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Press Conference for New York State Rest Area Closing


A press conference has been scheduled by NY state Senator James Seward for Wednesday November 17th at 10 AM at the Worcester Rest Area:
Located on I-88 between exits 18 and 19 (Ostego County) in order to discuss the seriousness of closing 6 New York state rest areas.
Senator Seward is a strong supporter of Jason’s Law and is in firm opposition of the NYSDOT decision to close these rest areas as a means to save state funds, an estimated 1 million dollars for all 6.
As of Nov 1st, 2010, two of the six  rest areas have already been closed.

  • Brewerton/Hastings: Located on I-81 between exits 31 and 32 (Oswego County)
  • Schodack: Located on I-90 between exits 11 and 12 (Albany Count

Last month there was a protest at the Schodack rest area led by NY state resident Hope Rivenburg, widow of slain trucker Jason Rivenburg.  Also attending last months protest was Paul Tonko, NY state Congressman who was responsible for introducing “Jason’s Law” HR 2156 to the House in April of 2009.
Ironically, the bill which Tonko introduced is to secure more safe truck parking. New York state is a state that suffers from the shortage of available truck parking which is now becoming a serious concern for motorists also, who are forced to share the roads with these weary truckers searching for a spot to rest.  Public highway safety must now be addressed as more and more states are closing their rest areas creating a greater risks for both truckers and the general public alike.

When speaking to Hope the other day, she expressed to us her concern for the many weary motorists, especially those with children, who often depend on these  rest areas while traveling long distances. Hope has been tirelessly  campaigning for the last year for the support of Jason’s Law, bills HR 2156 and S971, which she hopes will prevent another trucker from losing their life, as was the case for her late husband Jason Rivenburg who was murdered as he parked in an abandoned gas station to rest.

The Worcester rest area, where the conference is to be held, is scheduled to be closed on December 1st, 2010, along with 3 others.

  • Lewis: Located on I-87 between exits 31 and 32 (Essex County)
  • Schroon Lake: Located on I-87 between exits 27 and 28 (Essex County)
  • Worcester: Located on I-88 between exits 18 and 19 (Ostego County)
  • Wells Bridge: Located on I-88 between exits 11 and 12 (Delaware County)

Hope Rivenburg and Charlie Clayburn, regional director for Truckers and Citizens United, will be attending the press conference along with assemblymen Marc Butler and Pete Lopez ( who also attended the protest last month)

Hope Rivenburg is  asking everyone, truckers and the general public alike, to please support the efforts of all involved by attending the event at the Worcester rest area on Wednesday.

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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  2. eclipse

    The rest areas could in fact stay open.if it weren’t for the truck stops and their Lobbyist. Which always jump up and down when they hear that the rest areas are going to sell food so the rest areas can support themselves with little to no government intervention. Don’t believe? Write the NY Senator and tell em to make a public statement that NY will keep them open by way of selling food and watch the Lobbyist come out like the roaches they are. And I’m sure that the restaurant chains have a cockroach or two too!

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