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Schoharie crash

Faso Co-Sponsors Legislation To Close Limo Loophole

As Term Near End, Faso Aims

To Close Limousine Loophole

Rep. John Faso

With his term due to end in 20 days, U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-19,  has co-sponsored bipartisan legislation to to close a legal loophole that may have contributed the 20-fatal crash two months ago in Schoharie County.

The loophole allows retrofitted limos, like the one in the crash, to avoid compliance with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regulations.

“The recent tragedy in Schoharie County, which took the lives of 20 people, must move the Congress to close this loophole and enact stricter rules on modified vehicles,” the outgoing congressman said.

17 Bound For Ommegang, But Tragedy Intervened

17 Bound For Ommegang,

But Tragedy Intervened

COOPERSTOWN – Brewery Ommegang has confirmed it was the destination for the 17 members of the birthday party who were killed in the Schoharie limo crash that claimed 20 lives on Saturday, Oct. 6.

“As names of the victims have been released by the media, we learned that a member of the party did have a reservation at the brewery for Saturday at noon,” the Brewery said in a statement on its Facebook page.

Hartwick Graduate Among 20 Killed In Crash

Hartwick Graduate Among

20 Killed In Schoharie Crash

Savannah Bursese, Hartwick College ’15, was one of the 20 killed in the tragic car accident on Saturday afternoon in Schoharie.

ONEONTA – The Hartwick College community expressed “profound sadness” today upon learning that one of its own was a victim of the car crash that killed 20 people in the parking lot of the Apple Barrel Country Store on Saturday, Oct. 6.

Savannah Bursese graduated from Hartwick College in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Political Science and Business Administration. She was a sister of Phi Sigma Phi and a member of the volleyball team.

Cooperstown Link To Tragedy Where 17 Died Is Unclear

Cooperstown Link

To Tragedy Where

20 Died Is Unclear

Times Reports Fatal Limo Headed Here;

Perhaps Cooptoberfest Was Destination


COOPERSTOWN –  Cooperstown, and perhaps Brewery Ommegang, are being reported in the national media as the destination of the limousine that crashed Saturday afternoon in Schoharie County, killing the 18 passengers, plus two people standing nearby.

The New York Times is quoting the aunt of a victim who said the riders in the limousine were heading toward a birthday party at “a Cooperstown brewery.”   CNN is reporting the brewery was Ommegang.

However, there are two other breweries in the Cooperstown area, and Eat Drink Cooperstown, the beer-tasting culmination of the fifth annual Cooptoberfest, was also underway that afternoon.

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