Boating safety law awaits Cuomo's signature

The law will require boaters to get a boating safety certificate. (6/23/13)

MASSAPEQUA - Sweeping new boating safety legislation is poised to become law.

State Sen. Charles Fuchillo has co-sponsored a boating bill which would require operators of motorized crafts who are 18 and under to pass a mandatory safety training course or face fines. It does not require operator licensing.

Officials say the bill's focus is to get as many people safety certified as possible.

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The bill is awaiting Gov. Andrew Cuomo's signature.

If passed, New York would become the 21st state to make boating safety courses mandatory.

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