Boaters, officials call for screening reforms

COLD SPRING, N.Y. – Legislation has been introduced to change how boat inspections on the Hudson River are handled.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer authored the legislation. It addresses the multiple authorities — United States Coast Guard, the state police and local county sheriff’s office — permitted to stop and inspect boats. Some boaters have been stopped multiple times in one day, according to an article in The Daily Hastings.

Schumer wants the Coast Guard to work with town and county law enforcement agencies across the state to develop a streamlined inspection process, such as license tabs. According to the article, the coast guard already uses an electronic PDA system to keep track of boats they have stopped, and Schumer said he wanted other agencies to have access to a similar system.

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