Issues: Cell Phones

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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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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Phone company gets new Adirondack cell towers going

JON ALEXANDER - jalexander@poststar.com | Posted: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 5:07 pm

January 26, 2012
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Senator Dilan Announces Implementation of “Operation Hang-Up” this Thanksgiving Holiday

 Brooklyn—Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Bushwick) today announced the implementation of “Operation Hang-up” – an initiative created under the leadership of Governor Cuomo to discourage drivers from using their cell phones and other electronic devices while driving this Thanksgiving holiday. 

 “Driving while using a handheld electronic device is not only extremely dangerous, but it is also illegal,” Senator Dilan explained. “And since Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel days of the year, we will heighten our enforcement of this law to ensure that our friends and family get to their destinations safely.”

November 23, 2011
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Texting while driving ban shows the power of grassroots advocacy; Bee News Guest Column

Originally published July 28, 2011, Bee News Group  New York State has taken an important step forward in our fight against distracted driving.

August 1, 2011
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RITCHIE JOINS GOV. CUOMO TO STOP 'TXTG N DRVNG'

State Sen. Patty Ritchie (R,C-Heuvelton) joined Gov. Andrew Cuomo as he visited Northern New York to sign a new, tougher law to stop texting while driving.

The new law, which passed the Legislature unanimously and takes effect immediately, includes fines up to $150 and up to three violation points. The Governor signed the bill during a stop in Watertown Thursday.

July 18, 2011
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Governor okays legislation to strengthen law against texting while driving

Albany, N.Y., July 13—Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law legislation aimed at trying to prevent the thousands of deaths occurring on New York's and the nation’s highways as the result of what some are calling an epidemic of drivers who send text messages while behind the wheel.

July 13, 2011
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NEW LAW LETS POLICE STOP DRIVERS FOR TEXTING

A new law in NY will allow police to stop and ticket drivers they see texting on the road, even when that's the only apparent violation. Previously, police could only cite a driver for the traffic violation if they were stopped primarily for another offense, such as speeding. Please remain conscious of this new law while driving.

July 13, 2011
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Texting While Driving Law

I made a promise to our community that I would fight to pass legislation that would make it easier for law enforcement to crack down on texting-while-driving offenses.  I am pleased to let you know that Governor Cuomo has signed into law a tough texting and phoning-while-driving measure that would make the use of electronic gadgets behind the wheel a “primary” offense. 

July 13, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Announces Texting While Driving Now a Primary Violation

Governor signs bill to strengthen state law against distracted driving

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy (D-58th District) announced texting while driving is now a primary violation of state law, after Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill to crack down on distracted driving Tuesday.

For years, texting while driving was only a secondary offense. Law enforcement could only stop a driver distracted by a handheld electronic device if he or she were violating another traffic law (speeding, reckless driving, etc.). That changed today when the Governor signed the bill, which Senator Kennedy co-sponsored.

July 12, 2011
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Governor Cuomo Signs Law Strengthening Enforcement Against Drivers Caught Using Handheld Electronic Devices

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed a new law that strengthens the enforcement against drivers who use handheld electronic devices for activities such as texting while a vehicle is in motion. The legislation makes this action a primary traffic offense, giving law enforcement the power to stop drivers solely for engaging in this activity.

The Governor also announced today that he will increase the penalty for using a cellular phone without a hands-free device or a handheld device while driving from two to three points through changes in state regulations.

July 12, 2011
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SENATE GIVES FINAL LEGISLATIVE PASSAGE TO JUVENILE “SEXTING” AND “CYBERBULLYING” PREVENTION BILL

    The New York State Senate gave final legislative passage to a bill (S.5253B) to divert youth to an education program addressing the sending of nude or obscene photographs through electronic technologies, also known as “sexting,” as well as conduct that constitutes “cyberbullying.”     The bill, entitled the “Cyber-Crime Youth Rescue Act,” sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R-C-I, Garden City), requires the development of an educational program about the numerous perils of sexting and cyberbullying. The program provides an option other than a permanent criminal record for juveniles deemed eligible by a court.  

June 22, 2011
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Senate Gives Final Legislative Passage to Juvenile 'Sexting' and 'Cyberbullying' Prevention Bill

The New York State Senate Wednesday gave final legislative passage to a bill (S.5253B) to divert youth to an education program addressing the sending of nude or obscene photographs through electronic technologies, also known as “sexting,” as well as conduct that constitutes “cyberbullying.”

 

The bill, entitled the “Cyber-Crime Youth Rescue Act,” sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R-C-I, Garden City), requires the development of an educational program about the numerous perils of sexting and cyberbullying. The program provides an option other than a permanent criminal record for juveniles deemed eligible by a court.

 

June 22, 2011
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN LAW ON TEXT MESSAGING WHILE DRIVING

The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.5643) that will make it easier for law enforcement to crack down on texting-while-driving offenses and prevent tragic accidents caused by drivers distracted by texting.  The bill represents an agreement with the State Assembly which is also expected to act on the legislation today. The bill is sponsored by Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R-Syosset), Senator Jim Alesi (R-C-I, Perinton), and Senator Joseph Robach (R-C-I, Rochester).

June 15, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Announces Ban on Texting While Driving Approved in Senate, Assembly

Legislation now awaits Governor’s signature, Kelly Cline cited as driving force behind legislation to crackdown on texting drivers

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced the Senate and Assembly have approved legislation that strengthens state law against texting while driving (S.5643|A.8106). Once the Governor signs the bill, law enforcement will finally have the tools they need to begin cracking down on texting while driving.

June 14, 2011
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Senate Passes Legislation to Strengthen Law on Text Messaging While Driving

SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN LAW ON

TEXT MESSAGING WHILE DRIVING

New Law Would Elevate Text Messaging While Driving Violation to a Primary Offense

Assembly Also Expected To Act Today

 

The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.5643) that will make it easier for law enforcement to crack down on texting-while-driving offenses and prevent tragic accidents caused by drivers distracted by texting. The bill represents an agreement with the State Assembly which is also expected to act on the legislation today.

 

The bill is sponsored by Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R-Syosset), Senator Jim Alesi (R-C-I, Perinton), and Senator Joseph Robach (R-C-I, Rochester).

 

June 14, 2011
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Senator Kennedy, Kelly Cline Applaud Governor’s Distracted Driving Bill

Cline, Kennedy formed Families Against Texting While Driving to push issue forward

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, and Kelly Cline, a West Seneca mother and relentless safety advocate, commended Governor Andrew Cuomo for introducing a program bill on distracted driving. Cline also announced Families Against Texting While Driving – the advocacy group that she formed with Senator Kennedy earlier this year – will actively support the Governor’s bill.

June 10, 2011
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SENATOR KLEIN, ELECTEDS: Cell Tower Plan Withdrawn; City Island Residents Win

 

T-Mobile Pledges to Work With Community on Plan B After Meeting With Klein, Vacca, Benedetto 

CITY ISLAND, N.Y. – State Senator Jeffrey D. Klein, (D-Bronx/ Westchester), today declared victory for the residents of City Island after T-Mobile announced it was withdrawing plans to construct a cell phone tower on top of a local building.

May 19, 2011
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Motorists Face Tougher Driving Laws - Next Edition!

A package of driving law enhancing bills were passed by the Senate in early May. Queens Gazette wrote about the bills and quoted Senator Gianaris on one of them.

[...] State Senator Michael Gianaris said about the legislation that was passed May 3, “Funerals should be given the respect of an uninterrupted procession. I was pleased to vote in favor of the legislation to end traffic interference of a funeral procession as we must be able to honor the deceased members of our community while maintaining safety on our roadways.”

Read the full article here.

May 18, 2011
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Senate Passes Broad Legislative Package to Enhance Traffic Safety and Save Lives

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) is pleased to announce Senate passage of a package of bills aimed at making the roads safer for pedestrians and motorists across the State.  The six-bill package increases vehicular safety measures, while strengthening the penalties for those who violate traffic safety laws. 

These include a measure that would establish texting while driving as a primary offense, allowing police officers to stop and issue a summons for unlawful texting. (S.998B). Under current law, a motorist can only be ticketed for texting while driving if he or she has already been stopped for another traffic violation. 

May 16, 2011
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