Legislation combats sprawl and promotes environmentally sound infrastructure development
Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) is pleased to announce passage of her bill, the State Smart Growth and Infrastructure Policy Act (S.5560B/A.8011B), which will combat modern development practices that have contributed to urban and suburban sprawl. The legislation passed both houses of the legislature last week and will now be sent to the Governor for his consideration.
Posted by Chelsea Kadish on Monday, July 12th, 2010
By: Peter B. Fleischer
New York's budget crisis is forcing government at all levels to re-evaluate how it allocates increasingly rare public dollars. As officials seek to identify and eliminate wasteful and unnecessary spending, they will find some of the waste is hiding in plain sight.
Travel to downtown Buffalo or to many of the state's older suburbs and you'll find decaying sidewalks, half-empty shopping centers, vacant lots and abandoned homes. Then travel a few more miles into what was until recently open countryside, and you'll find big new homes sprouting from former farm fields. Meanwhile, the population of many counties and the state continues to decline.
Governor signs bill to combat sprawl and promote environmentally sound development
Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) is pleased to announce that her bill, the State Smart Growth and Infrastructure Policy Act (S.5560B/A.8011B) was signed into law on August 30, 2010. The new law establishes state smart growth infrastructure criteria and requires state agencies to review and consider these guidelines when allocating funds for public infrastructure projects.
Speaking at the base of the Route 120 bridge on a beautiful early fall morning, New Castle Town Supervisor Barbara Gerrard today expressed enthusiasm for the progress being made on reconstruction of the bridge. She also expressed her gratitude to New Castle residents for their continued patience as the much needed reconstruction continues.
Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) is pleased to announce Senate passage of a package of bills aimed at making the roads safer for pedestrians and motorists across the State. The six-bill package increases vehicular safety measures, while strengthening the penalties for those who violate traffic safety laws.
These include a measure that would establish texting while driving as a primary offense, allowing police officers to stop and issue a summons for unlawful texting. (S.998B). Under current law, a motorist can only be ticketed for texting while driving if he or she has already been stopped for another traffic violation.
NYS Senator Suzi Oppenheimer visited the Murray Ave. Elementary Schoolin Larchmont to celebrate the recent NYS grant that she helped securefor the Rye YMCA's Safe Routes to School program. The $5000 grantwill help fund school traffic and pedestrian safety initiatives inRye, Rye Neck, Harrison, Larchmont and Mamaroneck schools.
International Walk to School Week is taking off across the Sound Shore with help from the Safe Routes to School Committees from Rye, Rye Neck and Mamaroneck. With 9 elementary schools in the area, representing over 4500 children grades K-5, that’s a lot of steps taking to the sidewalks during the week of Oct. 3-7.
With help from the Rye Y and grant funding provided by the United Way of Westchester and NY State Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer, Safe Routes “starter kits” were distributed to 9 local grade schools as a way to encourage safe walking and biking to school. Walking safety tips, banners, walking school bus signs, and an array of incentives were included in the kit for children. Adult messaging such as “Please Put Down the Cellphone” are on lawn signs to appear on school campuses as well as car magnets proclaiming, “Caution. I stop at Crosswalks.”
International Walk to School Week takes place twice a year, in the Fall and Spring. Safe Routes to School is an international program recognized by the CDC as an effective initiative in helping to create healthier communities.