New York News

$400,000 Settlement in New York City Cab Driver’s Death

The family of a Staten Island, N.Y., livery cab driver has settled its wrongful-death lawsuit against a dump truck company for $400,000. The cabbie, Chandana Asoka Sundarawadu, was fatally struck on Jan. 24, 2011 while tending to his disabled vehicle …

New York Gets $75M for Traffic Safety Projects

New York is receiving more than $75 million in federal transportation funds for road safety projects around the state. The money will pay for 33 projects. They include work to widen roads, install turn lanes, sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes and …

New York Senate OKs Blood Alcohol Tests After Bad Car Crashes

State senators in New York have voted to require blood-alcohol tests of all drivers following serious accidents. The Senate passed the legislation on Monday. It would mandate that police test the alcohol levels of all drivers following accidents in which …

Cheerleading Will be Classified as a Sport in New York

New York education officials are moving to recognize competitive cheerleading as a sport for the safety of its participants. A committee of the state Board of Regents approved the proposal Monday and the full board is expected to consider it …

New York Senator Pushes FEMA to OK $6.7M for Troy Seawall

New York Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on the Federal Emergency Management Agency to approve $6.7 million for repairs to the city of Troy’s seawall. The seawall was damaged in 2011 by floods from Tropical Storm Irene. Schumer’s office says …

Lawmakers in New York Question Auto Insurance Rate Factors

Auto insurers use many factors, including a motorist’s education and occupation, to accurately gauge their risk, industry representatives told state lawmakers Thursday, a week after a consumer advocacy group called the practice unfair. “The more accurate we can make our …

Engineer in New York Commuter Train Derailment Had Sleep Disorder

The engineer on a New York commuter train that derailed at high speed last year, killing four people, had a serious sleep disorder that interrupted his rest dozens of times each night, federal investigators disclosed Monday. The National Transportation Safety …

New York Auto Insurers Allegedly Using Unfair Rating Factors

New York’s largest auto insurers factor in a motorist’s education level and occupation when calculating policy rates, charging blue-collar workers more than college-educated professionals, a consumer watchdog group reported Thursday. The analysis by the New York Public Interest Research Group …

More Settlements in 2013 New York Commuter Ferry Accident

More settlements have been reached in lawsuits stemming from last year’s crash of a commuter ferry in lower Manhattan. More than 80 people were injured, including one seriously. Notices of four settlements were filed in federal court in Newark last …

Whereabouts of New York Superstorm Sandy Equipment Unknown

Nearly half of the $1.2 million in equipment purchased by the state to keep polling stations open after Superstorm Sandy wasn’t received, recovered later or disposed of properly, New York auditors reported Friday. In the first of several audits examining …