I just got off the phone w/Bob Cook from Assemblyman David Gantt's office. He was truly nice & very attentive to all my concerns. He stated the bill was introduced By Assemblywoman Virginia Fields after she received complaints from a group downstate who want the brush guards banned.
He gave me 2 addresses & 2 phone #'s & URGED me to write/call & suggested the more letters received the more weight it will carry.
I explained the inherent problems w/having to re-install a brush guard on site when I go offroading if I have to remove my brush guard for daily driving. I also reasoned that no auto manufacturer would install a device that would interfere w/air bag deployment & face FEDERAL FINES & LAWSUITS! That would be corporate suicide! I asked to be allowed to address the Assembly but Mr Cook is unsure if there will be a public hearing so that's why he URGED us to write in! PLEASE TAKE A MINUTE TO WRITE LETTERS TODAY!!!
He doesn't know when this may be voted on but did suggest writing ASAP.
Here's the addresses:
Assemblyman David Gantt
State Transportation Committee
830 Legislative Bldg.
Albany, N.Y. 12248
Senator Thomas Libous
State Transportation Committee
512 Legislative Bldg.
Albany, N.Y. 12247
Assemblywoman Virginia Fields
Senator Toby Stavisky
Mr Cook was most polite & helpful! He shared my concerns & was very respectful. I feel he is a valuable liason & that I may call him again if I need to. He was also very friendly which helped me present my points w/o rancor.
I also called Senator Stavisky & Assmblywoman Fields (BOTH are women) & had mixed success. Assemblywoman Fields office was very helpful & promised a callback/response. Senator Stavisky's office mainly explained WHY the bill came about, blamed all the SUV's in the NYC/BUFFALO/BIG CITY areas who have these brush guards FOR SHOW ONLY as being the problem. I did suggest that, for anyone who DOES offroad & NEEDS the brush guard they can issue a permit w/a fee so we do NOT have to remove them! According to the young man I spoke to, rural/farm areas will NOT be included. That's when I tried to explain AGAIN - I am in BUFFALO! I can't afford to move to a rural area just to be able to keep my brush guard! All he said was to c/b in 1 month for an update! He would not take my contact info so PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU CALL SENATOR STAVISKY'S OFFICE!!!! CALL AS SOON/OFTEN AS POSSIBLE! They seem to be stalling me so that when I call back, it will be too late. We can't drop this! We have to FIGHT IT! WRITE/CALL these people TODAY! The longer we wait, the more likely this bill will go thru! I was advised the Assembly NEEDS to know where EVERYONE stands on this issue! They know our opponents views - now they need to hear OURS!
I have trust in my country, confidence in my truck & faith in God!
'97 F150 XLT ORP 4X4,4.6
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