Issues: DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles)

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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RITCHIE MOTORCYCLE SAFETY BILL UNANIMOUSLY PASSES SENATE

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced her  bill that would improve motorcycle safety by adding motorcycle awareness training to the DMV’s mandatory, pre-licensing courses has passed unanimously the Senate.

 

“Today, more and more people are using motorcycles to get around, and that means that all drivers need to be more aware of how to safely share the road” said State Senator Patty Ritchie. 

 

“By adding this training to the DMV’s pre-licensing courses, we can help ensure that new drivers are given the information they need—right from the start—to be more cognizant of motorcycles when they are out on the road.”

June 13, 2013
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SENATE APPROVES BILL TO STRENGTHEN DISTRACTED DRIVING PENALTIES FOR NEW DRIVERS


The New York State Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senators Carl L. Marcellino (R, Syosset) and Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R, Merrick) to increase the safety of roads and drivers by strengthening penalties for teens and other new drivers who text or talk on a cell phone while driving. The bill (

June 5, 2013
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Senate Approves Bill to Strengthen Distracted Driving Penalties for New Drivers

The New York State Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senators Carl L. Marcellino (R, Syosset) and Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R, Merrick) to increase the safety of roads and drivers by strengthening penalties for teens and other new drivers who text or talk on a cell phone while driving.

June 5, 2013
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Important Notice - New Texting-While-Driving Penalties In Effect June 1

GOVERNOR ISSUES IMMEDIATE CHANGE TO TEXTING-WHILE-DRIVING POLICY - Those convicted of texting-while-driving will receive five points on their license instead of the current three.

 

Press Release from Governor Andrew Cuomo's Office:

May 31, 2013
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SENATE APPROVES LEGISLATION GIVING DMV STRONGER TOOLS TO FIGHT FRAUD

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that the New York State Senate passed legislation he sponsored to allow the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to suspend the driver’s licenses of individuals who obtain their driver’s licenses and vehicle registrations free of charge using 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.

May 29, 2013
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Senate Passes Teresita's Law

The New York State Senate today passed legislation known as Teresita’s Law, which makes it a felony if an unlicensed driver causes death to another person. The bill (S.1888), sponsored by Senator John Bonacic (R-C-I, Mount Hope),  recognizes that the unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, that ends in death, should be treated as a serious crime.

April 29, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO’S LEGISLATION TO AID IN COLLECTION OF CHILD SUPPORT APPROVED BY TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that legislation he sponsored to help ensure that parents make their child support payments has been approved by the Senate’s Transportation Committee. 

     The legislation (S4246) extends an existing law which allows the state to suspend the driver’s licenses of parents who fail to pay child support. Under the driver’s license suspension process, the state identifies parents who failed to pay child support and have a driver’s license. These individuals are then notified that their license will be suspended unless they make their child support payments. 

April 16, 2013
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Senator Hassell-Thompson Announces Extended DMV Hours and Increased Funding For Streets and Highways

Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson is pleased to announce that certain Department of Motor Vehicle locations will soon have extended business hours and some branch locations will be open on Saturdays. 

March 27, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO: FUNDING FOR NEW DMV CUSTOMER SERVICE INITIATIVES INCLUDED IN STATE BUDGET

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the state budget includes funding for major new Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) customer service initiatives. The initiatives will enable the DMV to become more accessible, easier to use, and customer friendly. 

     “Nearly every driver has had the frustrating experience of waiting at DMV for what seems like forever just to perform a simple transaction. That should be the exception, not the norm. This new funding will enable the DMV to implement aggressive and necessary reforms that will enhance service, reduce wait times, and most importantly, improve the way its customers are treated,” said Senator Fuschillo, Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee.

March 25, 2013
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Department of Financial Services to Speek Resolution of Insurance Claims in Areas Affected by SANDY

The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.

February 27, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013
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State Legislators Co-Sponsor Bill Increasing Hit and Run Penalties

Senator Lee Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley), Senator Ken LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R Merrick), Assemblyman Ed Hennessey (D, Medford) and Assemblyman Fred Thiele (I, Sag Harbor) announced today that they are cosponsoring legislation that would increase the penalties for leaving the scene of a hit-and-run accident. The bill was introduced this morning in the State Senate (S.2503).

January 18, 2013
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