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Malliotakis Testimony to be Delivered at Tonight’s MTA Hearing on Proposed Toll Increases

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December 10, 2014

MALLIOTAKIS TESTIMONY TO BE DELIVERED
AT TONIGHT’S MTA HEARING ON PROPOSED TOLL INCREASES

To: Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)

From: Nicole Malliotakis, Member of Assembly

Date: December 10, 2014

Re: Public Hearing on Proposed Changes in Fares, Crossing Charges, and Service

Good evening.

My name is Nicole Malliotakis and I represent the East Shore of Staten Island and part of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, in the New York State Assembly. I have the distinct privilege of representing communities on both sides of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, and wish to convey the unique perspective of what it’s like for residents of each borough to continually face toll increases on crossing a bridge that for many is simply unavoidable.

It is a well-known fact that Staten Islanders and Brooklynites have long funded the MTA by virtue of tolls they pay on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, with the Verrazano generating an annual profit of approximately $250 million. But that profit is mostly used to fund other parts of the MTA transportation network while debt is issued for regular maintenance of the bridge, like the current deck replacement project. This is an unfair burden placed on the many commuters who use the bridge to go to work or school.

While no major capital infrastructure projects for Southwest Brooklyn or Staten Island were included in the recently announced Capital Plan proposal, it did include more debt being issued for mega projects like the Manhattan 2nd Avenue Subway, Metro North, and the Long Island East Side Access Project—which is unjustifiably overrun by 14 years and over-budget by $6 billion. It is this type of mismanagement and reckless spending that has driven up a $40 billion debt load at the MTA and made it the 5th most indebted government entity after the States of California, Massachusetts, New York, and the City of New York. Lack of priorities on the part of the MTA has led to public transportation-starved communities in the outer boroughs, or as our Mayor would say: a tale of two cities with “its haves and have-nots.”

I sincerely urge the MTA to take the following concrete steps toward reducing this tremendous strain on my constituents, including:

1. maintaining the Staten Island Resident Discount at $5.50;

2. establishing a discount program for Brooklyn residents similar to that of the Port Authority which provides a 58% discount for commuters who make 3 or more trips in a 30-day period; and

3. joining me in urging the Governor and legislative leaders to obtain a portion of the newly realized $5 billion state surplus to avoid the toll and fare increases at issue here tonight.

While we are appreciate the restoration of bus lines on both sides of the bridge, as well as the aforementioned discount, the fact remains that the residents of Staten Island and Southwest Brooklyn are NOT getting their money’s worth. I look forward to working with you to correct that.

Thank you.

Nicole Malliotakis

TESTIMONY FROM STATE SENATOR MARTIN J. GOLDEN & ASSEMBLYWOMAN NICOLE MALLIOTAKIS REGARDING THE B37

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Submitted for the January 27, 2014 MTA Transit and Bus Committee Hearing at 347 Madison, New York, NY at 10:30 AM.

Below Please find the submitted testimony from State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-C-I, Brooklyn/Staten Island) regarding the B37.

“The restoration of the B37 bus line was a tremendous victory for the riders, families and businesses of Brooklyn who relied on this service for so long prior to its elimination. This decision was welcomed by so many in the community, including our students, senior citizens, health care professionals, and those who will again be able to utilize this bus to get to and from work. However, the proposal to cease service at the Barclays Center at Atlantic Avenue is an ill-advised plan that will fail to meet the needs of Brooklyn’s commuters. In the past, the B37 would travel 10 blocks further to Court Street at Livingston Street, connecting riders with destinations like the court system, medical appointments, and Borough Hall and its surrounding neighborhood. As the State legislative representatives of Bay Ridge, we formally request that the B37 be restored in full, running past the Barclays Center and to its former final stop at Court Street. Anything less would be a failure for your customers.”

BUDGET PROPOSAL STRIKES OPTIMISTIC TONE FOR NEW YORK RESIDENTS

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Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-Brooklyn, Staten Island) issued the following statement in response to Gov. Cuomo’s budget address:

I am proud to have been a part of the progress made over the past three years, turning a $10 billion deficit into a $2 billion surplus. This year’s budget contains both positive relief for taxpayers as well as items I am concerned about. I was most pleased to hear the governor’s plan to provide tax relief for both middle-class property owners and renters. It was also refreshing to hear the governor acknowledge the flaws currently being felt from the hasty implementation of Common Core. Parents, teachers and students across the state have made their voices heard, and I look forward to working with the governor to enact these critical fixes.

Of particular interest to the people of Brooklyn is the ongoing health crisis in which so many hospitals are on the verge of closure. I was pleased to hear the governor’s desire to ensure quality health services remains intact.

The budget proposal also calls for an additional $85 million of funding for the MTA over last year’s budget. I remain hopeful that a portion of these funds will be earmarked for toll relief on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

I was very disappointed that the governor once again proposed using taxpayer funds for political campaigns, a plan I strongly oppose. Controversial policy issues such as this should be debated and voted on separately from the budget.

MALLIOTAKIS, GOLDEN JOIN COLLEAGUES AND SUPPORTERS TO CALL FOR FULL RESTORATION OF THE B37

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Proposed restoration would restore only partial service of the old route. Legislators call on the MTA Transit Board to fully restore the B37 bus.B37PressConference01.17.2014.Resize

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.

TESTIMONY FROM STATE SENATOR MARTIN J. GOLDEN & ASSEMBLYWOMAN NICOLE MALLIOTAKIS REGARDING THE B37

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Submitted for the November 14, 2013 MTA Public Hearing.

Brooklyn- Below please find the submitted testimony from State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-C-I, Brooklyn/Staten Island) regarding the B37.

“The restoration of the B37 bus line was a tremendous victory for the riders, families and businesses of Brooklyn who relied on this service for so long prior to its elimination. This decision was welcomed by so many in the community, including our students, senior citizens, health care professionals, and those who will again be able to utilize this bus to get to and from work. However, the proposal to cease service at the Barclays Center at Atlantic Avenue is an ill-advised plan that will fail to meet the needs of Brooklyn’s commuters. In the past, the B37 would travel 10 blocks further to Court Street at Livingston Street, connecting riders with destinations like the court system, medical appointments, and Borough Hall and its surrounding neighborhood. As the State legislative representatives of Bay Ridge, we formally request that the B37 be restored in full, running past the Barclays Center and to its former final stop at Court Street. Anything less would be a failure for your customers.”