For An Annual Commitment Of Just $5 - Become An Individual Subscriber/Supporter Of WNYLaborToday.com
Subscriber Log In
New York State AFL-CIO Click Here for Web Site

Recent News

More news >>

“Every Worker Deserves To Make It Home At The End Of The Day” - The CSEA Joins With The NYS Department of Transportation & Thruway Authority ‘To Urge The Public To Use Extra Caution When Driving In Work Zones’

Published Sunday, May 8, 2022
by Therese Assalian & Madison Ruffo/CSEA News
“Every Worker Deserves To Make It Home At The End Of The Day” - The CSEA Joins With The NYS Department of Transportation & Thruway Authority ‘To Urge The Public To Use Extra Caution When Driving In Work Zones’

(CLIFTON PARK & ROCHESTER, NEW YORK) - During the recent National Work Zone Awareness Week, Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Members who work at the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) participated in news conferences that were held in Clifton Park and Rochester, alongside officials from State Department of Transportation (DOT), the New York State Thruway Authority and the New York State Police, to urge the public to use extra caution when driving in work zones.

CSEA Transportation Region 1 Local President Mike Garfolo and DOT (Albany) Local President Jennifer Murdza spoke at the Clifton Park event, which was held at a I-87 rest area. They were joined by CSEA Capital Region Executive Vice President Shana Davis and DOT local officers and activists.

In the Western Region, CSEA Transportation Region 4 (Rochester) Local President Brian Ossont also spoke about the need for caution in work zones.

Last year, there were 378 work zone incidents on New York State DOT and Thruway Authority-maintained roads, according to State DOT Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez.

More than 50 of those crashes resulted in injuries to Highway Workers or drivers.

Historically, 56 Highway Workers have died in such work zone crashes, with the most recent one occurring in March 2019 in Tioga County, claiming the life of CSEA Member and State DOT employee Dennis “Matt” Howe.

Last year, 175 work zone crashes occurred on the Thruway alone, said NYS Thruway Director of Maintenance and Operations Jim Konstalid.

At their respective events, Garfolo, Murzda and Ossont delivered a statement from CSEA: “CSEA is proud to partner with New York State DOT to advance our shared mission of work zone safety.  Too many Workers are injured or killed in highway accidents each year in New York.  Through this partnership, we have been successful in educating the public, raising awareness and enacting needed safety legislation to protect Highway Workers.  Every worker deserves to make it home at the end of the day.”

To Directly Access This Labor News Story, Go To: https://cseany.org/workforce/?p=11049

Comments

Leave a Comment