NY Bill Requiring Backseat Buckle Up Passes Legislature

first_imgPexels Stock Image.ALBANY — New York senators moved to strengthen the state’s seat belt laws Tuesday and approved a bill that requires backseat adult passengers to buckle up.The legislation, passed by the state Senate and Assembly, now moves on to Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.Current law requires front seat adult passengers to be buckled, but the legislation would force adult backseat passengers to use a seat belt too — a move supporters say will save lives and cut down on the risk posed to buckled-in front seat riders.“The simple fact is you’re not any safer in the back seat. So we have to make that message loud and clear by passing this legislation,” said state Sen. David Carlucci on the chamber floor Tuesday. Carlucci, a Democrat whose district includes Rockland County, said New York in the 1980s became the first state in the nation to require people in the front seat to wear a seat belt. But since then, dozens of other states have enacted backseat belt laws, he said.“Let’s not be the last state,” said Carlucci, a sponsor of the measure.Supportive lawmakers also say people who do not wear their seat belts in the backseat put front seat passengers at risk.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that about half of the 37,133 people killed in vehicle crashes in 2017 were not wearing seat belts. According to the administration, an estimated 14,955 lives were saved by seat belts in that same year.The backseat belt measure has long been stalled at the state Capitol. The measure has failed several times to pass both chambers.State Sen. Jen Metzger, a Democrat whose district covers Sullivan County, recalled that a constituent who teaches driver safety brought the issue to her attention last year. The bill, she said, will save thousands of lives.“It’s shocking. It’s actually really shocking to me,” she said. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Investments Supporting Seven Economic Development Projects in York County

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces Investments Supporting Seven Economic Development Projects in York County September 25, 2018 Economy,  Environment,  Infrastructure,  Press Release Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the recent approval of funding to support seven economic development projects throughout York County, including the revitalization of historic buildings, libraries, streetscape improvements, increased pedestrian access and trails, and the expansion of job creation opportunities.“I have worked hard to ensure that when the state is investing in our local communities, we are directing our resources towards projects that transform our cities, municipalities, and counties into stronger communities where residents want to work and live,” said Governor Wolf.The recently approved York County projects are:Redevelopment Authority of the County of York was approved for a $1.4 million grant for the revitalization of 34 Frederick St., a historic building in downtown Hanover. The first floor will be completely transformed to house an upscale restaurant. The second floor will become 14 market-rate housing units. The alley beside the building will be vacated by the borough to accommodate al fresco seating and exterior beautification of a block that is under-occupied and in desperate need of investment.Keystone Kidspace was approved for a $2 million grant to reuse the historic York Armory located at 369 N. George St. in downtown York. The Armory will be reinvented as a dynamic and accessible program and gathering space. The significant site improvements will provide access to the Rail Trail, enhance the streetscape, and connect visitors with the Codorus Creek.Magnesita Refractories Company was approved for a $3 million grant for the construction of a new facility and related infrastructure to house and operate the new crushing equipment, including concrete foundations and structural steel for Magnesita’s York facility.York County Industrial Development Authority was approved for a $2 million grant to support the complete rebuilding of the original Yorktowne Hotel. Interior rooms will be reconstructed; lobby, ballrooms and public areas will be refinished and restored. All utilities and systems will be replaced, and the project will be brought to current codes with the addition of ADA compliant ingress and egress as well as sprinklers and alarm systems. Back-of-house areas will be brought to current standards and codes. A rear plaza will be developed which will allow for safe and compliant guest drop off and loading. Zion Church will be tied in as part of the campus development.York County Economic Alliance was approved for a $5 million grant for the Codorus Creek Beautification Initiative which seeks to create pedestrian access and greenways along the Codorus Creek channel in the City of York. This would be accomplished by the construction of streambank stabilized improvements and replacements that will improve and protect the infrastructure elements to better manage storm water thus improving the ecological health of the Codorus Creek Watershed. New pedestrian trails and points of access to reconnect the residents of the City of York to the Codorus is a primary goal.York County Libraries was approved for a $1 million grant to renovate Martin Library by updating public restrooms, replacing decades-old sliding doors in the children’s department, and completing building weatherization, interior renovations and space design enhancements. Also, Kreutz Creek Valley Library will acquire donated land from Hellam Township for construction of a new library building and Kaltreider-Benfer Library will double the size of the existing facility by building on the adjacent concrete pad area to create space for the children’s library, teen center, and private study area.Previously announced in this year, the Fortress Initiative was approved for $6 million to support a community revitalization and economic development project in York County known as The York Plan 2.0 Innovation District in the northwest corner of the city, part of a larger project to revitalize this area into a manufacturing, technology, history, arts, and education district.Supported through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP), funding will support critical expansion projects, some of which will provide opportunities for additional economic development.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

“Only way Mayweather will beat Pacquaio is by knockout,” says Roy Jones, Jr.

first_imgFormer four-division champion Roy Jones has taken a rather unpopular opinion about the megafight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2.Contrary to the general sentiment that Pacman is the underdog and thus has to pull off a knockout in order to win against the undefeated American boxer, Jones believes it is the other way around.”I think Floyd will have to knock him out to win. I think if there’s a decision, I think Pacquiao wins the decision,” he said in a report by boxingscene.com.Many pundits and boxers, including Juan Manuel Marquez, said that Mayweather would be favored in the score cards in his home turf of Las Vegas and Pacquiao has no choice but to win by stoppage.Jones, however, said that if Pacquiao outworks Mayweather, then Pretty Boy will be backed into a corner and has to knockout Pacman.”You don’t get Mayweather to engage. Pacquiao’s plan should be to outwork Mayweather and try to outpoint him, because he’s not going to be able to force Mayweather to engage,” he said. Observers also said that the key to a Pacquiao victory will be his volume punching, but they remain wary that the Filipino ring icon would be unfavored by the judges if Mayweather would hold up his defense.For Jones, the two boxers are equally hard-pressed to win the fight.”This is the biggest fight for both of their careers,” he said. “Neither guy wants to go home the loser the next day. Fans have been waiting for this fight for five years. The pressure is on both guys.” –Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmithlast_img read more