Skip to Content
Streetsblog New York City home
Streetsblog New York City home
Log In
State Legislature

Transit Lockbox Passes Senate Unanimously, Needs Final Push In Assembly

This afternoon, the transit lockbox bill passed the State Senate, where it was sponsored by Brooklyn Republican Marty Golden, and according to the Senate's twitter feed, the vote was unanimous. The legislation, which would bar the governor from raiding transit funds while raising the political cost of legislative raids through a series of disclosure requirements, now moves to the Assembly.

Since 2009, Albany has stolen $260 million in dedicated funds from the MTA in order to patch up the state’s budget.

James Brennan, the sponsor for the bill in the Assembly, is working to get it on the Ways and Means Committee agenda for tonight, said his legislative director, Lorrie Smith. The session will continue tomorrow, so the bill could also pass the Assembly then. Especially at this point in the session, the future of the bill is in the hands of Speaker Sheldon Silver, who will decide whether it comes to a vote.

The Assembly version of the lockbox bill currently has 39 sponsors and is backed by an unusually broad coalition of labor, business groups, and transportation advocates.

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog New York City

Friday’s Headlines: Hochul’s Fantasy World Edition

The governor has gone off the deep end. Plus other news.

July 19, 2024

Speaker Adams: Council May Not Use its ‘Sammy’s Law’ Power to Lower Speed Limits

The Council may not lower the speed limit, even though it fought so hard to get that very right from the state legislature.

July 19, 2024

Parks Dept. Has Money But No Timeline to Finish Eastern Queens Greenway

There's tens of millions of dollars for the greenway, so when will parks build it?

July 19, 2024

Thursday’s Headlines: Paris is a Lot Cooler than NYC Edition

The City of Light has figured out how to reduce the heat island effect. Plus other news in today's daily digest.

July 18, 2024

Exclusive: Legal Team Announced for Suit Against Hochul’s Congestion Pricing ‘Pause’

Attorneys from three firms have inked a joint defense agreement to fight "the governor’s illegal decision to cancel congestion pricing," Comptroller Brad Lander said.

July 17, 2024
See all posts