ALBANY, 05/24/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced senate approval of legislation eliminating the state gas tax for three key holiday weekends to help families cope with the rising cost at the pump.
“New Yorkers are facing increasing costs at every turn and soaring gas prices have many tapped out,” said Senator Seward. “Families need a break, especially over the summer holidays when many are traveling. A gas tax holiday would provide some much needed relief.”
State Senator Patty Ritchie says a bill (S4880B) she supported that was passed by the Senate today will reduce the cost of gasoline by 33 cents a gallon for three holiday weekends this summer.
The savings could take effect as soon as this weekend if the Assembly joins the Senate in passing the bill.
“With Memorial Day almost upon us, New York’s families need relief from high gasoline prices. The American Petroleum Institute reports New Yorkers pay the second highest gasoline taxes in the nation,” Senator Ritchie said. “The bill requires that savings be passed on to consumers.”
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, today announced that the Committee has approved his "complete streets" legislation to help make roadways safer for all who use them.
"Complete streets design principles help reduce fatalities and injuries, which is why we should take them into consideration on future projects. The Committee’s approval of this legislation is a positive step in the right direction towards making our roadways safer for everyone," said Senator Fuschillo.
The New York State Senate today passed legislation that will require certain trucks to be equipped with a special convex mirror that helps improve visibility and reduces the risk of pedestrian accidents. The bill (S.3151), sponsored by Senator Martin Golden (R,C,I-Brooklyn), was requested by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg following a significant number of pedestrian deaths and injuries attributed to the inability of some truck drivers to see people passing in front of their vehicles.
Queens Courier asked Senator Gianaris to comment on the closure of the 7 train this weekend, which could hinder visitors from attending the LIC Arts Open.
Richard Mazda is expecting thousands of people this weekend – and he’s afraid his guests will have no way to get there.
You see, Mazda is the director of the first annual LIC Arts Open, a celebration of the arts community in Long Island City, which runs through Sunday, May 22.
But with MTA New York City Transit planning work to address a recent increase in signal-related delays on the No. 7 line between May 20 and 23, there will be no subway service between Times Square and Queensboro Plaza.
Senator Gianaris said, “It is a great day when we can announce an influx of federal money, enhancements to our rail yards and the creation of new jobs in our community all at once. As a hub for train travel, Western Queens has experienced its fair share of transportation problems, which this grant will help fix. I thank Congresswoman Maloney for working so hard to bring this area these much needed funds and I look forward to making Sunnyside Yards a more efficient junction."
Queens Times Ledger spoke to Senator Gianaris about the accident that happened last weekend at Queensborough Plaza.
Yet another car smashed into a Long Island City commercial block early Saturday morning after careening down an off-ramp of the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge.
The Volkswagen crashed into a line of concrete barriers along Queens Plaza South between Crescent and 27th streets that was installed by the city Department of Transportation after the second fatal crash at the same spot.
“This ongoing situation is intolerable and inexcusable,” state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) said in a statement. The lawmaker held a news conference after the second accident to call on the city DOT to fix the off-ramp.
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Senator Shirley L. Huntley Announces Passage of Bill Empowering Courts to Suspend a Driver’s Licenses’ after Failure to DWI Complete Program
Senator Huntley (D-Jamaica) and the New York State Senate passed legislation (S. 3188), which allows the New York State Court System to suspend a person’s driver’s license when an individual fails to pay a fine, complete predetermined community service or finish an alcohol awareness program.
Senator Gianaris will attend a press conference held by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney to report that thousands of jobs and other economic benefits will be created through the new $295 million federal high-speed rail grant to improve "Harold Interlocking" in the Sunnyside Yards.
On Sunday, May 14, 2011, New York State Senator Eric Adams (D- Brooklyn) held a press conference with representatives of Taser International to announce his legislation, Bill S.5371, that will permit Amtrak train crew personnel to carry taser guns while on duty in New York State.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, today announced that he has introduced legislation to utilize "complete streets" design principles to make roadways safer for all who use them.
Queens Gazette included a quote from me about last weekend's Queensborough Bridge accident.
The Queensboro Bridge exit ramp that claimed two lives in the last two months last weekend was the scene of a third crash that left two men injured.
The driver was speeding and lost control of his Vokswagen at an exit turn on the lower level off-ramp of the Queensboro Bridge at Bridge Plaza South near Crescent Street at about 5:30 a.m., Saturday morning, May 14, sending the car airborne onto the roof of a livery cab parked nearby, police said.
Driver, Kristy Miles, 33, managed to jump from the cab just seconds before the impact, police said.
A package of driving law enhancing bills were passed by the Senate in early May. Queens Gazette wrote about the bills and quoted Senator Gianaris on one of them.
[...] State Senator Michael Gianaris said about the legislation that was passed May 3, “Funerals should be given the respect of an uninterrupted procession. I was pleased to vote in favor of the legislation to end traffic interference of a funeral procession as we must be able to honor the deceased members of our community while maintaining safety on our roadways.”
A new plaza and transportation hub opened today in front of the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in Lower Manhattan.
Called the Peter Minuit Plaza, it expects to welcome more than 150,000 commuters each day. Officials call it the city's first 21st century intermodal transportation hub, as it links the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, the M15 bus, and the 1 and R subway lines.
There's also a new taxi stand, bikeway, and pedestrian pathway.
New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said the Senate has passed an important bill (S.2903B) requiring boat operators, regardless of age, who have been convicted of boating while intoxicated (BWI) to take a boating safety course before operating a boat again.
“Long Island’s peak boating season is fast approaching,” LaValle said. “Educating those who have been convicted of BWI, may prevent future tragedies,” LaValle said.
The state already requires those age 21 and over and who are convicted of boating while intoxicated to obtain a boating safety certificate before operating a vehicle. The bill passed today expands upon that law by requiring those under 21 and convicted of an alcohol-related boating offense to obtain a certificate as well.
Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) is pleased to announce Senate passage of a package of bills aimed at making the roads safer for pedestrians and motorists across the State. The six-bill package increases vehicular safety measures, while strengthening the penalties for those who violate traffic safety laws.
These include a measure that would establish texting while driving as a primary offense, allowing police officers to stop and issue a summons for unlawful texting. (S.998B). Under current law, a motorist can only be ticketed for texting while driving if he or she has already been stopped for another traffic violation.