Issues: Codes

Op-Ed On The Military Commissions

Please be sure to check out an op-ed I wrote with Sen. Eric Adams for CBS News about the Obama administration's decision to revive the military commissions to prosecute Guantanamo detainees. We believe the time has come to end, not mend, this substandard judicial system.

May 20, 2009

State Senate Should Support Firearms Microstamping

A Newsday editorial backs my firearm microstamping bill, which gives law enforcement a new tool to solve crimes:

May 12, 2009

Newsday Backs Firearm Microstamping Legislation

An editorial in today’s Newsday calls on the State Senate to pass my legislation requiring firearm microstamping in New York State. Microstamping ensures that when a gun is fired, information identifying the make, model and serial number of the gun is stamped onto the cartridge as numbers and letters.

May 11, 2009

Senate Passes Schneiderman Bill To Prosecute Domestic Abusers For Destroying Property

ALBANY -- The state Senate today overwhelmingly passed a bill (S4306) that strengthens the punishment for domestic abusers who engage in violence against a victim's property. Under current law, a person is not criminally liable for damaging shared property if he or she has either a right to do so or believes that right exists. That means if an individual destroys the property of a spouse or domestic partner, he or she could not be held criminally liable. The bill passed today, sponsored by Codes Committee Chair Sen. Eric T.

May 5, 2009

Top Judge Plans a Task Force on Wrongful Convictions

ALBANY — In one of his first major initiatives as the state’s top jurist, Jonathan Lippman, the chief judge of New York’s Court of Appeals, said he would create a permanent task force to examine wrongful convictions and recommend ways to minimize them.

Members of the task force, who are being selected by Judge Lippman, will include prosecutors, defense lawyers, scientists and lawmakers. They will have a broad mandate to examine police procedures, court rules and other issues involved in wrongful convictions.

April 30, 2009

Sen. Schneiderman On Senate's Anti-Crime Initiative

In an effort to cut down on illegal guns and gang violence that plagues communities across the State of New York, the Senate Majority announced a new initiative, Operation SNUG, that will provide local law enforcement and anti-violence community groups with innovative tools to steer at-risk New Yorkers away from the culture of gangs and illegal guns.

April 28, 2009

Sen. Schneiderman And Assm. Schimel Lead Effort To Help Solve Gun Crimes

Bill Has Widespread Support From Law Enforcement Community

April 28, 2009
April 28, 2009

Tighten Up The Gun Laws

When Jiverly Wong obtained a pistol permit in 1997, it was the first and last time he had to prove he was fit to possess a handgun.

The permit was good for the rest of his life — a life that ended when a clearly disturbed Wong went on a shooting rampage April 3 in a Binghamton immigration center, killing 13 people, then himself.

April 26, 2009

I'll Second That (E)motion

For decades, the way the Senate operates has stifled good legislation from getting off the ground. Under the new Senate Majority, we are  empowering every single member of our chamber—Democrat and Republican—to do the work of the people of New York.

Some of these occurences are not flashy or newsworthy--but their obscurity does not change their significance. Take today, for example. Today, the Senate made history, putting partisan rancor aside and rising as a collective body to move two bills towards passage in an especially unique and democratic way.

April 21, 2009

Senate Passes Rockefeller Drug Law Reforms and Invests in Community Safety

(Albany, NY) – The State Senate passed the FY2009-10 public protection budget today that includes many important reforms that will help our state and its public safety officers meet 21st Century needs. Most significant among these changes  is the historic reform of the archaic, costly and ineffective Rockefeller Drug Laws. Among the reforms are a new commitment to drug treatment and the strengthening of penalties for drug kingpins and those who prey on children.  

April 1, 2009
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