Betty Little's posts related to Transportation

A lifeline 'up there' is severed

By FRED LEBRUN COMMENTARY

First published: Sunday, October 25, 2009 -- Times Union A bridge is a lifeline.

Four thousand cars a day cross the Champlain Bridge that connects Crown Point on the New York side with Addison, Vt. At least that was the case until Oct. 16, when state engineers declared the bridge unsafe for travel and shut it down indefinitely. Gov. Paterson declared a state disaster emergency, which theoretically triggers all manner of relief and federal funding to restore a lifeline quickly.

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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.

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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.

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Reaction to State Comptroller DiNapoli’s Audit of Bridges

STATEMENT BY SENATOR BETTY LITTLE

     “Anyone in Albany who has a doubt about the importance of making bridge repair a priority this year should visit the businesses and families affected by the closure in Crown Point.  Or try adding a self-imposed two hour detour to their daily commute for a week or two to get a glimpse of what it means to lose something as vital as a bridge in their community.  

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State compromises on Adirondack sign changes

By NICK REISMAN, reisman@poststar.com | Posted: Monday, February 15, 2010 5:18 pm

What brown (and yellow) can do is stay put.

A tentative plan by the state Department of Transportation will preserve most of the classic brown-and-yellow road signs in the Adirondack Park.

Under a proposal announced last week by Michael Shamma, a regional director for the agency, only road signs that direct drivers to hospitals, police and transportation centers will be changed.

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Breaking ground for new Lake Champlain Bridge

ALBANY, NY (06/11/2010)(readMedia)-- New York State Governor David A. Paterson and Vermont Governor Jim Douglas today broke ground on a new Lake Champlain Bridge spanning the lake between Crown Point, New York, and Addison, Vermont. The governors were joined at the site of the approach to the former bridge by state and local elected officials, local business leaders and community members to officially kick-off the start of construction of the new bridge.

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Bridge groundbreaking starts with ferry ride

Press-RepublicanJune 11, 2010 By LOHR McKINSTRY Staff Writer

CROWN POINT — The governors of New York and Vermont arrived majestically by ferry Friday as the groundbreaking for the new Champlain Bridge kicked off.

Commuters watched in awe as New York Gov. David Paterson and Vermont Gov. James Douglas came into the Crown Point Ferry docks standing on the bow of the ferry.

Both men then walked from the ferry landing to the ceremony, which was being held at the end of the approach to the bridge on the New York side.

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Raids leave bridge, road funds in $3B hole

Times Union, Monday, April 11, 2011 by Brian Nearing, staff writer
Motor fuel, licensing and other taxes for rebuilding infrastructure gets detour

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Governor Cuomo and Governor Shumlin Announce Opening of Lake Champlain Bridge

New Bridge Reopens Vital Link Between New York and Vermont;

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State budget includes big boost for local road and bridge repair

          State Senator Betty Little said the new state budget will provide a big financial boost for repairing local roads and bridges.  Funding will increase $75 million for CHIPS, which stands for Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program.  CHIPS funding has remained flat the past five years.  The increase brings CHIPS funding for the 2013-14 fiscal year to a little more than $438 million.

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