Legislation to increase fines for illegally modified cars awaits Cuomo’s signature

The state Legislature recently passed legislation to increase the penalty for drivers and repair shops that modify cars, in order to decrease excessive noise in neighborhoods. That bill is now heading to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s desk for his signature.

The “Stop Loud and Excessive Exhaust Pollution Act,” or SLEEP Act, was introduced by Brooklyn state Senator Andrew Gounardes and co-sponsored by Queens state Senator Joseph Addabbo — who said he has received many complaints regarding the issue from his constituents in his district, particularly in neighborhoods like Glendale, Middle Village, Maspeth and parts of Ridgewood.

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