Early Tuesday morning, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s press shop announced his decision on the whopping 132 bills that had to be signed or vetoed by midnight on Monday.
With a concern of aging infrastructure and recent derailments across the country, New York will be doing a comprehensive review of traffic and pedestrian signals at rail crossings. Penalties will be increased for those that fail to obey the marked signs.
Staying with community safety, if a sex offender has a change in address, employment, or school, the division of criminal justice will have to make that information available to local law enforcement within 48 hours of the change.
The governor vetoed 72 of those bills – including one that would have allowed fire departments to use out-of-state help.
While he approves the concept, Cuomo gave it the ax because the volunteer firefighters would not be subject to New York background checks.
Plus, local insurance premiums would likely go up to cover the cost of out-of-state help, if they were injured on the job.
Required state inspections of parking structures was also vetoed, as the governor said that would require additional services to perform inspections already done every three years, and failed to include New York City garages.
Perhaps the most noteworthy decision had to do with ride sharing services. The governor vetoed a bill that would have allowed cities, towns, and villages to regulate ride sharing companies once the services were legal.
But since the legislature couldn’t agree this past session on insurance coverage for such services as Lyft and Uber, the governor said this legislation was premature.
However, looking ahead, the governor urged the legislature to work with him this upcoming budget cycle to expand ride-sharing services statewide.