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EMERGENCY RESPONSE VEHICLE Light Laws

Posted by westcorpdpd on June 16, 2017 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)


§ 375 (41). Colored and flashing lights.

41. Colored and flashing lights. The provisions of this subdivision shall govern the affixing and display of lights on vehicles, other than those lights required by law. 1. No light, other than a white light, and no revolving, rotating, flashing, oscillating or constantly moving white light shall be affixed to, or displayed on any vehicle except as prescribed herein.

2. Red lights and certain white lights. One or more red or combination red and white lights, or one white light which must be a revolving, rotating, flashing, oscillating or constantly moving light, may be affixed to an authorized emergency vehicle, and such lights may be displayed on an authorized emergency vehicle when such vehicle is engaged in an emergency operation, and upon a fire vehicle while returning from an alarm of fire or other emergency.

3. Amber lights. a. One or more amber lights may be affixed to a hazard vehicle, and such a light or lights which display an amber light visible to all approaching traffic under normal atmospheric conditions from a distance of five hundred feet from such vehicle shall be displayed on a hazard vehicle when such vehicle is engaged in a hazardous operation. Such light or lights shall not be required to be displayed during daylight hours provided at least two red flags visible from a distance of five hundred feet are placed both in or on the front of, and to or on the rear of the vehicle and two such flags are placed to each side of the vehicle open to traffic. Such lights or flags need not be displayed on the vehicle when the vehicle is operating, or parked, within a barricaded work area and said lights or flags are displayed on the barricade. The provisions of this subdivision shall not prohibit the temporary affixing and display of an amber light to be used as a warning on a disabled motor vehicle or on a motor vehicle while it is stopped on a highway while engaged in an operation which would restrict, impede or interfere with the normal flow of traffic.

b. In any city in this state having a population of one million or more, one amber light may be affixed to any motor vehicle owned or operated by a volunteer member of a civilian or crime patrol provided such volunteer civilian or crime patrol member has been authorized in writing to so affix an amber light by the police commissioner of the municipality in which he patrols, which authorization shall be subject to revocation at any time by the police commissioner who issued the same or his successor in office. Such amber light may be operated by such volunteer civilian or crime patrol member in such a vehicle only when engaged in a patrol operation as defined and authorized by rules and regulations promulgated by the police commissioner and only in such a manner and at such times as may be authorized by the police commissioner pursuant to said rules and regulations.

4. Blue light. a. One blue light may be affixed to any motor vehicle owned by a volunteer member of a fire department or on a motor vehicle owned by a member of such person's family residing in the same household or by a business enterprise in which such person has a proprietary interest or by which he or she is employed, provided such volunteer firefighter has been authorized in writing to so affix a blue light by the chief of the fire department or company of which he or she is a member, which authorization shall be subject to revocation at any time by the chief who issued the same or his or her successor in office. Such blue light may be displayed exclusively by such volunteer firefighter on such a vehicle only when engaged in an emergency operation. The use of blue lights on vehicles shall be restricted for use only by a volunteer firefighter except as otherwise provided for in subparagraph b of this paragraph.

b. In addition to the red and white lights authorized to be displayed pursuant to paragraph two of this subdivision, one or more blue lights or combination blue and red lights or combination blue, red and white lights may be affixed to a police vehicle, fire vehicle, ambulance, emergency ambulance service vehicle, and county emergency medical services vehicle provided that such blue light or lights shall be displayed on a police vehicle, fire vehicle, ambulance, emergency ambulance service vehicle, and county emergency medical services vehicle for rear projection only. In the event that the trunk or rear gate of a police vehicle, fire vehicle, ambulance, emergency ambulance service vehicle, and county emergency medical services vehicle obstructs or diminishes the visibility of other emergency lighting on such vehicles, a blue light may be affixed to and displayed from the trunk, rear gate or interior of such vehicles. Such lights may be displayed on a police vehicle, fire vehicle, ambulance, emergency ambulance service vehicle, and county emergency medical services vehicle when such vehicles are engaged in an emergency operation. Nothing contained in this subparagraph shall be deemed to authorize the use of blue lights on police vehicles, fire vehicles, ambulances, emergency ambulance service vehicles, and county emergency medical services vehicles unless such vehicles also display one or more red or combination red and white lights as otherwise authorized in this subdivision.

c. The commissioner is authorized to promulgate rules and regulations relating to the use, placement, power and display of blue lights on a police vehicle and fire vehicle.

5. Green light. One green light may be affixed to any motor vehicle owned by a member of a volunteer ambulance service, or on a motor vehicle owned by a member of such person's family, or by a business enterprise in which such person has a proprietary interest or by which he is employed, provided such member has been authorized in writing to so affix a green light by the chief officer of such service as designated by the members thereof. Such green light may be displayed by such member of a volunteer ambulance service only when engaged in an emergency operation.

As used in this paragraph volunteer ambulance service means: a. a non-profit membership corporation (other than a fire corporation) incorporated under or subject to the provisions of the membership corporations law, or any other law, operating its ambulance or ambulances on a non-profit basis for the convenience of the members thereof and their families or of the community or under a contract with a county, city, town or village pursuant to section one hundred twenty-two-b of the general municipal law; or

b. an unincorporated association of persons operating its ambulance or ambulances on a non-profit basis for the convenience of the members and their families or of the community.

6. The commissioner is authorized to promulgate regulations with respect to the affixing and display of colored lights and to promulgate specifications with respect to such lights.

7. The provisions of this subdivision forty-one shall not be applicable to vehicles from other states or from the Dominion of Canada which have entered this state to render police, fire or civil defense aid, or ambulance service, while such vehicles are here or are returning to their home stations if the lights on such vehicles comply with the laws of their home states or the Dominion of Canada and are displayed in this state in the same manner permitted by their home states or the Dominion of Canada, nor shall the provisions of this subdivision forty-one be deemed to amend, supersede or in any manner affect the provisions of the New York state defense emergency act as now in force or as it may be amended from time to time.

Richard Thomas for Mayor

Posted by westcorpdpd on October 24, 2015 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

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Mount Vernon NY News;

10:50 a.m. EDT September 11, 2015

Councilman Richard Thomas declares victory over Ernie Davis in Mount Vernon mayoral primary.

A major upset in the Mount Vernon mayor's race topped primary results from around Westchester County on Thursday.

 

City Councilman Richard Thomas declared victory over incumbent Ernie Davis in the crowded Democratic primary for the city's top job..

City Councilman Richard Thomas declared the lead and victory in the Democratic mayoral primary election in Mount Vernon Thursday night.

Five candidates participated, but two front runners had conspicuously been at one another's throats.


Thomas and incumbent Mayor Ernie Davis publicly traded barbs in the week leading up to the primary.

Thomas jumped out to an early lead and never let up, announcing.. Victory!


Lets make it official, November, 2015 Vote Richard Thomas for Mayor!!

Commuter Initiates Lawsuit Against Metro-North In Fatal Valhalla Crash

Posted by westcorpdpd on March 7, 2015 at 1:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Commuter Initiates Lawsuit Against Metro-North In Fatal Valhalla Crash

VALHALLA, N.Y. -- A lawyer for a Mount Kisco man injured Feb. 3 during the deadliest train accident in Metro-North history filed a notice of claim Friday of his intent to sue for $10 million.

Michael Colquhoun, 55, named the railroad, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and New York state in a claim filed by Manhattan attorney Robert Vilensky.

Ellen Brody, 49, of Edgemont was driving a Mercedes SUV that was on the railroad tracks at Commerce Street in Valhalla, after a gate came down on the rear of her SUV. When the train struck her car, there was an explosion and the third rail pierced the first two cars of the northbound commuter train.

Colquhoun was in the second rail car. He suffered an arm injury and post-traumatic stress, according to his claim, which calls the public agencies "careless and negligent."

Aaron Donovan, a spokesman for Metro-North, said the railroad has no comment.

It's the first legal action filed in the crash that killed Brody and five male passengers in the first rail car.

Vilensky also represented two passengers in the December 2013 Metro-North derailment in the Bronx.

Extra warning lights and gates that were planned for the crossing in 2009 could have prevented the crash, but were never installed, Vilensky told LoHud.com.

Vilensky also questioned the location of the grade crossing near the Taconic State Parkway and why Metro-North hasn't used technology that can detect obstructions on the tracks.

The notice lists other charges against the agencies, including that the Metro-North failed to "ensure that the train tracks and specifically the third rail would not be ripped up and shear the train,'' according to LoHud.


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Cop killed in wrong-way crash 'was always trying to help folks'

Posted by westcorpdpd on March 7, 2015 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Cop killed in wrong-way crash 'was always trying to help folks'

Thane Grauel, [email protected] 2:37 p.m. EST February 28, 2015

A wrong-way fatal crash on the Sprain Brook Parkway killed an NYPD detective, Paul Duncan, Friday morning.

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GREENBURGH – Hartsdale resident Paul Duncan, a detective in the New York Police Department, was killed early Friday morning when a wrong-way driver on the Sprain Brook Parkway crashed into his car.

 

Duncan, 46, lived with his wife Rechelle and their daughter. He was a 17-year member of the NYPD and served on the Internal Affairs Bureau's narcotics team.

 

"He was a wonderful father," Rechelle Duncan's sister, Raquel Abraham, said outside of the family's Chaucer Street home on Friday. "He really was a decent man."

 

Paul and Rechelle Duncan were high school sweethearts who recently celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary, Abraham said. She added that he was looking forward to retiring soon and starting a business for at-risk individuals.

 

"He was always trying to help folks," said Jeffrey Streeter, Rechelle Duncan's uncle. "He just wanted to try to make a difference in his community. It's a rough pill to swallow."

 

Members of the NYPD are assisting Duncan's family and Greenburgh police have also offered their help, said Supervisor Paul Feiner.

 

State Trooper Melissa McMorris, a state police spokeswoman, identified the wrong-way driver as 20-year-old Efren Moreano of Yonkers. He was at Westchester Medical Center in a medically induced coma.

 

The crash occurred just south of Route 100B. McMorris said Moreano's 2013 Honda Civic was traveling north in the southbound lanes. Duncan was southbound in a 2011 Honda Pilot.

 

Police investigate a fatal two-car accident on the

Police investigate a fatal two-car accident on the southbound Sprain Brook Parkway in Greenburgh on Friday morning. The silver vehicle off the road to left of the image and the dark sedan perpendicular to the roadway in the center of the image appear to be the vehicles involved in the crash. (Photo: WNBC New York)

Feiner said the crash again illustrates the need for more patrols on that roadway.

 

"It's not the first fatalities on the Sprain and it won't be the last," he said. "It's one of the most dangerous roads in the county."

 

He called on state police to step up enforcement, possibly by using funds from a surcharge on traffic tickets.

 

McMorris said the Hudson Valley Transportation Management Center was notified of the wrong-way driver at 3:52 a.m. Troopers from the Hawthorne barracks were immediately dispatched. Five minutes later, she said, a trooper came upon the crash scene.

 

Anyone with information is asked to Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 914-769-2600.

 

The incident caused heavy delays from Interstate 287, about 3 miles north. All lanes reopened just before 9 a.m., about five hours after the crash.

 

At the scene, the Pilot could be seen off the road on the shoulder facing the wrong direction and the Civic was perpendicular to the roadway.

 

On Friday night, an Ossining man was charged with drunken driving after another wrong-way crash on Route 9A in Briarcliff.One person was taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.

 

 

Riding to honor 9/11

Posted by westcorpdpd on September 11, 2013 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Bikers ride through D.C. to honor 9/11 victims

 

To honor the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, thousands of motorcyclists are riding through the streets of the nation's capital.

 

The group, which calls itself the "2 Million Bikers to D.C.," had applied for a permit but was denied by the National Park Service and the Metro Police, according to WTOP.com.

 

The bikers decided to come to D.C. anyway, which is perfectly legal. Ted Gest, spokesperson for the D.C. attorney general's office, told U.S. News, "It's not a crime to parade" through the district without a permit.

 

Already, pictures are showing up on Twitter and Facebook.


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