Issues: Drunk Driving

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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State Legislators Co-Sponsor Bill Increasing Hit and Run Penalties

Senator Lee Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley), Senator Ken LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R Merrick), Assemblyman Ed Hennessey (D, Medford) and Assemblyman Fred Thiele (I, Sag Harbor) announced today that they are cosponsoring legislation that would increase the penalties for leaving the scene of a hit-and-run accident. The bill was introduced this morning in the State Senate (S.2503).

January 18, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO, DA RICE, & ASSEMBLYMAN MCDONOUGH CALL FOR NEW LAW TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM DRUNK DRIVERS

Legislation Would Require Ignition Interlocks in All School Buses

     Photo caption: Senator Fuschillo shows how an ignition interlock can be used to prevent a drunk driver from getting behind the wheel. He is joined by (l-r) Merrick resident Al Belbol, Jr., District Attorney Rice, Wantagh resident Susan Walpole, and Assemblyman McDonough.

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, and Assemblyman David McDonough (R-North Merrick) today joined together in calling for a new law to protect school children from drunk drivers.

October 17, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES NEW MEASURES TO KEEP REPEAT DUI OFFENDERS OFF THE ROAD

New Regulations Will Strengthen DMV’s Ability to Permanently Remove Dangerous Drivers from the Road

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently announced new state regulations that will help keep individuals who repeatedly drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs off the road.

September 28, 2012
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GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES REGULATIONS TO PROTECT NEW YORKERS FROM DANGEROUS DRIVERS

GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES REGULATIONS TO PROTECT NEW YORKERS FROM DANGEROUS DRIVERSAction Targets Drivers With Repeat Dangerous Driving Convictions New DMV Rules Among Toughest Licensing Policies in the NationGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo announced today a multi-pronged initiative to keep drivers with a history of repeat alcohol- or drug-related driving convictions off the road. At the Governor's direction, the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will issue new regulations that will give New York among the toughest protections in the nation against drivers who persistently drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

September 25, 2012
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Boating Safety Survey

Despite the emphasis on safety and boater education, tragic accidents continue to occur. Recently my office has been inundated with suggestions from the public on how we can further preserve life and allow the waterways to be responsibly enjoyed by all. I will be holding a hearing on August 8th to review current state laws and regulations governing boating and possible changes to the laws. I would like to know what you think of some of the proposals. Please take a moment to take my online survey to ensure that your views are properly heard.Please email me with any other thoughts or ideas you may have to make boating a safer experience for everyone. Thank you for your input.

July 26, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO REMINDS RESIDENTS TO BE SAFE AND DESIGNATE A DRIVER THIS JULY 4TH

     With the Independence Day holiday approaching, Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is reminding residents to be safe and designate a driver if they plan on drinking on July 4th.

     “Many of us will celebrate the Fourth of July with family and friends at barbeques and parties. However, it’s important to remember to designate a driver if you plan on drinking. New York State’s DWI laws are among the toughest in the country. Don’t find that out the hard way. Be safe, be smart, and save a life; don’t drink and drive,” said Senator Fuschillo, Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee.

July 2, 2012
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TELL THE ASSEMBLY TO PASS ALIX'S LAW NOW!

Sign The E-Petition Today

Western New York has been rocked recently by several high profile incidents involving the hit-and-run deaths of area teens and young adults. The most widely publicized was the hit-and-run death of 18-year-old Alix Rice of Amherst.

June 28, 2012
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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 legislation (S.7577-A) that would hold drunk drivers accountable for leaving the scene of an accident involving their vehicle without investigating it themselves and reporting it to law enforcement.      The legislation responds to a drunk driving accident in Amherst that killed a teenage girl in Western New York.  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. 

June 19, 2012
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Senate Passes 'Alix's Law'

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.7577-A), sponsored by Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma), that would hold drunk drivers accountable for leaving the scene of an accident involving their vehicle without investigating it themselves and reporting it to law enforcement.  

June 19, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILLS TO COMBAT DANGEROUS DRIVING

SENATE PASSES BILLS TO COMBAT DANGEROUS DRIVINGBills Would Require Breathalyzer Tests in All Serious Auto Accidents And Increase Punishment for Drivers Who Hit Pedestrians     The State Senate today passed two bills intended to keep dangerous drivers off our streets and increase penalties for drivers who injure or kill pedestrians or other drivers.

Legislation passed today (S.562), sponsored by Senator Joseph Robach (R-C-I, Rochester), would require breathalyzer tests for drivers involved in accidents causing serious physical injury or death.

June 18, 2012
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"Alix's Law" Creates New Crime Of Leaving An Accident Scene While Intoxicated

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) introduced legislation (S.7577) Tuesday to make leaving the scene of a car accident while under the influence of drugs or alcohol a specific offense under New York State vehicle and traffic safety law. Current law merely holds that a driver must knowingly, or have cause to know, that they caused personal injury or property damage to be guilty of leaving the scene of an accident without reporting it.

June 11, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND’S LEGISLATION CRACKS DOWN ON DWI OFFENDERS

Bill gives courts authority to address violators of Leandra’s Law

Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C - Poughkeepsie) today announced that the Senate has passed his legislation that authorizes courts to re-impose a sentence of probation and a requirement of an ignition interlock device (IID) following revocation of a sentence of probation or conditional discharge imposed under the Child Passenger Protection Act (Leandra’s Law) (S.6680).

This bill clarifies the intent of Leandra’s Law to ensure that the courts have the ability to re-sentence a defendant who violates probation or conditional discharge and impose an obligation to re-install an IID on their vehicle.

June 7, 2012
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Farley, Tedisco, McLaughlin Join Families, Advocates and Stop DWI Coordinators to Take Drunk, Dangerous Drivers Off the Highways

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady), Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Schenectady-Saratoga) and Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C-Melrose) joined families, advocates and Stop DWI Coordinators in advance of the busy Memorial Day travel weekend, to urge safe driving this summer and call for tougher laws to get repeat drunk and dangerous drivers off the roads.

Tedisco, Farley and McLaughlin are calling for new legislation supported by Stop DWI Coordinators that would direct the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to implement regulations to permanently terminate driver’s license privileges for serial drunk and dangerous drivers.

May 24, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill to Strengthen Leandra's Law

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

May 23, 2012
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN LEANDRA’S LAW

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

Leandra’s Law was passed in 2009 following the tragic death of 11 year old Leandra Rosado, who was killed while riding in a car driven by her friend’s intoxicated mother. As part of Leandra’s Law, all convicted DWI offenders must install and use an ignition interlock in all vehicles they own or operate for a period of at least six months after their DWI conviction. Ignition interlocks are breath test devices linked to a vehicle’s ignition system which prevent the car from starting if alcohol is detected in the driver’s breath.

May 22, 2012
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SENATE PASSES FUSCHILLO LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN LEANDRA’S LAW

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

May 22, 2012
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Gianaris urges Koch Bridge check after 4th crash

The Times Ledger wrote an article about the recent car accidents that have occured on a particular Queensborough Bridge off-ramp, which has prompted Senator Gianaris to appeal to the city Department of Transportation for increased safety measures.

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) said he is asking the city Department of Transportation to do another comprehensive review of the Ed Koch-Queensborough Bridge off-ramps after a fourth car accident took place near the bridge last week.

 

“I think the DOT has not done enough to fix the traffic pattern there,” Gianaris said.

 

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Gianaris said while some of the drivers were allegedly speeding, the DOT must still ensure the ramps are as safe as possible.

May 14, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO REQUIRE IMMEDIATE INVESTIGAT​ION BY LAW ENFORCEMEN​T OF ABUSE IN STATE FACILITIES

Measure Provides Timely Notification to Law Enforcement of Abuse of Children in Residential Care

New York State Senate today passed legislation that would modify current reporting procedures involving the abuse of children in residential care.

The measure (S.6563) guarantees that reports of certain abuse will be immediately forwarded to law enforcement. The passage of this legislation comes amidst the latest announcement by Governor Andrew Cuomo of his proposal to establish the Justice Center for the Protection of Persons with Special Needs.

May 8, 2012
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Legislative News from Senator Bill Larkin

Below are legislative actions taken by the State Senate recently to protect our families:

Nothing fake about the dangers of synthetic marijuana: Believed harmless by many, ‘fake pot’ is a dangerous substance whose growing use is spreading through our communities. Herbs sprayed with toxic chemicals, these over-the-counter drugs have been responsible for a number of violent acts and can have devastating effects on a user’s health. To protect our families the Senate has passed S.6694, a bill that prohibits the sale and possession of these hazardous substances. With side-effects as bad or worse than a number of illegal drugs, it’s time that synthetic marijuana is removed from our stores.

May 4, 2012
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