Nadler slams federal bill as killer of city transit funds

Posted by Philip Newman in City Council, City Offices, Congress, U.S. House on March 22, 2012 | No Comments

Legislation recently introduced by the U.S. House of Representatives is “a Draconian and unacceptable blow to transit funding in New York City and the nation,” Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-Brooklyn) told the City Council Transportation Committee last week. Although the measure has since been withdrawn in the House and the U.S. Senate has passed its own [...]

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Schumer bill on discount bus safety passes Senate

Posted by Philip Newman in U.S. Senate on March 22, 2012 | 2 Comments

The U.S. Senate has passed legislation introduced by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) requiring discount bus lines to inform passengers of their safety record. The bill also institutes a variety of requirements to improve safety on board such buses. The proposed legislation came after several fatal accidents involving the discount tour bus industry, including a March [...]

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Crowley, Maloney blast bill that would sap MTA of funds

Posted by Philip Newman in Congress, District 14, District 7, District 9, U.S. House on February 9, 2012 | No Comments

Congressional members, transit officials and labor leaders have raised an alarm about proposed Republican legislation that would end automatic federal transportation money and leave New York City’s transit system in jeopardy. “This is a bill aimed like a dagger at the heart of cities and suburban areas,” said U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-Manhattan) at a [...]

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$14B capital program will harm MTA operating budget: DiNapoli

Posted by Philip Newman in State Comptroller, Statewide Offices on September 29, 2011 | No Comments

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said the MTA’s plan to borrow more than $14 billion could further imperil the agency’s financial straits. “The MTA is in a very difficult position as it struggles to hold together a strained operating budget while proposing the largest borrowing program in its history to fund capital projects,” DiNapoli said. In [...]

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Sunnyside rail junction to get $295M in federal dollars

Posted by Philip Newman in Congress, District 14, Governor, U.S. House on September 1, 2011 | No Comments

The federal government has made available $295 million to improve a Queens railroad bottleneck in Sunnyside and provide a major step in opening the way for high-speed rail from New York to Boston. U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) said the U.S. Department of Transportation money would also create 9,213 jobs and provide a $585.9 million [...]

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Schumer asks feds to fund East Side Access

Posted by Philip Newman in Congress, U.S. Senate on June 23, 2011 | No Comments

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has appealed to federal officials to approve the $2.2 billion vital to completing the East Side Access project, which could start bringing Long Island Rail Road commuters into Grand Central Terminal in 2016. Schumer suggested the $2.2 billion in federal funds recently rejected by New Jersey could become New York [...]