Schoharie Limo Trial Verdict: Local officials share what they think of decision

This combined image shows file photos of state Sen. James Tedisco, R-Glenville, U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Saratoga, and Assemblyman Chris Tague, R-Schoharie. (File photos)

FILE – State Sen. James Tedisco, R-Glenville, U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Saratoga, and Assemblyman Chris Tague, R-Schoharie.

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On Wednesday a jury found Nauman Hussain, the operator of the limo company that rented the vehicle in the deadly Oct. 6, 2018 crash that killed 20 people guilty of second-degree manslaughter. 

Here is how officials reacted to the news:

“I hope this verdict brings a measure of peace to the friends and families of the victims and my prayers are with them tonight.” 

– U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

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“With today’s guilty verdict, on all 20 counts of second-degree manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide, we are finally seeing the accountability Nauman Hussain has been trying to avoid from the very beginning. As we await sentencing, it’s my hope that we will see justice for the victims’ families and loved ones who continue to bear the immense pain of this unimaginable loss.”

 – State Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam 

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“The devastating limousine crash in Schoharie County that took twenty innocent lives in Upstate New York has left deep lasting scars and heartbreak that can be felt in the Montgomery and Schoharie communities every day. I pray that this verdict provides some measure of justice for the families of those we so tragically lost that day.”

 – U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer

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“I sincerely hope the verdict reached regarding the 2018 limousine crash will help bring closure to the families of everyone involved. This tragedy has changed forever the lives of many of my constituents. I also hope the legislation passed because of this tragedy will help prevent incidents like this from occurring again in the future.”

 – State Assemblyman Robert Smullen, R-Johnstown

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“The long overdue wheels of justice have finally turned. After years of waiting, justice has been served for the grieving families of the 2018 Schoharie limo crash. Nauman Hussain will be serving time in prison.

“While holding Hussain accountable for his actions is a major step in the right direction, there is more work ahead for accountability, transparency, and justice. The FBI must provide answers and briefings directly to the families which I will continue to work to deliver.

“This long and brutal fight for justice is nearing its end, but we are not there yet. I will not stop until the FBI gives these families clear and honest answers.”

– U.S. Rep Elise Stefanik, R-Saratoga

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“The quick deliberation in the Schoharie limo case is further proof that the twenty lives lost in this needless tragedy could have, and should have, been better protected. I would like to thank Schoharie County District Attorney Susan Mallery and her office for their work on this case, the law enforcement who investigated this terrible crime and the emergency responders who showed up that horrific day at the Apple Barrel for everything they did to try to mitigate the injuries and lives lost. My heart will always ache for the families who lost their loved ones that day, but their deaths have not been in vain as I have worked hard to improve our state’s laws to ensure a tragedy of this magnitude will not happen again.”

 – State Assemblyman Chris Tague, R-Schoharie

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“This is a measure of justice for the families of the horrific Schoharie limo tragedy, many of whom I represented, but we still need the Assembly to pass legislation that we passed in the Senate to extend the state limo safety task force so they can review and investigate the state inspector general’s findings about the state DOT and DMV’s role in the crash and why this vehicle was on the road in the first place when it should never have been. The families of the victims and all New Yorkers deserve reassurance that something like this can never happen again.”

State Sen. Jim Tedisco, R-Glenville 

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“These families and our communities have endured tremendous loss. Today’s verdict marks the beginnings of justice being served. While nothing can replace these precious lives lost, I hope this decision brings a measure of peace to all their loved ones.”  

– U.S. Rep Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam

By Shenandoah Briere

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