That's the $175 billion question. Because that's how much the state needs to spend to maintain its transportation infrastructure over the next 20 years.
We need to start addressing this problem now, beginning with a statewide transportation capital plan to repair our infrastructure.
Our transportation infrastructure is facing a crisis. Approximately one in three state and local highway bridges is either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, according to the state Department of Transportation.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation he sponsors 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.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation he sponsors to raise the fines for those who attempt to avoid paying fares on New York City subways.
The legislation would allow the MTA to raise the current maximum fine for fare-evasion which is so low that it is often cheaper than paying the fare itself.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, today announced that the Senate’s Transportation Committee has approved legislation that would better protect school children while riding on buses.
“Individuals who have criminally endangered children’s safety should not be given the responsibility of protecting children on a school bus. Keeping these individuals from getting behind the wheel of a school bus, as well as raising penalties for people who repeatedly pass stopped school buses illegally, is a common sense step to protect children from harm,” said Senator Fuschillo.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, today announced that the committee has approved several measures to help strengthen the state’s DWI laws.
Senator Fuschillo, who sponsored the anti-DWI measures, said “Drunk drivers endanger innocent lives every time they choose to get behind the wheel. Giving law enforcement greater tools to catch and prosecute drunk drivers will help make our roads safer for everyone.”
The anti-DWI legislation approved by the committee would:
* Require mandatory jail sentences for repeat DWI offenders (S2597).
The father of America’s interstate highway system, President Dwight Eisenhower, once wrote that its “impact on the American economy— the jobs it would produce in manufacturing and construction — was beyond calculation.”
Decades later, those same words hold true as New York faces its own infrastructure and economic crisis. Investing in transportation projects can, and must, be a part of the solution.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, announced that he will be holding a public hearing to examine the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) recent report on distracted driving and explore how New York State can better prevent distracted driving on its roadways. The hearing will be held on Monday, February 13th at 10 am in Hearing Room A of the State Legislative Office Building in Albany.