Pendleton – State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I - North Tonawanda) today joined Assemblyman Ray Walter (R,C,I- Amherst) and Assemblyman Angelo Morinello (R,C,I,Ref - Niagara Falls) in calling for local control of speed limits. The state representatives recently introduced legislation to address concerns expressed by local officials and members of the community. They cited safety as well as a cumbersome state process as they argued for allowing counties to establish school speed zones.

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced her bill to improve the safety of our roadways by adding motorcycle awareness training to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles’ (DMV) mandatory, pre-licensing courses has been signed into law.

Under the measure, (S.2119-A), a motorcycle safety and awareness component will be added to the current five hour pre-licensing class required for those looking to become a new driver. In addition, the current written driver’s exam will now be required to include questions on motorcycle safety.

As State Senator, ensuring that our Long Island water resources remain safe for current residents and future generations has always been a top priority.  Drinking water is a necessity, not a luxury.

Providing the residents of Long Island with clean and safe drinking water has often been a difficult challenge for state and local officials.  In the past, threats to our water quality have come from unanticipated sources, such as nitrogen buildups from aging septic systems or toxic plumes that are the legacy of discontinued industrial processes.