Issues: Transportation

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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Construction below Grand Central Station

Senator George Maziarz and a number of his legislative colleagues recently tour the massive ongoing construction project below Grand Central Station in Manhattan.  The multi-billion dollar Eastside Access Project will bring Long Island Railroad trains into the terminal.

June 17, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO PROTECT RAILROAD PASSENGERS FROM SECOND-HAND SMOKE Legislation Would Ban Smoking on MTA Train Platforms and in Boarding Areas

    The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill, sponsored by  Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), to help protect MTA passengers from harmful second-hand smoke exposure.    The legislation (S3461C) would ban smoking in outdoor spaces for ticketing, boarding or platforms of train stations operated by the MTA or its subsidiaries, such as Long Island Rail Road or Metro-North. Both the City of New York and the State of New Jersey have already enacted similar laws banning smoking on outdoor train platforms.

June 17, 2011
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Senate Passes Bill to Protect Railroad Passengers from Second-Hand Smoke

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill, sponsored by  Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), to help protect MTA passengers from harmful second-hand smoke exposure. The legislation (S3461C) would ban smoking in outdoor spaces for ticketing, boarding or platforms of train stations operated by the MTA or its subsidiaries, such as Long Island Rail Road or Metro-North. Both the City of New York and the State of New Jersey have already enacted similar laws banning smoking on outdoor train platforms.

June 16, 2011
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SENATE PASSES FUSCHILLO BILL TO RAISE PENALTIES ON TOLL DODGING DRIVERS

             Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that the Senate has passed legislation he sponsors to raise penalties on drivers who try to evade tolls on toll roads, which costs millions of dollars in revenue each year. The legislation would make the penalty for evading a toll consistent with the penalties for evading other public fares such as subway and taxi fares. 

June 16, 2011
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Senate Passes Legislation Allowing Towns to Set Speed Limits

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Elizabeth Little (R-C-I, Queensbury), to allow towns throughout New York State to establish their own speed limits. Currently, towns are required to seek permission from the New York State Department of Transportation to change a speed limit, a sometimes long and arduous process.  However, villages, towns with populations greater than 50,000 residents, suburban class towns and all cities are not required to seek the same approval. “This is a clear example of the confusing and contradictory nature of New York laws affecting local governments,” said Little.  “This legislation addresses a simple issue and I’m hopeful it will pass the Assembly and receive the governor’s approval.”

June 16, 2011
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SENATE PASSES FUSCHILLO BILL TO HELP REDUCE COSTS FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS

             Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation he sponsors to help school districts save money to maintain their school buses. The legislation would allow “school bus” signs, which must be illuminated under current law to be constructed with more cost-effective reflective material.  

June 16, 2011
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Senator Rivera Congratulates Freddy Ferrer on Confirmation to Board of the MTA, Praises Governor Cuomo for Appointment

Bronx, NY – Senator Gustavo Rivera (D,WF-Bronx) joined his colleagues in the State Senate today to confirm Governor Cuomo's appointment of Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer to the Board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). The State Senate voted unanimously in favor of the nomination.

June 15, 2011
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Senate Passes IDC-backed Legislation to Make the MTA Conduct a Forensic Audit

The State Senate today passed legislation advanced and co-sponsored by the Independent Democratic Conference that would commence a forensic audit of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

The audit, which would be conducted by an independent outside auditing firm and be paid for by the authority, would be the first true top-to-bottom review of the MTA.

June 15, 2011
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