Cuomo vetoes e-scooter legislation

Posted 1/2/20

ALBANY, NY — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on December 12 vetoed a bill that would have allowed electric scooters and bicycles to operate legally statewide.

The legislation overwhelmingly was …

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Cuomo vetoes e-scooter legislation

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ALBANY, NY — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on December 12 vetoed a bill that would have allowed electric scooters and bicycles to operate legally statewide.

The legislation overwhelmingly was passed by both the Senate and the Assembly earlier this year. In an earlier version of the bill, Cuomo added language that would have made wearing a helmet mandatory when operating the vehicle, but the legislature removed that provision and also did not include other safety provisions that the governor wanted to include.

Cuomo said in his veto message, “Failure to include these basic measures renders this legislation fatally flawed.”Cuomo has said he will propose a new bill in January 2020.

Supporters say promoting the wider use of the vehicles would be helpful for residents who can’t afford cars and would help reduced air pollution.
Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, a supporter or the legislation, said she was disappointed with Cuomo’s decision.

“For the past several months, I have worked with a broad coalition to pass legislation that would deliver economic justice for thousands of delivery workers across New York City, and bring safe, viable options to transit deserts across the state,” she said.

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