Report shows that MTA is not doing enough to prevent or alert riders of subway service disruptions
Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris applauded State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and City Comptroller John Liu as they released a joint audit that takes the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to task for leaving subway riders in the dark about wasteful and unproductive service diversions. According to the audit, subway service diversions are increasing and over budget with little explanation or instruction to riders.
Senator Gianaris on Sunday joined the Comptrollers at a press conference at Queensborough Plaza in Long Island City to announce the audit’s results.
Queens Times Ledger wrote about the need for revised parking regulations in Sunnyside, which would alleviate much of the congestion and make it easier for residents to travel through their neighborhood streets.
Sunnyside business owners and western Queens officials want the city Department of Transportation to change the parking rules along Queens Boulevard, saying the rules benefit commuters at the expense of local businesses.
Ciaran Staunton, who opened the pub and coffee shop Molly Blooms at Queens Boulevard near 43rd Street in Sunnyside in March, said his morning business has been hindered because of a no-standing rule on the boulevard from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. between 39th and 49th streets Monday through Friday.
Twice as many texting-while-driving tickets handed out this year than last year.
Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris praised the effectiveness of a recently enacted driving law, which has led to double the number of drivers ticketed for texting while driving in August 2011 than in August 2010.
The Distracted Driving Bill makes the use of portable devices while driving a primary offense. Previously, using these devices while behind the wheel was a secondary offense and police could only stop motorists if they were committing another, primary offense – such as speeding or running a red light.
NY1 video of the press conference Senator Gianaris participated in announcing the changed parking regulations on Queens Boulevard. Senator Gianaris is pleased these regulations are changing to better reflect the needs of the community, which will allow Sunnyside to continue to flourish.
Queens Gazette wrote about the effectiveness of the Distracted Driving Bill:
State Senator Michael Gianaris (D–Astoria) has praised the effectiveness of a new law, enacted recently, which has led to double the number of drivers ticketed for texting while driving in August 2011 than in August 2010.
The Distracted Driving Bill makes the use of portable devices while driving a primary offense, said Gianaris. But “previously using these devices while behind the wheel was a secondary offense and police could only stop motorists if they were committing another, primary offense—such as speeding or running another red light,” said Gianaris.
Queens Gazette wrote about the changed parking regulations on Queens Blvd in Sunnyside that Senator Gianaris helped bring about. It is important that city services benefit Sunnyside residents and businesses rather than people simply passing through the area.
The city Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, Congressmember Joe Crowley and state Senator Michael Gianaris announced that short term metered parking is being added and parking regulations are being adjusted along Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside to make parking more accessible for motorists, especially the customers of local businesses lining the corridor.
Queens Chronicle wrote about the lifting of rush-hour parking restrictions - a common sense approach that balances traffic concerns with those of local residents.
Elected officials announced last week that short-term parking is being added and regulations are being adjusted along Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside to make parking more accessible for motorists.
In a press conference on Thursday, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D- Sunnyside), Rep. Joe Crowley (D- Bronx, Queens), state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D- Astoria) and city Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan spoke of the need for the changes as a way to help the small businesses of Sunnyside.
CarrollGardensPatch wrote about a new digital program called Street Works Manual which aims to lower the impact of construction on our roads through better coordination between utility and private construction companies. Senator Gianaris was present at the announcement of this project along with Major Bloomberg and other elected officials, in hopes of reducing traffic and giving resurfacing project a longer lifespan.
Today, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan announced a new digital program that hopes to reduce the impact of construction on city roads by better coordinating utility and private construction company work.