Bill Addresses Recent Incidents of Dangerous Bus Drivers with a
History of Criminal Driving Convictions
The New York State Senate today passed legislation, cosponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson), 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.
"I am adamantly opposed to the proposed plan by the Thruway Authority to increase certain commercial tolls by 45 percent. Just when the state is making strides to show the business community we are serious about making New York business-friendly, the Thruway Authority goes out of its way to stifle certain sectors of our business economy.
I am very concerned that trucking companies and especially farmers won't be able to cover the increased costs of doing business without passing the toll hikes on to consumers. We need to start encouraging our small businesses, not making it more difficult for them to stay in business.
New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald today announced that construction is under way on $32.8 million in work to resurface nearly 100 miles of State roads in Dutchess, Orange, Ulster and Westchester counties through Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s NY Works program.
“Governor Cuomo’s NY Works program speeds up our bridge and highway reconstruction efforts and puts people back to work,” Commissioner McDonald said “The traveling public will see nearly twice as much highway work than just last year. We ask motorists to be patient and drive carefully through construction zones.”
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C-I, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that the Orange and Sullivan Counties Employment Alliance Network (OSCEAN) and the Local Business Advisory Council (LBAC) will be hosting a Transportation Summit on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at The Lobby at the Ritz Theater in Newburgh.
The purpose of the Transportation Summit is to bring together parties that use, fund and provide public transportation services in Orange and Sullivan Counties, and to then develop ways to help individuals who do not or cannot drive get transportation to workplaces within the region.
Now that the state Division of Homeland Security (DHS) has ruled crude oil shipment information must be made available to the public through the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL), the criticism surrounding oil shipments in New York can get directed back to where it belongs: the federal government’s continued lack of enhanced oil train safety standards.
Albany, NY - Senator Bill Larkin (R, C – Cornwall-On-Hudson) proudly announced today that his continuing commitment to improve our local infrastructure has resulted in over $7.6 million dollars to address the needs of our local roads, highways and bridges. The funding is a part of $438 million allocated state wide through the Consolidated Local Streets and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) and an additional $50 million to repair damage caused by this winter’s severe weather.
“Our local roads and bridges are vital to our communities and keep the economy of the Hudson Valley growing” said Senator Larkin. “This funding sends a strong message, that New York State is committed to our local infrastructure.”