Issues: Drunk Driving

Senator O'Brien fights to curb texting while driving

FAIRPORT AND EAST ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Today, Senator Ted O’Brien stood with local residents and insurance representatives to promote safe driving through the “X the TXT” initiative, amid recent reports that texting while driving now causes more teen fatalities than drunk driving.

“As a father and a legislator, my top priority is keeping our children safe from harm,” Senator O’Brien said. “Texting while driving is one of the leading easily prevented causes of death among young people today. The ‘X the TXT’ program is a great way to educate our kids about the dangers of texting while driving and help them make good decisions when they’re on the road. I’m proud to support this life-saving initiative.”

May 19, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES VINCE’S LAW

In an effort to keep serial drunk drivers off the road, the New York State Senate recently passed “Vince’s Law,” which would establish a stronger penalty for multiple DWI convictions, reported State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R – Schenectady).

The bill (S.4267) creates a new Class C felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison, if a driver is convicted of three or more DWIs in a 25-year period. Currently, the law for multiple DWIs only includes offenses committed over a 10-year period.

The bill is named for Vincent Russo, an elderly Onondaga County man who was killed in 2011 by a drunk driver who was intoxicated behind the wheel, despite the driver having five DWI-related convictions, including four in the previous 17 years before the accident that killed Mr. Russo.

May 7, 2013
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Senate Passes Vince's Law

In an effort to keep serial drunk drivers off the road, the New York State Senate today passed “Vince’s Law”, which would establish a stronger penalty for multiple DWI convictions.

The bill (S.4267), sponsored by Senator John DeFrancisco (R-C-I, Syracuse) creates a new Class C felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison, if a driver is convicted of three or more DWIs in a 25-year period.  Currently, the law for multiple DWIs only includes offenses committed over a 10-year period.

May 6, 2013
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Senate Passes "Vince's Law" To Crack Down On Drivers Convicted of Multiple DWIs

In an effort to keep serial drunk drivers off the road, the New York State Senate today passed “Vince’s Law”, which would establish a stronger penalty for multiple DWI convictions.

The bill (S.4267) creates a new Class C felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison, if a driver is convicted of three or more DWIs in a 25-year period.  Currently, the law for multiple DWIs only includes offenses committed over a 10-year period.

The bill is named for Vincent Russo, an elderly Onondaga County man who was killed in 2011 by a drunk driver who was intoxicated behind the wheel, despite the driver having five DWI-related convictions, including four in the previous 17 years before the accident that killed Mr. Russo.

May 6, 2013
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SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE APPROVES LEGISLATION REQUIRING MANDATORY JAIL TIME FOR REPEAT DWI OFFENDERS

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that the New York State Senate’s Transportation Committee has approved legislation he sponsors to require mandatory jail sentences for repeat DWI offenders.

     “Drunk driving is a choice, and choices have consequences. The consequence for choosing to repeatedly drive drunk should be that you go to jail, period. Mandatory jail sentences would create a stronger deterrent which would make DWI offenders think twice before getting behind the wheel drunk again and give law enforcement stronger tools to get repeat offenders off the road,” said Senator Fuschillo, Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee.

April 30, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill Strengthening Leandra's Law

Bill would increase the use of ignition interlocks

The New York State Senate passed legislation to strengthen Leandra’s Law. The bill (S.1941) would ensure that offenders comply with the provision of the law requiring them to use ignition interlocks.

“This bill strengthens Leandra’s Law, making roads safer for our families by helping to stop a convicted DWI offender from getting behind the wheel intoxicated again,” said Senator Jack M. Martins.

April 24, 2013
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LEGISLATION TO CLOSE LEGAL LOOPHOLE IN NEW YORK’S DUI LAWS PASSED BY SENATE

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that the Senate has approved legislation he sponsored to close a legal loophole which allows some intoxicated drivers to escape prosecution for DUI.

     Currently, individuals can only be charged with a DUI offense if they are intoxicated or impaired by alcohol or one of the drugs listed in the public health law. Those who ingest substances not listed in the law (such as inhaling an aerosol can) can escape being charged with DUI.

April 23, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill Strengthening Leandra's Law: Bill Would Increase The Use Of Ignition Interlocks

The New York State Senate passed legislation to strengthen Leandra’s Law.  The bill (S.1941) would ensure that offenders comply with the provision of the law requiring them to use ignition interlocks.

April 17, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill Strengthening Leandra's Law

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), to strengthen Leandra’s Law.  The bill (S.1941) would ensure that offenders comply with the provision of the law requiring them to use ignition interlocks.

April 16, 2013
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SENATE PASSES SENATOR FUSCHILLO’S LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN OVERSIGHT OF CONDITIONAL LICENSES

Proposed Law Would Require Court’s Consent Before DMV Could Grant a Conditional License

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that the New York State Senate passed legislation he sponsored to prevent individuals arrested for DWI from obtaining a conditional license without judicial approval. 

April 16, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN LEANDRA’S LAW

 

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced today that the New York State Senate passed legislation he sponsors to strengthen Leandra’s Law.  The legislation would close an unintended legal loophole which is allowing convicted drunk drivers to escape the mandatory ignition interlock requirement under Leandra’s Law. 

April 16, 2013
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Senate Passes 'Alix's Law'

The New York State Senate today passed “Alix’s Law”, sponsored by Senator Patrick M.

March 25, 2013
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SENATE PASSES ‘ALIX’S LAW’

Bill Would Make it Illegal for Driver to Leave Scene After Vehicle Hits Any Object

The New York State Senate today passed “Alix’s Law”, sponsored by Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma), to close a legal loophole and hold intoxicated drivers accountable for leaving the scene of an accident.

The legislation (S1698A) responds to a drunk driving accident that killed a teenage girl in Amherst, Erie County. On July 8, 2011, 18-year-old Alix Rice was killed by a drunk driver as she road home on her longboard. The driver argued that he was not aware he had hit a person and he was acquitted on the felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident.

March 25, 2013
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ALIX’S LAW PASSES THROUGH SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

Bill Named After Amherst Teen Would Close Dangerous Loophole In Hit-And-Run Accidents

ALBANY - The New York State Senate Transportation Committee passed “Alix’s Law” (S.1698A) today, sponsored by Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma). The bill would close a legal loophole and hold intoxicated drivers accountable for leaving the scene of an accident. 

March 19, 2013
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Senator O'Brien keeping our school buses safe

ALBANY, N.Y. – With Sen. O’Brien’s yes vote, the State Senate passed legislation yesterday closing a loophole that allowed those convicted of crimes against children and sexual and drug-related crimes to serve as bus monitors.

“With this simple, common-sense legislation, we’ve made concrete gains in protecting our children from potential predators,” O’Brien said. “It was an unfortunate loophole, since existing restrictions on people convicted of those types of crimes only applied to bus drivers. I was proud to stand with my colleagues and update our laws to keep children on school buses safe.”

March 5, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO’S LEGISLATION TO RAISE PENALTIES FOR DUI WITH A CONDITIONAL LICENSE PASSED BY SENATE

Legislation Would Make DUI with a Conditional License a Felony Crime & Create Parity with Existing Penalties for DUI with a Suspended or Revoked License 

March 4, 2013
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Department of Financial Services to Speek Resolution of Insurance Claims in Areas Affected by SANDY

The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.

February 27, 2013
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State Senate Passes Bill Increasing Hit-and-Run Penalties

Senator Lee Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley) today announced that legislation (S.2503) he cosponsored to increase the penalties for leaving the scene of a hit-and-run accident has been passed by the New York State Senate.

“The tragic hit-and-run death of Erika Hughes, a 24-year-old Mastic resident and mother of a 15-month-old girl, and the subsequent insufficient punishment of the driver who struck her and left her to die, became the rallying cry in my Senate District for serious changes in the law,” said Senator Zeldin. Hughes’ killer only received a sentence of 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison.

February 11, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO: LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN LEANDRA’S LAW APPROVED BY SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that legislation he sponsors to strengthen Leandra’s Law has been approved by the Senate’s Transportation Committee.  The legislation would close an unintended legal loophole which is allowing convicted drunk drivers to escape the mandatory ignition interlock requirement under Leandra’s Law.

February 1, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013
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