Issues: DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles)

Senate approves bike safety legislation co-sponsored by O'Mara, who says new law locally would help honor memory of Matt Miller

Albany, N.Y., June 19—The State Senate approved legislation last night, co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), to incorporate a “bicycle and pedestrian safety” component into New York State’s pre-licensing driver’s education and examination requirements.

The measure was approved with strong bipartisan support in the Senate, 58 to 1.

June 19, 2014
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Daily News reporter easily snags fake ID in Queens hotspot for phony documents

As reported by the Daily News:

It took me just an hour and a half to get a fake ID in New York City’s ground zero for the fraudulent document business — Roosevelt Ave. in Queens.

The Jackson Heights neighborhood is the epicenter of fake paper mills — rackets that fuel teenage drinking and identity theft and also create fake green cards and passports that can pose a serious security threat.

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Queens), whose district includes the Roosevelt Ave. area, is reintroducing legislation to crack down on the flourishing illegal industry.

For full article, click here.

June 2, 2014
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Nueva York tiene estancada su agenda migratoria

Según ha informado El Diario:

Nueva York – Cuando parecía olvidada, la propuesta de ley para que inmigrantes indocumentados soliciten licencias de conducir sumó el respaldo de la organización Transportation Alternatives, que promueve el uso del transporte público, y The Worker's Justice Center of NY, entidad pro trabajadores agrícolas del norte del estado.

El apoyo de esta última es clave por el área donde opera ya que puede sumar el respaldo de residentes y legisladores de Albany, Kingston y Rochester.

El senador José Peralta (D-Queens) argumenta que su propuesta de licencia para indocumentados aborda dos asuntos críticos, "oportunidad económica y seguridad en las calles, y por eso el apoyo a esta legislación seguirá creciendo".

Sin embargo, hasta ahora ese no ha sido el caso. Las dos principales legislaciones migratorias presentadas, el Dream Act y las licencias para indocumentados, se han estancado en la legislatura a pesar que Nueva York es un estado demócrata y progresista.

Ambas propuestas han sido introducidas más de una vez pero según expertos, ni los políticos ni los activistas han sabido articular su importancia económica.

Para el artículo completo, haga clic aquí.

May 21, 2014
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Senator Dilan's Remark on Local Control of Speed Limits

Support for granting localities the ability to establish speed limits as low as 20 mph has grown well beyond the five boroughs. On the same day Senator Dilan joined Families for Safe Streets to urge support for the City of New York to establish its own limits,  the Senate convened to take up a number of bills before the house, including a bill to allow the Town of Riverhead, Suffolk County, to set its own speed limits.

May 21, 2014
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Transportation Alternatives supports bill to allow illegal immigrants to get driver licenses

As reported by the Daily News: 

Saying it would increase traffic safety, a leading anti-car organization has thrown its support behind a bill to allow illegal immigrants in New York to get driver's licenses.

"Non-citizen drivers with verifiable, reliable forms of identification could then by tested on New York’s rules of the road, and be required to obtain auto insurance coverage, have their car inspected and maintain their vehicle’s registration," the non-profit advocacy group Transportation Alternatives wrote in memo in support of the bill.

Transportation Alternatives estimates that "tens of thousands" of illegal immigrants are driving without licenses on the streets of New York.

"Because these drivers are not subject to the same training and accountability standards as other drivers, they pose a significant public safety threat," the memo says. "Unlicensed drives are dangerous."

The memo cites a AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety Study that found unlicensed drives five times more likely to be involved in fatal crashes and more likely to flee the scene of an accident.

Eleven states in the U.S., including California, Washington, Colorado, Connecticut and Maryland, allow undocumented immigrants to get drivers licenses. 

Peralta called the support from Transportation Alternatives and the Worker Justice Center For New York "significant."

For full article, click here.

May 13, 2014
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Forum/Town Hall: Vision Zero Bushwick, Monday, May 19th

Senator Dilan, Transportation Alternatives and Community Board 4 are hosting a Community Street Safety Workshop to solicit suggestions and ideas for the implementation of the city-wide Vision Zero traffic safety initiative in Bushwick.

May 19, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Senator Dilan Joins NYC DOT, NYPD to Announce Arterial Slow Zone on McGuiness Blvd

Senator Dilan joined state representatives, city officials and advocates at the intersection of McGuinness Boulevard and Nassau Avenue to welcome the latest of 25 planned arterial slow zones throughout the city. McGuinness Boulevard joins Atlantic Avenue and the Grand Concourse as a 25 mph arterial slow zone, with signal re-timings and new signage to be added in the coming weeks.

April 22, 2014
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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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