State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) met with local members of the New York State county Highway Superintendents Association on March 9th when they came to Albany to discuss their 2011 Local Roads Matter Advocacy Program. Discussion topics included CHIPS (Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program) funding, establishing a local bridge and culvert initiative, and reforming the Dedicated Highway and Bridge Trust Fund.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed legislation June to allow towns throughout New York State to establish their own speed limits.
Currently, towns are required to seek permission from the New York State Department of Transportation to change a speed limit, a sometimes long and arduous process. However, villages, towns with populations greater than 50,000 residents, suburban class towns and all cities are not required to seek the same approval.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed on June 20th the "Streets" legislation which would help make roadways safer for all who use them. The bill (S.5411A) requires state, county, and local transportation agencies to consider roadway design features that increase the safety of pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed the Bridge and Road Investment and Dedicated Fund Guaranteed Enforcement Reform Act, also known as the BRIDGE Reform Act. The bill (S.1071) will ensure that the dedicated fund, originally enacted in 1991, will go towards rebuilding, replacing and reconditioning highways and bridges to improve the safety of drivers who travel them.
I've been asked to help spread the word about the construction work beginning this weekend on the Twin Bridges, which is expected to result in significant delays on the Northway for both north-bound and south-bound traffic.
Lanes will be closed on the bridge beginning tonight at 10 p.m. through Monday morning at 5 a.m. These lane closures will occur each weekend until the end of October (except for Columbus Day weekend).
For more information, visit the DOT project website at:
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate recently passed a bill to protect young and inexperienced drivers by helping to remove distractions that could lead to accidents. The legislation (S1511A) prohibits the use of cell phones – including hands-free devices – by drivers who hold learner’s permits.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reports that young drivers make up just seven percent of the driving population, but are involved in 15 percent of the fatal crashes. The NTSB recommended that all states prohibit holders of learner's permits or a class DJ or MJ license from using wireless mobile telephones while driving.
It’s hard to believe, but it is true. Fifty years after the 1963 Equal Pay Act was signed into law, pay discrimination in the workplace still exists in America.
In June, the Senate unanimously passed legislation to strengthen New York’s laws and ensure that women receive equal pay for equal work. However, action is still needed by the State Assembly on this bill.