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Schoharie Crash

State Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, Senator James Seward, and Assemblyman Chris Tague listen to Schoharie residents
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Schoharie residents came together Thursday night to share their thoughts on the intersection where the fatal 2018 limousine accident occurred. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports that the comments will be shared with the New York State Department of Transportation.

The intersection of State Routes 30 and 30a .
Lucas Willard / WAMC

A meeting has been called for tonight in Schoharie to discuss the safety of Route 30, where a limousine crash killed 20 people in October 2018.

A wooden memorial dedicated to the victims of the deadly October limousine crash in Schoharie
Lucas Willard / WAMC

New York state legislative leaders have reached an agreement with Governor Andrew Cuomo on a package of bills aimed at improving limousine safety.

Attorneys for the families of seven crash victims speak in Fonda
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Lawyers representing the families of several of the victims of last year’s deadly limousine crash in Schoharie have filed lawsuits against the operators of the vehicle involved, a repair shop, and the State of New York.

Attorneys representing the families of the Schoharie limo crash
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The families of seven victims of the fatal 2018 Schoharie limousine crash have filed two new lawsuits citing negligence. 

Kevin Cushing speaks surrounded by other family members of Schoharie crash victims
Michael Apollo / WAMC

Sunday marks the anniversary of last year’s limousine crash in Schoharie, New York that killed 20.

The state capitol in Albany
Dave Lucas / WAMC

Federal lawmakers including the Senate Minority Leader announced a new package of bills aimed at improving limo safety on Thursday in Amsterdam. At the same time, New York state lawmakers are calling for more action just before the anniversary of last year’s deadly crash in Schoharie.

Senator Charles Schumer speaks at a press conference in Amsterdam detailing new proposed limousine safety regulations
Michael Apollo / WAMC

Standing shoulder to shoulder with family members of the victims of last year’s deadly limousine crash in Schoharie, New York, members of Congress announced a package of bills aimed at improving limo safety at the federal level Thursday.

National Transportation Safety Board

The National Transportation Safety Board has released new recommendations as it continues to investigate the October 2018 limousine crash in Schoharie, New York that killed 20 people.

Tim Kennedy
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The New York state Senate passed a package of limousine regulations Thursday following deadly limo crashes in Schoharie and Long Island. 

Reflections Memorial Foundation

A foundation planning a memorial to remember the victims of October's deadly limousine crash in Schoharie has revealed its plans.

New York State Police

A New York state Senate committee will hold public hearing on limo and bus safety Thursday — nearly seven months after a limo crash in Schoharie killed 20 people. 

Nauman Hussain, operator of Prestige Limousine, arraigned at Cobleskill Town Court, charged in connection to the accident where 20 people were killed  in Schoharie (file photo)
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Almost six months after the limousine crash in Schoharie, New York that killed 20 people, a grand jury  handed up criminal indictments in the case Friday.

A wooden memorial dedicated to the victims of the deadly October limousine crash in Schoharie
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Note: 4/6/19 11:35 a.m., this post has been updated.

It’s been six months since one of the deadliest automobile crashes in U.S. history occurred in the rural community of Schoharie, New York. Twenty people were killed after a stretch limousine came down a steep hill and crashed into a parking lot.

On Friday evening, a grand jury indicted the operator of the limousine company involved in the crash with 20 counts of criminally negligent homicide and 20 counts of manslaughter in the second degree.

As investigations continue, lawmakers and people affected by the crash are seeking safety improvements to limousines.

Crash-involved 2001 Ford Excursion stretch limousine at final rest in the ravine.
New York State Police

After a stretch limousine ban was dropped from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s state budget proposal earlier this year, some limousine and bus safety measures will likely be included in the state budget that is due April 1st.

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed of The Daily Gazette about the announced closure of a second ambulance service in Fulton County, and the first defense by Prestige Limousine in a lawsuit regarding the October limousine crash that killed 20 people in Schoharie County. 

Mike Goodwin
Mike Goodwin

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Goodwin of The Times Union about Prestige Limousine's defense in a lawsuit regarding the October limo crash that killed 20 people in Schoharie County. They also discuss Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy, who is threatening to sue Democrats on the City Council if they block his attempt to ask the state Legislature to eliminate a city judgeship. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he still wants a ban of some sort on certain stretch limousines in the wake of the October crash in Schoharie that killed 20 people. Earlier this month, the Democrat dropped a proposed ban on stretch limos from his state budget proposal. 

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A ban on stretch limousines has been taken out of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s state budget, but that does not mean the vehicles are not facing new and tougher mandates after the crash in Schoharie County last October that killed 20 people. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has dropped his proposal to ban stretch limousines statewide, according to the Times Union. The Democrat proposed the ban earlier this year in the wake of the deadly October crash in Schoharie that killed 20 people. 

Mike Goodwin
Mike Goodwin

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Goodwin of The Times Union about today's headlines, including the initial report from the National Transportation Safety Board on the October 6 limousine crash that killed 20 people in Schoharie County. They also discuss a pitch by Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan for more state support for the city. 

Crash location south of intersection of NY-30 and NY-30A; the limousine’s collision with a parked SUV occurred in the parking lot, followed by collision in the ravine.
National Transportation Safety Board

The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report on the October 2018 limousine crash in Schoharie, New York that killed 20 people. The two-page report released Monday largely confirms most known facts of the October 6 crash. 

NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt
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Federal investigators will be able to perform a hands-on inspection of a limousine that crashed in New York state and killed 20 people within the next two weeks under a court agreement.

Mike Goodwin
Mike Goodwin

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Times Union City Editor Mike Goodwin about today's headlines, including New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's plans for new rules on limousines, in light of the Schoharie crash that killed 20 people on October 6. The pair also discuss Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse's plans to run for another term, despite complaints Morse has been violent against relatives, an ex-girlfriend, and a daughter's boyfriend. 

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The National Transportation Safety Board has made progress toward an agreement with the Schoharie County District Attorney’s office regarding the ongoing investigation into the October limousine crash that killed 20.

Those gathered at the Amsterdam vigil heard words of scripture from the Reverend Kent McHeard.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

It was a stunning tragedy with ripple effects across the Capital Region: the death of 20 people in a limo crash in Schoharie in October. It may be the biggest area news story of the year.

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed, Editor of The Daily Gazette, about a bipartisan pitch by lawmakers to amend the federal stretch limo law. The propsed changes follow the limo crash, which killed 20 people in Schoharie, N.Y. in October. The pair also discuss a lawsuit between two prominent housing developers in the area.

Mike Spain

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Spain, Associate Editor of The Times Union, about what is believed to be the first lawsuit in the limo crash in Schoharie, N.Y. The pair also discuss the legal limbo of fantasy sports companies that operate within New York.

Mike Spain

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Spain, Associate Editor of The Times Union, about an Albany Bishop who has outlawed same-sex marriage in the Episcopal churches he oversees. The pair also discuss commercial vehicle inspections, and the state's failure to follow up on repairs, in the wake of the limo crash in Schoharie, N.Y.

Mike Spain

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Spain, Associate Editor of The Times Union, about the ramifications of the Schoharie, New York limo crash.  The pair also discuss an illness that is affecting infants around the state.

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