Issues: Drunk Driving

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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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.

January 25, 2012
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Leandra's Legacy

Senator Dilan is presented an award by the Lewis Henry Morgan Institute for his work with Lenny Rosado on the passage of Leandra's Law. The law strengthens penalties on those convicted of driving while intoxicated with child passengers.The law is named after 11-year-old Leandra Rosado, Lenny's daughter, who tragically died in 2009 when the car she was riding in crashed. The driver was intoxicated.

January 25, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO TOUGHEN LAWS FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

 

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that creates new penalties for individuals supervising another driver while also under the influence of drugs or alcohol, also known as Abbagail’s Law (S.164C). The bill, sponsored by Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane), is named after eight-year-old Abbagail Buzard, who died in a car accident caused by an inexperienced driver who was supervised by a parent under the influence of alcohol.

 

January 24, 2012
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Leandra's Legacy

Senator Dilan is presented an award by the Lewis Henry Morgan Institute for his work with Lenny Rosado on the passage of Leandra's Law in 2009. The law strengthens penalties on those convicted of driving while intoxicated with child passengers.The law is named after 11-year-old Leandra Rosado, Lenny's daughter, who tragically died in 2009 when the car she was riding in crashed. The driver was intoxicated.

January 24, 2012
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SENATE PASSES FUSCHILLO LEGISLATION CREATING FELONY CHARGES FOR THOSE CAUGHT DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE WITH A CONDITIONAL LICENSE

Legislation Would Close Legal Loophole Allowing These Drivers to Face Only a Traffic Infraction

        Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation he sponsors to close a loophole which allows someone arrested for DUI while driving with a conditional license to face only a traffic infraction.

January 24, 2012
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FUSCHILLO LEGISLATION TO HELP STOP DRUNK & DRUGGED DRIVERS FROM EVADING PROSECUTION PASSED BY SENATE

        Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that legislation to prevent drunk or drugged drivers from evading prosecution has been passed by the New York State Senate.

        The legislation (S3768B) would allow law enforcement to seek court orders to compel when individuals suspected of DUI refuse to submit to chemical intoxication tests.

January 24, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO TO HOLD INFORMATIONAL CYBER-BULLYING WEBCAST ON FEBRUARY 7TH

        Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) will be holding an informational webcast to help students and parents better confront the dangers of cyber-bullying.

        The webcast will held on Tuesday, February 7th from 7 to 7:30 pm. Both parents and students are invited to watch the webcast, which will be streamed live over the Internet, by visiting Senator Fuschillo’s website, Fuschillo.nysenate.gov.

January 24, 2012
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO CREATE FELONY CHARGES FOR WRONG-WAY AND RECKLESS DRIVERS

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), to create felony charges for wrong-way and other reckless drivers.            “Wrong-way drivers have caused tragedies and endangered lives on our roadways; it has to stop.  Creating felony charges for wrong-way and reckless drivers will give law enforcement another tool to prosecute these individuals and get them off the roads,” said Senator Fuschillo, Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee.

January 24, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO TOUGHEN LAWS FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

    The New York State Senate today passed legislation that creates new penalties for individuals supervising another driver while also under the influence of drugs or alcohol, also known as Abbagail’s Law (S.164C).  Senator Owen H. Johnson supported the new law.

Abbagail’s Law closes a big loophole by making it clear that ‘supervising drivers’ that are drunk will be held accountable for their irresponsible actions.  It’s simple to understand that if you are supervising a younger driver, you must be sober. Otherwise, the consequences can be tragic, like in the case of young Abbagail Buzard.

January 24, 2012
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