Albany, NY - August 6, 2015 - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced six new patrol boats that will assist local law enforcement agencies across the state with keeping waterways safe.
“More people than ever are taking advantage of the recreational opportunities at New York’s many lakes, rivers and coastal waters and we’re committed to ensuring that they remain safe for residents and visitors alike,” Governor Cuomo said. “These new patrol vessels will assist local law enforcement efforts and will provide them with additional means to ensure those out on the water are abiding by the law.”
The new Brunswick Justice patrol vessels are assigned to:
- Babylon Police Department (Suffolk County)
- Irvington Police Department (Westchester County)
- Lewis County Sheriff’s Department
- Livingston County Sheriff’s Department
- Orleans County Sheriff’s Department
- Port Chester Police Department (Westchester County)
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation purchased these vessels, which range in value from $70,000 to nearly $130,000. The transaction was made possible through the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, administered by the U.S. Coast Guard, which provides funding to states to assist with recreational boating safety. Local police agencies will use the patrol vessels to enhance recreational boater safety and enforce New York State Navigation Laws.
“With our exceptional lakes, rivers and bays, New York State has a strong tradition of boating and fishing – and we want to make sure people visiting our waterways stay safe,” State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey said. “Local marine patrols help keep our waterways safe by discouraging dangerous boating practices and serving as first responders in on-the-water emergencies.”
The State Parks Marine Service Unit is responsible for the general coordination of boating safety programs and supports marine law enforcement efforts across the state, including patrols, training and funding for local marine enforcement activities.
Congresswoman Nita Lowey said, “I’m pleased the Irvington and Port Chester police departments will receive these patrol boats to ensure the safety of residents as they enjoy the extraordinary recreational opportunities offered by the Hudson River and Long Island Sound. As Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, I will continue working to ensure law enforcement has the resources necessary to protect families in the Lower Hudson Valley.”
Boating Safety Tips
State Parks strongly recommends all boaters wear a life jacket. The Coast Guard estimates that 80 percent of all boating deaths might have been prevented had a life jacket been worn. All boaters should also:
- take a boating safety or paddle sport skills course;
- properly equip and carry essential safety gear, signaling devices and whistles;
- bring a cell phone or radio with you, carried in a watertight bag;
- let others know where you’re going and when to expect to return; and
- always refrain from mixing alcohol with boating.
For more information about boating safety – including listings of boating safety courses – and marine recreation in New York State, visit here.