Tedisco: Extraordinary session needed

June 27, 2019 06:56 PM

ALBANY - Many of the victims of last October's Schoharie County limousine disaster came from Jim Tedisco's 49th Senatorial District, but that's beside the point, he said.

"Just because it's not your constituent doesn't mean when 20 people die that it's not going to lead to your constituents being endangered when they are on the road," Tedisco (R - Glenville) said.

Tedisco has written letters to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, urging them to convene what he calls an "Extraordinary Session" so that legislators can iron out any differences they might have regarding limousine safety legislation.

"Come back into session. Don't leave until you compromise both sides. If there's disagreements, I'll understand that, but don't leave session endangering the rest of the families, because in dedication to these people who lost their lives, we should pass these bills," he said.

"Some of this gets lost in the technicalities to make sure the bills match each other and we need more time," says Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy (D - Albany).

Fahy acknowledges there's much more work to be done on limousine safety. She says it's not unprecedented to reconvene the Legislature, although she doesn't think most constituents would be pleased to pick up this tab.

"There's a strong hesitancy not to come back unless it's an emergency," she said. "Such as a weather emergency or other related disasters. They get expensive."

However, Tedisco believes the benefit justifies the cost.

"Sit down. If it takes the whole summer, don't leave until you get it done," he stated.


Dan Levy

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