Issues: Transportation

SENATE PASSES BILL REQUIRING CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR BUS DRIVERS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed legislation on June 2nd that would help ensure bus safety. The bill requires bus drivers to submit to a criminal history check. The legislation aims to improve safety for bus passengers following a string of bus crashes caused by dangerous bus drivers with a history of criminal driving convictions.

June 6, 2011
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Queens Subway Transfer Station 20 Years In The Making

NY1 did a segment on the Court Square Station Complex opening. Senator Gianaris' remarks are included in the video.

It took a little more than 20 years from inception, but the new Court Square Subway Station complex in Long Island City is finished, and should make transfers quicker, cheaper and more comfortable.

The elevators and escalators complement the moving sidewalks and allow free transfers among the E, M, G and 7 lines, and the Northeast corner of Jackson Avenue and 23rd Street without having to hit the street.

"Previously, customers wanting to make this transfer would have to leave the system, use city sidewalks and re-use their Metrocards to enter the system," said New York City Transit President Thomas Prendergast.

June 3, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Transportation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Transportation Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., Chair 10:00 AM, Tuesday, June 7, 2011 Room 124 CAP

June 7, 10:00 AM - 10:20 AM
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Senator Gianaris speaks at Court Square Station Complex ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Senator Gianaris is glad this free transfer station is open to help commuters travel more conveniently in and out of Long Island City and western Queens.

June 3, 2011
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Senator Fuschillo Calls for Background Checks for All Bus Drivers

Senator Fuschillo discusses the need for legislation he sponsors to require criminal background checks for all bus drivers. The legislation, which was passed by the New York State Senate, aims to improve safety for bus passengers following a string of bus crashes caused by dangerous bus drivers with a history of criminal driving convictions.

Click here to read more about Senator Fuschillo's legislation

June 2, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL REQUIRING CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR BUS DRIVERS

  Bill Addresses Recent Incidents of Dangerous Bus Drivers with a

History of Criminal Driving Convictions

 

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, cosponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson), that would help ensure bus safety and crack down on so-called "terror" bus drivers. The bill requires bus drivers to submit to a criminal history check. The legislation aims to improve safety for bus passengers following a string of bus crashes caused by dangerous bus drivers with a history of criminal driving convictions.

June 2, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO’S INNOVATIVE INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT ACT APPROVED BY TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

Legislation Would Help Create Jobs & Address State’s Infrastructure Crisis By Allowing State to Utilize Public-Private Partnerships for Infrastructure Projects 

June 2, 2011
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Court Square Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Senator Gianaris will give remarks at the ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new direct free-transfer connection between the 7 and G subway lines at the new Court Square Station Complex.

June 3, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Senate Passes Bill Requiring Criminal Background Checks for Bus Drivers (S.5171B)

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Charles Fuschillo (R, Merrick), that would help ensure bus safety and crack down on so-called “terror” bus drivers. The bill requires bus drivers to submit to a criminal history check. The legislation aims to improve safety for bus passengers following a string of bus crashes caused by dangerous bus drivers with a history of criminal driving convictions.

June 2, 2011
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Senate Passes Bill Requiring Criminal Background Checks for Bus Drivers

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Charles Fuschillo (R, Merrick), that would help ensure bus safety and crack down on so-called “terror” bus drivers. The bill requires bus drivers to submit to a criminal history check. The legislation aims to improve safety for bus passengers following a string of bus crashes caused by dangerous bus drivers with a history of criminal driving convictions.

June 2, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO’S “COMPLETE STREETS” LEGISLATION APPROVED BY SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE

         Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that his "complete streets" legislation, which would help make roadways safer for all who use them, has been approved by the Senate Finance Committee.

          "Complete streets design principles help reduce fatalities and injuries, making our roadways safer for everyone. Taking them into consideration on future projects will help improve safety for drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists. I’m pleased that this legislation is moving forward and am hopeful that it will soon be approved by the full Senate," said Senator Fuschillo, Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee.

June 2, 2011
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SENATE PASSES FUSCHILLO BILL REQUIRING CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR ALL BUS DRIVERS

Bill Addresses Recent Incidents of Dangerous Bus Drivers with a History of Criminal Driving Convictions

June 2, 2011
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SENATE PASSES FUSCHILLO BILL TO HELP SAFEGUARD NEW YORK’S RAILWAYS

          Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation he sponsors to help safeguard the state’s railway system and its passengers.

          "Our railways, which are used by millions of people every day, remain a coveted target for terrorists. We need to do everything we can to keep passengers safe. Law enforcement does an outstanding job protecting our mass transit system; now we need to give them stronger tools to prosecute saboteurs who seek to cause serious damage. That’s exactly what this legislation will do," said Senator Fuschillo, Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee.

June 1, 2011
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2011 Women of Distinction | Barbara Medina

Barbara Median of Williamsburg was named this year's Woman of Distinction by Senator Dilan.

Read her bio here.

June 1, 2011
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Barbara Medina Bio

Barbara Medina was born in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn to parents from the Island of Puerto Rico. Ms. Medina is single mother of three wonderful children and has spent fourteen successful years as an Executive in the Marketing business. Ms. Medina’s career allowed her to travel to different parts of the United States developing new businesses and venturing with other companies. The experience has helped her become a voice amongst the voiceless and the value of being an independent woman.

June 1, 2011
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Electeds Call for Immediate Passage of Bill to Regulate ‘Chinatown Buses’

For Immediate Release   May 31, 2011                                         

Today’s Fatal Bus Crash Another Clear Sign We Need Better Handle on Intercity Buses

CHINATOWN --  In the wake of another tragic bus crash, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and Councilmember Margaret Chin will call on the State Senate to immediately pass key legislation that would better regulate intercity buses.

May 31, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Transportation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Transportation Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., Chair 1:00 PM, Thursday, June 2, 2011 Room 124 CAP

June 2, 1:00 PM - 1:03 PM
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Senator Gianaris Stands Up For Energy Consumers

Senate Unveils Alternative Energy Package

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris continues his efforts to increase energy affordability for consumers while enhancing energy efficiency and protecting the environment in New York State. On Wednesday, May 25, 2011, he, along with various Senate colleagues including fellow Queens Senator Jose Perlata unveiled a package of alternative energy bills aimed at making energy affordable.

May 27, 2011
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