New York could be the latest state in wanting to ban Google Glass from being used while driving if one politician has his way.
Assemblyman Felix Ortiz (D-Brooklyn) announced yesterday he’s introducing legislation that would restrict motorists from using the Internet-connected face computers because it’s “extremely dangerous technology.” In a press release obtained by Betabeat, he referenced the recent case of a California woman who was ticketed for distracted driving as a reason why his law should be enacted in New York.
At the Somos el Futuro legislative conference in Albany this weekend, State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli could be seen hugging Senator Charles Schumer-not because he was feeling particularly affectionate, but because Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, chairman of the conference, which gathers top Democratic officials to discuss issues of concern to Hispanic New Yorkers, had urged attendees to Read More
ALBANY—David Paterson will introduce a bill to require chain restaurants to post calorie counts on their menus, taking a New York City law and extending it statewide.
The bill would, according to a press release, require all "restaurants, mobile vendors, grocery stores, convenience stores and other retail stores belonging to chains that do Read More
ALBANY—As promised, Assemblyman Felix Ortiz is advancing a bill that will impose a 10-cent-per-drink surcharge on alcohol.
He unveiled his bill at a packed press conference at which his remarks went from advocacy to public-service announcement. Ortiz, who successfully pushed to ban cell phone use while driving and proposed Read More
ALBANY—There's at least one legislator unhappy with the death of the fat tax: Assemblyman Felix Ortiz.
The Brooklyn Democrat – who just today called for a new tax on strip club admission (which, for the record, David Paterson said he does not support), says he is "disappointed and very Read More
If you believe Eliot Spitzer, Assemblyman Felix Ortiz of Brooklyn is part of what’s wrong with Albany.
As one of several Democratic legislators who put himself forward as a possible replacement for departed Comptroller Alan Hevesi, Mr. Ortiz was deemed by the Governor to have been insufficiently independent of Albany’s vested political interests to take Read More
In this week’s (stunningly attractive!) redesigned Observer, I wrote about a plan from the Spitzer people to panic Republicans Senators into defecting to the Democrats.
The idea would be not only to install a friendly majority in the Senate but to diminish the influence of Sheldon Silver, who has emerged as Spitzer’s Moriarty-type nemesis Read More
You got to wonder what’s really behind the public campaigning for the state comptroller position, a job which is quietly being sewn up behind closed doors.
But at a press conference on the City Hall steps a few moments ago, supporters of Assemblyman Felix Ortiz gave it their best shot, saying that electing Read More