Issues: Sea or Boat

Griffo calls for new notification system regarding low water levels at Hinckley Reservoir

UTICA -- Recently I have received numerous calls from constituents concerned about water levels at the Hinckley Reservoir. This prompted me to contact the Mohawk Valley Water Authority, which confirmed that water levels had indeed been dropping due to a faster-than-normal rate of outflow. I further determined that water was being released from the reservoir at about two to three times the normal rate, which led me to contact the New York State Canal Corporation to explain this significant increase in outflow.

July 24, 2015
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Murphy, Putnam Officials, urge water safety precautions

MAHOPAC, NY - With the coming Memorial Day weekend about to mark the unofficial start of summer, Senator Terrence Murphy was joined by Putnam County Officials yesterday to raise awareness about water safety. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ten people lose their lives to drowning every day. "In the 40th Senate District we have a number of lakes, ponds, streams and rivers that if not properly respected could cause great tragedy," Murphy said. "Here at Lake Mahopac we are reminded about the importance of not only safety in the water but on the water with our boats and jet skis. By taking common sense precautions we can ensure a safe summer for everyone."

May 22, 2015
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STATEMENT ON RALLY TO KEEP ROCKAWAY FERRY SERVICE

Yesterday’s Rockaway Ferry rally at City Hall showed many things to Mayor Bill de Blasio and his administration, most notably that in tough times we will always come together as a community and also we will not back down. I have said it before and will continue to say it – in a budget of $75 billion, the city could and should allocate funds needed to make the ferry service permanent seven days a week. Traditionally, the isolated Rockaway Peninsula is ignored and oftentimes ostracized from the rest of the city, but we will continue to take a stand.

August 22, 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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November 8, 2013
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Notice of upcoming boater safety courses

The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, Marine Division, is holding several boater safety courses in Niagara County this winter: 

November 18 & 20, 2013

January 21 & 23, 2014

November 1, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES SIGNING OF NEW BOATING SAFETY LAW

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that legislation he cosponsored to strengthen New York’s boating safety laws has been signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The law will require individuals to obtain a boating safety certificate before operating a vessel.

     “Individuals should learn basic safety procedures, navigation, and the rules of the water before operating a powerful motor vehicle which can kill or seriously injure someone. Enacting this law is a step in the right direction which will make our waterways safer for everyone. I applaud Governor Cuomo for signing this legislation,” said Senator Fuschillo, Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee.

September 27, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO: GOVERNOR CUOMO SHOULD SIGN LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN NEW YORK’S BOATING SAFETY LAWS

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today urged Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign legislation he cosponsored which would strengthen New York’s boating safety laws by requiring individuals to obtain a boating safety certificate before operating a vessel.

     “This legislation is a step in the right direction that will improve safety for everyone on the water. Learning about basic safety procedures, navigation, and rules of the water before operating a powerful motor vehicle that can injure or kill someone is just commonsense. Governor Cuomo should sign this legislation to make our waterways safer,” said Senator Fuschillo, Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee.

September 20, 2013
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Statement by Senator David Carlucci on the Hudson River Boating Tragedy

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families of those involved in this devastating boating tragedy. Every New Yorker has been affected by this unimaginable loss.  

"While there is nothing we can do to change the course of events that transpired over this past weekend, we have an obligation to do everything in our power to try to prevent similar tragedies from occurring.  It is clear that more education and public awareness is sorely needed. Mandatory boat safety education will go along way toward informing boat operators and their passengers about the importance of safe operating procedures on New York's waterways. 

July 29, 2013
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Senators Klein, Carlucci and Assemblywoman Galef Announce Boat Safety Laws to Prevent Boating Tragedies; Urge Gov. Cuomo to Sign Legislation in to Law

CITY ISLAND, NY —  Today, less than one year after several tragic boating-related deaths in New York’s waterways, Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) and Assemblywoman Galef (D-Westchester/Putnam) called upon Governor Cuomo to sign legislation making boat safety training a crucial part of the every young New Yorker’s annual motorboat licensing application.

July 15, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill That Would Increase Penalties For Leaving The Scene Of A Boating Accident

The New York State Senate today passed a bill toughening the penalties for leaving the scene of a boating accident without making a report. The bill (S.339) is in response to serious boating accidents that have happened in recent years.      The bill would increase the penalty to an A misdemeanor for a first offense of leaving the scene of a boating accident when a person knows or should know there has been an injury to another person.  A second offense within five years of the first offense would be a felony. The bill also would stiffen the penalties for the crime of leaving the scene of a boating accident, that resulted in property damage, without reporting it.  The bill has been sent to the Assembly.

May 22, 2013
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Federal Dollars To Help Commercial And Recreation Fishing Industry Rebuild After Superstorm Sandy

$20 MILLION IN GRANTS TO SANDY-IMPACTED FISHING INDUSTRYGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo today urged coastal fishing businesses harmed by Storm Sandy to apply for available funding through the State’s recently approved Coastal Fishing Industry Grant Program. Under the program, eligible businesses will be able to apply for grants of up to $50,000 to cover uncompensated losses. “The regions most devastated by Superstorm Sandy are also vital parts of our state’s fishing industry, supporting thousands of local jobs and generating billions in economic activity,” Governor Cuomo said. “With peak fishing season arriving, I am directing new federal funds to support this critical industry on Long Island and Staten Island as it works to reach full recovery.”

May 20, 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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New York State Safe Boating Class In East Islip

Day: Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Name of Event:  New York State Safe Boating Class - East Islip

Description:  According to the new Suffolk County law, this class is required for anyone who wishes to operate personal watercraft or a boat. Upon completion of this 8 hour class and passing a written exam, students will receive a temporary certification card. You must attend all three courses to obtain a certificate.

Cost:  $35 for ages 10 - 17; $40 for ages 18+

February 19, 6:00 PM - February 21, 9:00 PM
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO’S BOATING SAFETY LEGISLATION APPROVED BY SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

Legislation Would Raise Penalties for BUI & Require Greater Safety Training for Boaters   

January 30, 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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GALLIVAN ANNOUNCES WAYS WESTERN NEW YORKERS CAN ASSIST DOWNSTATE NEIGHBORS IMPACTED BY SUPERSTORM SANDY

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.

November 5, 2012
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United States Coast Guard Station at Fire Island

Senator Owen H. Johnson recently toured the United States Coast Guard Station at Fire Island.  Pictured with Senator Johnson are Coast Guard Auxiliary Member Harvey Miller, Suffolk County Legislator Wayne Horsley, and the crew aboard a 47 foot Motor Lifeboat, Coast Guard 47316. Photograph from left to right:

August 28, 2012
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Public Hearing on Boating Safety on New York Waters

“As of late there has been tremendous interest in maritime safety.  Many opinions have been expressed and legislators on the Federal, State and Local levels have introduced legislation to change or add to our current laws. This hearing gave us an opportunity to speak to the experts on maritime law and to the boaters in our communities so we may make informed decisions,” said Senator Marcellino 

August 10, 2012
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Senators Carlucci, Avella Urge Passage of Boating Safety Bill

State Legislation (S.7199) Would Provide Financial Incentives, Reduce Insurance Premiums for Completing Boating Safety Course

New York State Senators David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) and Tony Avella (D-Queens) today offered their support for legislation that will offer a reduction in insurance premiums for New Yorkers that choose to take boating safety courses.  The idea is a based on a carrot-and-stick approach that would reward individuals for learning how to properly operate a boat or vessel, with the goal being a renewed focus on accident prevention.

August 8, 2012
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