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Cuomo’s budget is $6 billion short

Staring at a $6 billion budget gap for the upcoming fiscal year, Gov. Cuomo is proposing to push more of the rising cost of Medicaid — which provides health coverage for low-income people — onto New York City.At least $2 billion of the projected deficit is money the state has been paying toward the city’s share of the state’s annual $75 billion Medicaid costs.

Thursday 01/23/2020
Fitchett St. has had it with speed demons
Updated: January 25, 2020 - 6:26 pm

Some Rego Park residents were awakened last Tuesday at 1:15 a.m. when a car rolled over on Fitchett Street near 64th Road.

“It’s just a racing zone, day and night,” said resident John Grecco.

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Bus redesign plan gets mostly good reviews
Updated: January 23, 2020 - 1:36 pm

A woman concerned with losing Q67 service and facing a 25-minute walk to Woodside to get the train to Times Square.

A senior who is looking at a walk of 10 blocks because of changes to the Q38.

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Queens Council members criticize bus redesign
Updated: January 24, 2020 - 9:53 am

After receiving feedback from borough residents, the Queens Delegation of the New York City Council is calling for significant changes to the MTA’s Queens bus network redesign proposal.

The MTA unveiled its draft proposal to redraw bus routes throughout Queens with the agency looking to spread out stops and have fewer turns in order to increase speed and cut down on bus bunching.

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Holden, DOT differ on correct signage
Posted: January 23, 2020

Councilman Bob Holden (D-Middle Village) claims there are incorrect speed signs posted around two area schools but the city’s Department of Transportation says it’s the lawmaker who is mistaken.

The signs outside PS/IS 128 at 69-10 65 Drive and PS/IS 49 at 63-60 80 St. in Middle Village state the 20 mph speed limit is in effect between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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MTA: ATU included in bus redesign talks
Posted: January 23, 2020

Sources within the Metropolitan Transportation Authority have told the Chronicle that those working on the project to redesign the Queens bus system were taken aback by last week’s announcement that the union for the borough’s bus drivers disapprove of the most recent proposal.

The group “was surprised to see the remarks” that were contained in a statement from Mark Henry, president and business agent of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1056. And the agency, reached for comment, was not quite as diplomatic.

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Ramos, Rozic hail Cuomo e-bike talk
Posted: January 23, 2020

A pair of Queens legislators are claiming victory in their quest to allow legalized electric bikes and scooters in New York State, with Gov. Cuomo on Tuesday saying he will include language doing so in his forthcoming budget proposal.

Cuomo did not go into detail, but Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meaadows) and state Sen. Jessica Ramos (D-East Elmhurst), whose bill to allow municipal governance of the vehicles was vetoed by Cuomo in December, were hailing the decision this week.

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Friday 01/17/2020
Bus drivers union has redesign concerns
Updated: January 23, 2020 - 4:48 pm

The draft plan to completely redesign the entire system of public buses in Queens is drawing fire by the head of the union that represents bus operators.

In a statement issued Friday, Mark Henry, president and business agent for Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1056 said the 434-page proposal from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority doesn’t appear to take “transportation deserts” into account and is more economically motivated than service-oriented.

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Thursday 01/16/2020
AirTrain update not changing any minds
Updated: January 23, 2020 - 1:31 pm

An update on continuing government studies of the proposed LaGuardia AirTrain drew well over 100 people to the LaGuardia Airport Marriott hotel on Tuesday — but it did little or nothing to change the views of East Elmhurst homeowners and environmental groups opposed to the project.

The Federal Aviation Administration is studying the transportation, infrastructure and environmental impacts of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s proposal to build a $2 billion rail link between Willets Point and the airport.

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Why not build rail and park on Rockaway line?
Updated: January 23, 2020 - 12:02 pm

The Rockaway Beach Branch right-of-way is a 3.5-mile-long strip of land that will transform our borough in two fundamental ways. First, it will connect the subways in south and central Queens; second, it will create 33 acres of new park space along the way.

Combined, this project will add immeasurable value to both lives and property.

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