Fall Conference 2009 Albany Update

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Fall Conference 2009 Albany Update

  1. 1. NYPTA Fall Conference November 18 Albany New York
  2. 2. Weingarten, Reid & McNally, LLC The Experience to Make Your Voice Heard
  3. 3. What We do We work to achieve NYPTA’s priorities through a combination of tools including: P rofessional lobbying C oalition building G rassroots advocacy M edia efforts P olitical actions
  4. 4. 23 rd District Candidate Bill Owens Greets Senator Dave Valesky 2009 Election Update Republicans Lose 23 rd Congressional District Bloomberg Wins 3 rd Term In Close Race North Country Congressman Bill Owens wins the 23 rd Congressional District with 49 percent of the vote over Conservative Candidate Doug Hoffman Mayor Michael Bloomberg Spends $100-million to defeat underdog Bill Thompson by 5% of the vote.
  5. 5. 2009 Election Update Republicans Win Big in Key Local Elections – Gain Momentum Going Into 2010 NY GOP Gains Ground Nassau – Retakes legislature, County Executive too close to call Westchester – Democratic County Executive Andrew Spano defeated Ulster – Gains Majority in Legislature, Majority Leader Cahill loses seat Onondaga – Increases Majority to 12-7 Erie – Gains 3 Seats, Doubles Margin in Legislature
  6. 6. Governor Paterson Unveils Two Year $5-Billion Deficit Reduction Plan Legislature Resistant to Education and Medicaid Cuts as Negotiations Continue through Special Session Governor Paterson Addresses Legislature in a Rare Joint Session of the Legislature
  7. 7. Senate and Assembly Hold Hearings on Proposed DRP <ul><li>$5 Billion Two-Year Deficit Reduction Plan includes cuts to the following operating aid to transit systems: </li></ul><ul><li>Transportation Mass Transportation Assistance Program (18,938) </li></ul><ul><li>Mass Transportation Operating Assistance Fund Program (97,554) </li></ul><ul><li>Additional Mass Transportation Assistance Program (8,939) </li></ul>NYPTA Submits Testimony in Opposition to Operating Cuts
  8. 8. By MICHAEL GORMLEY , Associated Press First published: Sunday, November 15, 2009 ALBANY -- A new coalition of upstate and suburban Democratic senators -- including Neil Breslin of Albany County -- say they will refuse to vote for any midyear school aid cuts sought by Gov. David Paterson and still being negotiated by the Senate's New York City-based leaders. If it holds, the coalition of seven Democrats would kill the chance of disruptive midyear school aid cuts in any deficit reduction package . Paterson, a Democrat, says the cuts are needed to address a $3.2 billion deficit.   Coalition: Stop school aid cuts State Democrats say they'll refuse to vote for any midyear reductions
  9. 11. THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING PIE OF CUTS NYS BUDGET 2009-10 $80 Billion
  10. 12. Paterson Opposes NYS DOT Proposed New Five Year Capital Program Proposed Capital Program recommends a $25.8 billion infrastructure investment over the next five years in state and local highways and bridges, intercity passenger and freight rail, suburban and upstate transit, ports and airports. $340 million provided for transit. “ Unfortunately this plan, and the plan the MTA submitted on October 1, are simply unaffordable given New York’s current fiscal condition. “ – Governor David Paterson
  11. 14. NYPTA Weighs in on Capital Plan Proposal NYPTA released a report “Upstate and Suburban Transit at the Crossroads” urging the State to address the growing operating aid crisis in tandem with capital needs with the following revenue recommendations including those already in place for the MTA: <ul><li>Regional Payroll Tax </li></ul><ul><li>Increased DMV Fees </li></ul><ul><li>Taxi Surcharges </li></ul><ul><li>Mortgage Recording Tax Increase </li></ul>
  12. 15. NYPTA Weighs in on Capital Plan Proposal $470 million $340 million Capital Costs Replace/Upgrade 50% exceeding useful life (non-LEED) Replace/Upgrade 50% exceeding useful life Transit Facilities and Components 815 Alternate Propulsion Vehicles (40% of 2,040) 37% of fleet at plan end 500 Alternate Propulsion Vehicles 31% of fleet at plan end Clean Fuel Initiative 2,040 Urban Transit (60% clean diesel, 40% alternate propulsion) 2,400 Paratransit 6 year average age 1,800 Urban Transit 2,400 Paratransit 7 year average age Vehicle Replacement NYPTA Recommendation NYSDOT Proposal Program Element NYSDOT Capital Program Proposal Recommendations
  13. 16. Transportation Chairs Dilan and Gantt are currently holding hearings across the State on the 25.8 billion proposal. Legislature Holds Hearings on Capital Proposal Weingarten, Reid & McNally and NYPTA are working to submit testimony to provide the Legislature with recommendations to sustain Upstate and Suburban Transit.
  14. 17. Senate Includes DERA Exemptions in DRP Exemptions will save $5.8 million for Upstate authorities and $30 million for the MTA. The Senate Deficit Reduction Plan, introduced by Finance Chair Kruger, includes language from Senator Dilan to exempt buses within 3 years of retirement from retrofit requirements.
  15. 18. THANK YOU QUESTIONS?

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