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Recent NYSTEA Partners
Thanks for Your Support!
 
ATU 1321
ATU
 
Center for Disability Rights
Center for DR
 
The Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York
CIDNY
 
New York Academy of Medicine
NYAM
Resources for Children with Special Needs
RCSN
NYSTEA and US Social Forum!
 
uSSF
 
Members of NYSTEA will be partnering with our national transportation justice allies, Transit Riders for Public Transportation, in a workshop next week in Detroit for the USSF.
 
Please join us or share our event information with anyone you know traveling to Detroit next week.
 
Mass Transportation for the Masses:
Organizing for Climate Justice
 
Date:
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
 
Time:
10:00am - 12:00pm
 
Where:
Cobo Hall Room #W2-70,
Detroit, MI
Greetings!   
 
NYSTEA applauds Senators Schumer, Gillibrand and the six other U.S. Senators for introducing the Public Transportation Preservation Act of 2010. The bill's language clearly recognizes who is most vulnerable when transit service is cut with language like:
 
"Many low-income workers, older Americans, and people with disabilities depend on transit service to get to jobs and health care. Reduced service and higher fares can have a devastating effect on their quality of life."  
 
If passed the $2 billion transit aid bill would help public transportation agencies across the country restore and prevent service cuts, fare hikes and layoffs.  The NYC metro area could receive up to $350 million to keep our buses and trains running. 

Transit is the lifeblood for millions of Americans who need affordable transportation choices to access jobs, education, health care and other essential services.  Maintaining a robust transit system also ensures a more equitable and balanced transportation network for some of the most vulnerable Americans, especially during this economic recession.  Consider the following:
  • Africans Americans and Latino's comprise over 54% of transit users nationwide
  • The American Public Transportation Association reports that individuals who make less the $50,000 account for over 60% of all transit users
  • The poorest families devote nearly 40% of their take home pay to transportation
 
Senator Schumer joined union leaders and NYSTEA coalition partners last Friday announcing his leadership on this legislation.  Rep. McMahon (D-SI)   has introduced a House companion bill, but it needs additional co-sponsors.  Help us pass this critical legislation before Congress adjourns for summer recess!

Sign on to the NYSTEA letter urging the NY delegation to support the Public Transportation Preservation Act of 2010.   Email info@nystea.net to add your name to this letter.  The deadline is Friday, July 2nd! 
 
Thanks in advance!
 
NYSTEA Steering Committee: Empire State Future, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, UPROSE,  WE ACT for Environmental Justice

NYSTEA - NYC Happy Hour!   

On June 3rd, NYSTEA hosted our first partner meeting and happy hour at the OpenPlans Penthouse!  Attendees included many of our current coalition partners, new groups, elected officials' staff and interested individuals.

We hope that our presentations provided attendees with more information about our efforts! Please check out our flickr page to see photos from the event.

In the coming weeks and months we plan to meet with our coalition partners throughout New York State. If you are interested in hosting or participating in a future NYSTEA event please contact James Burke, WE ACT for Environmental Justice: burke@weact.org, 347-465-8488.
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For more information about NYSTEA and how you can get involved contact: info@nystea.net
 
*WE ACT for Environmental Justice is funded by the Ford Foundation to support the activities of NYSTEA