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 Although the measure has since been withdrawn in the House and the U.S. Senate has passed its own [...]

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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 [...]


Queens dreads 11 weekends of 7 train outage

Posted by Rebecca Henely in City Council, City Offices, District 26 on January 19, 2012 | No Comments

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) hosted a town hall meeting with representatives of the MTA last week about extensive renovation to the No. 7 line that will mean some Long Island City stops will be out of order for 11 straight weekends. “I wanted to have this town hall so people have an opportunity [...]


Goldfeder asks director of MTA to hear locals on Cross Bay toll

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in Assembly, District 23 on December 1, 2011 | No Comments

State Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) wants newly appointed MTA Executive Director Joseph Lhota to visit his district so Lhota can hear residents’ gripes about the Cross Bay Bridge toll. “As you may know, the Cross Bay Bridge toll is the only intraborough toll in New York City and, by principle, inherently unfair,” Goldfeder wrote [...]

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Council OK’s religious dress

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in City Council, City Offices, District 23 on August 25, 2011 | No Comments

The City Council unanimously passed a bill last Thursday sponsored by Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) that makes it against the law for employers to discriminate against their workers’ religious beliefs or dress. Weprin said the passage of the bill, which he said he worked on with the Sikh Coalition, means the NYPD or Metropolitan [...]

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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 [...]