Issues: Transportation

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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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES OVER $80 MILLION INVESTMENT FOR ROAD & BRIDGE PROJECTS ON LONG ISLAND

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, announced an over $80 million investment for road and bridge projects on Long Island. The investment will be funded through the New York Works State Highway and Bridge Project Acceleration Program. 

     “Road and bridge projects are necessary for safety and are also valuable economic development tools that put people to work and generate revenue for local businesses. This is a major investment in Long Island’s economy that will create jobs, grow our economy, and improve our transportation infrastructure,” said Senator Fuschillo. 

August 20, 2013
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Citi Bike Coming to Astoria Under Expansion Plan, Lawmaker Says

Senator Gianaris announced that the Department of Transportation has agreed to include Astoria in future plans for Citibike, the city’s new bike-sharing program. Since Citibike’s debut, Senator Gianaris has worked with DOT to ensure that Astoria and other western Queens neighborhoods will be included in the program. Senator Gianaris, a lifelong Astoria resident who regularly bikes around the neighborhood, is pleased that Citibike is on the horizon for Astoria. 

You can read all about it at DNAinfo. 

August 19, 2013
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Five Queens stations to get ‘next train’ audio announcements

The Daily News wrote about Senator Gianaris' work to bring Real Time Countdown Information to Subway stations in Astoria. In response to years of advocacy by Senator Michael Gianaris, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and New York City Transit will implement Real Time Information, an automated system that will announce how long riders have until the next train arrives, in five Astoria stations. Senator Michael Gianaris has advocated for Countdown Clocks in western Queens Subway stations since the fall of 2010. 

August 19, 2013
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Senator Gianaris Brings Real Time Countdown Information to Astoria Trains

- Automated Announcements Will Tell N and Q Train Riders How Long Until the Next Train -

(Astoria, NY) Life will get easier for straphangers on the N and Q trains in Astoria. In response to years of advocacy by Senator Michael Gianaris, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and New York City Transit will implement Real Time Information, an automated system that will announce how long riders have until the next train arrives, in five Astoria stations. Senator Michael Gianaris has advocated for Countdown Clocks in western Queens Subway stations since the fall of 2010.

“I am pleased the MTA listened to our community and made the daily commute of N and Q train riders easier,” said Senator Gianaris. “Countdown Clocks were a great idea three years ago, and although it took some time, I am pleased to see that western Queens will now be able to enjoy Real Time Information. I thank the MTA and New York City Transit for realizing the need for service improvements and I hope this is a sign of things to come for Astoria and other rapidly developing western Queens neighborhoods.”

August 19, 2013
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Senator Gianaris Gets Astoria Included in Future Bike Share Plans

Urges DOT to Bring Citibike to Queens Quickly

(Astoria, NY) Senator Gianaris is pleased to announce that the Department of Transportation has agreed to include Astoria in future plans for Citibike, the city’s new bike-sharing program. Since Citibike’s debut, Senator Gianaris has worked with DOT to ensure that Astoria and other western Queens neighborhoods will be included in the program. Senator Gianaris, a lifelong Astoria resident who regularly bikes around the neighborhood, is pleased that Citibike is on the horizon for Astoria.

“Citibike will be a great addition to Astoria, which has a growing cycling community and is already one of the most bike-friendly neighborhoods in the city,” said Senator Gianaris. “Bike share will allow people to enjoy the neighborhood in a fun and healthy way and will help people more easily travel around western Queens, an area in dire need of better mass transit. I look forward to the day when all of western Queens will enjoy the benefits of Citibike.”

August 19, 2013
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Senator Gianaris Blasts MTA for Leaving Out Western Queens, Again

(Astoria, NY) For the second time in as many rounds of MTA service restorations, the MTA did little to nothing to relieve the transit problems faced every day by the residents of western Queens. At the 30th Avenue N and Q station in Astoria, Senator Gianaris continued to advocate for mass transit options in western Queens and repeated his call for the MTA to improve service in Queens neighborhoods.

“For the second time the MTA has seen fit to restore service across the city but has ignored western Queens. The MTA’s drastic cuts in 2010 hit our area particularly hard, and since then western Queens has continued its dramatic growth as home to New York’s hottest neighborhoods,” said Senator Gianaris. “As western Queens continues to grow, our transit infrastructure must keep pace. Right now mass transit in our area is being left behind.”

August 19, 2013
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FELDER TO MOTORISTS: “AVOID 5-POINT PENALTY; DON’T TEXT & DRIVE!”

Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) is warning motorists to be extra cautious while driving and to avoid texting behind the wheel. As of June 1, tougher penalties were implemented by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) at the direction of Governor Cuomo. The DMV has increased the number of points earned against an individual’s driving record to five points upon conviction for texting-while-driving and cell-phone related infractions.

“Distracted driving is dangerous driving,” said Senator Felder. “It’s not just your life you take into your hands when you get behind the wheel; it’s the lives of your fellow motorists and pedestrians. One out of every five crashes in New York State is a result of distracted driving.”

Felder is sounding the alarm after receiving calls from constituents who were pulled over for texting-while-driving and received a five-point penalty on their license. New York State and local police have increased enforcement of the texting-while-driving ban on roads across the State. For a first offense, the minimum fine is $50 and the maximum fine increases to $400 for a third or subsequent offense.

August 12, 2013
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IMPROVEMENTS TO BE MADE AT DANGEROUS WHEATLAND INTERSECTION

Four-Way Stop And Line-Of-Sight Upgrades Will Make Riga-Mumford Road and North Road Intersection Safer

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, 59th District) announced today that the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has outlined a series of physical improvements to be made immediately to the dangerous intersection at Riga-Mumford Road and North Road in the Town of Wheatland where three young adults lost their lives in a car accident on July 16th.

August 12, 2013
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Senator Lee Zeldin Tours Brookhaven Rail Terminal

On August 5th, 2013, Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I—Shirley) toured the Brookhaven Rail Terminal. Having added two large temporary warehouses and extended rail links, the facility is providing a welcome economic boost to the Long Island economy and job market. The public officials were given the opportunity to see the progress being made at the facility first-hand as Brookhaven Rail Terminal President, Andy Kaufman (not pictured), led the tour.

August 8, 2013
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