Issues: Transportation

More buses rolling in arty Queens neighborhoods

"As western Queens continues to include our city's fastest-growing neighborhoods, we need to make sure public transportation keeps up," Senator Gianaris said.

Improvements on the Q102 and Q103 bus lines. This story in the New York post has the scoop. 

 

October 8, 2013
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Senator Young Announces State Funding for Rail Upgrades in Livingston County

For Release: Immediate, September 30, 2013

Rail lines to receive $3,877,662 of grant funding for track rehabilitation and improvements

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) has announced that track rehabilitation and upgrade projects in Livingston County have received substantial grant funding from the New York State Passenger and Freight Rail Assistance Program totaling over $3.8 million.

A grant of $3,719,908 for Rochester and Southern Railroad, Inc. will provide for the rehabilitation of rail lines stretching from Caledonia to Dansville, allowing for faster track speeds and greater utilization.

October 7, 2013
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SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARING ON MTA’S FINANCES

      Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the New York State Senate’s Transportation Committee, announced that the committee will be holding a public hearing on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) finances. The hearing will provide the Committee with an update on the MTA’s capital spending plan and operating budget as they pertain to each MTA agency. 

October 7, 2013
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Senators on Regulatory Reform

Senator David J. Valesky appeared on Capital Tonight on YNN this week, along with Sens. Patrick Gallivan and Kathleen Marchione, to talk about the regulatory reform hearings they have been conducting around the state to find burdensome and unnecessary regulations. Watch the interview here.

October 4, 2013
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Fall Rural Futures Newsletter 2013

Rural Resources is proud to have published our Fall 2013 edition of Rural Futures (click on the link below). We hope you find Rural Futures both interesting and informative. Please feel free to contact the Commission staff with any questions, comments or suggestions. Thank you!

 

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Fall Rural Futures Newsletter 2013

September 30, 2013
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RITCHIE ANNOUNCES NEARLY $1,000,000 IN FUNDING TO GET PEOPLE BACK TO WORK, PROMOTE OUTDOOR RECREATION IN OSWEGO COUNTY

$960,000 Project Includes Removing Abandoned Railroad Bridge, Maintaining Snowmobile Trail

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has obtained $960,000 in funding for a key project that will create jobs in Oswego County and support the region’s outdoor recreation industry. 

The project is slated to include the removal of an abandoned New York Central Railroad bridge on Rt. 13 and maintenance of the snowmobile trail in the town of Williamstown.

“Putting people back to work by investing in our roads and transportation system is critical to our long term economic development efforts to revive Central New York’s economy,” said Senator Ritchie. “By moving these long-delayed projects onto the fast track our region can improve safety and help improve our important transportation corridors.”

“A recent economic study by researchers at SUNY Potsdam showed the snowmobiling industry contributes about $700 million to our state’s economy,” Senator Ritchie said. “By maintaining our extensive trail system we keep Oswego County as a world class tourism destination that means jobs and economic growth to our stores, restaurants and hotels.”

September 20, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES OVER $6.5 MILLION FOR TRANSIT PROGRAMS ON LONG ISLAND

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that New York State has awarded over $6.5 million in grants for transportation improvements on Long Island. The grants will help fund projects that will improve transportation infrastructure and support economic development. 

September 19, 2013
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GALLIVAN ANNOUNCES MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS IN ERIE COUNTY MOVING FORWARD

Routes 219 and 400 Will Undergo Significant Improvements

ERIE COUNTY - State Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma), a member of the Senate's transportation committee, today announced nearly $21 million in improvement investments for key highway construction projects across southern Erie County. The investment will be funded through the New York Works State Highway and Bridge Project Acceleration Program, which was approved as part of this year's enacted state budget.

Specifically, the state will invest $9.6 million toward removing and replacing 14 miles of Route 219’s road surface stretching from Route 391 in the Town of Boston to Route 39 in the Town of Concord.

September 18, 2013
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RITCHIE URGES DRIVERS TO ‘SHARE THE ROAD’ WITH NORTH COUNTRY AMISH

Teams With Colleges, Health, Highway Officials, Law Enforcement

to Boost Traffic Safety, Prevent Car-Buggy Crashes

State Senator Patty Ritchie is teaming with area colleges, local agencies and officials to launch a new highway safety initiative to help raise awareness of the region’s growing Amish population, and prevent vehicle-buggy crashes like those that claimed the lives of an Amish child last year, and caused tens of thousands of dollars in property damage.

The initiative targets new drivers and college students, in particular, and includes special state budget funding secured by Senator Ritchie to install as many as 100 new, reflective road hazard signs, and a new informational brochure prepared with the help of highway safety experts to remind drivers to “Share the Road” with slow-moving Amish buggies.

Participants in the effort include Senator Ritchie, all four colleges located in St. Lawrence County, County Sheriff Kevin Wells, County Clerk Mary Lou Rupp,  the St. Lawrence County Traffic Safety Council, and Jefferson County’s Public Health Service.

September 12, 2013
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO ANNOUNCES $3.3 MILLION INVESTMENT FOR ROAD AND BRIDGE PROJECT IN THE TOWN OF MANLIUS

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, announced that $3.3 million in state funding will be allocated for a road and bridge project in the Town of Manlius. 

September 12, 2013
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GALLIVAN LEADS FIRST BIPARTISAN FORUM ON STATE REGULATORY REFORM

Panel Will Hear Input From Leaders In WNY’s Healthcare And Medical Sciences Industries

BUFFALO - A statewide series of industry-specific bipartisan forum’s intended to identify and help eliminate up to 1,000 burdensome and duplicitous state regulations that impede job creation and economic growth will kick-off in Downtown Buffalo on Wednesday at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, where the chairs of the statewide effort – Sens. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-Erie County), David Valesky (D-Onondaga County), Kathleen Marchione (R-Saratoga County) and David Carlucci (D-Rockland County) – will hear testimony from leaders in Western New York’s healthcare and medical sciences industries.

September 9, 2013
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Senator Valesky Announces Acceleration of Tully Paving Project

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) announced today that $1.716 million has been awarded for a paving project in Tully. Funded through the New York Works program, the project will repave Route 11 in Tully from its intersections with Route 80 to Route 20.

September 9, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO URGES TRAVELERS TO “LOOK BEFORE THEY BOOK” THIS LABOR DAY WEEKEND

New App Unveiled During National Bus Safety Week Allows Travelers to Check Bus Company’s Safety Record

     With many residents traveling this Labor Day Weekend and students heading back to college, Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the New York State Senate Committee on Transportation, is urging travelers to check a bus company's safety record before booking their ticket.

August 28, 2013
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Breaking ground for Meadow Drive extension in North Tonawanda

Senator George Maziarz, Mayor Rob Ortt, Congressman Brian Higgins, former Congressman Thomas Reynolds, City Attorney Shawn Nickerson and other local officials participated in a ground breaking event for the long awaited Meadow Drive Extension which will extend from West to East between Nash Road and Erie Avenue.

August 28, 2013
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Public Hearing: To provide the Committee with an update of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) Capital spending plan and operating budget as it pertains to each agency

Senate Standing Committee on TransportationChair: Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr.Public Hearing: To provide the Committee with an update of the MetropolitanTransportation Authority’s (MTA) Capital spending plan and operatingbudget as it pertains to each agencyPlace: 250 Broadway, Suite 2034, New York, New YorkTime: 11:00 A.M.Contact: Melissa Kehoe (518) 455-3341Media Contact: Chris Schneider (516) 882-0630ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

October 10, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Open Letter to the Commissioner of the New York State Department of Transportation

Open Letter to the Commissioner of the New York State Department of Transportation

 

 

August 22, 2013

 

Commissioner Joan McDonald

New York State Department of Transportation

50 Wolf Road

Albany, New York 12232

 

Dear Commissioner McDonald:

 

As you may know, I am the Senate sponsor of Senate Bill 7399-A (2012), a piece of legislation that requires the State Department of Transportation and the State Thruway Authority to submit an annual report to the Governor and Legislature regarding the safety of the state's roadways and to reduce the risk of crashes.

August 22, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES NEW PROPOSAL TO CRACK DOWN ON TOLL DODGING

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the New York State Senate’s Transportation Committee, today announced a new proposal to crack down on toll dodging which is costing New York millions of dollars each year. 

August 21, 2013
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Senator Carlucci Announces 4-Point Legislative Package to Crack Down on Costly Toll Evaders

TARRYTOWN, NY -- To combat the growing problem of toll evasion, Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) today outlined a comprehensive 4-Point Plan to crack down on toll evaders along New York’s vast network of roads, bridges, and tunnels.   At a press conference at the Tarrytown Toll Plaza overlooking the Tappan Zee Bridge, the Senator discussed various measures that will ultimately serve as an effective deterrent to protect law-abiding commuters and save money.

August 21, 2013
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