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Grieving father pushing bill in memory of his son says it stalls each year in the assembly

Ed O'Brien says he's been trying to pass the Creto-Kade law for three years

Rochester, N.Y - "If you met him for five minutes, you'd probably feel like you knew him for five years.”

That's how Ed O'Brien describes his son Kade; with a lot of pride.

"That's Kade,” he said, pointing to a picture on the wall.

But pictures are all he has left. The Iraq War Veteran was killed in 2011, when a driver failed to yield and hit his motorcycle.

O'Brien said salt was added to the wound when the driver walked away with just a $35 traffic ticket.

"I don't want to see anyone have to go through anything like this,” he said.

The bill, Creto-Kade’s law, named after O'Brien's son, was drafted in 2012, but has failed to gain traction in the legislature.

Each year, it passes the senate, then stalls in the assembly.

 In fact, O'Brien said it never makes it out of the assembly transportation committee, chaired by Assemblyman David Gantt.

“He has not returned any of my telephone calls. I’ve sent him numerous emails. I sent him a letter from me. All of the above has been ignored.”

O'Brien said he gets it; some laws just don't pass. Others take longer. But he says he's just looking for an answer as to why.

"If there's something you can do or something that needs to be done, please tell me."

I reached out to Assemblyman Gantt and got in touch with him over the phone.

When I asked about Creto-Kade's law, he told me many times the bill cleared the assembly and I needed to check my facts.

We then reached out to Assemblyman Dean Murray, a co-sponsor of the legislation.

Murray says it was put on the transportation committee agenda in 2016, but it was held and that decision typically comes from the chairperson of the committee.


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