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Cuomo looking to ban stretch limos

Jan 15, 2019 6:00 am
Brendan J. Lyons is reporting for the Times Union Gov. Andrew Cuomo's executive budget will include a ban on so-called stretched, or remanufactured limousines in New York. The governor is also expected to introduce measures that would expand regulation of the limousine industry, in response to the fatal October crash in Schoharie County that killed 20 people. The changes would seek to close gaps in the safety and oversight of limousine passenger vehicles by the state Department of Transportation and the Department of Motor Vehicles. These changes, a part of Cuomo's executive budget package, are scheduled to be unveiled Jan. 15. "This crash was a horrific tragedy that shocked this state to its very core," Cuomo said in a statement. "We are advancing reforms that will give aggressive new powers that will allow authorities to take dangerous vehicles off the roads without delay, hold unscrupulous businesses accountable and increase public safety in every corner of New York." Read the full story in the Times Union.