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Contract Ratification Vote

Posted On: Sep 12, 2014 (19:16:05)

The result of the Contract Ratification Vote is:

Accept - 1044

Reject - 33

Contract is ratified by the membership by a 97% "Accept" vote

Welcome McSorley

Updated On: Sep 07, 2014 (20:35:00)
I would like to take the time to thank Dawn Anderson for all of her hard work that she has performed for this Local. She was the first female to be elected to the Executive Board of Local 726. She has been a big part of this union for the past 20 years. We wish her the best in her new position as dispatcher. She will be greatly missed. I would also like to welcome Danny McSorley to the Executive Board. It was an easy choice for me to make. I have worked with Danny for many years, and he is truly a hard worker. He was a volunteer steward for 5 years and elected for the next 15 years. I know he will be devoted to serving this great Union. If you haven?t heard we have settled out contract with the MTA. The Executive Board has recommended that the membership vote to ratify the contract. It will be discussed at tomorrow?s Union Meeting. We will also be having a special Union Meeting at the Hall on Wednesday September 10th at 10:30am and 8:00pm in order to go over the contract. We will then be having a membership ratification vote on Friday September 12th in all 4 depots from 6am to 6pm. The counting of the vote will be held at the Union Hall after the polls close. Anyone who wishes to observe the counting is welcome to come. Results will be posted on the Union website as soon as the result is known. Sincerely Daniel Cassella President
Give $40 million MTA surplus to riders, says Staten Island's Cappelli, Rose

Updated On: Apr 22, 2013 (17:40:00)

With a budget surplus giving the MTA $40 million in new revenue, a transit advocacy group, and two prominent Staten Islanders, are calling for Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the agency to restore cuts made three years ago.

Those cuts included the elimination of X6 express bus, the consolidation of X13 and X14 service, the elimination of the S67, and service reductions on the S54, S57, S66 and S76 lines. Service on some other lines was curtailed or absorbed by other routes, typically to riders' inconvenience. 

A cut to the S76 was restored earlier this year, with the announcement of a string of service enhancements. But most of the 2010 cuts have remained in place.

"Our riders expect that the MTA seize this opportunity and utilize this money for restoration of some of the cuts of 2010, expand service where overcrowding exists as our ridership grows, and serve new markets as the face of our city and region continues to change," said Allen P. Cappelli of Livingston, an attorney and Staten Island's member of the MTA board. He spoke at a Manhattan rally Sunday organized by the advocacy group Riders Alliance.

Cappelli acknowledged Cuomo's support of the agency, which permitted the restoration of some service cuts earlier in 2013, but he said more needs to be done to serve riders.

Councilwoman Debi Rose said it's only "common sense" that the funds be used for service restorations and enhancements. The North Shore Democrat said that constituents in her district are increasingly dependent on "ever-eroding bus services."

The executive director of the Riders Alliance cited increasing ridership as just one of the reasons why more funding is needed by the MTA. "Now that there is a little more in the budget than expected, the first priority should be restoring and expanding service for millions of people who rely on MTA buses and trains," said the leader, John Raskin.

According to the Riders Alliance, the state budget that passed last month included a funding increase that "exceeded the MTA's budget assumption by $40 million, largely because transit-dedicated taxes brought in more money than expected due to a recovering economy."

As losses mount, more moves by MTA to crack down on fare beaters

Updated On: Jul 25, 2012 (14:06:00)
A May 13 Staten Island Advance report on fare evasion on city buses has helped spur some measures to stop the widespread practice and recoup the millions of dollars lost in unpaid fares. The most recent is the announcement that the MTA is boosting its patrol on problem bus routes in an effort to crack down on fare evaders. The agency says it will add 60 to 70 people to its "Eagle Team Read More...
MTA announces some service restorations for Staten Island

Posted On: Jul 25, 2012 (13:56:53)
Staten Islanders will see some bus services restored and extended, such as the S93 finally servicing the College of Staten Island, as part of the MTA's $29 million investment in regional transportation improvements. In a letter sent from the MTA to city Councilman Vincent Ignizio's office today, the agency outlines the proposed restorations and extensions that Islanders will soon see Read More...
Staten Island motorists seeing red over MTA paint job on Richmond Avenue

Posted On: Jul 25, 2012 (13:49:45)
Traffic was snarled on Richmond Avenue today while the city Department of Transportation painted the right lane red between Arthur Kill and Forest Hill road. The Staten Island Mall-bound lane was painted red to make way for a Select Bus Service (SBS) route Read More...
S44 bus in Staten Island has highest fare-evasion rate of all routes surveyed by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Updated On: Jul 02, 2012 (15:55:00)
Route runs between St. George Ferry Terminal and Staten Island Mall. S74, which connects St. George to Bricktown Mall, has second-worst farebeating route Fare evasion is plaguing the bus network all across the city - but no route is more frequently a free ride than the S44 in Staten Island. The line, running between the St Read More...
Undercover cops patrolling Staten Island city buses for fare beaters

Posted On: Jun 14, 2012 (21:41:14)
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Fare beaters, beware: The next time you try taking a free ride on a city bus, your destination could be a jail cell.Undercover police officers are now riding Metropolitan Transportation Authority buses on Staten Island targeting fare beaters in an attempt to stop the financial bleeding these cheats are causing the system Read More...

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