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SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARING TO EXAMINE BRIDGE STRIKES

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, today announced that the New York State Senate Transportation Committee will be holding a public hearing to examine the problem of bridge strikes by commercial vehicles on parkways.

     The public hearing will be held at 10 am on Thursday, October 25th at Farmingdale State College (Lupton Hall, IRTT Room T-101), which is located at 2350 Broadhollow Road in Farmingdale.

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SENATOR FUSCHILLO CALLS ON ASSEMBLY TO PASS LAW REQUIRING CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR BUS DRIVERS FOLLOWING NTSB REPORT

     Following a new National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report which calls for more comprehensive driver history checks of bus drivers, New York State Transportation Committee Chairman Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) called on the New York State Assembly to pass legislation that would require criminal background checks for bus drivers. The legislation, which Senator Fuschillo sponsors, was approved by the New York State Senate in January.

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SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE PASSES INNOVATIVE INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT ACT

Legislation Would Help New York State Create Jobs, Promote Economic Development and Repair Transportation Infrastructure Through Public-Private Partnerships

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, today announced that the Committee has approved legislation to better enable New York State to utilize public-private partnerships to create jobs, promote economic development, and address its transportation infrastructure crisis.

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SENATOR FUSCHILLO STATEMENT ON THRUWAY TOLL INCREASE PROPOSAL

     “Earlier today, the New York State Thruway Authority Board voted to begin the process to implement a 45 percent increase on certain commercial tolls. They should reconsider their decision based on the economic impact it will have on New York’s businesses and families.

     A 45 percent toll increase would dramatically raise costs on trucking companies that are transporting goods across the state. While this is characterized a commercial toll increase, businesses will not be the only ones affected. Ultimately, consumers will pay for these cost increases in the form of higher prices on all types of goods.

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SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE PASSES LEGISLATION TO HELP COMBAT WRONG-WAY DRIVING

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee announced that the Committee approved legislation to help prevent wrong-way driving crashes on New York’s roadways.

     Under the legislation (S938, Senator Marcellino), the Department of Transportation would be required to create a program in consultation with the Department of Motor Vehicles to address wrong-way driving. The program would investigate the reasons for wrong-way driving crashes; examine what other states have done; set forth possible solutions; and implement measures to address wrong-way driving.

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FUSCHILLO LEGISLATION RAISING PENALTIES FOR TOLL DODGING PASSED BY SENATE

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that legislation he sponsors to raise penalties for drivers who intentionally avoid paying tolls on toll roads has been passed by the New York State Senate.

     Under current law, those who try to evade paying for other public transportation services, such as hopping a subway turnstile or jumping out of a taxi cab without paying, can be charged with theft of services, a class A misdemeanor. However, evading tolls on toll roads is not included under the law.

     The legislation (S4610) would give law enforcement the ability to charge toll dodgers with a class A misdemeanor under the state’s theft of services law.

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SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE APPROVES LEGISLATION TO RAISE PENALTIES FOR DRIVERS WHO ILLEGALLY PASS STOPPED SCHOOL BUSES

        Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, today announced that the Committee has passed legislation to raise the penalties for drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses.

        “Drivers are required to stop for school buses with red lights flashing in order to protect the children boarding or exiting the bus. Illegally passing a stopped school bus jeopardizes the lives and safety of the students on the bus. Stronger fines and penalties will create a greater deterrent and give drivers another incentive not to pass stopped school buses,” said Senator Fuschillo.

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