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Barnwell backs bill for free senior travel

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Assemblymen David Gantt, left, and Brian Barnwell want free public transit for senior citizens.

Posted: Thursday, June 1, 2017 10:30 am

Barnwell backs bill for free senior travel

by Michael Gannon, Editor

Queens Chronicle


A bill currently in the New York State Assembly’s Transportation Committee would, if passed and signed into law, allow that “Senior citizens shall receive use of public transportation free of charge.”

The measure, introduced by Transportation Committee Chairman David Gantt (D-Rochester), is being co-sponsored by Assemblyman Brian Barnwell (D-Maspeth).

But it does not go into specifics about just what transportation modes would qualify, and how the state would pay for the entitlement.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, for example, is a state-run entity that is constantly calling for more funds from the state rather than less, and periodically raises rates.

Barnwell would say only that he believes that in times of increases in the cost of living that seniors would benefit from such a law. He referred all questions to Gantt’s office.

Gantt’s office did not respond to a total of four messages at his Albany office via phone and email since May 18, including one email with 21 questions that a staffer answering the phone at his office requested be sent.

The measure as of Wednesday did not have a companion bill in the Senate side.

It is not the first time Gantt has floated such a bill, with other proposals coming in the 2011-12 and 2013-14 sessions.

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