Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that nine new patrol boats have been assigned to state and local police agencies to assist with marine law enforcement efforts across the state.

“From Lake George to the Long Island Sound, New York is home to some of the best recreational boating in the nation,” Governor Cuomo said. “These new patrol vessels will help keep New York’s waterways safe, while improving security for all boat operators and passengers this season.”

“I’m grateful to our law enforcement partners for helping promote safe recreational boating across New York,” said Rose Harvey, Commissioner of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. “Recreational boaters can do their part by remembering that a few simple precautions taken beforehand – including wearing a life jacket and taking a boating safety class – can help ensure a trip stays fun from beginning to end.”

“The safety of all who enjoy New York’s waters is jeopardized when vessels are operated in an irresponsible manner,” said Acting DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. “Boaters should be aware of all the proper safety measures and precautions to take while out on the waters. Boats, trailers and associated equipment are also common ways for spreading aquatic invasive species. Boaters are reminded that there are enforceable state regulations are in place requiring owners to clean their equipment of any clinging plant and animal materials and drain their boats prior to launching at lands administered by DEC.”

The Brunswick “Justice” vessels, which range in value from $78,000 to $150,000, were made possible through the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund administered by the U.S. Coast Guard. These police agencies will use the patrol vessels to enhance recreational boater safety and enforce the New York State Navigation Law.

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