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Railroads of New York (RONY) represents the freight rail industry in New York State, comprised of four Class I freight railroads and 34 Regional (Class II) and Shortline (Class III) railroads. Together, these railroad members directly employ over 3,700 individuals and carry nearly 77 million tons of freight in 2 million rail carloads annually statewide.

RONY is also supported by its Associate and Contributing members which represent many businesses that provide goods and services to the freight rail industry, including engineers, surveyors, contractors and material suppliers.

RONY proudly partners with many of New York State’s businesses, economic development organizations, industrial development agencies and governmental agencies to help promote economic development efforts all across the state, helping to enable many of New York’s industrial, manufacturing and agricultural businesses to reach markets across the country and to realize a substantial competitive advantage over other businesses that lack access to the rail network.

“…to provide a trade association for all freight railroads that operate in the State of New York to advocate for the rights and needs of railroads and their customers, as well as to encourage economic growth within the state of New York.”

– RONY Mission Statement

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Governor Cuomo Appoints Ali Chaudhry as Deputy Secretary for Transportation- April 17, 2017

Governor Cuomo today named Ali Chaudhry as the new Deputy Secretary for Transportation.

“Railroads of New York wishes to congratulate Mr. Chaudhry on his new position within Governor Cuomo’s Administration,” said Nathan Fenno, President of Railroads of New York.  “He has been a tireless advocate for New York’s robust transportation system and our member freight railroads look forward to working with him to continue to grow the state’s rail network to help promote economic development opportunities all across the state.”

Mr. Chaudhry most recently served as the Governor’s Deputy Secretary for Economic Development and has worked on a number of legislative issues with RONY over the past few years.  Before that, he was Assistant Counsel to Governor Cuomo for two years with a focus on transportation and economic development.  He provided counsel on priority capital projects including the LaGuardia Airport redevelopment, the new Tappan Zee Bridge, the Second Avenue Subway, the MTA Capital Plan, the DOT Capital Plan, the Empire Station Complex, the Broadband Initiative, and the expansion of the Javits Convention Center. Mr. Chaudhry has also served as counsel on various economic development projects across the State, as well as alternative project delivery procurement. Prior to joining the Executive Chamber, Mr. Chaudhry served as Assistant Counsel in the New York State Senate, where he was counsel to several legislative committees over the course of three years. Before joining public service, Mr. Chaudhry practiced civil litigation in the private sector, focusing on employment matters. 

Governor Cuomo Announces $25 Million in Rail Infrastructure Improvements Statewide – February 1, 2017

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $25 million to fund rail and port improvement projects across New York. The grants, awarded through the Governor’s Passenger and Freight Rail Assistance Program, will support projects that strengthen infrastructure and economic development vital to the movement of goods throughout the state. The grants will leverage an additional $5.4 million in public and private investments to complete the projects.

“These grants will help strengthen New York’s infrastructure, attract new investments, and foster economic growth in communities in every corner of the state,” Governor Cuomo said. “A strong, reliable transportation system is critical to supporting safe, efficient travel for both New Yorkers and visitors, and our investments are key to ensuring the long-term resiliency of infrastructure across the state to support economic growth for generations to come.”

New York awarded $25 million to 19 applicants through a competitive solicitation process. These investments will support track rehabilitation, capacity expansion, railroad bridge repairs, and economic development opportunities. An additional $5.4 million in private and local funding is being leveraged through this State initiative.

New York State Department of Transportation Matthew J. Driscoll said, “Governor Cuomo knows the importance of transportation. Because of his leadership, New York continues to make smart investments that are modernizing rail and port infrastructure, encouraging commerce and making New York businesses more competitive in the global marketplace.”

The list of grant recipients and awards includes:

Capital Region
• SMS Rail Services, Inc., Albany County: $2.6 million to rehabilitate 14 miles of track and sidings.
• PanAm Southern, LLC, Rensselaer County: $2.5 million to reconfigure and expand tracks at Hoosick Junction.

Central New York
• Port of Oswego Authority, Oswego County: $2.1 million to construct additional rail tracks and expand cargo handling facilities.
• New York, Susquehanna & Western Railway Corp., Onondaga County: $1.6 million to install 4 miles of new rail line.

Finger Lakes
• Arcade & Attica Railroad Corp., Wyoming County: $1.3 million to rehabilitate a bridge and 6 miles of track to accommodate heavier rail cars.
• Ontario Midland Railroad Corp., Wayne County: $1.6 million to rehabilitate track to accommodate heavier rail cars.
• Livonia, Avon & Lakeville Railroad Corp., Livingston County: $1.1 million to rehabilitate yard tracks in Lakeville and Avon.• Falls Road Railroad Co., Inc., Monroe County: $1.1 million to expand a rail-to-truck facility and rehabilitate track between Lockport and Brockport.

Mid-Hudson
• Middletown & New Jersey Railroad, LLC, Orange County: $900,000 to rehabilitate track and install Positive Train Control equipment on locomotives.
• Central New York Railroad Corp., Orange County: $630,000 to rehabilitate a bridge over the Delaware River.

Mohawk Valley
• Leatherstocking Railway Historical Society, Otsego County: $120,000 to rehabilitate track between Cooperstown and Portlandville.

New York City
• New York New Jersey Rail, LLC, Kings County: $1.6 million to construct additional tracks within the 65th Street Yard.
• Consolidated Rail Corporation, Richmond County: $1.7 million to replace worn rail on the Travis Industrial Track.

North Country
• Mohawk Adirondack & Northern Railroad Corp., Oneida & Lewis County: $1.18 million to expand the rail-to-truck transload facility in Utica and rehabilitate the rail line to Lyons Falls.
• Adirondack Railway Preservation Society, Essex County: $1.5 million to rehabilitate passenger cars and locomotives for expanded excursion service.
• St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Authority, St. Lawrence County: $500,000 to reestablish rail access to Benson Mines.

Southern Tier
• Owego and Harford Railway, Inc., Tioga County: $740,000 to rehabilitate Owego Yard.

Western New York
• Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany and Steuben South Tier Extension Railroad Authority, Cattaraugus County: $1.5 million to improve track and facilities in Olean Yard.
• Erie County Industrial Development Agency, Erie County: $360,000 to rehabilitate and improve rail access to Sumitomo Rubber USA facilities.

The Passenger and Freight Rail Assistance Program provides state investments that improve and enhance the movement of freight goods and support economic development statewide. Program funding supports track and bridge rehabilitation to improve reliability; track capacity expansion to alleviate bottlenecks; and the modernization and expansion of rail yards and port facilities.

2016 NYS Election Results– December 14, 2016

U.S. Senate
Charles Schumer (D) def. Wendy Long (R)

U.S. Congress
CD1: Lee Zeldin (R) def. Anna Throne-Hoist (D)
CD2: Peter King (R) def. Du Wayne Gregory (D)
CD3: Thomas Suozzi (D) def. Jack Martins (R)
CD4: Kathleen Rice (D) def. David Gurfein (R)
CD5: Gregory Meeks (D) def. Michael O’Reilly (R)
CD6: Grace Meng (D) def. Danniel Maio (R)
CD7: Nydia Velazquez (D) def. Allan Romaguera (R)
CD8: Hakeem Jeffries (D) def. Daniel Cavanagh (C)
CD9: Yvette Clarke (D) def. Alan Bellone (C)
CD10: Jerrold Nadler (D) def. Philip Rosenthal (R)
CD11: Dan Donovan (R) def. Richard Reichard (D)
CD12: Carolyn Maloney (D) def. Robert Ardini (R)
CD13: Adriano Espaillat (D) def. Robert Evans Jr. (R)
CD14: Joseph Crowley (D) def. Frank Spotorno (R)
CD15: Jose Serrano (D) def. Alejandro Vega (R)
CD16: Eliot Engel (D) def. Derickson Lawrence (PCC)
CD17: Nita Lowey (D) won unopposed
CD18: Sean Patrick Maloney (D) def. Phil Oliva (R)
CD19: John Faso (R) def. Zephyr Teachout (D)
CD20: Paul Tonko (D) def. Joe Vitollo (R)
CD21: Elise Stefanik (R) def. Mike Derrick (D)
CD22: Claudia Tenney (R) def. Kim Myers (D)
CD23: Thomas Reed (R) def. John Plumb (D)
CD24: John Katko (R) def. Colleen Deacon (D)
CD25: Louise Slaughter (D) def. Mark Assini (R)
CD26: Brian Higgins (D) def. Shelley Schratz (R)
CD27: Chris Collins (R) def. Diana Kastenbaum (D)

NYS Senate
Current composition:
• 31 Republican
• 25 Democrat
• 7 Independent Democratic Conference (IDC)

Conference Leaders:
• Republican – John Flanagan
• IDC – Jeff Klein
• Democrat – Andrea Stewart-Cousins

SD1: Kenneth LaValle (R) def. Gregory-John Fischer (D)
SD2: John Flanagan (R) def. Peter Magistrate (D)
SD3: Tom Croci (R) def. John DeVito Jr. (D)
SD4: Philip Boyle (R) def. John Alberts
SD5: Carl Marcellino (R) def. James Gaughran (D)
SD6: Kemp Hannon (R) def. Ryan Cronin (D)
SD7: Elaine Phillips (R) def. Adam Haber (D)
SD8: John Brooks (D) def. Michael Venditto (R)
SD9: Todd Kaminsky (D) def. Christopher McGrath (R)
SD10: James Sanders (D) def. Adrienne Adams (WEP)
SD11: Tony Avella (IDC) def. Mark Cipolla (R)
SD12: Michael Gianaris (D) def. Marvin Jeffcoat (R)
SD13: Jose Peralta (D) def. Jesus Gonzalez (R)
SD14: Leroy Comrie (D) def. Jarret Freeman (R)
SD15: Joseph Addabbo (D) def. Michael Conigliaro (R)
SD16: Toby Ann Stavisky (D) def. Carlos Giron (R)
SD17: Simcha Felder (D,R) won unopposed
SD18: Martin Dilan (D) won unopposed
SD19: Roxanne Persaud (D) won unopposed
SD20: Jesse Hamilton (IDC) def. Menachem Raitport (R)
SD21: Kevin Parker (D) def. Brian Kelly (C)
SD22: Martin Golden (R) won unopposed
SD23: Diane Savino (IDC) won unopposed
SD24: Andrew Lanza (R) won unopposed
SD25: Velmanette Montgomery (D) def. Mamie Rose (R)
SD26: Daniel Squadron (D) won unopposed
SD27: Brad Hoylman (D) won unopposed
SD28: Liz Krueger (D) def. Zumbluskas (R)
SD29: Jose Serrano (D) def. Jose Colon (R)
SD30: Bill Perkins (D) def. Jon Girodes (R)
SD31: Marisol Alcantra (IDC) def. Melinda Crump (R)
SD32: Ruben Diaz Sr. (D) def. Oswald Denis (C)
SD33: Gustavo Rivera (D) def. Steven Stern (C)
SD34: Jeff Klein (IDC) def. Aleksander Mici (C)
SD35: Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D) won unopposed
SD36: Jamaal Bailey (D) def. Robert Diamond (C)
SD37: George Latimer (D) def. Julia Killian (R)
SD38: David Carlucci (IDC) def. Thomas DePrisco (R)
SD39: Bill Larkin (R) def. Christopher Eachus (D)
SD40: Terrence Murphy (R) def. Alison Boak (D)
SD41: Sue Serino (R) def. Terry Gipson (D)
SD42: John Bonacic (R) def. Pramilla Malick (D)
SD43: Kathy Marchione (R) def. Shaun Francis (D)
SD44: Neil Breslin (D) def. Christopher Davis (R)
SD45: Betty Little (R) def. Stephen Matthew Ruzbacki (G)
SD46: George Amedore (R) def. Sara Niccoli (D)
SD47: Joseph Griffo (R) won unopposed
SD48: Patty Ritchie (R) won unopposed
SD49: James Tedisco (R) def. Chad Putman (D)
SD50: John DeFrancisco (R) won unopposed
SD51: James Seward (R) def. Jermaine Bagnall-Graham (D)
SD52: Fred Akshar (R) def. Sharon Ball (D)
SD53: David Valesky (IDC) won unopposed
SD54: Pamela Helming (R) def. Kenan Baldridge (D)
SD55: Rich Funke (R) won unopposed
SD56: Joseph Robach (R) def. Ann Lewis (D)
SD57: Cathy Young (R) def. Lee Hyson (D)
SD58: Tom O’Mara (R) def. Leslie Danks Burke (D)
SD59: Patrick Gallivan (R) def. Tom Casey (D)
SD60: Chris Jacobs (R) def. Amber Small (D)
SD61: Michael Ranzenhofer (R) def. Thomas Loughran (D)
SD62: Robert Ortt (R) won unopposed
SD63: Timothy Kennedy (D) won unopposed

NYS Assembly
Current Composition:
• 107 Democrat
• 43 Republican

Conference Leaders:
• Speaker Carl Heastie (D)
• Republican Minority Leader Brian Kolb

For individual election results, follow the link to the NYS Board of Elections at the following address – www.elections.ny.gov/2016ElectionResults.html

NYS Freight Rail Infrastructure Project Grants Announced– June 7, 2016

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $16.3 million to fund rail and port improvement projects across New York State. These grants, from the Governor’s Passenger and Freight Rail Assistance Program, will support projects that strengthen infrastructure vital to the movement of goods throughout the state, as well as support economic development by leveraging an additional $12.8 million in additional public and private investments.

“Continuing to invest in and strengthen our infrastructure is critical to New York State’s future economic prosperity,” Governor Cuomo said. “These grants will help modernize and rebuild our state’s aging rail infrastructure, which will not only support existing commercial activities, but attract new business investments as well.”

New York State awarded $16.3 million to twelve applicants, through a competitive solicitation process. These investments will support track rehabilitation, capacity expansion, railroad bridge repairs, and economic development opportunities. An additional $12.8 million in private and local funding is being leveraged through this State initiative.

New York State Department of Transportation Matthew J. Driscoll said, “Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York continues to make smart, strategic investments in rail and port infrastructure to foster economic growth. Freight goods movement helps drive the economy and improvements at rail and port facilities across the state will strengthen our State’s overall competitiveness.”

The list of grant recipients and awards are:

Capital Region

•CSX Transportation, Albany County – $3.5 million to add 5.4 miles of signaled main track and sidings.

•Batten Kill Railroad Company, Inc., Washington County – $1.3 million to rehabilitate rail exiting line.
Finger Lakes

•Depew, Lancaster & Western Railroad Co. of Batavia, Genesee County – $930,120 to construct an extension to the existing warehouse.

•Livonia, Avon and Lakeville Railroad Corporation of Lakeville, Monroe County – $750,000 to replace the Genesee River railroad bridge.
Mohawk Valley

•Mohawk, Adirondack and Northern Railroad Corp. of Batavia, Oneida County – $895,200 to upgrade and rehabilitate Rome Industrial Track.
New York City

•Long Island Rail Road, Queens County – $1.8 million to rehabilitate the 89th Avenue railroad bridge.
North Country

•Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority, St. Lawrence County – $1.1 million to rehabilitate the New York and Ogdensburg Railway Raquette River Bridge.
Southern Tier

•New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway Corp., Broome County – $1.4 million for construction of a state of the art Rail Terminal in Binghamton.

•Tioga County Industrial Development Agency, Tioga County – $295,200 to expand the capacity of a rail-to-truck transload facility constructed at the Waverly Trade Center.
Western New York

•Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany and Steuben South Tier Extension Railroad Authority, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties – $1.6 million to install and repair five concrete bridge structures.

•Erie County Industrial Development Agency, Erie County – $2.0 million for completion of a tie replacement and ballast project to upgrade mainline track connecting businesses.

•New York & Lake Erie Railroad, Inc., Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties – $732,768 for rail line rehabilitation between South Dayton and Cherry Creek.

The Passenger and Freight Rail Assistance Program provides state investments improve and enhance the movement of freight goods and support economic development statewide. Program funding supports track and bridge rehabilitation to improve reliability; track capacity expansion to alleviate bottlenecks; and the modernization and expansion of rail yards and port facilities.

RONY Testifies at Legislative Budget Hearing – January 20, 2016

Today, RONY Executive Director Scott Wigger presented testimony to the Legislative Fiscal Committee Budget Hearing on Transportation at which he outlined the needs in the NYS freight rail network and how the state’s freight railroads are prepared to partner with New York State to upgrade and strengthen the state’s rail infrastructure.  Included in the Governor’s 2016-17 Executive Budget proposal is a $10 million appropriation for freight rail infrastructure projects and a seperate $10 million appropriation for a mix of freight rail, passenger rail and port projects.  RONY expressed its support for increasing these proposed appropriations to a total level of $50 million.  RONY members and staff will now continue to work with the Governor’s Office and Legislature as the final 2016-17 NYS Budget is negotiated, which is due by April 1st.  For a full copy of the testimony Mr. Wigger presented at this hearing, please visit our RONY News page by clicking on the News & Information link to the left.

NYS Freight Rail Infrastructure Project Grants Announced – December 16, 2014

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that NYS has awarded $17.8 million in funding from the State’s Passenger and Freight Rail Assistance Program to 12 rail projects that will repair and replace 65 miles of track and ties, rehabilitate rail grade crossings and bridges, and construct new connections to improve safety and operations.  The projects that received the funding were selected through a competitive solicitation process and rated on established criteria, including project eligibility, consistency with state rail  plans, regional economic benefits and the ability to leverage additional investments.

Projects selected for funding awards are as follows:

North Country/Mohawk Valley

  • Adirondack Railway Preservation Society of Utica, Oneida County, received $791,000 to construct a maintenance and repair facility in Utica for the Adirondack Scenic Railroad;
  • Mohawk, Adirondack and Northern Railroad Corp. of Batavia, Genesee County, received $567,000 to repair culverts and bridges on the Lyons Falls and Rome Branch lines. Two rail crossings also will be rehabilitated.

Mid-Hudson Region

  • Middletown & New Jersey Railroad LLC of Kennett Square, Pa., received $1.9 million to rehabilitate railroad track in Orange County.

Central New York

  • Syracuse, Binghamton and New York Railroad Corp. of Cooperstown, Otsego County, received $262,600 for rehabilitating the Renwick Avenue Bridge;
  • New York, Susquehanna and Western Railroad Co. of Cooperstown, Otsego County, received $2.3 million for improving rails, ties and surfacing.

Finger Lakes and Western New York

  • Depew, Lancaster & Western Railroad Co. of Batavia, Genesee County, received $145,000 to extend the Batavia engine house to accommodate a second locomotive and add paving and security to the transload warehouse;
  • Livonia, Avon and Lakeville Railroad Corporation of Lakeville, Livingston County, received $707,658 to replace the Spring Street railroad bridge in Avon, Livingston County;
  • Falls Road Railroad Co. of Batavia, Genesee County, received $466,000 to repair culverts and bridges in Monroe, Orleans and Niagara counties;
  • Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany and Steuben South Tier Extension Railroad Authority of Salamanca, Cattaraugus County, received $1.9 million to rehabilitate railroad track in Cattaraugus County;
  • Norfolk Southern Railway of Norfolk, Va., received $3.3 million to construct new connections and double track to improve operations at the Bison Yard in Buffalo.

Southern Tier

  • Central New York Railroad of Cooperstown, Otsego County, received $3.1 million to rehabilitate railroad track in Delaware and Broome counties.

New York City

  • Long Island Rail Road of Jamaica, Queens County, received $2.3 million to rehabilitate the Cypress Avenue railroad bridge.

RONY wishes to express its thanks to Governor Cuomo and the NYS Department of Transportation for these project awards that will greatly benefit the state’s rail network and economy as a whole.

Crude-by-Rail Safety Initiative Announced – February 21, 2014

In conjunction with the Association of American Railroads, the freight rail industry joined the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) in announcing a series of agreed-upon voluntary operating practices for moving crude oil by rail which includes the following measures:

  • Increased track inspections
  • Implementation of new emergency braking systems
  • Use of rail traffic routing technology to aid in the determination of the safest and most secure rail routes
  • Lower speeds when moving through urban areas
  • Increased community relations
  • Increased trackside safety technology
  • Increased emergency response training and tuition assistance
  • Railroad emergency response capability planning

In addition, railroads will continue to work with the Federal government and rail customers to address other key shared safety responsibilities, including Federal tank car standards and the proper shipper classification and labeling of crude oil moving by rail.  For more information on this initiative, please visit www.aar.org.

RONY Executive Director Scott Wigger Testifies at Legislative Budget Hearing – January 30, 2014

Today, RONY Executive Director Scott Wigger presented testimony to the Legislative Fiscal Committee Budget Hearing on Transportation at which he outlined the needs in the NYS freight rail network and how the state’s freight railroads are prepared to partner with New York State to upgrade and strengthen the state’s rail infrastructure.  Included in the Governor’s 2014-15 Executive Budget proposal is a $10 million appropriation for freight rail infrastructure projects and a $25 million appropriation for a mix of rail, aviation and mass transit projects.  RONY expressed its support for these proposed appropriations and stated its request to further expand the state’s freight rail infrastructure capital program that was reestablished in the 2013-14 NYS Budget.  RONY members and staff will now continue to work with the Governor’s Office and Legislature as the final 2014-15 NYS Budget is negotiated, which is due by April 1st.  For a full copy of the testimony Mr. Wigger presented at this hearing, please visit our RONY News page by clicking on the News & Information link to the left.