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File #: Res 1714-2013    Version: * Name: Extending the period for the repair of defective equipment on the basis of religious observance. (A.5470)
Type: Resolution Status: Filed
Committee: Committee on Transportation
On agenda: 4/9/2013
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass, and the Governor to sign, A5470, which would amend the Vehicle and Traffic Law in relation to extending the period for the repair of defective equipment on the basis of religious observance.
Sponsors: Lewis A. Fidler, Daniel Dromm , James F. Gennaro, Letitia James, Peter A. Koo, Rosie Mendez, Jumaane D. Williams, Eric A. Ulrich
Council Member Sponsors: 8
Res. No. 1714
 
 
Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass, and the Governor to sign, A5470, which would amend the Vehicle and Traffic Law in relation to extending the period for the repair of defective equipment on the basis of religious observance.
 
 
By Council Members Fidler, Dromm, Gennaro, James, Koo, Mendez, Williams and Ulrich  
      Whereas, New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law requires the dismissal of a summons for defective automobile equipment, such as a broken brake light, provided that the individual who receives the summons corrects the problem within a permitted timeframe of one half hour after sunset on the first full "business day"' after the issuance of the summons; and
      Whereas, The definition of "business day" in the law excludes only various federal holidays and Sundays; and
      Whereas, An individual who receives a summons for defective equipment might be unable, because of the individual's religious observance, to correct the problem within the permitted timeframe; and
Whereas, For example, a person receiving a summons late on Friday afternoon may not be able to make repairs until Sunday because of the person's religious observance; and
      Whereas, A5470 would remedy this situation by excluding from consideration as a "business day" a day on which the defendant, because of sincerely held religious beliefs, is unable to correct the violation for which the summons was issued; now, therefore, be it      
      Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the New York State Legislature to pass, and the Governor to sign, A5470, which would amend the Vehicle and Traffic Law in relation to extending the period for the repair of defective equipment on the basis of religious observance.
LS#4516
3/15/2013
JM