The Latest: Cuomo includes limo safety reform in budget plan
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- The Latest on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's state budget proposal (all times local):
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he'll include safety reforms for limousines in his state budget proposal in response to the October crash of a stretch limo that killed 20 people in an upstate town.
The Democrat says he'll include stricter limo and large passenger vehicle regulations in the spending plan he's releasing Tuesday afternoon.
Cuomo's proposals include a ban on reconfigured limos like the modified SUV that crashed into a store's parking lot in Schoharie (skoh-HAYR'-ee) on Oct. 6, killing the driver, 17 passengers and two pedestrians.
Prosecutors have charged the operator of the limo company with criminally negligent homicide, alleging he allowed an improperly licensed driver to operate a vehicle deemed unserviceable by state inspectors.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo is set to release his annual state budget proposal to a New York Legislature that's controlled by Democrats for the first time in a decade.
Cuomo is scheduled to present what's expected to be an approximately $170 billion spending plan to the Assembly and Senate Tuesday afternoon in a theater in the Empire State Plaza in downtown Albany.
After a mid-December speech and a New Year's Day inauguration address in which he outlined his progressive agenda for 2019, the third-term governor is combining the traditional State of the State speech with the mandated release of his spending plan for the fiscal year that begins April 1.
Among Cuomo's top priorities is legalizing marijuana for recreational use, a move expected to raise hundreds of millions in state revenues.
The first item has been corrected to fix the number of passengers killed to 17 instead of 18.