Issues: Drunk Driving

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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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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