$2.4 Billion from Federal Government Would Boost Rail Development
BUFFALO, NY –Assemblymember Sam Hoyt and Senator Mark Grisanti sent a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today urging him to redirect $2.4 billion in high speed rail funding that was recently rejected by Florida to New York. This injection of money to develop New York’s high speed rail corridor would be a dramatic boost for the development.
Lobbying Feds Could Result in up to $2.4 Billion for New York
BUFFALO- Senator Mark Grisanti (R-Buffalo) and Assemblyman Sam Hoyt (D-Buffalo) sent a letter to NYS DOT Commissioner Joan McDonald this week urging her to pursue $2.4 billion in federal funds that are available for high speed rail after Florida rejected the money.
Hoyt and Grisanti said in the letter: “The economic impact of a high speed rail connection from Buffalo to New York City would be tremendous, and the service would be expeditious, easy, environmentally friendly and energy efficient.”
“Let’s show the rest of the state how loud Western New York’s Voice is”
Senator Grisanti is the first state Senator to take a a stand against cuts to the NFTA. Senator Grisanti is also the first lawmaker to launch an online petition in support of the NFTA. The Senator is hoping all of Western New York signs the petition to show other lawmakers in Albany how important the NFTA is in our daily lives.
In an effort to stave off projected cuts in service and routes, State Sen. Mark Grisanti has started an online drive to convince Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other Albany leaders to free up $10 million in emergency aid for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.
More than 450 people signed a petition over the Christmas weekend to restore $10 million in state aid to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority to preserve full Metro Bus service in Erie and Niagara counties.
State Sen. Mark J. Grisanti, R-Buffalo, said Tuesday he hopes to collect more than 1,000 signatures in coming weeks on his online petition.
The NFTA has announced plans to eliminate about 22 percent of its bus routes and to lay off about 20 of its 100 police officers in order to close a $14.5 million deficit in its budget for the year beginning next April 1.
WHO: Senator Mark Grisanti ( R,I- 60) and Senator Charles Fuschillo (R,-8), Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. WHAT: Roundtable Discussion on the "The Future of the Buffalo Skyway." WHEN: Wednesday May 15, 2013 at 10:00 am.WHERE: Pierce Arrow Transportation Museum, 263 Michigan Ave Buffalo, NY 14204List of invitees include: General Mills, Erie Canal Harbor Development, Uniland Development, Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Both City and County Public Works Commissioners, Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council, Buffalo and Erie County Naval Park, NFTA and Citizen Regional Transportation Council and other state elected officials.WHY: This Roundtable will examine the "The Future of the Buffalo Skyway" and what are the best practices moving forward.
In recent weeks, a lot of attention has been paid to the Peace Bridge Authority and our proposed legislation. We would like to clarify how the legislation would work and why we think it is needed.
The authority was created solely for the purpose of financing the construction of the Peace Bridge. The original legislation that formed the authority provided that it would dissolve upon repayment of its bonds. Our legislation would return the Bridge Authority to that status, thereby putting the future of the authority in the hands of its board.