Issues: DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles)

RITCHIE BILL WOULD BOOST BIKER SAFETY

Response to Surge in Biker Fatalities in Oswego County

May 8, 2012
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SENATOR JOHNSON SPONSORS LEGISLATION TO PROTECT MARINE AND NATIVE SPECIES

Seagrass Protection Act, Invasive Species Awareness Helps Address Threats to Important EcosystemsThe New York State Senate passed legislation to protect marine habitat and the continued viability of commercial and recreational fishing. The bill (S.4287B), sponsored by Senator Owen Johnson (R-C, Babylon), establishes the Seagrass Protection Act  to address threats to these ecologically important species.

May 8, 2012
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Governor Cuomo in Syracuse to Discuss Budget

I was pleased to join Governor Cuomo in discussing budget accomplishments for Central New York. Click the link for more details.

File: 
Gov Cuomo CNY Budget Presentation.pdf

April 5, 2012
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Senator Gallivan Addresses 2012 State Budget In Video Message

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) speaks to the taxpayers and families of Western New York concerning the just enacted 2012 State Budget.

April 4, 2012
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State Passes Fiscally Responsible Budget That Respects Taxpayers

Budget Comes Early, Controls Spending and Holds The Line On Taxes

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan hailed the 2012 state budget today as lawmakers approved the spending plan ahead of the April 1st deadline, marking the second consecutive year New York State will enact an on-time budget.

“Passing a second on-time budget in as many years is indicative of the larger progress we’ve seen lately in Albany. Just as late budgets were once a symbol of dysfunction, on-time budgets are symbolic of continued progress,” the Senator said. “Even more important than passing an on-time budget, is that we passed a fiscally responsible budget that respects New York’s taxpayers and keeps the State moving forward.”

April 3, 2012
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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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SENATOR SALAND’S LEGISLATION TO NOTIFY PARENTS REGARDING TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS OF YOUNG DRIVERS PASSES SENATE

Parents would be informed they have a right to withdraw consent of driving privileges

Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C - Poughkeepsie) today announced that the Senate has passed his legislation to require the court to notify parents that their child, who holds a junior driver’s license or a learner’s permit, has committed a traffic infraction. The bill also requires that the notice inform parents they have the right to withdraw their consent for their child to continue to hold a junior license or permit (S.1419).

March 6, 2012
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MARCELLINO CALLS FOR BAN ON CELL PHONE USE BY THOSE HOLDING A LEARNER’S PERMIT

Senator Carl L. Marcellino today announced that the New York State Senate recently passed his legislation to ban anyone holding a learner’s permit from talking on the phone while driving.

March 2, 2012
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S. 3022 Funeral Procession

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: March 2, 2012Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov |(518) 455-3531

**PRESS RELEASE**

Senator Huntley Passes Legislation Prohibiting Disruption During a Funeral Procession

Law making it illegal for a drive of motor vehicle to interfere with a funeral procession

March 2, 2012
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SENATOR RITCHIE APPOINTED TO BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE

Reviewing Transportation, Environment, Agriculture, Housing
On-Time Budget Eyed for Second Straight Year
State Senator Patty Ritchie has been named to a special Senate budget subcommittee assigned to review the Governor’s proposed budget.

February 2, 2012
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Leandra's Legacy

Senator Dilan is presented an award by the Lewis Henry Morgan Institute for his work with Lenny Rosado on the passage of Leandra's Law. The law strengthens penalties on those convicted of driving while intoxicated with child passengers.The law is named after 11-year-old Leandra Rosado, Lenny's daughter, who tragically died in 2009 when the car she was riding in crashed. The driver was intoxicated.

January 25, 2012
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Taxi Legislation Agreement

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: December 23, 2011Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

*PRESS RELEASE*

Senator Huntley Announces Agreement on New York City Taxi Legislation

Agreement Ensures Taxicab and Livery System is Accessible for Persons with Disabilities

December 23, 2011
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'First no eye tests, now no road tests?' Senator O'Mara opposes DMV plan to close Steuben County road test sites

Bath, N.Y., October 27—In a strongly worded letter today to state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Commissioner Barbara J. Fiala, Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C-I, Corning) urged the commissioner to scrap a plan to reduce the number of drivers’ road tests locations in Steuben County from three to one.

October 27, 2011
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Eye Exam Not Optional For Driving

ONEONTA, 10/07/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced he is co-sponsoring legislation requiring New York’s drivers to pass eye exams in order to renew their licenses. The legislation is in response to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles’ rash plan to eliminate the eye exam requirement.

“Operating a motor vehicle requires several skills starting with accurate eye sight,” said Senator Seward.  “Dropping the eye exam requirement for drivers is a roadmap to disaster and that is why I am co-sponsoring legislation (S.5904) that would guarantee this essential safety measure is not kicked to the curb.”

October 7, 2011
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SEN. YOUNG SUPPORTS LEGISLATION TO REQUIRE EYE EXAMS FOR NY DRIVERS

ALBANY – While the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) continues to investigate the merits of allowing drivers to “self-certify” vision-tests, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) is questioning the legality behind the policy change and already has introduced legislation that would make vision tests mandatory.

DMV announced recently that it would no longer require eye exams for drivers wishing to renew their licenses. DMV unveiled a new Internet application they said would increase customer service and allow drivers to self-certify that they meet vision requirements, the same way they do with other medical issues.

October 7, 2011
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LANZA & CUSICK AUTHOR LEGISLATION TO REQUIRE EYE EXAMS FOR NY DRIVERS

Senator Andrew Lanza and Assemblyman Michael Cusick have introduced legislation to require New York’s drivers to pass an eye exam in order to renew their licenses.

October 5, 2011
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Trio of area lawmakers opposes DMV move to eliminate eye tests

Elmira, N.Y., September 30—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C-I, Corning) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) today joined a chorus of opposition to a potential policy change by the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) that would do away with required eye tests as part of New York’s driver’s license renewal process.

September 30, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE HAILS DECISION TO REINSTATE EYE TESTS

Ending requirement would have made NY highways less safe

State Senator Patty Ritchie is praising the Cuomo administration for its reported decision to overturn a DMV rule change that would have ended routine eye tests for New York drivers.

“New York has made tremendous gains in improving highway safety—and saving lives—by focusing on such problems as drunk and distracted driving, but those gains were put at risk by this plan to essentially let motorists play eye doctor and self-certify that their vision was good enough to be on the road,” said Senator Ritchie.

September 30, 2011
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