Issues: Transportation

NYC DOT COMMISSIONER SADIK-KHAN AND STATE SEN. SQUADRON ANNOUNCE MAJOR EXPANSION OF BROOKLYN BRIDGE ACCESS RAMPS, EASING CONGESTION

Two ramps connecting the bridge and the FDR expanded, easing notorious bottlenecks

Third ramp, from bridge to Cadman Plaza in Brooklyn, to expand later this year

New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and State Senator Daniel Squadron today announced the expansion of access ramps to and from the Brooklyn Bridge and the FDR Drive, which will now accommodate two traffic lanes and simplify traffic patterns, easing notorious traffic bottlenecks for many of the 120,000 vehicles that cross the bridge daily as bridge rehabilitation continues.

May 13, 2013
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Forum/Town Hall: A roundtable to examine the state of New York’s rural hospitals

Senate Standing Committee on HealthChair: Senator Kemp Hannonand Legislative Commission on Rural ResourcesChair: Senator Catharine YoungRoundtable: A roundtable to examine the state of New York’s rural hospitalsPlace: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor,Albany, New YorkTime: 11:30 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.Caitlin McGowan (518) 455-2632Andrew Mangini (518) 455-3563 TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

June 3, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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Senator Bonacic Discusses Bus Safety with Members of the New York Association for Pupil Transportation

On Tuesday, May 7, 2013, Senator Bonacic met with members of the New York Association for Pupil Transportation (NYAPT) from the district to discuss bus safety issues.  The group was in Albany promoting "stop arm cameras" which are used to catch drivers illegally passing school buses.  Senator Bonacic is pictured above, left to right, with John Higbie, Louise Stewart, and Pam Reyer.

May 8, 2013
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May 7, 2013 - "Your Voice" with Senator Cathy Young

In this week's segment of "Your Voice," Senator Cathy Young discusses school bus safety legislation and local events in the district including the Town of Portland's 200th anniversary, a meeting with the Genesee Valley Conservancy, a tour of Pioneer Central School, and a visit with graduates of a computer class for senior citizens.

May 8, 2013
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Forum/Town Hall: Senator Grisanti Announces Roundtable Discussion on "The Future of the Buffalo Skyway"

WHO: Senator Mark Grisanti ( R,I- 60) and Senator Charles Fuschillo (R,-8), Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. WHAT: Roundtable Discussion on the "The Future of the Buffalo Skyway."  WHEN: Wednesday May 15, 2013 at 10:00 am.WHERE: Pierce Arrow Transportation Museum, 263 Michigan Ave  Buffalo, NY 14204List of invitees include: General Mills, Erie Canal Harbor Development, Uniland Development, Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Both City and County Public Works Commissioners, Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council, Buffalo and Erie County Naval Park, NFTA and Citizen Regional Transportation Council and other state elected officials.WHY: This Roundtable will examine the "The Future of the Buffalo Skyway" and what are the best practices moving forward.

May 15, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Forum/Town Hall: O'Mara hosts Albany Roundtable on 'major change' underway in rural transportation (Updated)

Albany, N.Y., May 6—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), a member of the Senate Transportation Committee, today sponsored a “Finger Lakes and Northern New York Medicaid NEMT Roundtable Discussion” in Albany.O’Mara’s roundtable was held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Room 124 of the Capitol.  

May 6, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE HOLDS PUBLIC HEARING EXAMINING HOW TO BETTER PROTECT CHILDREN FROM DRUNK SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS

     The New York State Senate’s Transportation Committee, chaired by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), today held a public hearing to examine how New York State can better protect children from drunk bus drivers, including whether school buses should be equipped with ignition interlocks.

     The hearing follows at least four incidents on Long Island since last October in which drivers were arrested for operating a school bus while intoxicated, including one in which the driver crashed his bus with five young students onboard into a Syosset home. Melissa Escudero, whose son Christian was a passenger on the bus, testified at the hearing.

May 2, 2013
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Get Involved: I Love My Park Day

This Saturday, May 4th, New Yorkers across the State will be gearing up to show their love for our State parks and historic sites. Volunteers are needed throughout the day to help with clean-up and beautification at various sites. To get involved or to find a site near you, please take a second to visit http://www.ptny.org/ilovemypark/findanevent.shtml.

April 30, 2013
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Senate Passes Teresita's Law

The New York State Senate today passed legislation known as Teresita’s Law, which makes it a felony if an unlicensed driver causes death to another person. The bill (S.1888), sponsored by Senator John Bonacic (R-C-I, Mount Hope),  recognizes that the unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, that ends in death, should be treated as a serious crime.

April 29, 2013
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SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARING EXAMINING HOW TO BETTER PROTECT CHILDREN FROM DRUNK SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the New York State Senate’s Committee on Transportation, announced today that the New York State Senate’s Committee on Transportation will be conducting a public hearing to examine how New York State can better protect children from drunk bus drivers, including whether school buses should be equipped with ignition interlocks. The hearing will take place this Thursday, May 2nd at 10 am in the Campus Center Ballroom at Farmingdale State College, located at 2350 Broadhollow Road in Farmingdale.

April 29, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO, DOT COMMISSIONER & LOCAL OFFICIALS REOPEN OCEAN PARKWAY

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, recently participated in the grand reopening of the section of the Ocean Parkway which was destroyed during Superstorm Sandy.

April 26, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Transportation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Transportation Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., Chair 1:00 PM, Tuesday, April 30, 2013 Room 124 CAP

April 30, 1:30 PM - 1:38 PM
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Pols Call for Citi Bike Share to Expand to Astoria, Woodside and Sunnyside Read

Check out this story from DNAinfo on my work with Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer urging the city's new bike sharing program to include all of western Queens. An active bike share presence would be the perfect way to build on recent developments that have helped make western Queens one of the most bike-friendly areas in the city.
Click here for the full story

April 25, 2013
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Senator Martins and Fuschillo Urge DOT to Act to Prevent Commercial Vehicles From Striking Parkway Bridges

SENATORS FUSCHILLO & MARTINS: NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION NEEDS TO ACT MORE URGENTLY TO PREVENT COMMERCIAL VEHICLES FROM STRIKING PARKWAY BRIDGES

Following yet another commercial vehicle striking a parkway bridge overpass and causing traffic delays on Long Island, Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, and Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) are calling on the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) to act more urgently and increase its efforts to prevent commercial trucks from illegally entering parkways.

April 24, 2013
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SENATORS FUSCHILLO & MARTINS: NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION NEEDS TO ACT MORE URGENTLY TO PREVENT COMMERCIAL VEHICLES FROM STRIKING PARKWAY BRIDGES

     Following yet another commercial vehicle striking a parkway bridge overpass and causing traffic delays on Long Island, Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, and Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) are calling on the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) to act more urgently and increase its efforts to prevent commercial trucks from illegally entering parkways.

April 24, 2013
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Rural Resources Commission Discusses Successes from Budget, Plans Agenda for Rest of Session

ALBANY – As the Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) announced that the bi-partisan Commission charged with addressing the needs of rural New York has chalked up several policy victories so far this year.

“Traditionally, the Rural Resources Commission has functioned as a think tank with a focus on advancing rural New York. Throughout its thirty year history, the Commission has remained a cooperative effort. It brings together the Legislature as a whole, as well as interested parties to better understand the issues rural New Yorkers face and to develop legislative solutions to best meet those needs,” said Senator Young.

April 23, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO’S LEGISLATION TO REQUIRE BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR ALL BUS DRIVERS PASSED BY SENATE

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that the New York State Senate passed legislation he sponsored to require all bus drivers to submit to a criminal history check. The legislation would help prevent bus drivers from using aliases to hide from their criminal histories when applying for a driver’s license.

April 22, 2013
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SENATOR GALLIVAN TEAMS UP WITH MONROE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE TO PRESENT DISTRACTED DRIVING PROGRAM TO RUSH-HENRIETTA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Rush-Henrietta High School Senior Tori Mangino and National Advocate Wil Craig Honored with New York State Senate Proclamations.

April 22, 2013
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Spring Rural Futures Newsletter 2013

Resources is proud to have published our Spring 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!

April 17, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill Making it a Crime to Leave Young Children Unattended in a Car in Extreme Conditions

The New York State Senate today passed a bill that would require children under 8 years old not be left alone in a car without supervision of someone twelve or older when the conditions present a significant risk to the health and safety of a child. The legislation, (S.306) sponsored by Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola), is intended to keep young children safe when conditions, such as hot and cold weather, present a risk to safety of the child. "Leaving a helpless child behind, alone, in a vehicle for any length of time is dangerous, period,” said Senator Martins. “We owe it to our children to hold irresponsible parents accountable.  This bill does that."

April 16, 2013
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