Issues: DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles)

RITCHIE: KEEP EYE TESTS FOR DRIVERS

Says DMV Plan Will Reverse Gains in Road Safety

State Senator Patty Ritchie is today calling on the state DMV to abandon its plan to abolish vision tests for drivers, saying the move creates an unnecessary risk for motorists and will undo recent gains in road safety.

September 27, 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 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 PASSES BILL TO LOWER COUNTIES’ PUBLIC DEFENSE COSTS

    The New York State Senate gave final legislative passage to legislation, sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), to help counties save money in providing public defense services to individuals who cannot afford an attorney.     The legislation (S5474) would exempt legal aid societies from having to pay a fee to search DMV records in public defense cases. This exemption would provide savings to the counties who fund the services provided by legal aid societies.

June 22, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL REQUIRING CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR BUS DRIVERS

  Bill Addresses Recent Incidents of Dangerous Bus Drivers with a

History of Criminal Driving Convictions

 

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, cosponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson), that would help ensure bus safety and crack down on so-called "terror" bus drivers. The bill requires bus drivers to submit to a criminal history check. The legislation aims to improve safety for bus passengers following a string of bus crashes caused by dangerous bus drivers with a history of criminal driving convictions.

June 2, 2011
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RITCHIE BILL SLASHING FARM RED TAPE GETS COMMITTEE OKAY

Measure Cuts Taxes, Fees, Overregulation; Top Priority of NY Farmers

A bill that slashes red tape, taxes and fees on New York’s hardworking farmers—and is a top priority of the state’s farm communities—was today approved by the Senate Agriculture Committee and sent to the full Senate for action.

The “Farmers Regulatory Relief Act” (S.4340), sponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie, targets some of the most onerous taxes, fees and regulations that make it tougher for New York farmers to succeed.

“Family farmers are key to the economies of rural communities throughout New York, and helping agriculture thrive will provide a boost for our entire state economy,” said Sen. Ritchie, chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee.

June 2, 2011
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2011 Women of Distinction | Barbara Medina

Barbara Median of Williamsburg was named this year's Woman of Distinction by Senator Dilan.

Read her bio here.

June 1, 2011
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Barbara Medina Bio

Barbara Medina was born in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn to parents from the Island of Puerto Rico. Ms. Medina is single mother of three wonderful children and has spent fourteen successful years as an Executive in the Marketing business. Ms. Medina’s career allowed her to travel to different parts of the United States developing new businesses and venturing with other companies. The experience has helped her become a voice amongst the voiceless and the value of being an independent woman.

June 1, 2011
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Drivers License Suspension

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: May 19, 2011Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

Senator Shirley L. Huntley Announces Passage of Bill Empowering Courts to Suspend a Driver’s Licenses’ after Failure to DWI Complete Program

Senator Huntley (D-Jamaica) and the New York State Senate passed legislation (S. 3188), which allows the New York State Court System to suspend a person’s driver’s license when an individual fails to pay a fine, complete predetermined community service or finish an alcohol awareness program.

May 19, 2011
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Senate Passes Boater Safety Bill

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said the Senate has passed an important bill (S.2903B) requiring boat operators, regardless of age, who have been convicted of boating while intoxicated (BWI) to take a boating safety course before operating a boat again.

“Long Island’s peak boating season is fast approaching,” LaValle said. “Educating those who have been convicted of BWI, may prevent future tragedies,” LaValle said.

The state already requires those age 21 and over and who are convicted of boating while intoxicated to obtain a boating safety certificate before operating a vehicle. The bill passed today expands upon that law by requiring those under 21 and convicted of an alcohol-related boating offense to obtain a certificate as well.

May 18, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES SENATE CONFIRMATION OF NEW DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES COMMISSIONER

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, today announced that the New York State Senate has confirmed Barbara Fiala as Commissioner of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). 

May 17, 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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LaValle: Senate Passes Legislation to Strengthen Law on Text Messaging While Driving

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today co-sponsored and voted for a bill (S.998B) 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 would make text messaging while driving a primary violation rather than a secondary violation. Under the current law, a driver can only be cited for texting-while-driving if another violation, such as speeding, is also being cited.

 Federal data shows 16,000 deaths nationwide due to texting while driving.

May 4, 2011
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Senator Robach Introduces Legislation to Strengthen Law on Texting While Driving

New law would elevate text messaging while driving violation to a primary offense

 

The New York State Senate today will act on a bill (S.998) 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. Action on the bill was announced today at a news conference by the bill sponsors, Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R-Syosset), Senator James Alesi (R-C-I, Perinton), and Senator Joseph Robach (R-C-I, Rochester).

 

May 3, 2011
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Funeral Procession

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: May 4, 2011Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

*Press Release*

Funeral Procession

May 3, 2011
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Lauren Shields' Birthday a True Celebration

On Thursday, April 13th, in honor of National Donate Life Month, the New York State Senate was joined by 11-year-old heart transplant survivor Lauren Shields. Senator Robach was proud to support life saving legislation passed by the Senate today. Bill S.3885 would increase the number of eligible and willing organ donors by requiring driver's license applicants to specifically indicate their donation decision. Also, Senator Robach took part in a special birthday celebration for Lauren along with his Senate colleagues.

April 13, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Bill Protecting People From Hidden Dangers

The Western Queens Gazette wrote an article about Senator Gianaris' bill regarding the outlawing of concealed vehicular compartments These hidden spaces can be extremely dangerous and can aid drug, gun and human trafficking.

State Senator Michael Gianaris’ (D-Astoria) legislation making it illegal to install or possess a concealed compartment in a vehicle passed through the New York State Senate Codes Committee.

Law enforcement personnel nationwide as well as within New York state have witnessed a surge in the number of hidden compartments found in motor vehicles, which often aid drug and gun trafficking. With the advent of advanced electronics, concealed vehicular compartments have become even more difficult to find.

April 13, 2011
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Senator Dilan Session Comments on Bill to Restore Road and Bridge Fund

Senator Dilan asks Senator Thomas Libous for a explanation of his bill S.1071 before questioning the legislation's ability to restore balance to the state fund dedicated to road and bridge maintenance and construction.

April 13, 2011
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