New York's task force on stretch limousine safety has received an extension under a law signed Thursday by Gov. Kathy Hochul.
The measure will extend the task force from Nov. 1 of last year to Oct. 1 in order to enable it to issue a report and recommendations for safety improvements.
The task force was created following a 2018 crash of a stretch limousine that killed 20 people in Schoharie.
"We owe it to the families of those who were lost in the Schoharie tragedy to make real change that will prevent anything like it ever happening again," Governor Hochul said. "The best way to honor the memory of the victims is to act with urgency in getting answers as to what caused the crash in 2018. I am signing this legislation to ensure the critical mission of the Task Force is no longer delayed and the appointees have a deadline they can work toward in earnest."
The 11-member task force did not meet until this year after it was delayed in part by the onset of the pandemic. The commission is led by top officials at the state Department of Transportation, state Department of Motor Vehicles and the State Police and includes members who are part of the limo industry.
The task force has met twice so far and is set to meet again on Friday.