News 12 Westchester reported Saturday that Nyack resident Patrick Bartolotta was arrested Friday for allegedly boating while intoxicated. Bartolotta was boating in the Hudson River.
Investigators say that Bartolotta was speeding in his boat under the Tappan Zee Bridge just before 6:00 p.m. when police pulled him over. Officers smelled alcohol on his breath and he was arrested.
The New York Coast Guard Auxiliary states that under the law, a person found to have a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) level of .08 or more while boating will lose the privilege to operate a boat for one year. They will also be subject to a fine of up to $500 and up to 90 days in jail. Under previous law, these penalties applied to the .10 BAC level.
New York State mandates a six-month suspension of operating privileges for the first offense of "Operating a vessel after having consumed alcohol;" and a suspension of one year or until the operator reaches the age of 21, whichever is greater.