The Romita Auditorium at Iona College's Ryan Library was largely empty last Thursday for a community meeting organized by Governor Cuomo's Tappan Zee Bridge team. Former News 12 anchor Brian Conybeare now Special Advisor to the Governor for the New Tappan Zee Bridge emceed the event. Robert Conway, Senior Vice President of AKRF Enviornmental Planning and Engineering Consultants joined Conybeare on the panel.
The slide presentation can be viewed here.Read more
STATEMENT FROM NEW YORK STATE THRUWAY AUTHORITY
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR THOMAS J. MADISON
“The Comptroller issued a report today on the Thruway Authority. The Comptroller, and his audits over the years, have actually contributed to past problems at the Thruway Authority by failing to report years of fiscal gimmicks and deferred expenses.
“This spring we conducted an independent financial review by a highly credible firm which found $800 million in risky financial borrowing that needed to be repaid immediately. We will continue to do everything possible to control costs, and already anticipate cutting as much as $400 million in expenses.
“On the other hand, the Thruway must also be able to keep the system safe and reliable for our patrons by repairing roads and clearing snow and ice. No one wants dangerous conditions on the roads.Read more
ALBANY, NY -- The New York State Thruway Authority should explore all other options to increase revenue and cut costs before going ahead with a 45 percent average toll increase on some commercial vehicles that could impact the state’s economic recovery, State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli said today.
DiNapoli released an analysis showing the Thruway Authority has increased operating costs by 36 percent over the past ten years, but revenues have not kept pace. Debt service payments have nearly doubled to $181.9 million over the same time frame, necessitating increased revenue, while the authority has failed to publicly prioritize its capital projects. DiNapoli also called for an independent review of the Canal System to identify savings and alternative revenue sources, and create a plan to make it a more viable part of the upstate New York economy.Read more
NEW YORK, NY -- The Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York and Metro-North Railroad announced initial plans today for Grand Central Terminal's 100th anniversary celebration beginning in February 2013 and continuing throughout the year. Among the details released:
Events Begin February 1, 2013 – A day-long birthday celebration on February 1, 2013, features music and public performances, and the opening of a dramatic multimedia exhibition.
Centennial Logo Revealed – Grand Central's new logo was inspired by one of the landmark building's most well-known icons: the clock atop the main hall information booth. The logo is a stylized version of the clock with hands positioned at 7:13 (19:13 in military time used by the railroad, a nod to the opening year) and centered over the words "Grand Central."
NEW YORK, NY -- The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is set to extend the validity of one-way and round-trip tickets on the commuter railroads from two weeks to two months. The refund period for those tickets is being extended from one month to two months. Ten-trip tickets will remain valid for six months. The period during which a ten-trip ticket is refundable is being lengthened to match its validity.
A $10 refund processing fee will remain in effect to recoup some of the administrative expenses of issuing and mailing checks.
The MTA anticipates that this change in the validity period will mean an annual loss of about $6 million in revenue to Metro-North Railroad and the Long Island Rail Road.
"We're pleased that the cost containment efforts of our commuter railroads, combined with increased ridership, make it possible to broaden our ticket validity and refund policies to further benefit Long Island Rail Road and Metro North customers," said MTA Chairman Joseph J. Lhota. "This benefit will cost the railroads $6 million, but combined with the expanded service investments announced last week, shows the MTA's commitment to customer service."Read more
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Jim Maisano is the Minority Leader of the Westchester County Board of Legislators. He represents District 11 covering New Rochelle and Pelham. You can follow Jim on Facebook, Twitter or on his Blog. You can contact Jim at 914-995-2826 or [email protected]Read more
Metro-North Railroad employees that were supposed to monitor train conditions and crew performance were not on the job when they were scheduled to work and performed poorly when they were, according to an audit released today by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Auditors and investigators also found that a relative of a manager was hired at an inflated salary over other more qualified employees, a possible violation of the New York State Public Officers Law.
“The public got taken for a ride,” DiNapoli said. “When workers in this unit did bother to show up for their jobs, they did shoddy work or personal tasks when they should have been ensuring that trains were operating safely and smoothly. The MTA needs to do more to tighten up accountability. I am pleased that this audit brought an end to this situation.”
To read the full report, click here.Read more