Issues: Transportation

“Leandra’s Law” Passes in the Senate, Strengthening Penalties on Drunk Drivers Carrying Child Passengers

Legislation Sponsored by Senator Dilan Makes it a First-Time Felony Offense to Drive Drunk with a Child Passenger

November 18, 2009
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SENATE FIGHTS TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM DRUNK DRIVERS; Passes bipartisan legislation increasing penalties for DWI with child passenger

(Albany, NY) Today, the Senate passed landmark legislation drastically increasing the penalty for any person who drives intoxicated with a child passenger. Two recent fatal incidents involving intoxicated drivers with child passengers have highlighted the need for stronger measures to prevent or punish persons who drive intoxicated with children as passengers.  The legislation, sponsored by Senators Martin Malave Dilan (D-Brooklyn) and Charles Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and cosponsored by Senate President Pro Tempore Malcolm A.

November 18, 2009
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Little, County Clerks Cheer License Plate Reversal

Senator Betty Little is pictured with Warren County Clerk Pam Vogel on the West Capitol Park steps in Albany on Monday, November 16.

Vogel, Essex County Clerk Joe Provoncha and more than a dozen county clerks from across the State were in the State's Capital to applaud the reversal of a plan that would have required all motorists to buy new license plates next April.

A statewide petition drive and public outcry has led to the reversal.  Senator Little voted against the ill-conceived plan which was included in this year's budget.

November 16, 2009
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Public Hearing: Public Hearing on New York State Department of Transportation Five-Year Capital Plan - NYC

Recognizing that the state's five-year capital program is essential to our state's economy and infrastructure, Senate Transportation Chair, Martin Malavé Dilan announced that the Senate will be holding statewide hearings on how best to move forward with a cost-effective transportation infrastructure plan.

November 19, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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LEGISLATION TO REPEAL NEW LICENSE PLATE FEES RECEIVES THOUSANDS IN SUPPORT

 Senator Carl L. Marcellino’s legislation, Senate Bill 6258, to repeal a new state mandate that will require every New Yorker to purchase a new license plate in April whether they need one or not, at a cost of $25 per vehicle has garnered thousands of supporters.

November 13, 2009
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Sen. Foley Calls on Gov. Paterson to Eliminate License Plate Fee

Sen. Brian X. Foley was joined by members of the Long Island/Upstate Caucus of the Senate Majority in calling for Gov. Paterson to eliminate the license plate re-issuance fee.

Below is the letter sent to Gov. Paterson by Sen. Foley and the rest of the Long Island/Upstate Senate Majority Caucus:

November 13, 2009
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SENATOR FARLEY JOINS EDINBURG RESIDENTS AT BRIDGE RALLY AT STATE CAPITOL

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) on November 10th joined dozens of local officials and community members from Crown Point, Essex County and Edinburg, Saratoga County to rally support for critically important investments in bridge and roadway projects.

November 12, 2009
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CROWN POINT, BATCHELLERVILLE RESIDENTS RALLY AT STATE CAPITOL

Want to focus attention on New York’s crumbling infrastructure

The sudden closure last month of a roughly half-mile bridge spanning Lake Champlain in Essex County points to the need to immediately address New York State’s deteriorating bridges and roadways.

November 10, 2009
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Public Hearing: Public Hearing on New York State Department of Transportation Five-Year Capital Plan - Greenburgh

Recognizing that the state's five-year capital program is essential to our state's economy and infrastructure, Senate Transportation Chair, Martin Malavé Dilan announced that the Senate will be holding statewide hearings on how best to move forward with a cost-effective transportation infrastructure plan.

November 20, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Statement from Senator Martin Malavé Dilan

“The safety of drivers traveling between Vermont and New York must be of the utmost importance, that is why I support Governor Paterson’s decision to replace the Crown Point Bridge. The costs to repair the 80 year-old span are prohibitive compared to the long-term, regional safety and economic gains if the bridge were to be replaced all-together,” said Senator Martin Malavé Dilan, Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee.

November 10, 2009
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Improvements in store for Brooklyn Bridge ramp

By Gary BuisoFeature article in the Booklyn Heights Courier

By year’s end, roadway relief is in store for stressed-out travellers navigating across the Brooklyn Bridge, officials announced this week.

The state Department of Transportation (DOT) has agreed to help facilitate low-tech changes to the southbound FDR Drive onto the Brooklyn Bridge, a nettlesome intersection that has long befuddled backed-up commuters.

November 9, 2009
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2009 Mid Year Report on Receipts and Disbursements

November 5, 2009
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Uncut video of Senate Transportation Committee hearing on Department of Transportation's Five-Year Capital Plan in Syracuse, NY.

Uncut video of Senate Transportation Committee hearing on Department of Transportation's Five-Year Capital Plan in Syracuse, NY.

The State Department of Transportation’s Five Year Capital Plan, released last week, is a significant, essential first step to provide for the future needs of a modern, safe, reliable and efficient multimodal transportation system. The hearings have been called to give stakeholders the opportunity to identify those needs and the resources both necessary and available to meet them.

November 4, 2009
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State promises to fix FDR Drive-Brooklyn Bridge ramp

By Gersh Kuntzman

Feature article in the Brooklyn Paper The worst thing about living in Brooklyn — the debilitating traffic congestion on the Brooklyn Bridge’s entrance ramp from the FDR Drive — is about to get just a little bit better.

November 4, 2009
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"Roads and Bridges"

Albany's leaders made sure in the 2009-2010 New York State budget they enacted last April to include a massive, multi-billion-dollar bailout of the New York City-area Metropolitan Transportation Association.

Great news for downstate transit in these tough economic times, but many upstate legislators, including myself, were left with a very simple and straightforward concern: What about funding for upstate New York’s transportation infrastructure? 

November 2, 2009
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Newsday Coverage of Senator Johnson's MTA Capital Plan Hearing

 

Budget may derail LIRR plan for second track

October 29, 2009 

 

By ALFONSO A. CASTILLO  

alfonso.castillo@newsday.com

 

A plan to add a second track between the Long Island Rail Road's Farmingdale andRonkonkoma stations may be on the chopping block if the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is forced to scale back its proposed $28-billion capital plan, the LIRR's president said Thursday.

October 30, 2009
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Senator Johnson Holds First Ever Public Hearing on MTA Capital Plan

MINEOLA, NY – Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Port Washington), the Senate Majority's representative to the MTA Capital Program Review Board,and Senator Charles Fuschillo, (R-Merrick) hold a public hearing on the the MTA's proposed 2010-2014 Capital Plan on Oct. 29, 2009. 
This clip --  Long Island Rail Road President Helena Williams. 

 

 

October 30, 2009
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Regarding Comptroller DiNapoli's Road and Bridge Report

I thank Comptroller DiNapoli for his in-depth report highlighting the near 20-year foray into the state’s dedicated road and bridge fund. I look forward to working with the Comptroller as we seek to restore and re-dedicate funding to our transportation infrastructure and avert another Crown Point Bridge.

Attached is Comptroller Dinapoli's report.

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New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli's report on the dedicated highway and bridge trust fund

October 30, 2009
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