Staten Islanders and South Brooklynites know what it feels like to get stuck in expressway traffic or to wait forever for the R train. A generations-long comprehensive infrastructure plan, with built-in apprenticeships and job-training programs, would give people a chance to build their futures at the same time they rebuild our highways. Max is fighting for a serious, substantial bill that will create jobs, improve commutes and create a better quality of life for everyone in New York’s 11th Congressional District. Max is working with Democrats and Republicans to make sure that we get the infrastructure bill that we deserve.
Since taking office Max has:
- Gotten the bill that will allow for construction of the Staten Island East Shore Seawall signed into law by the President, allowing for construction to begin after years of delay.
- Passed split-tolling, which will reduce the number of out-of-state drivers using our streets as a toll-free thoroughfare, while raising $185 million over 15 years that will be reinvested into Staten Island and South Brooklyn.
- Supported State Senator Gounardes and Assemblymember Frontus’ proposal to extend the Verrazzano resident discount to Brooklynites.
- Secured $9 million in federal funding to improve the Brooklyn bus system, making bus run faster while also being more safe for pedestrians and riders.
- Fought attempts by the Administration to punish New York State when it comes to investing in our transportation infrastructure. New York sends $48 billion a year to DC to fund the nation’s priorities, but last year US DOT denied $342 million in grant funding that New York had requested.
- Worked with state and local officials to advance the West Shore and North Shore Rapid Transit projects, the Staten Island and West Shore Expressway expansions, ensure that the Staten Island Fast Ferry comes on line in 2020, and worked with Borough President James Oddo to explore the feasibility of an East Shore Ferry line.
- Pushed for out-of-the-box ideas like bifurcating the R-Train so that riders in Brooklyn aren’t delayed by a sick passenger in Queens.
- Stood with New York City Transit President Andy Byford as the MTA began delivery of 77 new Local, Select and 50 new Express buses through 2021.