First Boater Safety Course Under Brianna’s Law Held

The Village of Lindenhurst hosted the first Boating Safety Course of the year since the enactment of “Brianna’s Law,” Which took effect on January 1, 2020. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 01-04 presented the course at the Lindenhurst Rainbow Center. Those who attended received a special visit from Gina Costa-Lieneck, the Long Island mom responsible for helping to make the water ways safer. After Gina’s 11-year old daughter, Brianna, was the victim of a fatal boating accident in 2005, she began the work to bring awareness of the need for mandatory education for all boaters and small craft operators. The new NY State law will phase in requirements that all operators of motorized watercraft must complete a state-approved boating safety coarse. This new rule is designed to help reduce the amount of preventable accident on the water.

Special thanks to Gina Costa-Lieneck, Lori Novello, and the Coast Guard Auxiliary members for making the class a success.

Pictured – Coast Guard Auxiliary members, Trustee Joan Masterson, Lori Novello, and Gina Costa-Lieneck