Issues: Transportation

YOUR VISION FOR I-81 SURVEY - THE SURVEY IS CLOSED

As I’m sure you are aware, the elevated portion of Interstate 81, which runs north-south through downtown Syracuse, is nearing the end of its useful life.  State and federal officials are now determining a solution for fixing this important thoroughfare. It’s a decision that will impact Central New Yorkers for many decades.

With this in mind, I mailed a survey to all of my constituents of the 50th Senate District to gather their input on the future of I-81.  Then in early October, I mailed a letter to members of the business community to also request their participation in this survey, as I-81 will, no doubt, impact their business and the overall economy for years to come. 

The survey is now closed.  

To date, 168 members of the Central New York business community completed the I-81 survey below.  The results are as follows:

47% want to construct a new I-81 viaduct or repair the existing one

21% want to remove the existing viaduct and construct a street-level boulevard only through Syracuse

2% want to remove the existing viaduct and construct a tunnel only through Syracuse

30% want to remove the existing viaduct and replace it with a street-level boulevard for downtown access, with a tunnel under the boulevard for interstate north-south traffic through Syracuse

Furthermore, 77% of the survey respondents, to date, think it is important to maintain a north-south throroughfare, at interstate speed, through the City of Syracuse.  Just 23% do not think a thoroughfare is important. 

The percentages shown in the above results are almost identical to the results of the survey that was sent to the residents of my Senate District.  

Thank you, again, for having completed this short survey to share your vision for I-81 and to help shape our community's future. Your responses will be kept confidential.  

September 29, 2014
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Hopes for newly opened rail line to spur job growth at Steuben County Industrial Park

"Local officials are hoping a recently completed railroad line will help spur development at the long-vacant Steuben County Industrial Park. The ribbon was cut Thursday on a $909,473 project to bring a short branch to the industrial park off the B&H Railroad, which runs from the Norfolk Southern line in Painted Post up to Wayland."

Read more in today's Corning Leader, "Officials hope rail line will spur development at Bath industrial park"

September 26, 2014
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Senator Ken LaValle Releases State Department of Transportation Project Update

Senator Ken LaValle Releases State Department of Transportation Project Update

Construction status for NY Route 347 & NY Route 112 in Terryville and Port Jefferson Station areas

September 24, 2014  – Today, Senator Ken LaValle released a New York State Department of Transportation update for the road construction for NY Route 347 & NY Route 112 in the Terryville and Port Jefferson Station areas.  Senator LaValle requested a formal project update from the Department due to the ongoing inconvenience to the public.

September 24, 2014
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO ANNOUNCES RESULTS OF HIS 50th SENATE DISTRICT SURVEY ON I-81 / Majority of respondents want north-south thoroughfare at Interstate speed through Syracuse

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco held a press conference on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at the State Office Building in Syracuse to discuss the final results of his I-81 survey. The survey asked people living in Senator DeFrancisco’s district to share their thoughts on the future of I-81.The survey, which was mailed last month to constituents of the 50th Senate District, provided four main options for addressing the critical infrastructure needs of Interstate 81.

September 24, 2014
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State Delegation Calls on MTA/Metro-North to Include White Plains Train Station in 5-Year Capital Plan

(White Plains - September 18th) Senator Stewart-Cousins joined the three other members of the state delegation representing White Plains (Senator George Latimer, and Assemblymembers Amy Paulin and David Buchwald), along with Mayor Thomas Roach, Congresswoman Nita Lowey's representative, and Veronica Vanderpool of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign at the Metro-North train station. Collectively, they asked the MTA/Metro-North to include an upgrade to this facility as part of the 5-year Capital Plan. The station services approximately 21,000 commuters on a daily basis, not only the Senator's constituents in White Plains, but also reverse commuters from Manhattan coming to the region for work.

September 18, 2014
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Senator Mike Nozzolio participates in ceremony to announce Ontario County’s agreement with RGRTA

Canandaigua- Senator Mike Nozzolio recently participated in the announcement of RGRTA’s agreement with Ontario County for bus service. Ontario is the eighth county to join the service providing an inter-county transportation system, which also includes Seneca, Monroe, and Wayne counties.

 

Pictured left to right are: Mary Mansfield, RGRTA Regional Manager of Ontario and Seneca Counties; Mike DeRaddo, RGRTA Regional Director of Operations; Daniele Coll-Gonzalez, RGRTA Chief Operating Officer; Bill Carpenter, RGRTA Chief Executive Officer; Senator Mike Nozzolio; Jack Marren, Chairman of the Ontario County Board of Supervisors; and Assemblyman Brian Kolb.

 

September 17, 2014
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Seward Calls For Full Investigation of Property Ownership Along State Route 80

ONEONTA, 09/09/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today said that the New York State Department of Transportation will put a hold on the Route 80 project in order to review ownership and repair issues associated with the properties along State Route 80.  

September 9, 2014
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Summer-Fall 2014 Rural Futures Edition

The Legislative Commission on Rural Resources is proud to have published our Summer-Fall 2014 Rural Futures Edition (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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Summer-Fall 2014 Rural Futures Edition

September 4, 2014
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RITCHIE DELIVERS $100,000 IN FUNDING FOR TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENTS IN CNY

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $100,000 in special funding to improve transportation in Oswego County by replacing culverts in the Towns of Hannibal and West Monroe. 

“Doing things like replacing culverts and repairing roads helps to improve our local communities by making transportation more efficient and safer for local residents,” said Senator Ritchie.  “I’m pleased to be able to provide this funding, which will allow the Towns of Hannibal and West Monroe manage the costs associated with making necessary improvements to their roadways.”

According to Town officials, funding will be used to replace culverts on Parson’s Road in the Town of Hannibal and on Morey Road in the Town of West Monroe.

“Parson’s Road is roadway frequented by many people on a near daily basis to help them get from point A to point B,” said Hannibal Town Supervisor Ron Greenleaf. “We thank Senator Ritchie for this essential funding and for recognizing just how important it is to provide our residents with a safe transportation network.”

September 3, 2014
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LOCAL STATE OFFICIALS TO URGE SENIORS TO SIGN UP FOR NEW AND IMPROVED ACCESS A RIDE SERVICE

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-C-I, Brooklyn/Staten Island), will host a press conference on Thursday, September 4, 2014, at 11:30 a.m., at the Fort Hamilton Senior Center, 9941 Fort Hamilton Parkway, to bring awareness of the new and improved access a ride service, and encourage senior and disable citizens to apply for it to meet their transportation needs.

 

Southwest Brooklyn is home to one of the largest senior populations in the City of New York, and recent information brought forth at a public hearing, highlighted the need for more information about this New York City Transit Authority service to be made available.

 

Members of the media are welcome.

September 3, 2014
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RITCHIE DELIVERS $50,000 TO IMPROVE TRANSPORTATION IN THE TOWN OF THERESA

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $50,000 in special funding to improve transportation in the Town of Theresa by repairing a culvert that sits under a road in the municipality. 

“Ensuring that our local communities have safe and reliable infrastructure—particularly when it comes to our roadways—is a top priority for me,” said Senator Ritchie.  “I’m pleased to provide this funding, which will help the Town of Theresa not only upgrade its transportation network, but also improve safety for local residents.”

According to Town officials, funding will be used to repair a culvert under the Countryman Road, which is frequently used by school buses. 

August 28, 2014
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RITCHIE SECURES $100,000 TO ASSIST CENTRAL SQUARE WITH SIDEWALK IMPROVEMENT EFFORTS, WASTEWATER TREATMENT UPGRADES

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $100,000 to help the Village of Central Square improve transportation for pedestrians and make improvements to its wastewater treatment plant. 

“When you look at any community, there are certain things that stand out as being key to increasing well-being for residents,” said Senator Ritchie.  “A safe, accessible transportation network as well as an environmentally sound wastewater treatment operation are two of those things.  I’m pleased to be able to provide funding that will not only allow the Village to improve its sidewalks, but also will enable it to make upgrades to its wastewater treatment facility.”

August 28, 2014
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RIDERS ALLIANCE, SENATOR SQUADRON, ELECTED OFFICIALS RALLY TO KEEP FREE TRANSFER FOR G, J AND M TRAIN RIDERS

Free Transfer, Set to Expire Next Week, Could Make Commuting Cheaper and Faster for Thousands of Riders

 

BROOKLYN, NY—This morning, the grassroots organization Riders Alliance, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna, Senator Martin Dilan, Assembly Member Joseph Lentol, Council Members Stephen Levin and Antonio Reynoso, and the office of Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez rallied in front of the Broadway G train station to ask the MTA to make permanent a well-received free transfer between the G train at the Broadway station and the J and M trains at Lorimer.

 

August 27, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Secures Funding to Rebuild South Park Avenue and Ridge Road

Kennedy delivers $2.5 million state investment that will repair crumbling South Park Avenue & Ridge Road.

Critical routes through Lackawanna connect residents and visitors to Botanical Gardens, Our Lady of Victory Basilica, waterfront and other important destinations.

August 27, 2014
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RITCHIE SECURES $50,000 TO ASSIST VILLAGE OF ADAMS WITH SIDEWALK IMPROVEMENT EFFORTS

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $50,000 to help the Village of Adams increase accessibility and improve transportation for pedestrians by rehabilitating and extending its sidewalks.

August 25, 2014
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STATEMENT ON RALLY TO KEEP ROCKAWAY FERRY SERVICE

Yesterday’s Rockaway Ferry rally at City Hall showed many things to Mayor Bill de Blasio and his administration, most notably that in tough times we will always come together as a community and also we will not back down. I have said it before and will continue to say it – in a budget of $75 billion, the city could and should allocate funds needed to make the ferry service permanent seven days a week. Traditionally, the isolated Rockaway Peninsula is ignored and oftentimes ostracized from the rest of the city, but we will continue to take a stand.

August 22, 2014
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MANHATTAN ELECTED OFFICIALS' STATEMENT ON ENFORCEMENT OF INTERCITY BUS REGULATIONS

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Councilmember Margaret Chin, and Borough President Gale Brewer released the following statement regarding the enforcement of intercity bus regulations:

August 15, 2014
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Senator Gianaris Statement on Possible Citibike Deal

Senator Michael Gianaris released the following statement regarding a possible deal to revive and expand Citibike.

"As news of a possible deal to revive and expand Citibike inches closer to becoming a reality, I renew my commitment to fighting for the inclusion of our neighborhoods in this innovative program. As a result of our hard work since bike share's debut, the DOT promised to include Astoria, Long Island City and Sunnyside in the next phases of expansion. I will work to ensure that those promises are kept no matter the details of any coming deal. Western Queens remains home to some of the most bike friendly neighborhoods in the city, and some of the most underserved by mass transit, making our community perfect for Citibike," said Senator Gianaris.

August 15, 2014
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Senator Gianaris Announces DOT Traffic Safety Improvements Coming to Broadway

“It is good to see DOT continue to make good on its pledge to get serious about improving street safety in Queens,” said State Sen. Michael Gianaris. “For years it seemed our pleas for safer streets would fall on deaf ears, but Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero has brought results to the streets of western Queens,” Gianaris added.

Get the full story at the Sunnyside Post

August 15, 2014
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Senator Gianaris Hails Astoria Bus Improvements

Senator Michael Gianaris celebrated recent improvements in our transit system, saying, "The extension of the Q19 and the streamlining of the Q102 are welcome improvements for western Queens residents. Western Queens was hit hard by the drastic MTA service cuts of 2010, and I've fought since then to get the MTA to see that our growing community needs more public transit options, not less. I'm glad to see we are regaining some service we never should have lost, but even happier to see the MTA taking steps to keep up with our fast-growing neighborhoods."

August 15, 2014
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