Residents shared their thoughts, concerns and experiences to improve program.
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-Brooklyn, Staten Island) joined the Bay Ridge and Ovington chapters of AARP and the Bay Ridge Council on Aging, along with personnel from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Paratransit Division, to host a public forum to improve the Access-A-Ride Program Wednesday at Holy Angels Academy in Bay Ridge.
“This community has one of the largest and fastest growing senior populations in the country, and a large number of them rely on Access-a-Ride services to see their doctors, family, and friends. Unfortunately, we hear far too often about the program’s shortcomings. I’m glad MTA Paratransit was able to join me in this effort to make sure these people are heard and, hopefully, get them some answers and better service,” said Malliotakis.
Malliotakis has been conducting an extensive review of Access-A-Ride and will be issuing a summary of her findings and recommendations in the coming months.
The Access-A-Ride program allows eligible commuters, under the Americans with Disabilities Act, to reserve a trip in advance to a destination within the service area covered by public buses and subways. MTA New York City Transit administers the Access-A-Ride program through shared-ride, door-to-door or feeder service.
Vincent Bocchino, President, Ovington Chapter AARP; Peter Killen, President, Bay Ridge Chapter AARP; State Senator Marty Golden; Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis; and Thomas Charles, Vice President, MTA New York City Transit Paratransit Division.
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-Bay Ridge) is pleased to share that the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) has followed through on its promise to make repairs to the 76th Street staircase. At the recent request of local residents, the community board and elected officials to improve the safety of the staircase, the DOT took action to fix the cracks in the damaged concrete. The repairs come in response to a letter Malliotakis sent, along with State Senator Marty Golden and City Councilman Vinny Gentile, to the Brooklyn DOT Commissioner on June 8th.
“I would like to thank the hardworking members of the DOT for a job well done,” said Malliotakis. “It is extremely important that we keep our neighborhood in good condition. These repairs are necessary to ensure that community members can travel safely on a daily basis.”
The final repairs will be completed once the fallen railing has been replaced.
Malliotakis Celebrates Return of Brooklyn’s B37
After four years of petitions, rallies, and advocating, Brooklyn bus riders finally have their B37 back! The New York State Legislature included an increase in funding for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to help restore the bus which was eliminated in 2010 as a cost-cutting measure.
Since 2010, then-candidate for Assembly Nicole Malliotakis rallied with transportation advocates, elected officials, members of the Transport Workers Union (TWU) representing bus drivers and civic and business groups for the bus’s return. Since being elected Malliotakis held at least three rallies and launched an online petition titled “Give Me My Bus Back.”
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-C-Bay Ridge-Staten Island) said she is pleased the fight has been won. “After four years and passionate advocacy from all corners of the community, I’m pleased to join my colleagues to celebrate the B37’s return to service. We once again proved that by working together and advocating for Bay Ridge’s needs, we can achieve real results.”
Since taking office, Malliotakis has successfully fought for restoration and expansion of bus service in her district including the X1, X27, B8, B37, B64, S76 and S93 lines. She has made transportation issues a priority of her office.
Assemblyman Joe Borelli (R,C,I-South Shore) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I –East Shore/Brooklyn) today joined colleagues to roll out a Common Core reform package entitled “Achieving Pupil Preparedness & Launching Excellence (APPLE) Plan”. The APPLE Plan is a reform measure that would slow down the implementation of Common Core and introduce new, comprehensive education reform for New York State. The plan was created after 11 public education forums were held throughout the state, hearing hours of testimony from parents, teachers, administrators and children on the appropriate ways to educate our students.
“The implementation of Common Core represents the major failures in our education department,” said Borelli. “We in the minority conference did our due diligence to give the people of New York a voice and address their concerns about education and how it should be reformed. The Apple Plan is the first step toward fixing the problems of Common Core and giving our children the education they deserve.”
Borelli’s colleague, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-Brooklyn-Staten Island) is also critical of the implementation of Common Core and believes that the APPLE Plan is a step in the right direction.
“Today’s release of the ‘At the Educational Crossroads’ report is the culmination of several months of hard work by our Republican Assembly Conference to address the multiple problems experienced from the swift implementation of the Common Core curriculum,” said Malliotakis. “With so many students, parents and educators affected by this program, it is absolutely critical that we take action to adjust the system to better meet the needs of our children. With concerns about Common Core being raised across New York, we truly are at a crossroads in terms of education. It is critical that the reforms we have proposed be swiftly enacted because our students only get once chance to receive a quality education.”
The APPLE plan solution addresses critical issues in the areas of Curriculum, Teacher Support, Funding, Student Anxiety, Special Education and Data Collection and concludes with two reform options recommended by members of the Assembly Minority Conference. Proposed solutions within the APPLE Plan include:
* Stopping the rushed implementation of the Common Core State Standards;
* Providing funding for professional development;
* Eliminating the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA);
* Reducing the over-reliance on student testing;
* Reasserting that an IEP is the supreme document for the education of a child with special needs; and
* Requiring that parents must consent to any disclosure of student information to a third party.
“We need to put the brakes on Common Core implementation. You only get one chance to educate a child,” said Borelli. “Thanks to Ed Ra and the rest of the minority conference, we finally have a good plan in place for the proper education of our children.”
The APPLE Plan is available for review online at bit.ly/educationalcrossroads. Borelli and Malliotakis are encouraging those interested to take a look at the plan and contact their respective offices with any concerns they may have.
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-Brooklyn, Staten Island) today joined Sen. Martin Golden (R,C,I-Brooklyn), MTA Board Member Allen Cappelli, representatives from the Guild for Exceptional Children and members of the Transit Workers Union for a press conference calling on the MTA New York City Transit Board to fully restore the B37 bus route. After years of fighting by elected officials and community groups, the MTA Board has agreed to a partial restoration of the B37 route; however this would only restore service from Bay Ridge to Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center.
“For three years I have fought alongside my colleagues, community groups and transit advocates to restore the B37,” said Malliotakis. “While we were successful in getting the MTA to agree to a restoration, reinstating the route only to the Barclays Center simply isn’t adequate. The majority of our constituents use this bus to get downtown, to the courts system, borough hall or medical appointments; all of which would still be out of reach under the partial restoration. While I’m pleased to have the bus partially restored, a full restoration is absolutely critical for the people of Bay Ridge and all of Brooklyn. I want to encourage anyone who uses the bus regularly to join us as we make our appeal to the MTA board on January 27.”
Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a member of the Metropolitan Transit Capital Review Board, stated, “The planned restoration of the B37 bus line is a tremendous victory for the riders, families and businesses of Brooklyn who had relied on this service prior to its elimination. However, the plan to end the route at the Barclays Center at Atlantic Avenue is miscalculated, and will fail to meet the needs of Brooklyn’s commuters. Another ten more blocks, as was previously the case, makes traveling in Brooklyn significantly more practical, and I urge the Metropolitan Transit Authority to continue to put the needs of their customers first.”
MTA Board Member Allen Cappelli said, “Senator Golden and Assemblywoman Malliotakis have been strong advocates in bringing about transportation equity in southern Brooklyn and throughout the region. I’m pleased to stand with them today to urge the MTA to finish the job and complete the B37 restoration.”
Should the partial restoration plan be enacted, service on the B37 would be available along 3rd Avenue from Shore Parkway to Atlantic Avenue, but would terminate at the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center subway complex. From there, riders would be forced to transfer to the B41, B45, B63, B67 and B103. The MTA Bus Company is also studying the feasibility of adding new stops along the B103 route to supplement service previously provided by the B37. However, those stops would not service all the previously-used locations.
Residents who wish to express their support for full restoration of the B37 can attend the NYC Transit and Bus committee meeting of the MTA Board. The meeting will be held on Monday, January 27 at 10:30 a.m. at the MTA headquarters, 347 Madison Avenue, Fifth Floor, Manhattan.