Raia Announces Boater Safety Legislation

August 29, 2017

From Left to Right- Mayor Doll, Assemblyman Lupinacci, Majority Leader Flanagan, Trustee Milligan, Deputy Mayor Tobin, Senator Marcellino, Assemblyman Raia and Suffolk County Legislator Spencer.

Yesterday, Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R,I,C,Ref-East Northport) was joined by legislators from the New York State Assembly and Senate, Suffolk County Legislature, as well as officials from the Village of Northport to announce the Assemblyman’s new boater safety legislation. This new law introduced by Raia would require all vessels which have propellers and are being used to instruct children under the age of 18 to have propeller guards installed.

Some of the attendees of the press conference today included NYS Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and Senator Carl Marcellino, NYS Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci, Suffolk County Legislator Dr. William Robert Spencer, Mayor of Northport George Doll, Deputy Mayor Henry Tobin and Trustee Ian Milligan.

“Boating is a wonderful activity that many residents in our district take part in,” said Raia. “But in light of accidents that have taken place over the last few weeks, we must examine if we are doing enough to protect children who are learning the skills involved with boating and sailing. This law would be a minor modification to training boats and would add an additional safety measure to protect those who are new to the boating experience.

“The State delegation from the Huntington area stands united that there is a legislative solution to address concerns about the safety of watersports. It is of paramount concern to me and all colleagues that we keep this recreational activity safe for all, including minors”, said Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci.

The new law does not have a mandatory clause for individual owners of watercraft. This maintains an owner’s right to decide whether or not to install propeller guards on their own personal boats.

Recently, Suffolk County Legislator Dr. William Robert Spencer introduced similar legislation that would apply only to Suffolk County.