As we dig our heels into the dead of winter and the latest nor’easter buries most of New York, we want to remind our outdoor sport enthusiasts to be safe and be alert this snowmobile season. Snowmobile registrations are way up in New York, topping 116000, making New York the fourth most popular snowmobiling state […]


Recently, Andy Safranko was asked by the Guilderland High School School newspaper – The Journal – to answer a few questions related to cyberbullying. We thought it would be appropriate to supplement that Q & A with a brief background on cyberbullying and how it impacts everyone.   What is cyberbullying? There are several similar definitions, […]

Please Shovel and Salt Your Sidewalk

Being a kid, there is no greater joy in the world than waking up on a school morning to a foot of fresh snow on the ground.  To a parent, there is no greater aggravation, unless your occupation is as a plow driver or professional skier. For the majority of us, however, snow means shoveling, […]

Distracted Driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported that of 33,561 traffic fatalities nationwide in 2012, 3,328 were caused by distracted driving that included talking or texting while underway. Of 2.4 million people injured that year, 421,000 were in accidents involving distracted drivers. We are conscious about the community we live in and strive to […]

Pedestrians Have a Right to Cross in a Crosswalk

Pedestrians have a right to cross in a crosswalk and vehicles are required to yield to pedestrians lawfully crossing the roadway within a crosswalk. On January 19, 2014, a driver on Hoosick Street in Troy, NY is alleged to have violated the vehicle and traffic law by failing to yield to children who were crossing […]

Happy New Year

2013 was a great year for us at LaMarche Safranko Law. George and Andy were selected in the 2013 edition of Superlawyers ; George was honored as one of the Capital District Business Review’s 40 under 40; and Andy was selected for the fifth consecutive year in Best Lawyers in America. We continued to successfully […]

Toy Safety Tips This Holiday Season

In 2012, the Consumer Product Safety Commission estimated that there were 90,000 injuries to children less than 5 years old caused by toys. These injuries were not just the result of defective toys, but also toy balls, toy action figures, and toy vehicles like Power Wheels™.  Unfortunately, there are just too many toys for the Consumer […]

A Fatal Car Crash in Clifton Park

New York State Police were called to a two-car accident near Plant Road where it now appears that 83-year old Paul Bouchard left the parking lot of a Stewart’s Shop and turned onto Route 146 into the path of a car driven by 34-year old Brian Stevens of Valley Falls. Individuals who suffer injuries and/or […]

Be Extra Careful on Thanksgiving Eve

As many adults know, the night before Thanksgiving is a big party night.  People head out to their local bars and restaurants to meet up with family and friends.   Did you know that the night before Thanksgiving is actually considered the #1 drinking night of the year?  It’s true.  Thanksgiving Eve tops New Years […]

DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Certification

In late September, George and Andy traveled to Washington, Missouri to complete a DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Program, a 24-hour program administered over the course of three days by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA).   This course was developed by the US Department of Transportation and approved by the International […]