Legislation

Queens lawmaker wants fire hydrants tagged with markers
Queens lawmaker wants fire hydrants tagged with markers
Politics Melissa Chan 2/25/2014 at 11:34AM

All New York City hydrants should be tagged with high-flying flags to be spotted more easily during snowstorms, a Queens lawmaker is proposing. Councilmember Mark Weprin is reintroducing legislation this March that would require markers be placed at least three feet above hydrants.

Flushing widow pushes for hit-and-run bill
Flushing widow pushes for hit-and-run bill
Northeast Melissa Chan 6/03/2013 at 2:26PM

The widow of a Flushing man killed last year in a tragic hit-and-run held back tears while she pushed for a bill to protect pedestrians. “I’m very heartbroken, very angry,” said Taysha Dominguez. “There are no words to describe the pain and the suffering that my family is currently going through at this moment.” Her [...]

10 years after deadly staged accident, family wants Alice’s Law passed
10 years after deadly staged accident, family wants Alice’s Law passed
Northeast Melissa Chan 5/24/2013 at 10:28AM

The family of the 71-year-old Queens woman killed 10 years ago in a staged car accident said bureaucratic delays have held up justice — and a proposed law to stiffen penalties in such cases. “It should have passed,” said Daniel Ross, 56, of Bayside. “I don’t want another family to go through what we went [...]

College Point kids may get back on the bus
College Point kids may get back on the bus
News Melissa Chan 4/06/2012 at 9:21AM

A bi-partisan bill could see full school buses pulling away from J.H.S. 194 once again. Legislation passed by the State Senate and Assembly — that now awaits Governor Andrew Cuomo’s sign-off — would allow seventh and eighth grade students in the city to regain eligibility for school bus service. In May 2010, the city Department [...]

Protecting ‘Good Samiritan’ businesses
Business Michael Pantelidis 12/27/2011 at 1:14PM

Businesses can now feel safe about being good Samaritans. Senator Michael Gianaris announced on December 22 that he has introduced new legislation aimed at expanding upon New York’s “Good Samaritan” laws. If passed, the legislation would protect businesses and non-profits offering themselves as safe havens to citizens in distress from being held liable for damages [...]

It’s cabbie VS cabbie on hail bill
It’s cabbie VS cabbie on hail bill
News Billy Rennison 9/27/2011 at 8:38PM

Opposing factions of cab drivers are trying to make their case before the new street hail legislation reaches Governor Andrew Cuomo’s desk. The city plans on issuing 30,000 new street hail permits that will allow liveries to pick up passengers in upper Manhattan and the outer boroughs if the measure passes. Members of the Livery [...]