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Phil Abitabile, owner and instructor of the Taconic Driving School (TALLC), announced that the school just received a Guidance Instructions email/directive for reopening in-person classes for driving schools.  The instructions and guidance are very specific in insuring cleanliness and safety in the classroom.  To reopen the in-person driving classes, TALLC will adhere to all of the instructions, guidance and regulations that are outlined in the directive to insure a safe and clean environment in our educational setting.

The first class will be held on Saturday, October 31 from 8 AM to 1 PM.

The following steps will be taken to adhere to the Guidance Instructions:

  1. The classroom can only have a maximum of 50% capacity and must have a distance of 6 feet between each student and the instructors.  Thus, the classroom TALLC uses for in-person instruction has a capacity of 24 students.
  2. It is highly recommended that all classes should use pre-registrations.  TALLC will hold pre-registration on the day of class at 7:30 AM at the driving school location, 27 Bridge Street, Hudson (Greenport), the Sons & Daughters of Italy building, first floor.  Reserving a seat for each class is appreciated by calling 518 828 0142.


  • Present a valid NYS Pictured Driving Permit
  • Wear an acceptable face mask
  • Pre-pay the fee of $65 using the exact cash amount or a local check
  • Line up on the ramp outside the building maintaining a 6-foot distance between students
  • Bring a black or blue pen
  • Enter one at a time through the ramp door and exit through the lower level door
  • Complete the registration form and leave a contact phone number

When a class date reaches the maximum 24 students, a second date will be opened for pre-registration.

Call 518 828 0142, visit our website or visit our Facebook page for class schedules.


  • Only pre-registered students will be admitted to the class.
  • Students will only enter at the top of the ramp entrance with six-foot distancing.
  • Each student will be asked a series of questions concerning his/her health and COVID contacts.
  • Each student will sign a contact tracing form.
  • Each student must wear an acceptable mask for the entire class session.
  • Only one person is allowed in each restroom at a time.
  • Each student will provide his/her own pen for the class.
  • A minimum six-foot space between all occupants of the classroom will be maintained at all times.

TALLC will maintain safe and clean maintenance of the facilities per directions outlined in the noted directive.

Any and all information will be posted on the TALLC web site (, on the TALLC Facebook page (Taconic Associates Driving School), and on our answering machine message (518 828 0142).


SOMETIMES SCHEDULES CHANGE and sometimes it is a last minute decision to alter the schedule.

ALSO PLEASE TAKE NOTE that each class requires a minimum of five (5) students, per Department of Motor Vehicle regulations; and has a maximum of 36 per class (24 during COVID).  Classes are available in both English and Spanish.  Check the calendar for when each type of class is held.

To be certain class is being held, always call our school to check. If we are not there to answer, there will be a message on the machine regarding cancellations. To reach us, you may use the Contact Us page.

NYS DMV Approved 5 Hour Pre-Licensing Course

From the Left: Jeff French – Chairman of Sean’s Run;
Mark French – Sean’s Dad;
Philip Abitabile – Owner Taconic Driving School

5-Hour Pre-Licensing Course (MV-278) Upon successful completion of this five hour course, each student will receive an MV-278 which is required before scheduling and taking the road test. You must provide the certificate number when you schedule your road test. (TO SEE THE CLASS SCHEDULE, CLICK “More” BELOW.)
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Students must bring their VALID PHOTO NYS Driver’s Permit to class!

Class size is limited so be sure to arrive early.

The Course Fee may be paid by CASH or LOCAL Checks ONLY Please.

Students must bring their VALID NYS Driver’s Permit to class!
Class size is limited so be sure to arrive early!
The Course Fee is $65.00 ($60.00 with internet coupon).
CASH or LOCAL Checks ONLY Please!

EFFECTIVE MAY 1, 2018 – ALL PERMITS MUST HAVE A PHOTO (temporary permits without photo will NOT be accepted at class).

EFFECTIVE 1/1/2019: The Course Fee increases to $65.00 ($60.00 with internet coupon).


Attention:  NYS Driver Permit Holders and Their Parents

A Note from Instructor, Phil Abitabile to NYS Driver Permit Holders and Their Parents:

I recently heard that some students are enrolling in another driving school’s mandatory 5-Hour Pre-Licensing Course because that driving school does not actually run the full 5 hour class.

This is a very serious violation of NYS DMV Rules and Regulations governing driving schools. Schools that partake in this practice could lose their license to operate a driving school.

Also, when a student signs his/her MV 278 Completion Certificate, that student is attesting that they did in fact attend the 5 Hour Pre-licensing Class and the class was in fact held for the full 5 hours. Per local DMV personnel, if it is determined that the class the student attended was not held for the full 5 hours, the MV 278 could be invalidated and the student will have to retake the course.

Please keep this in mind when you choose your driving school for the mandatory 5 Hour Pre-Licensing Class.

Point and Insurance Reduction Program (PIRP)

6-Hour Point and Insurance Reduction Program (PIRP) This course fulfills all requirements for the Point Insurance Reduction Program (PIRP) and is accepted by all New York insurance companies and is taught by instructors that are certified by the Empire Safety Council.

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Students must bring their VALID NYS Driver’s License to class!
Class size is limited so be sure to arrive early!
The Course Fee is $40.00 each or $35.00 each if 2 or more are in your group!
Reservations are encouraged.
CASH or LOCAL Checks ONLY Please!