Tague Demands Renewed Effort to Form Limo Safety Task Force Nearly 3 Years after Deadly Schoharie Crash

Assemblyman Chris Tague (R,C,I-Schoharie) is demanding that Gov. Hochul take immediate action to hasten the formation of a limousine safety task force, which was supposed to be established following legislation passed in February of 2020. Per that legislation, such a task force was to deliver its report by Nov. 1 of this year. However, the task force has not yet been certified by the governor, and several appointments by the Senate Majority and Minority, and Assembly Minority have either not yet been made or remain unapproved by the governor’s office.

Tague is supporting a bill that would delay the deadline for the task force’s report until May of 2022. He is calling upon all parties to work quickly to make appointments to the task force so it can begin its work of advancing limo safety. The report would be issued over three years after the limo accident in Schoharie that took the lives of 20 New Yorkers.

“Leaving families waiting for the findings of this task force for years, after they already lost their loved ones in an unthinkable tragedy, is simply unacceptable. We need to get this done now,” said Tague. “I am resigned to supporting a delay in the deadline just because a late report is far better than no report, but I sincerely hope this is the last time we need to push this back. The families of those who lost their lives that day deserve better than this, and the report’s findings are necessary to help ensure we never have to endure a tragedy of this nature ever again.”