Issues: Transportation

December 1, 2009
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Senate President Malcolm A. Smith and Senator David J. Valesky Join Upstate Leaders to Announce High Speed Rail New York Coalition

High Speed Rail Will Create Jobs, Reduce Carbon Footprint and Allow for Increased Connectivity for Business, Urban and Tourism Development

November 23, 2009
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Senator David J. Valesky Joins Upstate Leaders to Announce High Speed Rail New York Coalition

Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), Senate President Malcolm A. Smith and other Upstate leaders were in Syracuse this morning to introduce the new High Speed Rail Coalition and announce the submission for over $5 billion in federal funding.

November 23, 2009
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Albany hearing on NYSDOT Five-Year Capital Plan live at noon

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To comment on the future of New York's roads and bridges visit here.

November 23, 2009
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Public Hearing: Public Hearing on New York State Department of Transportation Five-Year Capital Plan

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.

December 4, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Leandra's Law signed into law

Governor Paterson signs the Child Passenger Protection Act, also known as Leandra’s Law, making penalties on drunk driving with child passengers the toughest in the nation. Sponsored by Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) in the Senate, Leandra’s Law, makes it a first-time felony offense for driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or both while transporting passengers age 15 and under. The measure also requires the use of mandatory ignition interlock systems if convicted.

November 20, 2009
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HUDSON VALLEY SENATORS PUSH MTA HEAD ON PAYROLL TAX; BONACIC URGES ACTION ON BUDGET REDUCTIONS

November 19, 2009:  Senator Bonacic, along with State Senators Jeff Klein, Tom Morahan, Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Vincent Leibell, Suzi Oppenheimer, Stephen Saland, and Andrea Stewart-Cousins met on Thursday with Jay Walder, Chairman of the MTA.

November 19, 2009
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Comment on the NYS Department of Transportation's Capital Plan

Ending a near half-century of excluding New Yorkers from talks on how and where their transportation dollars are spent, Senate Transportation Chair, Martin Malavé Dilan, has provided the following forum to solicit public input.

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November 18, 2009
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“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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