Topic

bridges and tunnels

10 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Andrew Cuomo, EZ Pass New York, Bill de Blasio, Richard A. Gerentine, New York State Senate

I want EZ Pass to waive their administrative fees to EZ Pass account holders !

Every single day EZ Pass is taking advantage of customers, either their machines at bridges, thruways and tunnels are not properly reading the device tags on customers cars or there are numerous fees of $50.00 for a toll that can be as low as $1.25 up to $15.00 and instead of resolving the issue with EZ Pass, they will send your violations into collections where you are forced to pay with your hard earned money or else non payment can result into suspension of your vehicle registration, which you need active to get to work and make a living. I traveled across the Outerbridge Crossing and my device was not read while crossing the toll lane; however, I had money in my EZ Pass account. They sent me a toll violation in the mail which I never received due to change of address but it was too late and the violation went into collections where they are forcing me to pay a $50 fee. I know some of you may say $50 is not a lot of money; however, it's the same money I need to replenish my account and with our economy, money isn't easy to make and I work hard for my money. The people in collections say they have no way of waiving the fee; however, that is a complete lie and these collection agencies and EZ Pass New York or taking advantage of people with these cash less toll lanes and hitting people with over thousands of dollars in toll fees which they won't waive which is unfair especially if your an EZ Pass account holder. This needs to stop and I need your help spreading awareness. How are customers held liable for scanners at the bridges, tunnels and thru-ways not properly reading customers vehicle tags? How are customers supposed to travel and get to work with a suspended registration because these EZ pass toll's are such a high amount to pay and it is not affordable to many people across the state? If you look at other states other states charge way less for tolls. I understand that New York City is a metropolitan area and a very busy and expensive area; however, there has to be A fair system where you can pay your toll's and avoid fees or have your fees waived if you are an EZ Pass account holder. I have one friend who is being charged over $15,000 of tolls and only $3,000 of that amount is the actual toll amount and the rest is all fees! I need help spreading this message. it is completely unfair for us hard-working New Yorkers that work eight hours a day or more trying to survive and taking care of our families being forced to pay these high tall amounts which is something that we are adjusted and used to doing but with these fees on top of that how are we supposed to get to work and how are we supposed to pay our bills when most of our money is going to EZ Pass ??

S S
65 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Andrew Cuomo, New York Governor, New York State House, New York State Senate

We Want Our Bridges Back!

Just 12 words.  1. Triborough Bridge  2. Queensboro Bridge 3. Tappan Zee Bridge  4. Brooklyn Battery Tunnel 5. Holland Tunnel Enough said. Why did I put a photo then of the Manhattan Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge as the 'digital mascot' for this petition?  Because if we don't stop this insanity now, soon those bridges will be renamed too.  Soon Central Park will be renamed.  What about the Statue of Liberty and the George Washington Bridge?  Are they next in the firing line?  This petition is designed to stop the insanity, and reverse the damage. To the uninformed, the names of these above-listed historically grounded landmarks in New York all have been changed to unrecognizable monuments honoring mere modern mortals: 1. RFK Bridge 2. Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge 3. Cuomo Bridge 4. Hugh Carey Tunnel 5. Clifford Milburn Holland Tunnel Um, who the heck is Clifford Milburn?  Who the heck are ANY of these people?  Governors? Mayors?   Why must the traditional and historical names of our infrastructure constantly change to honor modern politicians?  And with taxpayer money?  We all love the original names.  We don't need new names. We don't want them named after Republican Rudy Giuliani.  We don't want them named after Democrat Bill DeBlasio.  We don't even want them named after Mother Theresa.  These bridges and tunnels already HAD names!   For a while, when I was younger, I actually thought the government was doing so well, building all of these new wonderful bridges at new crossings and these new tunnels under new parts of the rivers.  What a shock and disappointment to discover that these politicians were not working hard, focused on building new infrastructure---nope!  Instead, they were working hard, focused on changing the names of our current infrastructure, wasting time on wasteful legislation and wasting money on sign changes that cost us millions.  Money that could have gone to: a) helping the homeless in New York; b) helping the unemployed find jobs; c) helping us build new infrastructure projects to make traffic less congested; d) and this list goes on and on. Please: Stop diluting and dishonoring our history! Why must Albany and NYC constantly change these names, confusing the citizens of New York, the visitors to New York, and the tourists to New York? If I went back to San Francisco and discovered that the CA legislature had changed the name of the Golden Gate Bridge, and to honor a politician (of either party) no less, I’d be horrified. (And yes, all of these bridges are just as important to the history of New York as the Golden Gate is to California).  What if Yellowstone National Park were renamed after some unremarkable modern bureaucrat?  Germany’s Rieperbahn? China’s Great Wall? How would you feel if you went to visit the Inca or Aztec Ruins and they put the name of some modern man (or woman) at the front of those heritage sites?  Or worse, totally changed them. Unthinkable. And yet... that is what is happening. Has happened.  Must be reversed. Must never happen again.  It is not “just a bridge”.  It is not “just a tunnel”.  It is not “just a highway”. It is not “just a park”. In fact, if it’s “just” something, then why change the name in the first place? Many point out that we still use the original names. But that’s not the point. The legislature’s intent was to irrevocably force new names into the history books while tossing aside the logical, traditional, and wholly apolitical original names. There was NOTHING wrong with the original names. Everyone LOVED (and still loves) the original names. The fact that we, the people, still use the original names is a testament to the power we wield in numbers in a free society.  On the flip side, the fact that these bridge names were changed in the first place without public consent or feedback is a testament to how much politicians’ heads have swelled in modern times. They are not your bridges to rename!  So we want them back. We don’t even want names appended to the front. Our public infrastructure is not for you to name. Our public infrastructure is for US to name. The citizens. And in this case, the citizens of New York.  Since we can’t currently vote on the names (and don't worry, that's our next battle), we are signing this petition. Cape Canaveral had its original name returned; so can all of the original names of these important bridges and tunnels in New York. The politician's job is to legislate on policy on our behalf; it is not to choose a name for our tax-payer funded infrastructure like parents do for their new baby. You are not the parents of our infrastructure. These bridges and tunnels are not your babies to name or rename. They belong to us, the people. We are the ones who gave birth to and built these beautiful structures through our taxes.   You? You are the doctors who delivered the baby.  Are we grateful for your services as doctors?  Yes, we are.  Thank you—truly—for delivering our babies. But--and it's a BIG but--do not for a moment presume to think you have the right to name them... or rename them. 1. You did not personally finance these bridges and tunnels. 2. You are being paid handsomely in your job as a legislator/government leader. Once you start working for us for free, and donating your own money to fund construction and renovation, then we can start talking about putting the names you want on our babies.  Maybe.  But no, even then, we won't rename a historic bridge after you, your family, or your heros.  Not without our consent.  Because, did you forget, with all due respect, you work for us. What we want is clear.  #WeWantOurBridgesBack#SaveTheTappanZee#SaveTheTriboro#StopRenamingThings#50YearReferendumLaw Thank you for joining this fight.  Fighting On Your Behalf, I am, -Dr. Monroe Mann, PhD, Esq, MBA Petitioner in Chief

Monroe Mann
772 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Hon. Jay Schneiderman, Hon. Christin Scalera, Hon. Julie Lofstad, Hon. Stan Glinka, Hon. John Bouvier, Sundy Schermeyer

B.A.N. the Gateway Proposal across from Bridgehampton Commons -

BRIDGEHAMPTON ACTION NOW  (B.A.N.) THE GATEWAY PROPERTY ACROSS FROM BRIDGEHAMPTON COMMONS We won the first battle. Help us to Preserve this high traffic area and Watershed.  B.A.N. supporters with the help of our attorney forced the withdrawal of the Town sponsored PDD Gateway proposal.  However, the fight is not over, as a new  proposal is expected to be submitted in the very near future. Due to B.A.N.'s vigilance and other concerned community groups,  we have opposed any new inappropriate plan in order to protect the critical natural features and rural appearance of the Gateway site.    B.A.N. will work to have the Town Board enact greater zoning protections for this important site. We will also participate in any Planning Board review to make sure that natural features and the  watershed are fully protected from harm.   The 1999 Comprehensive Plan already recommends  the use  of scenic greenways and watershed greenways to protect the features and the rural appearance of the Gateway site.  A moratorium and a new Hamlet Study are also possible to evaluate appropriate development of the site. Residents’ comments in this petition overwhelmingly favor limiting development and protecting the natural features and appearance of the Gateway site.  Additional zoning protection is required to stop the following potential impacts: Water Impact- Water and storm water runoff which threatens the integrity of 5 ponds which connect to Kellis Pond and Kellis Creek. in Bridgehampton are connected. DISEASE causing BLUE-GREEN ALGAE already growing in many of our Ponds including endangered Kellis Pond, currently on the New York State Impaired List.  Existing Set-Backs must be increased to protect this sensitive watershed.    INTENSE TRAFFIC CONGESTION- development threatens to increase the already horrific traffic during the Summer through Fall season. Traffic accidents have increased  on Montauk Highway all year round between Water Mill and Bridgehampton in particular.  Emergency vehicles, Fire trucks, Police etc. will have tremendous difficulty getting to those in need.  ENVIRONMENT- The commercial development of the site poses a serious threat to Kellis Pond and wetland area which is habitat for wildlife and birds. ECONOMIC IMPACT DISASTER to MAIN STREET- Commercial development threatens the economic future of the charming retail and antique shops which are the centerpiece of the Bridgehampton . Four retail stores have closed on Main street and most are still unrented. Retail uses should not be introduced. Say no to high end and pop stress that kill local buinesses  Additional zoning overlay restrictions:  The Town Board should consider more restrictive zoning overlays to better protect the natural features of the site. If necessary, the Hamlet Study Plan should be updated to reflect current conditions. PLEASE SEND YOUR EMAILS directed to Town Board Members (listed below) to Bridgehamptonactionnow@gmail.com, and we will hand deliver these email to be sure they are read.   This petition along with personal letters to the following board members will help us to Victory. CONTRIBUTIONS-in order for us to claim victory, we must see this through to the end with legal counsel, environmental and planning engineers. Checks are payable to Bridgehampton Action Now. Please send your contribution to Bridgehampton Action Now  P.O. Box 1245,  Bridgehampton, N.Y. 11932-1245.   Thank you again for all your support. We CAN and WILL make the difference Letters directed to-          Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman-jschneiderman@southamptontownny.gov          Board Member John Bouvier-  jbouvier@southamptontownny.gov          Board Member Julie  Lofstad- jlofstad@southamptontownny.gov           Board Member  Stan Glinka- sglinka@southamptontownny.gov           Board Member  Christina Scalera-cscalera@southamptonny.gov           Town Clerk -   sschermeyer@southamptontownny.gov           Please send a copy of your letter to Bridgehamptonactionnow@gmail.com    Bridgehampton Action Now Committee (B.A.N.-a not- for- profit organization)      

B.A.N. Gateway (Bridgehampton Action Now)
1,322 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to California Governor, California State Senate, California State House

NAME IT THE EMPEROR NORTON BRIDGE (Preserve Existing Names — Just Add This One)

NOTEThis petition about the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge does not call for a wholesale re-naming of this bridge system for Emperor Norton. Rather, it highlights a naming solution that simply would add a name like "Emperor Norton Bridge" for the system, which Emperor Norton decreed in 1872. In this scenario, the existing names and signage for the system and its constituent parts ("spans," tunnel, pedestrian/bike path, etc.) would remain in place. The "Emperor Norton" name could be memorialized with a single prominent overhead sign on either end of the bridge and perhaps other such signs at a handful of key bridge approaches around the Bay Area. This solution is consistent with the State of California's precedent and current practice of giving multiple names to certain state-owned bridges. : :    : :    : : August 2013Updated September 2013 to reflect actions by the California State Legislature "San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge." It's a name straight out of bureaucratic central casting. A clunky, hyphenated mouthful of a moniker that tries to please everyone — but winds up pleasing few. It's little wonder that, as soon as the bridge opened in 1936, local residents cropped the name down to the handier "Bay Bridge." Still a fundamentally technical, descriptive name that lacks poetry — but two syllables are better than eight. After 80-plus years, though, the original name has earned its place. "The Bay Bridge" is here to stay. And yet... For generations, the Bay Bridge has had a second name — a parallel name, if you like. This second name — which some consider to be the bridge's real name — never has graced any official highway sign. But it lives in the hearts of many.  It's time for the bridge's historical name to share the marquee with a name that has a history of its own. A name that speaks to a deeper history. A name that finally honors the bridge's original 19th-century visionary.   In short: It's time to make the alias official — time for the State of California to add an honorary name for the Bay Area's "workhorse" bridge and, in so doing, to recognize that, before the first survey for the structure was begun in the early 1920s, this bridge was, and shall remain... The Emperor Norton Bridge.  The San Francisco pioneer, Joshua Abraham Norton (c.1818–1880) — the self-styled "Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico" — was considered eccentric, and so he was. Some considered him certifiable. But Emperor Norton also was a visionary. He was: an adversary of corruption and fraud of all kinds — political, corporate and personal; a persistent voice for fair treatment and greater legal protections for marginalized and immigrant communities — including Chinese, African-Americans, Native Americans and women; a champion of religious unity who saw the dangers of religious puritanism and sectarianism — and advocated against it; an advocate for fair labor practices; a defender of the people's right to fair taxes and basic services, including well-maintained streets, streetcars, trains and ferries; an exponent of technological innovations that advanced the public welfare; and a general ambassador of his adopted city, who embodied and heralded the values of tolerance and the common good that came to be identified with San Francisco, Oakland and the Bay Area. In January 1872, Emperor Norton issued a proclamation that declared, in part: "Whereas, we observe that certain newspapers are agitating the project of bridging the Bay; and whereas, we are desirous of connecting the cities of San Francisco and Oakland by such means; now, therefore, we, Norton I, Dei gratia Emperor, do hereby...order that the bridge be built from Oakland Point to Telegraph Hill, via Goat Island [now Yerba Buena Island]." In a second proclamation, in March 1872, the Emperor specified that the bridge should be a suspension bridge [emphasis added]: "The following is decreed and ordered to be carried into execution as soon as convenient: That a suspension bridge be built from Oakland Point to Goat Island [now Yerba Buena Island], and then to Telegraph Hill; provided such bridge can be built without injury to the navigable waters of the Bay of San Francisco." He repeated this decree with a third proclamation, in September 1872 "ordering the citizens of San Francisco and Oakland to appropriate funds for the survey of a suspension bridge from Oakland Point via Goat Island; also for a tunnel...." [See the Resources section below for a link to view all three proclamations, as they originally appeared in The Pacific Appeal newspaper. In adding, for consideration, the possibility of a cross-Bay tunnel — something he originally had called for in a separate proclamation in June 1872 — Emperor Norton anticipated by more than a century the 1974 opening of the Transbay Tube, which carries four of the five lines of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system under the Bay.] : :    : :    : : In essence, the Emperor's vision for a cross-Bay bridge came to pass in 1936, with the opening of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. In fact, the "bridge" is a bridge system composed of two bridges "hinged" by a tunnel. The monumental Western crossing, or "span," connecting San Francisco to Yerba Buena Island, is a suspension bridge, as the Emperor specified. The original Eastern crossing, connecting the island to Oakland, was built as a more conventional (at the time of its construction) cantilever-and-truss bridge. The new Eastern crossing that opened in early September 2013 is a different kind of suspension bridge than the Western crossing. But, in its way, the new crossing brings to full flower Emperor Norton's original vision of 1872, and makes it an especially appropriate time to finally name the entire Bay Bridge for him.BUT, WAIT, DIDN'T HALF THE BAY BRIDGE RECENTLY GET NAMED FOR WILLIE BROWN?!!Well, yes and no. It's true that, on 12 September 2013 — following an earlier 68-0-10 vote by the California State Assembly — the California State Senate, on a 26-7-6 vote, passed a non-binding resolution (Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 65,  or ACR 65) to designate the Western crossing of the Bay Bridge — the "San Francisco side" — as the "Willie L. Brown, Jr., Bridge," for the former California Assembly Speaker and former San Francisco mayor. But the state continues to recognize "San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge" as the name of the entire bridge system. Indeed, the 2016 Named Freeways, Highways, Structures and Other Appurtenances in California — the most recent edition of the authoritative listing produced regularly by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) (see Resources, below) — has separate and independent listings for both the "Willie L. Brown, Jr., Bridge" (p.149) and the "San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge" (p.171) The former is listed with a citation for ACR 65; the latter is listed as "Not Officially Named." In other words: For naming purposes, the State of California places these two things — (1) the constituent "spans" of the Bay Bridge and (2) the bridge as a whole — on two separate planes. Which means that the naming of the Western crossing of the Bay Bridge for Willie Brown and the naming of the entire Bay Bridge system for Emperor Norton is not an either-or proposition — it can be both-and. Put another way... In effect, the Willie Brown name now functions as one "subtitle" of the larger landmark. And a future naming of the Eastern crossing would be a second subtitle. But the main title of the landmark — "San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge" — remains. Addressing this main title is the opportunity and the imperative highlighted in this petition to name the Bay Bridge for Emperor Norton. ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT A WHOLESALE RE-NAMING OF THE BAY BRIDGE FOR EMPEROR NORTON? Not necessarily. Today, the state of California has at least 30 bridges that have two or more "main titles." Some two-thirds of these bridges have had their additional name(s) authorized by the state legislature 20 to 60 years after the bridge's original name had been in use (see Resources, below).  A number of these multi-named bridges are multi-bridge systems in which — as is being proposed here — the legislature has given component bridges their own names and has given the larger bridge system more than one name. Following these precedents and practices, it should be possible to simply add an official "Emperor Norton" name — say, "Emperor Norton Bridge" — to stand alongside the "Bay Bridge" name. The "Emperor Norton" name could be memorialized with a single prominent overhead highway sign on either end of the bridge and perhaps other such signs at a handful of key bridge approaches around the Bay Area. In this scenario, the existing names for the bridge and its constituent parts, together with all existing highway signs for these names, would be left in place.  A BAY AREA EMPEROR WITH A BAY AREA VISION It's been widely recognized, since the opening of the Bay Bridge system in 1936, that the entire system — both Western and Eastern crossings, connected in the middle by Yerba Buena Tunnel — is a remarkable feat of architecture and engineering. But it's not solely Emperor Norton's 1872 calls for the technological achievement of a Bay-spanning bridge connecting San Francisco with Oakland that warrants the Bay Bridge system's bearing his name. What must be kept firmly in mind is that, in calling for a cross-Bay bridge, Emperor Norton also was planting the seed of inspiration that would enable those after him to water and reap the deeper possibility of what such a bridge could do — namely, to nurture the two-way commerce of goods, ideas and influence between people on both sides of the Bay. From this perspective, the Emperor can be seen as an early, if unwitting, visionary of the whole idea of a local "regional economy." Indeed, whatever the Emperor's specific intentions in calling for a cross-Bay bridge 140-plus years ago, it seems undeniable that a major result of the Bay Bridge system has been to facilitate and nurture such an economy, to the benefit of people on both sides — and that, without a bridge system connecting San Francisco and Oakland, we would not mean the same thing by "Bay Area" as we do today. To be sure, Emperor Norton often is identified as a San Francisco figure. But, the truth is that the Emperor actually spent quite a bit of time and was well-known in the East Bay, making weekly ferry visits to Brooklyn, Calif. — present-day East Oakland, which he is said to have considered his "summer capital" — and to Berkeley, where, at the new University of California, he was warmly received by students; attended (and occasionally gave) public lectures; and routinely reviewed cadets. The Oakland Tribune published Proclamations from Emperor Norton and reported on his participation in meetings of the Oakland City Council and the Alameda Board of Supervisors. Indeed, in a February 1875 editorial, the Tribune wrote approvingly of the Emperor as a political buffer — a kind of mayoral "figurehead...who can reside on both sides of the bay at once, and who would have no insignia of office to procure in case he were elected." It was in May 1872, while staying in Brooklyn — soon to be annexed to Oakland — that the Emperor issued one of his most significant decrees, calling for "the cities of Oakland and San Francisco to make an appropriation for paying the expense of a survey to determine the practicability of a tunnel under water; and if found practicable, that said tunnel be forthwith built for a railroad communication." An early forecast of the Transbay Tube. ::   ::   :: Emperor Norton's prescient proclamations calling for both a bridge and a tunnel across the Bay have blossomed, in the hearts and minds of succeeding generations of Bay Area visionaries, into a profound recognition that Oakland needs San Francisco — and that San Francisco needs Oakland. In particular, the century-and-a-half-old vision for a bay-spanning suspension bridge that unites the people of San Francisco, Oakland and the East Bay via Yerba Buena Island — a vision that has shaped the lives of generations of the area's residents and visitors, and that has been advanced further than ever before with the opening of the new Eastern crossing as a suspension structure... It is Emperor Norton who set out and popularized this vision. In recognition of this — and whatever name(s) might be given to the components of the bridge, i.e., the West Bay Crossing, the East Bay Crossing and Yerba Buena Tunnel...  This petition calls on the State of California to authorize and recognize a second name for the bridge system as a whole — the larger entity known as the "San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge." Name it the Emperor Norton Bridge. JOHN LUMEASan Franciscojohn.lumea@gmail.com: :    : :    : :To learn much more about this project, visit http://www.EmperorNortonBridge.org: :   : :   : :This petition is the impetus for a nonprofit launched in September 2013: THE EMPEROR'S BRIDGE CAMPAIGN Web site — http://www.EmperorsBridge.orgFacebook — https://www.facebook.com/EmperorsBridgeTwitter — https://twitter.com/EmperorsBridge: :    : :    : :Resources Media coverage of this petitionWALL STREET JOURNAL — http://ow.ly/ReSZGHOODLINE — http://ow.ly/ReSEVSFist — http://bit.ly/12YCvfc & http://bit.ly/153c5Z9 & http://bit.ly/13Ok8YJ SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN — http://bit.ly/13kBiz3 & http://bit.ly/17DcBeESAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE — http://bit.ly/17nSr9K & http://bit.ly/16lnhCIKQED — http://bit.ly/1dbjOWVLOS ANGELES TIMES — http://lat.ms/1aqM2vyLAUGHING SQUID — http://bit.ly/145wjfySAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS (and others) — http://bit.ly/1c19SPb & http://bit.ly/1fX70mjGOOD DAY SACRAMENTO (local CBS morning show) — http://cbsloc.al/17xdZ2BJAMIE ZAWINSKI (Mozilla and Netscape co-founder) — http://bit.ly/1464u6P & http://bit.ly/14n6gVW THE RAW STORY — http://bit.ly/14vGqudMISSION LOCAL — http://bit.ly/1eHMCrA Emperor Norton's 1872 "Bridge" Proclamations (as originally published)6 January 1872 — http://bit.ly/1dJC3Gs23 March 1872 — http://bit.ly/1fssp6D21 September 1872 — http://bit.ly/15wuWXR Articles on Emperor Nortonhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Norton http://www.emperorsbridge.org/emperor/lifehttp://sfhistoryencyclopedia.com/articles/n/nortonJoshua.html http://foundsf.org/index.php?title=Emperor_Nortonhttp://notfrisco.com/colmatales/norton Short Documentary Film on Emperor Nortonhttp://youtu.be/cRxk-_vcoIE Named Freeways, Highways, Structures and Other Appurtenances in California (2016)http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/tsip/hseb/products/Named_Freeways_Final.pdf California State Bridges With Multiple Nameshttp://ow.ly/IvDY30gJvVv State Transportation Committee Policies onMeasures Naming Highways or StructuresSenate — http://ow.ly/FN0a30gJvgI (direct download)Assembly — http://ow.ly/1gIA30gJrar Text of Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 65("Willie L. Brown, Jr., Bridge")http://bit.ly/1aCueQE Analysis of ACR 65 by the State of California's nonpartisan Office of Legislative Counselhttp://bit.ly/19rBf3O

John Lumea
5,643 supporters