About James Odato

In a career rooted in watchdog reporting, Explorer editor James M. Odato has been cited as one of New York’s top journalists covering state government, gambling, and abuse and waste of public money. He has written thousands of articles, his byline has appeared in numerous national publications and his investigative stories have spurred reforms. As a staff reporter for five daily newspapers, including the Albany Times Union and Buffalo News, Odato has received more than 30 awards from the Associated Press, New York Publishers Association, the New York Legislative Correspondents Association and other media organizations. In 2007, Investigative Reporters and Editors recognized his reporting with the Freedom of Information Award Medal. In October 2021, the University of Massachusetts Press released his book, This Brain Had a Mouth, Lucy Gwin and the Voice of Disability Nation.

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  1. Boreas says

    It strikes me as odd that “Insurance companies often cover the bill.”. Are any of these vehicles operating on a lake covered by insurance?? Or is it just personal liability insurance that comes into play? Curious.

  2. Tom Paine says

    Insurance Requirements All snowmobiles operated on any part of a roadway or shoulder of a highway in New York State must be covered by minimum liability insurance. New York State Parks law requires snowmobilers to carry liability coverage in the minimum amount of $10,000 for an accident involving one person, $20,000 for an accident involving two or more persons, and $5,000 for property damage from one accident.
    Also in NYS, snowmobile trails end at the shore line of any body of water. Clubs do not receive any trail funding for those miles over a body of water.

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