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Legislative Priorities 2019

The 2019 legislative session has begun like none that we have ever experienced.  From the get-go, the State Legislature has been enacting one reform package after another:  the Child Victims Act, strengthened gun control laws, access to abortion, college tuition assistance for undocumented immigrants, the use of standardized tests in teacher evaluations, gender discrimination, ballot access and limitations on campaign contributions.  In the few days of January’s legislative session, the Legislature has enacted more significant legislation than is typical for an entire legislative session. More is to come.  The Legislature hasn’t been this breathless since the State’s fiscal crisis of 1974.

The legislative committees are also working at a breakneck pace.  Typically, in January, there are few if any committee meetings.  This year, by contrast, many committees are meeting, and they are meeting with lengthy agendas.

It is all as though a dam has burst.  And, in political terms, a dam has burst.  What we are witnessing is the release of the pent up decades-long aspirations of Democrats for control of the State government.  With the Senate Democrats overwhelming victories in November, they have a sixteen vote majority in the Senate.  This is not like ten years ago when Senate Democrats took brief and precarious control.  Democrats are now in full control.  Not only are we seeing the Senate Democrats in charge of their house, we are seeing that Assembly Democrats, who for years have controlled their house by overwhelming numbers, were anxious for the Senate Democrats’ success.  The common wisdom in Albany has long been that each house went about its business, almost oblivious to the other.  Turns out that is not the case.  Each house stymied the other.  What we thought was indifference was actually a wary diffidence.  Now, with Senate Republicans swept out of the way, Assembly Democrats are working in concert with Senate Democrats, resulting in this outpouring of legislation.  

You may or may not like the particulars of any of this new legislative unity.     What cannot be denied, though, is that the Legislature is proving that it can be productive.  

Why is this important for NYSADA’s members? First, if a bad idea gains traction in either house, it will be more difficult to stop.  Divided government meant that the two houses acted as checks on one another.  The check is gone.  What we are also seeing is that Senate Democrats are looking at numerous bills that have previously passed the Assembly but that were never seriously considered in the Senate.  Many of these one-house bills never received much attention because they were regarded more as political statements rather than actual efforts to achieve passed legislation.  That has changed virtually overnight.  NYSADA, like many other groups which can be affected by legislative action, now find that these “political statement” one-house bills must be regarded as serious legislation.  They are being introduced in the Senate, and garnering 
significant consideration.  For NYSADA, this means that a principle legislative priority this session will be to prevent the passage of bad legislation, and there is a lot of it out there.

Ensuring that NYSADA’s views will be heard will be doubly difficult this year because of the large number of new legislators in both houses.  There are 17 new members in the Senate alone, more than a quarter of the house.  Almost twenty-percent of Assembly members are new.  All these new members underscore the need for NYSADA’s members to get to know their legislators.  When legislators know their dealer constituents, they begin to understand the business.  When legislators understand the business, they are much less likely to support legislation that harms the business.  

Not all will be defense.  The Doc Fee has been too low for too long.  Raising the Doc Fee is NYSADA’s highest priority.  NYSADA has been working for the enactment of a regulatory amendment to increase the Doc Fee for several years.  With the State’s regional associations, we are about to make the final push with the Governor and the Department of Motor Vehicles to see that the Doc Fee is raised this year.  In the Legislature, NYSADA will continue the fight for fair dealer compensation when manufacturers issue stop-sell orders.  New York must join the other states that have recognized the inequity of this situation.  There are real costs to dealers.  Dealers deserve compensation. NYSADA is working to see that you get it.


DMV Commissioner Schroeder’s Letter on
Proper Use of Dealer Plates/Updated Dealer Plate Placard

Inserted in this edition of The News is the new DMV Commissioner Mark J. F. Schroeder’s letter to NYSADA President Bob Vancavage outlining his department’s stance as to the proper use of Dealer Plates in New York State. Also, included in the letter is the explanation of why a vehicle with dealer plates does not require a registration sticker or an inspection sticker.

Occasionally, NYSADA receives a call from a dealer saying one of their employees has received a ticket for using a dealer plate for personal use. Personal use of dealer plates is not prohibited by Vehicle and Traffic law or DMV regulations. If you read the Commissioner’s letter there are five specific uses that are considered illegal use of a dealer plate. They are: a vehicle rented to another; a vehicle used to transport passengers for hire; a tow truck or wrecker used by the dealer for such purposes; a vehicle equipped for the purpose of towing or pushing disabled vehicles, or a commercial or suburban type vehicle used by the dealer for commercial purposes other than directly affecting the sale of demonstration of that particular vehicle.

In 2013, NYSADA asked then DMV Commissioner Fiala to create a Dealer Plate Use Placard which, specifically lists the five illegal uses of dealer plates. This placard in a static-cling or sticker form is placed on the windshield of a vehicle that is being driven legally with dealer plates. (Noticeably missing from this list of illegal uses is the personal use of dealer plates). Commissioner Fiala agreed to help dealers with this issue and the DMV created their VS-12 form, which we call the Dealer Plate Placard (See Placard below). NYSADA’s own SNYADS Services offers the static-cling version of the Dealer Plate windshield placard. If you would like to order these placards, please click here or contact SNYADS customer service (518) 463-148 (ext. 305).

If your dealership does have an issue with an employee receiving a ticket for legally using a dealer plate and you have further questions, please contact the Association at (518) 463-1148 and speak to Ed Richardson (ext. 210).

New York State Insurance Fund/SG 430 2017/2018 Premium Audit Process; Schedule Your Audit Soon!
Created by NYSADA Staff in 3/12/2019 9:06:16 AM

It is important to schedule your 2017/2018 premium audit as soon as possible. The New York State In... Read More..

Use of Urgent Care Centers/Physician Offices Can Be Quicker, Better and Cost Effective
Created by NYSADA Staff in 3/12/2019 9:08:25 AM

Usage of emergency rooms continues to rise nationally. The cost of care provided in an emergency ro... Read More..

Some Critical Hazardous Chemical/Material(s) Items, Confirm In Place!
Created by NYSADA Staff in 3/12/2019 9:11:46 AM

Safety Group 430 (SG 430) is reminding ALL DEALERS, not just members of SG 430 to be sure the follo... Read More..

NYSADA Announces Partnership with Manheim Express, Cox’s New Virtual Auction Service
Created by NYSADA Staff in 3/12/2019 9:14:06 AM

Put the power of the Manheim Marketplace in the Palm of Your Hands There’s a whole new way to buy a... Read More..

Sexual Harassment Prevention Compliance Resources Available on State Web Site
Created by NYSADA Staff in 3/12/2019 9:15:45 AM

Since the passage of amendments which took effect late last year to amend the State’s Sexual Harass... Read More..

DMV Commissioner Schroeder’s Letter on Proper Use of Dealer Plates/Updated Dealer Plate Placard
Created by NYSADA Staff in 3/12/2019 9:19:36 AM

Inserted in this edition of The News is the new DMV Commissioner Mark J. F. Schroeder’s letter to N... Read More..

NYSADA Releases Economic Impact Study For 2019
Created by NYSADA Staff in 3/12/2019 9:22:24 AM

NYSADA is asking dealers to please fill out the Economic Impact Survey. The results from this surve... Read More..

Lien Release Delays? Reminder - Your Dealership Has an Option!
Created by NYSADA Staff in 3/12/2019 11:54:28 AM

NYSADA is attacking the issue of lien release delays and is hopeful that, with the DMV and Departme... Read More..

Congratulations to NYSADA’s Jim Barr Who Was Honored at NADA
Created by NYSADA Staff in 3/12/2019 11:57:00 AM

NYSADA’s Time Dealer of the Year Nominee, Jim Barr, the Vice President and general manager at Crest... Read More..

Should GM’s Extended Limited Warranty be Cancelable in New York?
Created by NYSADA Staff in 3/12/2019 11:59:45 AM

NYSADA received several inquiries from dealer members about the legality of the GM Extended Limited... Read More..

Bonus Depreciation Back on the Table for Automobile
Created by NYSADA Staff in 3/12/2019 12:03:08 PM

Since the publication of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, many auto dealers and their accountants... Read More..

Dealer Associations Push for Doc Fee Increase
Created by NYSADA Staff in 3/12/2019 12:06:14 PM

As dealers will remember, for the last several years, NYSADA has actively pursued an increase in th... Read More..

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