BUFFALO, N.Y. — Earlier this week Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a law that will require children to ride in rear-facing car seats until age two, but it doesn't go into effect until Nov. 1, 2019.
The governor also signed a law that legalizes sparklers. It goes into effect in 90 days. So why the delay for something aimed at keeping kids safe?
"As far as I'm concerned that's much too far down the road, and I believe we should enact it much sooner," said Senator Tim Kennedy, who co-sponsored the bill.
He said the initial bill had a clause to enact the law immediately.
"According to the lead sponsor's office, there was a negotiation between that office and the Senate, the Assembly, and the executive chamber and the advocacy groups to put in the clause for 2019, so that the public could be educated on the law. And we are doing right by those in the community and making sure those folks know," said Kennedy.
The director of communications for Senator Joseph Robach — who introduced the car seat legislation — sent this statement on Monday:
"I was proud to sponsor this legislation that will potentially save the lives of children under the age of two and help to keep some of our most vulnerable citizens safer while riding in an automobile. Through the recommendation of AAA, this legislation will go into effect in 2019 so that older children will not have to be turned around if they are currently forward facing and that parents will not be mandated to buy new car seats for their older children. By ensuring that children under the age of two will be restrained in a rear facing car seat, we can limit the effects a car accident may have on their head and neck and increasing their safety as a whole."