Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation to impose felony charges on wrong-way and other reckless drivers. The bill (S752), which Senator Flanagan co-sponsored, is an effort to protect law abiding drivers from those who make the decision to drive in a dangerous manner.
The bill would establish the new crime of “aggravated reckless driving” and make it a class E felony, punishable by a prison sentence of up to four years. The charge would apply to:
Drivers who drive the wrong way or against the flow of traffic; either knowingly or because they are intoxicated or impaired;
Drivers who drive more than 30 miles-an-hour over the speed limit while intoxicated or impaired; or
Bill Named After Amherst Teen Would Close Dangerous Loophole In Hit-And-Run Accidents
ALBANY - The New York State Senate Transportation Committee passed “Alix’s Law” (S.1698A) today, sponsored by Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma). The bill would close a legal loophole and hold intoxicated drivers accountable for leaving the scene of an accident.
Westbound Ocean Parkway Between Wantagh and Meadowbrook Parkways Closed by DOT Through the End of March
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is informing drivers that the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) has closed the westbound Ocean Parkway between the Wantagh Parkway and Meadowbrook Parkway around the clock through the end of March. According to the DOT, the closure is necessary to reconstruct the pedestrian tunnel between Jones Beach parking field four and the Jones Beach central mall.
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.
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.
ONEONTA, 12/17/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the Thruway Authority’s announcement terminating plans to raise tolls on commercial vehicles:
“When the Thruway Authority floated a proposal to hike tolls on trucks and other commercial vehicles I was among a loud chorus of elected officials, business leaders and concerned citizens denouncing the plot.
“Abandoning this ill-conceived toll hike plan is the right thing to do. The Thruway Authority, like the rest of state government, needs to focus on cost saving measures to right the fiscal ship, instead of simply hiking the cost of doing business in New York.
I commend Governor Cuomo for taking action to prevent a 45 percent toll hike on trucks that use the New York State Thruway. This massive proposed increase, which was opposed by Senate Republicans, would have negatively impacted small businesses throughout New York and hurt our efforts to grow the economy.
If we are going to continue the progress we’ve made over the last two years, we’ll need to do it without raising taxes and fees, or increasing the cost of doing business. This is great news for businesses and taxpayers.
I was advised not to write this column. I was told it wasn’t politically expedient, that it would most certainly ruffle some feathers. But I’ve always maintained that I would shoot straight with my constituents, and I think I my recent re-election means that most of you appreciate that effort.
Senator Martin Malave Dilan, Senate Transportation Committee ranker will join Councilmember Stephen Levin, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, New York State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblymember Joe Lentol, the NYC Department of Transportation and the 94th Police Precinct to co-host a Greenpoint Transportation and Traffic Safety Town Hall on Monday, November 19.
Renews Call To Separate Canal System From Thruway Authority
As New York State Thruway Authority officials postponed a scheduled meeting for the second time in five days that may have included a vote to approve a 45 percent increase on three-axel vehicles, Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – Elma), chairman of the Senate’s Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Committee, urged the Thruway Authority Board to explore other options to avoid a toll increase and consider his proposal to separate the State’s Canal System from the Thruway Authority.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) today announced several ways that Western New Yorkers, and all New Yorkers, can help the massive relief effort underway in the New York City Metro Area in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy that ravaged the Eastern Seaboard last week.
Gallivan urged New Yorkers to utilize The American Red Cross and Catholic Charities, or other trusted charitable organizations who have strong track records of efficiently and effectively distributing relief aid in disaster situations.
HERKIMER, 10/25/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) and Assemblyman Marc Butler (R/C/I – Newport) are continuing their appeal to New York State Department of Transportation for a thorough review of traffic safety issues on Route 28 in the Village and Town of Herkimer.
Earlier this year, Senator Seward and Assemblyman Butler brought local residents and municipal officials together to call on NYSDOT to examine traffic safety concerns along Route 28 between West German Street and Shells Bush Road. A response from NYSDOT Interim Regional Director John Williams indicated that after a review of accident history, traffic volumes, speed, and available sight distance, a passing zone closure and speed limit reduction is not recommended.
I've been asked to help spread the word about the construction work beginning this weekend on the Twin Bridges, which is expected to result in significant delays on the Northway for both north-bound and south-bound traffic.
Lanes will be closed on the bridge beginning tonight at 10 p.m. through Monday morning at 5 a.m. These lane closures will occur each weekend until the end of October (except for Columbus Day weekend).
For more information, visit the DOT project website at:
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan joined local leaders and hundreds of veterans from across Wyoming County as a portion of NYS Rt. 20A was officially designated The Wyoming County Veterans Memorial Highway. Gallivan introduced the necessary legislation earlier this year along with state assemblyman, Daniel Burling, a Vietnam veteran himself.
“There is no more important constituency of mine than Western New York’s Veterans and their families,” Senator Gallivan said. “It’s important we always keep them in our thoughts, and I hope a new Memorial Highway will be both a reminder of their service and a tribute to their sacrifice.”