Issues: Drunk Driving

NBC News: Paterson to Sign Bill Closing DWI Loophole

New Yorkers will soon have one more reason to avoid driving while intoxicated, as Gov. David Paterson today is expected to sign a bill that will make it easier to convict drunk drivers.

July 12, 2010
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NY Daily News: New York State Tallies 248 Arrests Under Leandra's Law

BY Kenneth Lovett DAILY NEWS ALBANY BUREAU CHIEF  

July 12, 2010
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GOVERNOR SIGNS FUSCHILLO BILL CLOSING LOOPHOLE IN STATE’S DWI LAWS

New Law Prevents Drunk Drivers from Using Legal Technicality to Escape Justice           

July 12, 2010
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO: STATISTICS SHOW LEANDRA’S LAW IS WORKING

248 Drunk Drivers Already Charged Under the New Law 

July 12, 2010
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Jack Shea Law Closing DWI Legal Loophole Wins Legislative Approval

Named in honor of 1932 Olympic Gold Medalist Jack Shea

 The Assembly today gave final legislative approval of legislation that would close a legal loophole in New York State’s DWI laws that has allowed drunk drivers to escape prosecution.  Assemblywomen Janet Duprey and Teresa Sayward and Senator Betty Little Little cosponsored the legislation, which has been a priority for the District Attorneys Association of the State of New York.

June 24, 2010
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BILL TO CLOSE LOOPHOLE IN STATE’S DWI LAWS PASSED BY STATE LEGISLATURE

Proposed Law Would Prevent Drunk Drivers from Using Loophole in State Law to Escape Justice

June 24, 2010
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Senator Foley Protects Public from Drunk Drivers

Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) sponsored legislation (S5495) that would allow courts to be informed of past driving offenses when hearing cases involving drunk or impaired driving.

June 9, 2010
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO JOINS THOUSANDS OF RESIDENTS IN FIGHTING DRUNK DRIVING AT MADD-LONG ISLAND’S “WALK LIKE MADD” EVENT

State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently joined with thousands of volunteers at MADD-LI’s “Walk Like MADD” event to fight drunk driving.  

May 24, 2010
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO PROPOSES STRONGER DRUNK DRIVING LAWS

New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that he is sponsoring legislation to greatly strengthen the state’s drunk driving laws. The legislation would create tougher penalties for repeat drunk drivers, expand the state’s intoxication laws to include individuals who are high on inhalants, and give greater powers to law enforcement officers to collect valuable evidence in drunk driving cases.

May 14, 2010
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Sen. Foley, Small Businesses Rally to Protect Jobs, Oppose Wine Sale in Grocery Stores

On Saturday, March 6, 2010, State Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) was joined by small business owners and activists in rallying against the governor’s proposal to sell wine in grocery stores. The measure, which is proposed as part of the governor’s budget, will costs thousands of jobs at small wine and liquor stores across the state and increase access to alcohol for underage drinkers.

March 8, 2010
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March 4, 2010
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SENATE PASSES FUSCHILLO BILL TO CLOSE LOOPHOLE IN STATE’S DWI LAWS

Bill Would Prevent Drunk Drivers From Using Loophole in State Law to Escape Justice &nb

March 4, 2010
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Senate Acts to Prosecute Drunk Drivers and Make NY Roads Safer

Bill allows blood drawn during medical care to determine alcohol content

March 4, 2010
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Senator Fuschillo Calls for Passage of Jack Shea’s Law

Bill named for Double Olympic Gold Medalist Jack Shea of Lake Placid, killed by a drunk driver who escaped prosecution through loophole in state law

February 24, 2010
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Committee Meeting: Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Chair 12:30 PM, Monday, February 22, 2010 Room 612 LOB

February 22, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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Public Hearing: Joint Legislative Budget Hearing: Public Protection

New York State Senate Finance Committee Chair Carl Kruger, and Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chair Herman “Denny” Farrell will conduct a joint budget hearing focused on funding for public protection and keeping our communities safe. When: Monday, February 8 @ 9:30 A.M. Where: Hearing Room B – Legislative Office Building Expected to Testify:NYS Office of Court Administration,  Ann Pfau, Chief Administrative JudgeNYS Office of Home Land Security, Thomas Donlon, Director

February 8, 9:30 AM - 12:45 PM
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February 8, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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Senator Stavisky Urges New Yorkers to “Enjoy the Super Bowl, but be safe and don’t drink and drive”

Senator Stavisky Urges New Yorkers to

“Enjoy the Super Bowl, but be safe and don’t drink and drive”

Senator Toby Ann Stavisky would like to remind all New Yorkers that Super Bowl weekend (February 6th and 7th) also happens to be one of the biggest times of the year for alcohol related accidents. Urging safety, Senator Stavisky asks football fans to plan ahead, designate a driver, and encourage friends and family to be safe during this year’s celebrations.

January 26, 2010
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Committee Meeting: Senate Transportation Committee Meeting

SENATE STANDING COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATIONSenator Martin Malavé Dilan, Chair12:30 PM, Tuesday, January 26, 2010Room 124 CAP

January 26, 12:30 PM - 12:30 PM
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Senate Passes Leandra's Law

New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) announced today that the Senate has passed Leandra’s Law, the nation’s strongest DWI law by a unanimous bipartisan vote. The legislation, co-sponsored by Padavan, is the largest increase of criminal penalties for DWI convictions and includes the expansion of measures aimed at preventing drunk driving incidences throughout the state.

December 29, 2009
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