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Senator Martins Uncovers Unfair Practice by the MTA

New York State Senator Jack M. Martins last week uncovered an unfair practice engaged in by the MTA. Beginning December 30, in order to get a refund on a train ticket that is not used, a customer must pay a $10 “processing fee.” In many instances, the fee is more expensive than the ticket.

“I am appalled that the MTA is unwilling to give customers refunds by charging them a fee. Customers who purchase a ticket but don’t use the service should be able to get a refund on their money. It’s common sense,” said Senator Martins.


Martins Introduces Legislation to Repeal MTA's $10 Processing Fee

From the Elmont-Franklin Square Herald, a Richner Communications Newspaper

By Jackie Nash

Sen. Jack Martins (R-Elmont) introduced a bill last week to repeal a recently implemented policy by the Metropolitan Transit Authority that charges customers a $10 processing fee for returning unused Long Island Rail Road tickets. Martins said he introduced the legislation because he believes the fee is an unfair addition to the MTA’s already inconvenient fare increases and service cuts that have occurred over the past year.


Senate Passes Bill Cracking Down on Texting While Driving

The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.998B) that will make it easier for law enforcement to crack down on texting-while-driving offenses and prevent tragic accidents caused by drivers distracted by texting.

The bill would make text messaging while driving a primary violation rather than a secondary violation. Under the current law, a driver can only be cited for texting-while-driving if another violation, such as speeding, is also being cited.

A bipartisan group of State Legislators was joined at by representatives of the American Automobile Association (AAA) New York to discuss the Senate’s action and to urge the Assembly to vote on the bill as soon as possible. Federal data shows 16,000 deaths nationwide due to texting while driving.


Senate Passes Bill Requiring Criminal Background Checks for Bus Drivers

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Charles Fuschillo (R, Merrick), that would help ensure bus safety and crack down on so-called “terror” bus drivers. The bill requires bus drivers to submit to a criminal history check. The legislation aims to improve safety for bus passengers following a string of bus crashes caused by dangerous bus drivers with a history of criminal driving convictions.


Senator Martins Attends Hearing on Public-Private Partnerships For Transportation

Senator Jack M. Martins recently attended a Senate Hearing, held by the Senate Standing Committee on Transportation, on Public-Private Partnerships to fund transportation infrastructure projects in New York State.

Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) are contractual agreements formed between a public agency and a private sector entity to finance the construction, maintenance and operation of transportation infrastructure projects. Given that the costs of needed infrastructure upgrades is outpacing traditional funding sources, New York State is exploring how to utilize P3s to repair and improve its transportation system.


From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

What Is Plan B?

I’m a typical Long Islander which means I sometimes feel as if I live in my car. Clearly, life here is heavily shaped by our reliance on our vehicles. But over 100,000 Nassau residents also rely on our buses daily to get where they need to be. That’s why it’s especially important that we’re all aware of what’s happening with Long Island Bus and how it stands to impact friends and neighbors. To that end, I shared these concerns in a letter to Governor Cuomo last week.


Senate Passes Bill to Restore State's Commuter Tax Benefit

Legislation Would Ensure that Commuters Receive $240 a Month State Tax Benefit to Help Offset Mass-Transit Costs

The New York State Senate passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), and co-sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins, to fully restore the state’s pre-tax commuter benefit to provide savings to commuters who use the Long Island Rail Road and other mass transit.


From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

You might call it a pedestrian “no-man’s land,” a 16-mile stretch of roadway where an average of five people die each year. It’s not Manhattan’s Broadway or the Bronx’s Grand Concourse, nor is it notorious Queens Boulevard. It’s actually here in our backyard, Route 24, better known as Hempstead Turnpike.

The Tri-State Transportation Campaign has indentified the turnpike as the most dangerous road for pedestrians in the region for the last three years. This is an unfortunate distinction, but one that is finally drawing attention to a problem many of us have at least intuitively recognized for a long time. If you live, work, or even regularly drive there, you know it can be dangerous.


Long Island Projects to Rebuild Road Infrastructure Announced Through NY Works Program

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced an additional and accelerated $40,686,000 investment for nine NY Works projects that will repair 86 miles of roads and six bridges on Long Island. For the transportation component of NY Works, the Department of Transportation (DOT) reviewed its Capital Program and identified those projects, which can be accelerated by utilizing either the conventional design-bid-build project delivery mechanism or the newly-enacted design-build project delivery method.


Senator Martins and Fuschillo Urge DOT to Act to Prevent Commercial Vehicles From Striking Parkway Bridges


Following yet another commercial vehicle striking a parkway bridge overpass and causing traffic delays on Long Island, Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, and Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) are calling on the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) to act more urgently and increase its efforts to prevent commercial trucks from illegally entering parkways.