Issues: Drunk Driving

Senate Passes Bill to Crackdown on Drunk Drivers

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.4740C), sponsored by Senator Owen H.

May 2, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO CRACK DOWN ON DRUNK DRIVERS

Bill Would Require Offenders to Take a Motor Vehicle Accident Prevention Course

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.4740C) that would require certain drivers convicted of drunk driving to take a motor vehicle accident prevention course. The bill requires drivers convicted of a drunk driving offense to take the motor vehicle accident prevention course if they have previously been convicted of drunk driving, or refuse to take a chemical test, or have accumulated more than six points on their license.

May 2, 2012
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Governor Cuomo in Syracuse to Discuss Budget

I was pleased to join Governor Cuomo in discussing budget accomplishments for Central New York. Click the link for more details.

File: 
Gov Cuomo CNY Budget Presentation.pdf

April 5, 2012
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Senator Gallivan Addresses 2012 State Budget In Video Message

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) speaks to the taxpayers and families of Western New York concerning the just enacted 2012 State Budget.

April 4, 2012
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State Passes Fiscally Responsible Budget That Respects Taxpayers

Budget Comes Early, Controls Spending and Holds The Line On Taxes

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan hailed the 2012 state budget today as lawmakers approved the spending plan ahead of the April 1st deadline, marking the second consecutive year New York State will enact an on-time budget.

“Passing a second on-time budget in as many years is indicative of the larger progress we’ve seen lately in Albany. Just as late budgets were once a symbol of dysfunction, on-time budgets are symbolic of continued progress,” the Senator said. “Even more important than passing an on-time budget, is that we passed a fiscally responsible budget that respects New York’s taxpayers and keeps the State moving forward.”

April 3, 2012
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3/28/12 - Senator Saland speaks with a State Troooper who was staffing the distracted driving display and simulator set up in the LOB today.

3/28/12 - Senator Saland speaks with a State Troooper who was staffing the distracted driving display and simulator set up in the LOB today. The display consists of a car that was involved in a serious accident caused by distracted driving.  The nearly demolished car has been taken around to numerous schools and has been signed by students who have pledged not to text and drive.  A good visual reminder with many proms, graduations and other functions happening in the coming months.   

March 29, 2012
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Governor Cuomo and Legislative Leaders Announce Agreement on 2012-13 State Budget

Governor Cuomo released the following announcement on March 27, 2012:

The Budget continues the Governor’s commitment to fiscal responsibility while creating jobs and strengthening communities across the state. It closes a multi-billion dollar deficit with no new taxes, fees or gimmicks, limits spending growth to two percent or below for the second year in a row, and launches the New York Works Task Force to invest billions of dollars to rebuild the state's roads, bridges, parks, and other infrastructure and create tens of thousands of jobs.

March 29, 2012
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Governor Signs DNA Databank Expansion Into Law

Gallivan Hails DNA as "Best Tool For Law Enforcement Since Fingerprints"

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan applauded Governor Cuomo today after signing DNA databank expansion legislation into law, making New York State the first "all crimes DNA" state in the nation. The State Senate passed legislation to implement the expansion of the state’s DNA Databank in January.

The new law will require criminals convicted of all felonies, as well as all penal law misdemeanors, to submit DNA samples.

March 19, 2012
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SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE APPROVES LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN LEANDRA’S LAW

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, today announced that the Committee has approved legislation to strengthen Leandra’s Law. The legislation would make it harder for offenders to avoid using ignition interlocks as required by Leandra’s Law.

March 13, 2012
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SENATE PASSES 2012-13 BUDGET RESOLUTION

Gallivan: “Senate Plan Cuts Taxes, Reforms Medicaid, Protects Seniors and Schools.”

The New York State Senate voted to approve its 2012-13 Senate Budget resolution, continuing its focus on state spending, job creation, and structural reform to government.

The Senate budget, at just under $132.5 billion, keeps the total state spending increase below two percent, and spends less than the Executive Budget. The budget closes a $2 billion budget deficit and builds on last year’s successes in putting the state’s fiscal house in order.

March 13, 2012
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FUSCHILLO LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN OVERSIGHT OF CONDITIONAL LICENSES PASSED BY SENATE

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

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, today announced that legislation he sponsors to prevent individuals arrested for DWI from obtaining a conditional license without a judge’s approval has been passed by the New York State Senate.

March 12, 2012
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SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE APPROVES LEGISLATION TO PERMANENTLY REVOKE DRIVER’S LICENSES OF PERSISTENT DUI OFFENDERS

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, today announced that the Committee has passed legislation to permanently revoke the driver’s licenses of persistent drunk driving offenders.

     “Driving is a privilege, not a right. No one with eight or nine DUI convictions should be handed a driver’s license, but that’s happening right now under current law. This legislation would change that and ensure that individuals who continually drive under the influence will lose their licenses for good,” said Senator Fuschillo.

February 29, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO SUPPORTS “TIFFANY’S LAW” TO ENSURE REPEAT ALCOHOL OFFENDERS FACE APPROPRIATE PENALTIES

Legislation Would, For the First Time, Link Convictions for Operating Different Vehicles While Intoxicated

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo. Jr. (R-Merrick) recently voted in favor of “Tiffany’s Law,” which would ensure that individuals with prior convictions of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated are treated as repeat offenders, regardless of the vehicle type.  The legislation was recently passed by the New York State Senate.

February 24, 2012
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Senate Passes 'Tiffany's Law'

With the support of Senator Jack M. Martins, the New York State Senate passed “Tiffany’s Law” (S.2860A) that requires all prior convictions of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, whether it be an automobile (DWI), snowmobile (SWI), or all-terrain vehicle, be considered during sentencing of a subsequent Boating While Intoxicated (BWI) conviction. In turn, any person convicted of BWI would have that charge considered during any subsequent DWI, SWI or ATV offense.

February 16, 2012
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SENATE PASSES “TIFFANY’S LAW”: BILL WOULD, FOR THE FIRST TIME, LINK CONVICTIONS FOR OPERATING DIFFERENT VEHICLES WHILE INTOXICATED

The New York State Senate today passed “Tiffany’s Law” (S.2860A), sponsored by Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-C-I, Syracuse). The bill would require all prior convictions of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, whether it be an automobile (DWI), snowmobile (SWI), or all-terrain vehicle, be considered during sentencing of a subsequent Boating While Intoxicated (BWI) conviction. In turn, any person convicted of BWI would have that charge considered during any subsequent DWI, SWI or ATV offense.    

February 15, 2012
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SENATE PASSES “TIFFANY’S LAW”

Bill Would, For the First Time, Link Convictions for Operating Different Vehicles While Intoxicated

The New York State Senate today passed “Tiffany’s Law” (S.2860A).  The bill would require all prior convictions of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, whether it be an automobile (DWI), snowmobile (SWI), or all-terrain vehicle, be considered during sentencing of a subsequent Boating While Intoxicated (BWI) conviction. In turn, any person convicted of BWI would have that charge considered during any subsequent DWI, SWI or ATV offense.

February 14, 2012
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NEW YORK SENATE PASSSES BOATING WHILE INTOXICATED SAFETY MEASURE

Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that his boating safety certificate bill (S2903B) passed the NY State Senate.

The bill would require individuals 21 years of age or younger, who have been subject to a suspension of operating privileges related to alcohol-related boating offenses, to obtain a boating safety certificate before operating a vessel.

“Boating tragedies on Skaneateles and Oneida lakes, as well as the BWI death of Syracuse-resident, Tiffany Heitkamp, have brought the problem of boating while intoxicated to the forefront,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

“It is important to educate those who have already been convicted of BWI, on how to drive a boat safely, in the hopes of preventing future tragedies,” concluded Senator DeFrancisco.

February 7, 2012
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FUSCHILLO LEGISLATION REQUIRING MANDATORY JAIL TIME FOR REPEAT DWI OFFENDERS PASSED BY SENATE

        Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation he sponsors requiring a mandatory jail sentence for repeat DWI offenders.

February 6, 2012
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GALLIVAN, SENATE PASS DNA DATABANK EXPANSION BILL

Bill Would Have Linked Authorities To Bike Path Rapist Years Prior To His 2007 Arrest

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan announced that the New York State Senate today passed legislation to implement the largest expansion of the state’s DNA databank since it was created in 1994. The legislation mirrors the databank expansion plan proposed by Governor Cuomo in his Executive Budget to require people convicted of all felonies, as well as all misdemeanors in the penal law to submit DNA samples.

February 1, 2012
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Senator Farley Reports Four Key Votes To Get Dangerous Drivers Off the Road

The State Senate this week sent a loud and clear message that New York State must have zero tolerance when it comes to drunk, impaired or reckless driving.

In a strong showing of bi-partisan cooperation, we overwhelmingly approved four separate measures designed to save lives, punish offenders and keep dangerous drivers off the streets.

· The first bill, which seeks to combat wrong way and reckless drivers, would establish a new class E felony crime of aggravated reckless driving. The new crime would be punishable by a sentence of up to 4 years in prison.

· The second bill would close a loophole in current law which allows someone arrested for DUI while driving with a conditional license to face only a traffic infraction.

January 25, 2012
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