Good Tuesday morning. As the Legislature races to the end of its session — our representatives in Albany complete their business on June 20 — the Opinion page offers an editorial on texting and a Community View on same-sex marriage:
Texting while driving: Editorial
We challenge the Legislature to take up legislation proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that would make texting while driving a primary offense. We write:
When Albany enacted the current milquetoast legislation, local key-tapping drivers actually got a break. Westchester and Rockland had already banned the dangerous distraction, but because state law supersedes, local drivers could only be cited for texting while driving if they were stopped for some other roadway misbehavior.
For Lower Hudson Valley drivers, going backward would be progress.
Too many drivers peek at a tweet or “Like” a buddy’s Facebook post as they negotiate our shared roads.
Albany needs to make it easier to hit them in the pocketbook before they hit someone else’s car.
Same-sex marriage: Commentary
Rabbi Eytan Hammerman and the Rev. Kenneth Mast, both from Mahopac, offer a Community View in which they encourage the Legislature to make same-sex marriage a reality in New York.
Here’s a glance at what our colleagues are saying today:
Redistricting reform, now: Editorial, Albany Times Union
Promise mandate relief with tax cap: Editorial, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Time’s up, Weiner: Editorial, Daily News
Pension costs can be curbed: Editorial, Poughkeepsie Journal