Issues: Transportation

Bicycle Safety Bill Sponsored by Senator Stewart-Cousins Signed into Law

Today, legislation (S7897) Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins introduced and passed in the Senate to protect bicyclists was signed into law. The new law requires motorists to pass bicyclists proceeding in the same direction at a safe distance. Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins introduced the legislation after Merrill Cassell, an avid cyclist and safety advocate, was fatally struck by a vehicle last year, while cycling in Greenburgh, NY.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the State of New York had 42 bicycle-related traffic fatalities in 2008 alone. Requiring motorists to pass at "a safe distance," this legislation will serve to educate the public about the need for motor vehicles and bicyclists to share our roads safely.

August 15, 2010
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SENATOR GOLDEN ANNOUNCES FLASHING YELLOW TRAFFIC LIGHT APPROVED FOR GERRITSEN BEACH INTERSECTION

 Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) is today announcing that he has received notification from the Department of Transportation that a flashing yellow light has been approved for installation at the intersection of Gerritsen and Channel Avenue.       The corner has long been one of much concern for the entire Gerritsen Beach community as well as the school community of P.S. 277.  Senator Golden has met with DOT officials on site at this location to observe the traffic study, and has repeatedly contacted the Transportation Department and request traffic calming measures be considered for this intersection.

August 9, 2010
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Growing Support for Energize NY Encouraging

 

Aubertine: Extender gives lawmakers more time to bring program to Assembly vote

August 4, 2010
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Important Travel Alert from the Long Island Rail Road

GRADE CROSSING RENEWAL PROJECT TO AFFECT SOME MIDDAY PORT JEFFERSON BRANCH TRAINS WEEK OF AUGUST 2ND

BUS SERVICE FOR SOME CUSTOMERS, SCHEDULE REVISIONS IN EFFECT

August 2, 2010
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Public Hearing: Willets Point Development Transportation Issues

Senate Standing Committee on TransportationChair: Senator Martin Malavé DilanPublic Hearing: Willets Point Development Transportation IssuesPlace: Senate Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, Room 1920, 19th Floor, New York,New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.Contact: Matthew Trapasso (518) 455-2177Media Contact: Graham Parker (518) 455-2177ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

August 12, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Motorists flouting carpool rule on Staten Island Expressway

Published: Thursday, July 29, 2010, 7:01 AM  Maura Yates

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- More than half the cars using the Staten Island Expressway's New Jersey-bound Bus/HOV lane in the afternoon - 54 percent - are driven by solo drivers, violating the carpool lane's requirement that cars must have two or more occupants to take advantage of the faster ride.

State Sen. Diane Savino praised the state DOT's decision earlier this week to keep the bus lanes open to HOV2+ carpools, and to ultimately increase the designation to bus/HOV3+, which would allow only buses and cars with three or more occupants, once construction is completed on the highway sometime around 2013.

July 29, 2010
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Rural New York

Rural New York makes up more than 86.6 percent of the state's land area, or about 40,907.28 square miles in 53 counties. More than 18 percent of all New Yorkers or more than 3.526 million people call our state's rural areas home.

July 29, 2010
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HAVE YOU SEEN RAT TODAY?

State Senator Bill Perkins is conducting a survey to find out whether New York Subway Riders feel there is a rat problem in the subway.

July 29, 2010
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SENATOR GOLDEN ANNOUNCES TRAFFIC LIGHT APPROVED FOR INSTALLATION ON SHORE ROAD

State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, 22nd District) announces the Department of Transportation’s approval for the installation of a traffic light at the intersection of Shore Road and Ridge Boulevard. The installation should be completed by November 30, 2010.

Senator Golden had received numerous concerns from residents of the Shore Road area and therefore, requested that the Department of Transportation conduct a traffic study, which ultimately resulted in approval for the traffic light installation.

July 28, 2010
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Aubertine Welcomes Putting Property Tax Relief on Agenda

 

Senator reiterates support for property tax cap, Energize NY, & opposition to tax on sugar drinks

WATERTOWN (July 27, 2010)—State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine said today that putting property tax relief on the agenda for upcoming session would be welcomed as an opportunity to get much needed movement on this legislation in both houses. He also applauded the Governor’s choice to put Energize New York legislation already passed by the Senate on the agenda for both houses.

July 27, 2010
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Aubertine Legislation to Expand Energy Storage Technology

 

Law signed by the Governor reduces regulations to create jobs, meet peak energy demands

WATERTOWN (July 26, 2010)—State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine said today the signing of legislation last week which he sponsored to cut regulations on new energy storage technology (S.7145) will help to create new jobs, especially Upstate, while addressing the state’s power needs.

July 26, 2010
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Elected Officials, Advocates, Families of Children Killed by Delivery Van Join to Urge Governor to Sign Bill Increasing Penalties Against Careless Drivers

New York, NY—Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Council Member Margaret Chin, and Transportation Alternatives stood with May Ng, mother of Hayley Ng and Wana Wu, mother of Diego Martinez, to urge Governor Paterson to sign into law S5292C/A7917D, which increases the penalties for careless drivers who injure pedestrians, bicyclists and other road users. The legislation was introduced after the tragic deaths of Hayley Ng, 4, and Diego Martinez, 3, who were killed last year in Chinatown when a delivery van that had been left in reverse climbed the curb and hit the children. The driver in question was not charged with any infraction resulting from the children’s death. The Senate and Assembly passed the bill last month.

July 22, 2010
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Aubertine Receives Rural Schools Association ‘Appreciation Award’

Senator recognized for his commitment and work on behalf of rural schools across the state

WATERTOWN (July 13, 2010)—The New York State Rural Schools Association on Monday afternoon in Cooperstown honored state Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine with its annual Appreciation Award for his work on behalf of rural schools.

July 13, 2010
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Smart Growth Act could fix state's infrastructure

By: Peter B. Fleischer

New York's budget crisis is forcing government at all levels to re-evaluate how it allocates increasingly rare public dollars. As officials seek to identify and eliminate wasteful and unnecessary spending, they will find some of the waste is hiding in plain sight.

Travel to downtown Buffalo or to many of the state's older suburbs and you'll find decaying sidewalks, half-empty shopping centers, vacant lots and abandoned homes. Then travel a few more miles into what was until recently open countryside, and you'll find big new homes sprouting from former farm fields. Meanwhile, the population of many counties and the state continues to decline.

July 12, 2010
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Senate Passes High Speed Rail Legislation

Fueling the Economy of Tomorrow

 

July 7, 2010
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WGRZ: Bicycle Safety Legislation Passes New York Legislature

Following the death of a 66-year-old bicyclist in Westchester County last November, the New York Senate and Assembly have passed legislation that would require vehicles to pass cyclists at a safe distance to prevent accidents.

Westchester Putnam Bike Walk Alliance member Merrill Cassell was biking on Route 119 at the Greenburgh/White Plains border Nov. 6 when he was sideswiped by a Bee-Line public bus and killed. The bus driver didn't receive a ticket.

July 7, 2010
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July 6, 2010
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