This is the article published by The New York Times regarding Senator Jose Peralta’s efforts to legalize the use of hoverboards.
NYT: It is the holiday gift that makes people stop and stare. It is viewed as a nuisance, or worse, a safety hazard. And it is banned in New York City. It is commonly known as a hoverboard, a two-wheeled motorized device that requires ample balance and, perhaps, a fire extinguisher: It has been known to catch fire. Nonetheless, some local officials are pushing to make the device legal in a bustling city that is known for packed sidewalks and congested streets.
In recent weeks, State Senator Jose Peralta, a Democrat from Queens, has led the call to allow hoverboards, even nervously — and slowly — riding one himself on a morning show. On Tuesday, he held a news conference at City Hall to highlight a problem some young people now find themselves with: being the proud owner of a new hoverboard, but having nowhere to ride it without getting in trouble.
The New York Police Department says the devices are prohibited in the city under state law. Mr. Peralta wants to amend the law and let cities create their own rules. In New York City, riders could be required to wear a helmet and kneepads or to stay in parks.
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