ensures Timely Completion Of Otsego County Bridge Project

ONEONTA, 09/30/10 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) announced today that replacement of an Otsego County bridge has been expedited due to recent discussions with the local utility.

“A reconstructed Brooker Hollow Road bridge will provide safe passage to school students, families and individuals who rely on the span on a daily basis,” said Senator Seward.  “Completing the job as quickly as possible will alleviate any long term inconvenience.”

September 30, 2010
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Aubertine Joins OBPA to Celebrate 50 years, Announce Funding

Senator recognizes the great work of Ogdensburg Bridge & Port Authority, $30k for Building 14

OGDENSBURG (September 27, 2010)—State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine today joined the board of the Ogdensburg Bridge & Port Authority and local community leaders to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge and announce a $30,000 legislative grant he secured to make improvements to Building 14 in the industrial park.

September 27, 2010
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Analysis: City's lack of planning evident in yellow bus cuts trial

The Island busing variance almost exclusively affects the South Shore, an area where infrastructure has not kept up with the population boom. Many communities in the district still don't have sewers, many roads have no sidewalks, and historical MTA maps show there are actually fewer bus routes there now then there were 40 years ago. Bloomberg himself decried the MTA's 'neglect' of the Island during his re-election campaign a year ago. (Advance file photo)

From the Staten Island Advance:

http://blog.silive.com/latest_news/print.html?entry=/2010/09/analysis_citys_lack_of_plannin.html

September 27, 2010
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New Castle Town Supervisor Barbara Gerrard Highlights Progress on Route 120 Bridge Reconstruction

Speaking at the base of the Route 120 bridge on a beautiful early fall morning, New Castle Town Supervisor Barbara Gerrard today expressed enthusiasm for the progress being made on reconstruction of the bridge. She also expressed her gratitude to New Castle residents for their continued patience as the much needed reconstruction continues.

September 27, 2010
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Rally Near PS 153 in Maspeth

Senator Addabbo speaking for the need of a traffic light at a corner near PS 153. Many children cross this intersection every day.

September 27, 2010
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Downtown Alliance, Senator Squadron Introduce New LED Signs Providing Arrival and Departure Times of Free Buses in Lower Manhattan

New York, NY–No more guessing games or neck-craning.

Riders of the Downtown Connection—the Alliance for Downtown New York’s free bus service in Lower Manhattan—will now know exactly when the next bus will arrive. The Business Improvement District has installed seven LED signs, which list the next two arrivals, along the 37-stop route.

The NextBus program uses Global Positioning System tracking satellites to provide accurate vehicle arrival/departure information and real-time data to passengers waiting at selected Downtown Connection stops.

September 23, 2010
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NYSDOT Breaks Ground on Largest Recovery Act Project

by New York State Department of TransportationALBANY, NY (09/20/2010)(readMedia)-- New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Acting Commissioner Stanley Gee today was joined by Congressman Michael McMahon, Borough President James Molinaro and Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez to mark the start of construction on a $74.8 million project to reconstruct and modernize a 1.8-mile segment of the Staten Island Expressway (SIE), the main commuter and freight corridor in Staten Island and one of the most heavily traveled highways in New York City. The project is funded by both the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the 2005 New York State Bond Act.

September 23, 2010
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SENATOR ADDABBO BRINGS METROCARD VAN TO HOWARD BEACH & WOODHAVEN

Member, NYS Senate’s Transportation Committee

WHEN: Wednesday,  September 29                    

WHERE/TIME:

Howard Beach Senior Center, 156-45 84th Street  (10 AM – 12 Noon)

NE Corner Forest Parkway & Jamaica Ave., Woodhaven (1 - 3 PM)                      

September 21, 2010
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BONACIC TO MTA: STOP THE FARE HIKES; END THE M.T.A. TAX

State Senator John Bonacic attended the MTA Public Hearing in New Windsor on September 13, 2010 and spoke out against the MTA fare hike:  http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100914/BIZ/9140331/-1/SITEMAP  

Senator Bonacic's prepared remarks on the MTA fare hike hearing are re-printed below.

September 15, 2010
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BUS GATE RELOCATIONS AT ST. GEORGE FERRY TERMINAL BEGINNING SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

Bus passengers who board at ramps A and B at the St. George Ferry Terminal will be temporarily relocated due to rehabilitation work. Starting at 12:01 a.m.

September 13, 2010
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Important Memo from New York State Department of Transportation Regarding Route 347 Improvement Project


Off-Peak, Mid-Day Daily Travel Lane Closures of NY Route 347 Begin

September 10, 2010
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September 27, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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September 8, 2010
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Oppenheimer Smart Growth Bill Becomes Law

Governor signs bill to combat sprawl and promote environmentally sound development

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) is pleased to announce that her bill, the State Smart Growth and Infrastructure Policy Act (S.5560B/A.8011B) was signed into law on August 30, 2010.  The new law establishes state smart growth infrastructure criteria and requires state agencies to review and consider these guidelines when allocating funds for public infrastructure projects.

September 7, 2010
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Westchester News Online: New Bicycle Safety Law Named After Greenburgh Cyclist Signed Into Law

A bicycle safety law sponsored by State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins(D-Yonkers) has been signed by Governor David Paterson.

The bill, which was dubbed "Merrill's Law" was so named after 66 year old Merrill Cassell, an avid cyclist, who was struck and fatally crushed by a BeeLine Bus in November 2009 as he was riding on Route 119 near Aqueduct Road in Greenburgh.

Westchester News Online - (August 16,2010)

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August 30, 2010
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Move Over For Emergency Vehicles

Each and every day thousands of law enforcement and emergency workers risk their lives to protect the citizens of New York.  Throughout my time in the state senate, I have proudly partnered with these brave, caring men and women on a number of initiatives to assist them in performing their critical duties.

August 26, 2010
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Klein, Benedetto, Vacca Call on Governor to Sign Bill Raising Fines for Illegally Parked Tractor-Trailers

Measure Would Rein in Overnight Parking in Residential Areas

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein, Assembly Member Michael Benedetto, Council Member James Vacca, and community leaders today called on Governor Paterson to sign legislation that would increase the fine for overnight parking of tractor-trailers on residential streets to $250 for the first offense and $500 for the second offense.

August 24, 2010
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Senator Dilan-Sponsored Measure “Elle’s Law” Signed Into Law

Increases Penalties on Reckless Drivers Who Injure PedestriansLegislation closing a long-time legal gap that allowed for reckless drivers who injure pedestrians to escape prosecution was signed into law last week.Elle’s Law, sponsored by Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn), Chair of Senate Transportation Committee, amends New York State’s Vehicle and Traffic Law to enact tougher penalties on motorists who blatantly disregard the vehicle and traffic code’s “rules of the road,”  and injure pedestrians as a result of dangerous and unlawful driving.

August 17, 2010
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