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  • Bachelors, History, Brooklyn College, 1984
  • Served, United States Marine Corps
  • Senator, New York State Senate, 2012-present
  • Candidate, New York State Senate, District 10, 2018
  • Member, New York City Council, 2001- 2012
  • Former Chair, Civil Service and Labor Committee, New York City Council
  • Former Member, Community Development Committee, New York City Council
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Articles

Governor Cuomo Signs Landmark Limousine Safety Reforms

Feb. 3, 2020

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed a comprehensive package of legislation putting into place new reforms and safety standards for the limousine industry. The 10-point package includes new safety regulations such as: seatbelt requirements, immobilization of defective limousines, increased penalties for illegal U-turns, GPS requirements, customer service resource requirements, regular validation of vehicle and driver safety information, new commercial driver's license requirements for limousine drivers, creation of a passenger task force and drug and alcohol testing. "These far-reaching reforms deliver much-needed protections that will help keep dangerous vehicles off our roadways, crack down on businesses that do not prioritize safety and will give New Yorkers piece of mind when they enter a limo in this state," Governor Cuomo said. "New York stands with those who lost loved one in the horrific crashes that inspired this legislation and I commend the family members who worked tirelessly to help pass these bills to help prevent future tragedies." Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said, "Limousines and celebrations usually go hand-in-hand, and the Senate Democratic Majority wants to keep it that way. The crashes that have taken place because of unsafe limos and lax regulations are tragedies, and we have a responsibility to address this problem. The Senate Majority stands, and grieves, with the families who lost loved ones to limo crashes and who turned that suffering into activism. These bills, which I thank the Governor for signing into law, will help improve safety, hold companies accountable, and save lives." Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said, "Too many times, joyous events here in New York have turned into tragic accidents because of a lack of oversight and safety standards in the limousine industry. That ends now. These reforms will hold the industry accountable, making limos safer for passengers, drivers and everyone on our roads." Chair of the Committee on Transportation Senator Timothy M. Kennedy said, "By passing this comprehensive package of legislation, the Senate and Assembly are strengthening standards across New York State, and changing the way the industry is regulated to ensure passenger safety is prioritized. The families who lost loved ones in the limo crashes in Schoharie and Cutchogue were instrumental in the pursuit of these reforms, and their commitment to make New York safer will undoubtedly prevent other families from experiencing the same heartbreak they have endured. I thank Governor Andrew Cuomo, Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and Speaker Carl Heastie for working alongside us to fast-track this historic deal, and I look forward to seeing these important measures enacted." Chair of the Committee on Transportation Assembly Member William B. Magnarelli said, "Laws making stretch limousines safer for drivers, passengers and everyone on our roads is needed for our state. The Governor's signing of these bills into law creates oversight and reform of the limousine industry. They ensure that companies and drivers meet enhanced licensing and inspection regulations, and mandate the use of safety features such as seatbelts and GPS. I am happy to be a part of this movement to protect our residents and believe these changes will save lives and prevent future tragedies." Seatbelt Requirements (S.6191C/A.9057) This legislation provides that motor vehicles converted into stretch limousines on or after January 1, 2021 have at least 2 safety belts for the front seat and at least one safety belt in the rear for each passenger the vehicle was designed to hold, as well as requiring all stretch limousines to be retrofitted to include seatbelts by January 1, 2023. New Commercial Driver's License Requirements for Limousine Drivers (S.6192A/A.8474A) This legislation requires individuals operating limousines carrying 9 or more passengers, including the driver, to have a passenger endorsed commercial driver's license. Immobilization and Impoundment of Defective Limousines (S.6193C/A.9056) This legislation allows the Commissioner of Transportation to impound or immobilize stretch limousines in certain situations and provides that an impounded motor vehicle will not be released unless the Commissioner provides written notice that the vehicle has passed re-inspection. Any release of a vehicle without approval by the Commissioner will be punishable by a fine of up to $10,000. Increased Penalties for Illegal U-Turns (S.6188B/A.8172B) Violations will be subject to a $250 to $400 fine and/or up to 15 days imprisonment. Second violations in eighteen months will be subject to a $600 to $750 fine and/or up to 45 days imprisonment. Violations involving a stretch limousine making an illegal U-turn while carrying at least one passenger would be subject to a $750 to $1,000 fine and/or up to 180 days imprisonment. GPS Requirements for Limousines (S.6187C/A. 9058) This legislation requires stretch limousines to use GPS technology designed specifically for commercial vehicles upon the creation of federal standards. New Customer Service Resources (S. 6185B/A.8214B) This legislation requires the Commissioners of Transportation and Motor Vehicles to establish, maintain, monitor and publicize a telephone hotline operated and maintained by the Department of Motor Vehicles used to report safety issues with stretch limousines and safe limo website maintained by the Department of Transportation. The DOT and DMV may investigate the reports generated by the hotline and use verified information from those reports in their enforcement actions. Driver's License Validation (S.6604B/A.9059) This legislation requires that every motor carrier furnish the Department of Motor Vehicles a list of each altered motor vehicle designed to carry 9 or more passengers and requires that the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles annually review the bus driver files of each driver employed by a motor vehicle carrier who operates a stretch limousine, along with publishing various safety metrics. DMV must annually update its website to provide information on motor carriers operating stretch limousines and data on limousine operations and drivers. Creation of Passenger Task Force (S.6189C/A.1316C) This legislation establishes the stretch limousine passenger safety task force to conduct a comprehensive review of matters influencing the safety, adequacy, efficiency and reliability of stretch limousine transportation. Drug and Alcohol Testing (S.6186B/A.712A) This legislation will require that large for-hire vehicle drivers and motor carriers be subject to pre-employment and random drug and alcohol testing. Seatbelt Use in Taxi and Livery Vehicles (S.7134/A.8990) This legislation expands seatbelt use requirements in for-hire vehicles. Representative Paul Tonko said, "Our hearts remain broken for the families of the deadly Schoharie and Long Island crashes who have somehow managed to turn personal tragedy from dangerous limousines into a fierce and inspiring resolve. Their wisdom and guidance helped shape the bipartisan national limousine safety package I have been pushing Congress to enact, and their advocacy continues to lift our efforts at the state and national levels to ensure we are doing everything possible to prevent future tragedies of this kind. My thanks to these impressive families and many leaders across New York who have come together to advance this worthwhile legislative state package. I will not stop pushing until our comprehensive package of improvements to close loopholes and raise safety standards becomes law nationwide." Senator Brad Hoylman said, "In my Senate district, emergency departments report seeing hundreds of injured rear seat cab passengers a year with split lips, broken noses, cracked teeth, and traumatic brain injuries. The passenger injury phenomenon is so common in ERs that physicians have given it a name: 'partition face'. Now thanks to our legislation today, New York joins more than half of the states that require rear seat passengers in taxis, Ubers and Lyfts to wear seatbelts to protect themselves and other riders. Seat belts save lives. But only if we use them. I'm grateful to the leadership of Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Transportation Chair Senator Tim Kennedy for helping pass this common-sense legislation." Senator James Gaughran said, "The survivors of the tragedies of Cutchogue and Schoharie led the charge to pass important limo safety legislation that will protect passengers and drivers alike. These bills, including mandatory seat belts and cracking down on illegal U-turns, are critical safety measures that will prevent tragic crashes like the one just a few years ago in Cutchogue, from happening again. I thank the brave and tireless advocacy of the families of the Cutchogue and Schoharie crashes for being the driving force behind these bills and fighting for safety. Thank you Governor Cuomo for signing these bills into law." Senator Anna Kaplan said, "The unimaginable tragedies that took place in Cutchogue and Schoharie were a rude awakening for all New Yorkers about the safety of stretch limousines. As lawmakers, we have a duty to families across the state to take action to prevent such senseless tragedy from ever happening again, and I'm very proud to sponsor legislation as part of that effort to keep our residents safe." Senator Rachel May said, "A graduation or wedding should be one of the best times of your life. You shouldn't worry about whether the limo service you hire will get you home safely at the end of the day. My bill will make it easier for safety issues to be reported to the Commissioner of Transportation. We have seen too many preventable tragedies because limousines weren't well-maintained or regularly inspected. New Yorkers deserve better oversight." Senator Jen Metzger said, "The devastating loss of lives from the 2018 crash in Schoharie was a call to action for stronger laws to keep people safe on our roads. My bill to mandate drug and alcohol testing for limo drivers and other for-hire vehicles, along with the other urgent legislation that we passed in early January, will save lives and prevent future tragedies. I want to thank Senate Transportation Chair Tim Kennedy for championing this vital package of legislation." Senator James Sanders, Jr. said, "This bill is important in insuring the safety of both pedestrians and motorists. It is vital that the DMV have up-to-date records regarding stretch limousine companies and their drivers, especially when it comes to defects and crashes. As we all know a car can be a dangerous weapon if not operated properly, and when we think about vehicles that are even larger like stretch limousines that often transport many people, we have to be even more cautious." Assembly Member Amy Paulin said, "I am very pleased that these critical safety measures have become law. I thank Governor Cuomo for working with the Legislature to complete this comprehensive set of initiatives. Access to seat belts for limousine passengers and random drug testing for drivers are common sense and practical steps that will help ensure the safety of not only limousine passengers but for everyone traveling on New York roadways. The creation of a Limousine Passenger Safety Task Force means that we will continue to address issues that confront the safety of Limousine passengers and drivers in the future." Assembly Member Angelo Santabarbara said, "Following the deadly limousine crash in Schoharie that claimed the lives of 20 people, the need for updated laws governing stretch limousines was apparent. That's why work on this important legislative package has continued here at the State Capitol on behalf of the families that have lost loved ones and for the safety of our communities. While we see these important bills signed into law to strengthen regulations and improve standards here in New York, I also urge US Congress and Senate leaders to come together and pass similar measures in Washington DC to ensure the safety of passengers in every state."

Governor Cuomo Announces Three-Way Agreement with Senate Majority Leader Cousins and Assembly Speaker Heastie on Limousine Safety Legislation Package

Jan. 14, 2020

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a three-way agreement with Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie on a limousine safety regulation package. The 10- point package introduces new safety regulations such as: seatbelt requirements, immobilization of defective limousines, increased penalties for illegal u-turns, GPS requirements, customer service resource requirements, regular validation of vehicle and driver safety information, new commercial driver's license requirements for limousine drivers, creation of a passenger task force and drug and alcohol testing. "These comprehensive reforms will give authorities much-needed new powers to get dangerous vehicles off the road, weed out bad actors and put into place common sense safety standards that will increase public safety in every corner of New York, "Governor Cuomo said. "The horrific crashes that sparked this action shook this state to its very core and we stand with those who lost loved ones in these accidents and worked tirelessly to help prevent future tragedies once and for all." "Limousines and celebrations usually go hand-in-hand, and the Senate Democratic Majority wants to keep it that way," Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said. "The crashes that have taken place because of unsafe limos and lax regulations are tragedies, and we have a responsibility to address this problem. The Senate Majority stands, and grieves, with the families who lost loved ones to limo crashes and who turned that suffering into activism. These bills, which have the support of the Senate Majority, Assembly Majority, and Governor Cuomo, will help improve safety, hold companies accountable, and save lives." "Limos are so often the vehicle of choice for joyous occasions - weddings, proms and special events. But we have seen too many turn into tragedy," Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said. "The bills we pass today build on the progress we made in last year's budget, creating necessary oversight for the for-hire limousine industry and ensuring they are held accountable. These critical reforms will mean safer vehicles, safer roads and saved lives." Chair of the Committee on Transportation Senator Timothy M. Kennedy said, "By passing this comprehensive package of legislation, the Senate and Assembly are strengthening standards across New York State, and changing the way the industry is regulated to ensure passenger safety is prioritized. The families who lost loved ones in the limo crashes in Schoharie and Cutchogue were instrumental in the pursuit of these reforms, their commitment to make New York safer will undoubtedly prevent other families from experiencing the same heartbreak they have endured. I thank Governor Andrew Cuomo, Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and Speaker Carl Heastie for working alongside us to fast-track this historic deal, and I look forward to seeing these important measures enacted." Chair of the Committee on Transportation Assemblyman William B. Magnarelli said, "Horrific crashes right here in New York State have drawn national attention to the inadequacies of our state's traffic safety laws regarding limousines. Limos present a unique set of safety challenges for both drivers and passengers alike. My legislation will help address some of these deficiencies by ensuring these vehicles are equipped with seatbelts, limo drivers are being held to the same standard as drivers of other high-occupancy vehicles and that we continue to study these safety issues and make necessary changes down the road." Seatbelt Requirements (S. 6191C/A. 9057) This legislation provides that motor vehicles converted into stretch limousines on or after January 1, 2021 have at least 2 safety belts for the front seat and at least one safety belt in the rear for each passenger the vehicle was designed to hold, as well as requiring all stretch limousines to be retrofitted to include seatbelts by January 1, 2023. New Commercial Driver's License Requirements for Limousine Drivers (S. 6192A/A.8474A) This legislation requires individuals operating limousines carrying 9 or more passengers, including the driver, to have a passenger endorsed commercial driver's license. Immobilization and Impoundment of Defective Limousines (S. 6193C/A. 9056) This legislation allows the Commissioner of Transportation to impound or immobilize stretch limousines in certain situations and provides that an impounded motor vehicle will not be released unless the Commissioner provides written notice that the vehicle has passed re-inspection. Any release of a vehicle without approval by the Commissioner will be punishable by a fine of up to $10,000. Increased Penalties for Illegal U-Turns (S. 6188B/A.8172B) Violations will be subject to a $250 to $400 fine and/or up to 15 days imprisonment. Second violations in eighteen months will be subject to a $600 to $750 fine and/or up to 45 days imprisonment. Violations involving a stretch limousine making an illegal u-turn while carrying at least one passenger would be subject to a $750 to $1,000 fine and/or up to 180 days imprisonment. GPS Requirements for Limousines (S. 6187C/A. 9058) This legislation requires stretch limousines to use GPS technology designed specifically for commercial vehicles and meeting federal standards. New Customer Service Resources (S. 6185B/A.8214B) This legislation requires the Commissioners of Transportation and Motor Vehicles to establish, maintain, monitor and publicize a telephone hotline operated and maintained by the Department of Motor Vehicles used to report safety issues with stretch limousines and safe limo website maintained by the Department of Transportation. The DOT and DMV may investigate the reports generated by the hotline and use verified information from those reports in their enforcement actions. Driver's License Validation (S. 6604B/A.9059) This legislation requires that every motor carrier furnish the Department of Motor Vehicles a list of each altered motor vehicle designed to carry 9 or more passengers and requires that the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles annually review the bus driver files of each driver employed by a motor vehicle carrier who operates a stretch limousine, along with publishing various safety metrics. DMV must annually update its website to provide information on motor carriers operating stretch limousines and data on limousine operations and drivers. Creation of Passenger Task Force (S. 6189C/A.1316C) This legislation establishes the stretch limousine passenger safety task force to conduct a comprehensive review of matters influencing the safety, adequacy, efficiency and reliability of stretch limousine transportation. Drug and Alcohol Testing (S. 6186B/A.712A) This legislation will require that large for-hire vehicle drivers and motor carriers be subject to pre-employment and random drug and alcohol testing. Seatbelt Use in Taxi and Livery Vehicles (S. 7134/A.8990) This legislation expands seatbelt use requirements in for-hire vehicles. Senator James Gaughran said, "Today we are taking action on important limo safety legislation that will protect passengers and drivers alike. These bills, including mandatory seat belts and cracking down on illegal U-turns, are critical safety measures that will prevent tragic crashes like the one just a few years ago in Cutchogue, from happening again. I thank the brave and tireless advocacy of the families of the Cutchogue and Schoharie crashes for being the driving force behind today's bills and fighting for safety." Senator Rachel May said, "A graduation or wedding should be one of the best times of your life. You shouldn't worry about whether the limo service you hire will get you home safely at the end of the day. My bill will make it easier for safety issues to be reported to the Commissioner of Transportation. We have seen too many preventable tragedies because limousines weren't well-maintained or regularly inspected. New Yorkers deserve better oversight." Senator James Sanders, Jr. said, "This bill is important in insuring the safety of both pedestrians and motorists. It is vital that the DMV have up-to-date records regarding stretch limousine companies and their drivers, especially when it comes to defects and crashes. As we all know a car can be a dangerous weapon if not operated properly, and when we think about vehicles that are even larger like stretch limousines that often transport many people, we have to be even more cautious." Senator Anna Kaplan said, "The unimaginable tragedies that took place in Cutchogue and Schoharie were a rude awakening for all New Yorkers about the safety of stretch limousines. As lawmakers, we have a duty to families across the state to take action to prevent such senseless tragedy from ever happening again, and I'm very proud to sponsor legislation as part of that effort to keep our residents safe." Senator Jen Metzger said, "The devastating loss of lives from the 2018 crash in Schoharie was a call to action for stronger laws to keep people safe on our roads. My bill to mandate drug and alcohol testing for limo drivers and other for-hire vehicles, along with the other urgent legislation that we passed today, will save lives and prevent future tragedies. I want to thank Senate Transportation Chair Tim Kennedy for championing this vital package of legislation." Senator Brad Hoylman said, "In 2018 alone, there were 40 fatal or critical injury crashes in taxis and livery vehicles. Seat belts are a proven way to save lives and prevent serious injuries -- and as the horrific crash in Schoharie shows us, not wearing a seat belt can have tragic consequences. That's why it's so important for every passenger in a taxi or for-hire vehicle to buckle up. Thanks to the leadership of Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the new Senate Majority is passing common-sense legislation to ensure all New Yorkers are safe." Assemblymember Amy Paulin said, "Today's legislative action will make stretch limousines safer for drivers, passengers and everyone on our roads. The bills enacted will bring oversight and reform to every aspect of the limousine industry, from licensing and inspection to the use of seatbelts and GPS. I believe these changes will save lives and prevent future tragedies." Assemblymember Angelo Santabarbara said, "The tragic limousine crash in Schoharie that claimed the lives of 20 people was deemed the worst transportation disaster in nearly a decade. This horrific event left a scar on our community and the need for updated laws governing stretch limousines is apparent. These bills are aimed at strengthening regulations and improving standards to ensure the safety of passengers. It's important that we get this legislative package signed into law a soon as possible to prevent tragedies like this from happening again."

Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation to Make Election Ballots Easier to Read and Require Boards of Election to Better Inform Voters About the Layout and Content of Ballots

Oct. 24, 2019

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed a package of bills to make election ballots easier to read and to allow voters to be better informed about the content of ballots. S.2300A/A.2682A enacts the Voter Friendly Ballot Act, which requires boards of election to create a ballot layout that is straightforward and simple to read. S.3145A/A.112A makes it a requirement to better inform voters when a ballot is two-sided. S.1590/A.163 requires boards of election to post sample ballots on their websites prior to each election as soon as the relevant information becomes available. "Voting is a fundamental right and there should never be a situation where that right is infringed on just because the ballot isn't clear," Governor Cuomo said. "These measures will bolster the progress we've made to improve voting access by ensuring ballots clearly lay out the choices and there is no confusion when New Yorkers walk into the voting booth." A key goal of the Governor's 2019 Justice Agenda is to modernize New York's voting laws to increase voter participation. On Saturday, October 26, early voting will go into effect for the first time, making it easier for New York voters to participate in elections without logistical burdens. This reform was part of a package of historic new laws signed by Governor Cuomo in January. These reforms will allow for eight days of early voting before an election, synchronize federal and state primary elections, allow voter preregistration for teenagers, provide voter registration portability within the state, and close the LLC loophole. Last month, Governor Cuomo also signed legislation expediting party enrollment changes to make it easier for voters to participate in the upcoming primary elections. This removed the October 11 deadline and gives voters until February 14 to make changes to party enrollment and still vote in the April presidential and June congressional and state primaries. S.2300A/A.2682A Enacts the Voter Friendly Ballot Act New York election ballots at times have been cluttered and difficult to read. Under the Voter Friendly Ballot Act, election boards are required to create a ballot layout that is straightforward and simple to read, regardless of the number of contests and candidates that must be placed on the ballot in any particular election. This act takes effect immediately and applies to ballots that will be used in elections on or after August 1, 2020. Senator Brian Kavanagh said, "For far too long, New Yorkers exercising their right to vote have had to deal with cluttered and confusing ballots. I drafted the Voter Friendly Ballot Act in 2011 and my Assembly colleagues and I passed it repeatedly. Unfortunately the Senate Republicans refused to join us. This year, the new Senate Majority and the Assembly made this a key part of our successful effort to reform nearly every aspect of our election laws and strengthen our democracy. The Voter Friendly Ballot Act will help eliminate unreasonably small print, clutter, and other confusing and distracting items from ballots. I thank Governor Andrew Cuomo, Election Committee Chairs Zellnor Myrie and Charles Lavine, and the many democracy advocates who supported this legislation and provided input, particularly the Brennan Center, Usability in Civic Life, and Robert Brehm at the Board of Elections." Assembly Member Charles Lavine said, "2019 has been a year where we have seen exponential advances in Election Law. The Voter Friendly Ballot Act allows for a more user-friendly ballot layout including improved readability for those voters in the ADA community. It is also beneficial for any voter that has ever experienced difficulty casting a vote due to the lack of clarity or information overload on a ballot. A ballot that is easier to read allows for better transparency. Therefore, it will provide an informed decision at the ballot box and will encourage future voter participation. I want to thank Governor Cuomo for his leadership and vision on helping to make New York State a leader on voter turnout and for allowing the people of New York State greater ease in exercising their right to vote." S.3145A/A.112A Makes It a Requirement to Inform Voters When a Ballot Is Two-Sided This ensures voters will be better informed when a ballot is two-sided. It is often necessary for boards of election to place ballot questions on the side of the ballot opposite the side where the candidates appear. The bill requires an instruction and an optional arrow on the front side of the ballot telling the voter the ballot is two-sided. This bill takes effect on December 15, 2019. Senator Zellnor Myrie said, "Voting is central to our democracy, and there is nothing that should stand in the way of that fundamental right. Better informing voters of two-sided ballots will protect them from losing their voice in elections due to a simple misunderstanding, and we are appreciative of Governor Cuomo's dedication to ensuring New York voters will be heard." Assembly Member David Buchwald said, "In the past too many New Yorkers have missed their opportunities to vote on important constitutional amendment and proposition questions that are printed on the back of the ballot. Ensuring that voters are better informed about there being two sides of some ballots can only strengthen our democracy. I want to thank Governor Cuomo for signing into law this common sense change to our State's ballot rules." S.1590/A.163 Requires Boards of Election to Post Sample Ballots Online This bill requires boards of election to post sample ballots on their websites prior to each election as soon as the relevant information becomes available, which will allow voters to see the ballot layout and options ahead of time and which can reduce the waiting time at the polls. This act takes effect on January 1, 2021. Senator James Sanders said, "This bill will improve ease of access to information about candidates running for elected office, giving more people the ability to research who would be the best choice. It will also, hopefully, encourage more people to vote overall, since as American citizens we should all be participating in the Democratic process." Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal said, "Providing voters with all the information they need to cast their ballot is central to our democratic process. This legislation will allow all voters to obtain sample ballots ahead of time online, so they can make informed decisions about the candidates and ballot initiatives being proposed, while also requiring that these ballots be made accessible with screen-reading programs, providing New Yorkers with visual impairments the same opportunity to participate."

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