Issues: Transportation

SENATOR FUSCHILLO VOTES TO STRENGTHEN STATE’S TEXTING WHILE DRIVING BAN

            Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently voted in favor of legislation to strengthen the state’s texting-while-driving ban.

May 5, 2011
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Gianaris: ‘Idling Trains Hurt Quality Of Life In LIC’

Queens Gazette wrote about Senator Gianaris' letter to the MTA requesting a "no idle" policy at the Long Island City rail yard.

Continuing his fight to improve the quality of life in Western Queens, state Senator Michael Gianaris (D–Astoria) has called on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to cease immediately the idling of Long Island Railroad trains at the Long Island City rail yard in Queens.

Gianaris charged that the idling trains pollute the air with the excessive amount of fuel they waste while sitting idle and disturb the neighborhood with the loud noise of their running engines.

May 5, 2011
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Senator Robach Co-Sponors Gas Holiday Legislation

Senator Robach provides remarks on Senate Bill S4880A, which he is a co-sponsor of. This legislation would provide for the suspension of taxes on gasoline and similar motor fuels for Memorial Day weekend, Fourth of July weekend and Labor Day weekend.

May 5, 2011
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LIC Community Calls For Improved 7 Train Service

Queens Gazette wrote about the rally to improve service on the 7 train.

Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, Congressmember Carolyn Maloney, state Senator Michael Gianaris and state Assemblymember Catherine Nolan, were joined by local businesses, transit advocates and residents at a rally on April 28 to demand that the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) expedite repairs to address the frequent unreliability of No. 7 train service and the long-term MTA infrastructure problems facing the rapidly growing area of Long Island City.

May 4, 2011
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LaValle: Senate Passes Legislation to Strengthen Law on Text Messaging While Driving

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today co-sponsored and voted for a bill (S.998B) that will make it easier for law enforcement to crack down on texting-while-driving offenses and prevent tragic accidents caused by drivers distracted by texting.

The bill would make text messaging while driving a primary violation rather than a secondary violation. Under the current law, a driver can only be cited for texting-while-driving if another violation, such as speeding, is also being cited.

 Federal data shows 16,000 deaths nationwide due to texting while driving.

May 4, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO VOTES TO STRENGTHEN STATE'S TEXTING WHILE DRIVING BAN

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today voted in favor of strengthening New York's texting while driving ban. The legislation would better enable police officers to enforce the ban by making texting while driving a primary violation. Texting while driving is currently a secondary violation, meaning law enforcement can only enforce the ban if they cite the driver for another offense, such as speeding.

The legislation was approved by the State Senate and sent to the Assembly for consideration.

May 3, 2011
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SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE APPROVES NOMINATION OF NEW DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES COMMISSIONER

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, today announced that the Transportation Committee has approved Governor Cuomo’s nominee for Commissioner of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), Barbara Fiala.  

May 3, 2011
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Senate Passes Legislation to Strengthen Law Against Texting While Driving

Safety advocate Kelly Cline applauds Senate, turns focus of Families Against Texting While Driving to getting the job done in Assembly

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced Tuesday the Senate passed legislation (S.998B | A.6174A) to strengthen state law against texting while driving, by a vote of 57-3. The bill – co-sponsored by Senator Kennedy – will make it a primary offense to text while operating a vehicle.

May 3, 2011
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Senate Acts to Make Roads Safer, Help Residents Obtain STAR Tax Benefits

The New York State Senate today passed 18 bills that covered a variety of topics including the strengthening of penalties and prohibitions for dangerous driving, as well as helping certain property owners receive the STAR tax exemption benefits for which they are eligible. Dangerous Driving

May 3, 2011
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Senate Passes Bill Cracking Down on Texting While Driving

The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.998B) that will make it easier for law enforcement to crack down on texting-while-driving offenses and prevent tragic accidents caused by drivers distracted by texting.

The bill would make text messaging while driving a primary violation rather than a secondary violation. Under the current law, a driver can only be cited for texting-while-driving if another violation, such as speeding, is also being cited.

A bipartisan group of State Legislators was joined at by representatives of the American Automobile Association (AAA) New York to discuss the Senate’s action and to urge the Assembly to vote on the bill as soon as possible. Federal data shows 16,000 deaths nationwide due to texting while driving.

May 3, 2011
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Senate Passes Legislation to Strengthen Law on Text Messaging While Driving

New law would elevate text messaging while driving violation to a primary offense    The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.998B) that will make it easier for law enforcement to crack down on texting-while-driving offenses and prevent tragic accidents caused by drivers distracted by texting.  The bill was discussed today at a news conference by the bill sponsors, Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R-Syosset), Senator Jim Alesi (R-C-I, Perinton), and Senator Joseph Robach (R-C-I, Rochester).

May 3, 2011
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Senate Passes Legislation to Strengthen Law on Text Messaging While Driving

The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.998B) that will make it easier for law enforcement to crack down on texting-while-driving offenses and prevent tragic accidents caused by drivers distracted by texting.  The bill was discussed today at a news conference by the bill sponsors, Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R-Syosset), Senator Jim Alesi (R-C-I, Perinton), and Senator Joseph Robach (R-C-I, Rochester). The bill would make text messaging while driving a primary violation rather than a secondary violation. Under the current law, a driver can only be cited for texting-while-driving if another violation, such as speeding, is also being cited.

May 3, 2011
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Senator Robach Remarks on Tougher Texting While Driving Legislation

On Tuesday, May 3rd, Senator Robach provided comments during a press conference in Albany regarding new legislation to strengthen the law on texting while driving. Senator Robach is a co-sponsor of Senate bill S.998B, which would elevate text messaging while drive driving a primary offense in New York State.

May 3, 2011
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Senator Robach Introduces Legislation to Strengthen Law on Texting While Driving

New law would elevate text messaging while driving violation to a primary offense

 

The New York State Senate today will act on a bill (S.998) that will make it easier for law enforcement to crack down on texting-while-driving offenses and prevent tragic accidents caused by drivers distracted by texting. Action on the bill was announced today at a news conference by the bill sponsors, Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R-Syosset), Senator James Alesi (R-C-I, Perinton), and Senator Joseph Robach (R-C-I, Rochester).

 

May 3, 2011
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SENATOR GOLDEN TO MTA: “WE NEED WEEKEND EXPRESS BUS SERVICE”

Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) is announcing a petition drive calling on the Metropolitan Transit Authority to reinstate weekend express bus service on the X 27 and X 28 bus routes. Weekend express bus service, which Senator Golden helped to start in the 2002, was eliminated in June 2010 due to agency budget cuts.

May 3, 2011
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Press Conference: SENATORS TO ANNOUNCE ACTION TO STRENGTHEN LAW AGAINST TEXTING WHILE DRIVING

Senators Carl Marcellino, Jim Alesi, Joe Robach and other members of the Senate Majority Conference, will hold a news conference regarding new legislation to strengthen the laws against texting while driving on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in Room 332 of the Capitol.

They will be joined by members of the Assembly and a representative of the American Automobile Association to discuss the importance of enacting legislation to help law enforcement crack down on texting while driving to help prevent tragic auto accidents.

Members of the news media are welcome.

May 3, 11:00 AM - 11:33 AM
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Funeral Procession

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: May 4, 2011Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

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Funeral Procession

May 3, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO REMINDS RESIDENTS ABOUT NEW YORK’S “MOVE OVER LAW”

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is reminding drivers about the State’s “Move Over Law” which requires them to move over and exercise due caution when approaching emergency vehicles that are stopped with their lights flashing.  

May 2, 2011
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