July 21, 2014
There Are 221 Nassau & 186 Suffolk Bridges, Plus Thousands of Miles of Highways In Need of Repairs, Upgrades & Safety Improvements on Long Island - However, Federal Highway Funding Could Soon End or Slow Down Dramatically When The ‘Highway Trust Fund’ Cliff Is Set to Hit in August
Schumer Calls on Congressional Colleagues to Reach Agreement This Week to Avoid Highway Trust Fund Insolvency; Would Help NYSDOT & Long Island Localities Fund Deficient Bridge Repair Projects & Reduce Risk of Widespread Closures, Worse Emergency Response Times, and Bigger Burden on Taxpayers
Schumer: Highway Trust Fund Cliff Would Cut off Fed Funds for Bridge Repair Projects Along the LIE & Highway Safety Upgrades
Thursday, July 17th, 2014
Huddle House diner franchise is adding 10 units over the next five years in New York, marking the 50-year-old brand’s first foray into that area.
The expansion represents an agreement signed with an experienced multi-unit investor, and both franchisee and franchisor are excited about the new deal. While Huddle House has previously extended only as far as West Virginia and Pennsylvania, the Northeast is a perfect fit for the iconic diner franchise.
“If you think about it, there’s already a diner culture there,” said Jonathan Benjamin, Chief Development Officer for Huddle House. “Huddle House represents something new and innovative with a bit of Southern flair. Bacon and eggs you can get anywhere, but the biscuits and gravy are just not everyday menu items you’ll find in the Northeast. That’s a bit of a draw, along with the small footprint and ease of operation.” MORE
Deborah Hastings NY Daily News Friday, July 18, 2014
Maybe he should think about getting a bigger plane.
Frank Fierro, who made an emergency landing last week on a busy Long Island road, did it again on Friday, in nearly the same spot.
The Suffolk County man landed his single-engine ultralight Challenger plane in the east-bound lanes of Sunrise Highway in East Moriches, police said...MORE + Video (NY Daily News)
Jonathan Allen Reuters Thu Jul 17, 2014
A threatened strike on New York's Long Island Rail Road was averted on Thursday when the transit authority and labor unions reached a tentative contract deal, bringing relief to thousands of riders who had been dreading a painful commute.
The announcement came after Governor Andrew Cuomo urged leaders from the state-controlled Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the eight unions representing about 5,400 rail workers to meet at his New York City office to resolve their differences...MORE (Reuters)
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's transit agency will publicize the details of its contract offer to Long Island Rail Road workers in newspaper and radio advertisements on Wednesday, the agency said, in an effort to pressure unions to call off a looming strike.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has offered a 17 percent pay raise over seven years, limits to benefit contributions and continuing pension payments for current employees.
The unions have balked at the requirement that future workers would have to make steeper payments into their benefits...MORE (YahooNews)
July, 2014 marks the 50th Anniversary of federal government support for public transportation.The success of public transportation can be traced back to one of the late President Lyndon Johnson’s greatest accomplishments which continues benefiting many Americans today...
...In the late ‘60’s, I would ride the Universal Auto Bus route which ran down Middle Neck Road from Great Neck Plaza to the Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy. There was also the Great Neck to Lynbrook route operated by Schenck Bus.
Riding that route, I would switch for the Bee Line Bus and pay another fare taking me to either Hempstead or Freeport. There were no free transfers in those days. Into the 70’s, both Hempstead and Freeport were two major shopping hubs.
From Hempstead, I could explore various other communities in Nassau County... MORE (theislandnow.com)
Long Islanders about to be stranded by an LIRR strike won’t be rescued by their Congress members.
The New York delegation, including three Long Island reps, said Wednesday that Congress won’t step in — and it’s up to the union and MTA to hash out a deal before the July 20 deadline...MORE (NY POST)
The town hall building in Hempstead, Long Island, may seem pretty unremarkable at first sight. A big cube-like structure, with rows of glass windows, the building displays just the right amount of authority as the seat of local power. But a closer look at its rooftop reveals lines of shining solar panels, their blue cells merrily processing the sun's bounty.
With one of the highest electricity rates in the country, Long Island should be a prime location for the development of renewable energy. Watch the video interview with Town Supervisor Kate Murray and learn more about what Hempstead, America's largest township, is doing to promote clean, green power. Also, check out Leading the Way, an annual report on Long Island's municipal adoption of renewable energy.
More info: Town of Hempstead