Issues: DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles)

Senator Dilan Announces Passage of 2014 – 2015 State Budget

$138 billion spending plan funds citywide Pre-K, increases to TAP and higher-ed opportunity programs.Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Bushwick) announced the passage of  a $138 billion budget that includes $300 million for universal Pre Kindergarten programs in New York City, new government reforms and increased funding to social programs.“This year’s budget has made great strides to meet new, and greater demands while continuing to offset the gaps left by previous year’s cuts. I commend Governor Cuomo and my Senate Colleagues for delivering a responsible spending plan that spends smart, invests in our students, and offers some much-needed relief for our working families,” said Senator Dilan.  

April 1, 2014
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SENATOR VALESKY HAILS PASSAGE OF FOURTH CONSECUTIVE ON-TIME STATE BUDGET

ALBANY, NY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today lauded the passage of the state’s fourth and historic consecutive on-time budget. This has not been accomplished with the same Governor and legislative leaders in more than 40 years.

April 1, 2014
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SENATOR BONACIC ANNOUNCES THE PASSAGE OF SENATE BILL S.1878 - INCREASES PENALTIES TO DRIVERS WHO PASS A STOPPED SCHOOL BUS

Senator Bonacic is pleased to announce the passage of Senate Bill S.1878 which passed today in the New York State Senate. This legislation, which he sponsors, will increase penalties for drivers who repeatedly pass a stopped school bus.

The bill will enhance current penalties for passing a stopped school bus by adding a sixty (60) day suspension of an individual’s driver’s license when a holder is convicted two or more times of passing a stopped school bus within a period of ten years. Current law provides that an individual convicted two or more times of speeding in a construction zone be subject to a sixty day suspension of his or her driver’s license, but does not provide the same penalty for passing a stopped school bus two or more times.

March 26, 2014
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Senator Dilan Outlines Transportation Budget Priorities

Senator Dilan delivers his budget priorities during a Monday, March 17, joint conference committee hearing on the proposed transportation budget.

March 18, 2014
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Keeping our bridges and roadways safe, well-maintained

Last night, 13WHAM ran an excellent story on the state's Dedicated Highway and Bridge Fund. In a time when a third of Monroe County bridges are past their 50-year lifespan, only 22 cents on the dollar from this fund are being spent on capital projects.I appreciated the opportunity to share a potential solution in the segment. I am cosponsoring legislation that would realign this fund with its original, crucial purpose.

February 27, 2014
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Senator Griffo Weekly Column #8: Let's Put A Stop To Bridge & Highway Fund Raids

Every time you gas up your car, rent a vehicle or use certain DMV services in New York, you pay a tax. This tax goes to a fund dedicated to state road and bridge repairs.

It makes perfect sense: We ask the people using the roads and bridges to help us keep that infrastructure safe for travel.

Here’s what makes no sense: The state has been siphoning off most of that fund to pay for budget items that have little to do with repairs. Motorists contributed $3.8 billion last year, but just 22 percent of that collection - $847 million – went to road and bridge upgrades.

February 20, 2014
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Griffo: State Must Stop Raiding Highway & Bridge Fund

UTICA – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo today reiterated his objection to the state’s sweep of highway and bridge funds, following a state comptroller’s report that revealed just 22 percent of motorist taxes and fees are being used for capital construction project.

“Motorists paid $3.8 billion last year in state taxes and fees on travel-related items such as gas, vehicle licensing and rental cars. That money is supposed to go toward making bridges and highways safer,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “Instead, the money is being taken to pay for past borrowing as well as operating costs of state agencies – at the expense of our infrastructure.”

February 5, 2014
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The Brooklyn Paper : Whose streets? Our streets! Bushwick pol wants Brooklyn to rule its own roads

By Megan Riesz

The Brooklyn Paper

Brooklyn, not Albany, knows best what should happen on Brooklyn streets.

That is the thinking behind a bill sponsored by state Sen. Martin Malave Dilan (D—Bushwick) that would allow the Council to reduce the speed limit on residential streets citywide to 20 miles per hour without state approval.

“It will save lives,” Dilan said. “I am excited.”

February 3, 2014
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO: NEW LAW GIVING DMV STRONGER TOOLS TO FIGHT FRAUD TAKES EFFECT THURSDAY

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that a new law he authored giving the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) stronger tools to combat fraud takes effect this Thursday, November 28th. The law allows DMV to impose sanctions on drivers who try obtain a driver's license or vehicle registration for free through a "charge back" fraud scheme. 

November 26, 2013
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Sen. Peralta Bill Would Give Undocumented Immigrants Access to Driver’s Licenses

State Senator Jose Peralta introduced legislation to provide undocumented immigrant New Yorkers access to driver’s licenses.  He said that, if enacted, the bill will bring the undocumented into the economic mainstream and improve safety on New York roads.

In introducing the bill, Sen. Peralta noted that unlicensed drivers are five times more likely to be involved in fatal crashes and that uninsured drivers are far more likely to flee the scene of an accident.  He added that undocumented immigrants are disproportionately victims of exploitation and fraud.

“A driver’s license will provide undocumented immigrants much more employment flexibility,” Sen. Peralta said.  “In moving out of the shadows and into the economic mainstream, they will be less isolated and less vulnerable to predators and their scams. This legislation  will also help make all New Yorkers safer by allowing us to identify everyone who drives on our roads and ensure that they are properly credentialed, educated and operating registered, inspected and insured vehicles.”

Sen. Peralta’s bill will permit the state Department of Motor Vehicles to issue licenses to undocumented immigrants able to provide non-U.S. identification, prove residence in the state and demonstrate they have not been convicted of a felony crime. 

The senate sponsor of the state DREAM Act, Sen. Peralta said he is looking forward to the development during the upcoming legislative session of “a bipartisan response” to the question of integrating New Americans and giving them a chance to succeed and realize the American Dream. 

Eleven states already allow undocumented immigrants to secure a driver’s license.

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October 24, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO & COMMISSIONER FIALA TOUR DMV OFFICE IN MASSAPEQUA

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, and Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Commissioner Barbara Fiala recently toured the Massapequa DMV office. 

October 9, 2013
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Veteran Distinction on NYS Drivers Licenses Now Available

Residents who are military veterans can now apply for a special designation on their New York State driver’s license when they apply for a license renewal.

If you are a qualified U.S. military veteran, who was honorably discharged, and you have a NYS driver’s license, learner permit or non-driver photo ID card, you can have the word "Veteran" printed on the upper left hand of your photo document.

This measure, which I proudly supported in the New York State Senate, eliminates the need to carry separate documentation to prove that you are a veteran of the United States Armed Forces. 

October 7, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO REQUESTS INFORMATION FROM DMV FOLLOWING DRIVER LICENSE CHEATING SCAM

Following reports that individuals cheated on their commercial driver's license exam by bribing DMV security guards, Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the New York State Senate's Transportation Committee, called on the DMV Commissioner to provide information as to how DMV is responding to the scam. Senator Fuschillo requested that the Commissioner inform the Committee about the steps DMV is taking to prevent future security breaches and find other drivers who obtained commercial driver's licenses through this fraud.

September 27, 2013
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Senator Carlucci Announces 4-Point Legislative Package to Crack Down on Costly Toll Evaders

TARRYTOWN, NY -- To combat the growing problem of toll evasion, Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) today outlined a comprehensive 4-Point Plan to crack down on toll evaders along New York’s vast network of roads, bridges, and tunnels.   At a press conference at the Tarrytown Toll Plaza overlooking the Tappan Zee Bridge, the Senator discussed various measures that will ultimately serve as an effective deterrent to protect law-abiding commuters and save money.

August 21, 2013
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FELDER TO MOTORISTS: “AVOID 5-POINT PENALTY; DON’T TEXT & DRIVE!”

Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) is warning motorists to be extra cautious while driving and to avoid texting behind the wheel. As of June 1, tougher penalties were implemented by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) at the direction of Governor Cuomo. The DMV has increased the number of points earned against an individual’s driving record to five points upon conviction for texting-while-driving and cell-phone related infractions.

“Distracted driving is dangerous driving,” said Senator Felder. “It’s not just your life you take into your hands when you get behind the wheel; it’s the lives of your fellow motorists and pedestrians. One out of every five crashes in New York State is a result of distracted driving.”

Felder is sounding the alarm after receiving calls from constituents who were pulled over for texting-while-driving and received a five-point penalty on their license. New York State and local police have increased enforcement of the texting-while-driving ban on roads across the State. For a first offense, the minimum fine is $50 and the maximum fine increases to $400 for a third or subsequent offense.

August 12, 2013
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GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNS TWO FELDER BILLS INTO LAW

Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn), a first-term Senator and Chair of the Subcommittee on New York City Education, had two bills signed into law last Thursday by Governor Cuomo.

“It is extremely gratifying that Governor Cuomo saw the necessity for and value of these bills,” said Senator Felder. “I am thankful to my colleagues and to all those who worked behind the scenes to help make these bills a reality.”

The first of Senator Felder’s bills, S5730-2013, excludes Saturdays from being considered a business day for purposes of responding to violations for defective motor vehicle equipment.

Previously, the law encouraged timely repairs by offering a full waiver of the fine if repairs were made within one business day, excluding Sundays and federal holidays. This meant that a Sabbath-observant individual who received a summons late Friday afternoon, and could not make the necessary repairs until Sunday, was unable to take advantage of the grace period. Senator Felder’s measure remedies this oversight.

“This legislation levels the playing field and allows all New Yorkers to benefit equally from the grace period,” Senator Felder said. “Sabbath-observant New Yorkers no longer have to choose between their religious observance and the dismissal of a ticket.”

August 6, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES NEW LAW GIVING DMV STRONGER TOOLS TO FIGHT FRAUD

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that legislation he sponsored to give the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) stronger tools to combat fraud has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The legislation will allow DMV to impose sanctions on drivers who try obtain a driver's license or vehicle registration for free through a "charge back" fraud scheme.

August 1, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES EXTENDED SERVICE HOURS AT MASSAPEQUA DMV OFFICE

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the Department of Motor Vehicles’ Massapequa Office (927 Carmans Road, Carmans Plaza Shopping Center, Massapequa) is offering expanded hours of operation as part of a new initiative to improve customer service. 

July 22, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO’S LEGISLATION TO HELP COLLECT DELINQUENT CHILD SUPPORT PAYMENTS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that legislation he sponsored to ensure that parents make their child support payments has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The law allows New York State to continue to suspend the driver’s licenses of parents who fail to pay child support.

July 1, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO: DMV WOULD RECEIVE NEW TOOLS TO FIGHT FRAUD UNDER LEGISLATION PASSED BY STATE SENATE

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the New York State Senate gave final legislative passage to legislation he sponsored to give the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) stronger tools to combat fraud. The legislation would allow DMV to impose sanctions on drivers who try obtain a driver's license or vehicle registration for free through a "charge back" fraud scheme.

     Under the “charge back” fraud scheme, an individual pays for their driver’s license or registration using a credit, then disputes the charge with their credit card company to get a “charge back” on their account. By fraudulently disputing a valid DMV charge, these individuals illegally obtain their driver’s license or registration free of charge.

June 20, 2013
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