Suffolk County, NY, Mandates Boating Safety Course for Residents

Boating coarse in a classroom. Photo/USCG Suffolk County legislators unanimously passed a bill last week that requires boaters to take a safety course before operating in county waters.

Suffolk’s Safer Waterways Act, introduced by Legislators Steve Stern (D-Dix Hills), Lynne Nowick (R-St. James) and Tom Barraga (R-West Islip), is still waiting for Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone’s signature, according to Stern spokesman Bryan Galgano. If signed, the law would go into effect one year afterward, giving instructors and boaters “the time that they need to get everybody up to speed.”

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