Issues: Transportation

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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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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