Senator Espaillat Introduces Legislation Targeting Biker Gangs
New legislation targeting rogue motorcyclists in the wake of the vicious beatdown of a Manhattan man in front of his wife and baby daughter will be introduced in the state Senate on Monday.
Sen. Adriano Espaillat, whose district includes Washington Heights, where the violence took place, and Assemblywoman Gabriela Rosa, will propose four bills giving cops and prosecutors new tools to go after reckless bikers.
The bill will apply in the city only, not the rest of the state.
“While the brutal assault caught on video captured the world’s attention, aggressive and reckless motorcyclist behavior in upper Manhattan has been a persistent quality-of-life hazard in our community for years,” Espaillat said.
Rule-breaking bikers have been a particular nuisance in his district because it includes parts of the West Side Highway, FDR Drive, and other major routes.
The first measure would stiffen penalties for a group attack by bikers.
The second would make it illegal for bikers to do stunts like wheelies in traffic.
“Anyone who thinks performing risky maneuvers in the middle of traffic is a good idea should have their license suspended so they understand their actions put lives in danger,” Espaillat said.
A third bill would require groups of 50 or more motorcyclists to get a permit approved by the NYPD.
And the last part of the legislation would shift the power from the state to the city to install cameras on roads. Currently, the state has the power to approve traffic cameras.
Rachel Figeuera, a 27-year-old Inwood mom, said she is happy about the legislation — especially the permit requirement.
“I feel the biggest problem with the bikers is that they’re in large groups,” she said.
“Its never one idiot popping wheelies. It’s 10 idiots popping wheelies. I’m not anti-motorcycle. I’m anti-idiot.”
On Saturday night, a gang of at least 100 bikers rode from The Bronx to Queens and then to Brooklyn, a law-enforcement source told The Post, adding that the 911 system was inundated by callers complaining about them driving recklessly and endangering motorists and pedestrians.
At least one arrest was reported.
Rashawn Bellamy, 26, of Valley Stream, LI, was busted after cops spotted him driving a bike north in the southbound lanes on Cross Bay Boulevard in Queens, police said.
They tried to stop him, but he allegedly hopped on the sidewalk, narrowly missed pedestrians, then drove west in the eastbound lane of North Conduit Avenue. He then allegedly ditched the bike and attempted to flee on foot before cops nabbed him.