Issues: Constituents Corner

Bill would stiffen sex offender penalties

Queens Courier reports on a new bill introduced by Senator Gianaris that would strengthen penalties for repeat sex offenders.

In an effort to keep the public safe from sexual abuse, the New York State Senate has passed a bill increasing the penalty for repeat offenders.

 

The Senate has approved legislation introduced by Senator Michael Gianaris which excludes time spent in prison from the 10-year period during which the actions of a repeat sex offender are deemed “persistent sexual abuse.”

 

Under the current law, criminals who commit certain sex crimes on multiple occasions can count time they are incarcerated towards the decade-long period in which they are subject to harsher penalties.

 

March 19, 2012
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Senator John Bonacic Meets with Student of the Year

(March14, 2012) Senator John Bonacic presented New York Association of Continuing Education’s Student of the Year Award Recipient, Delwin Reyes, of Middletown with a New York State Senate Resolution congratulating his accomplishments.  

March 16, 2012
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Senator John Bonacic Meets with Student of the Year

(March14, 2012) Senator John Bonacic presented New York Association of Continuing Education’s Student of the Year Award Recipient, Delwin Reyes, of Middletown with a New York State Senate Resolution congratulating his accomplishments.

March 16, 2012
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Senator John Bonacic Meets With Rondout Valley Student Artists

(March 14, 2012) Senator John Bonacic met with Rondout Valley Student Artists being honored in the NYS Art Teachers’ Associations’ 22 Annual Student Art Exhibit in Albany.

March 16, 2012
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Your Voice with Senator Ranzenhofer - March 15

Senator Ranzenhofer updates constituents on the State Senate's job creation plan, efforts to lower the cost of doing business in New York and its work on the 2012-2013 State Budget.

March 16, 2012
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Statement from Senator David Valesky Regarding Constitutional Amendment, Statute to Create Independent Redistricting Commission

I was pleased to join Governor Cuomo in enacting long-needed reform to create a system of independent redistricting that would take drawing district lines out of legislators’ hands. The constitutional amendment and accompanying statute passed last night mirrors legislation I sponsor that would enact permanent structural reform of a broken, dysfunctional system, and create an independent commission to draw lines. From now on, an equally balanced commission will be in charge of the process, and it will have to adhere to guidelines with respect to population deviation, preservation of communities of interest and protection of minority voting rights.

 

March 15, 2012
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SQUADRON ON REDISTRICTING: HOW CAN NEW YORKERS TRUST THIS DEAL?

ALBANY -- Last night, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement upon Senate votes to approve redistricted lines and a constitutional amendment:

Make no mistake, for New Yorkers, these redistricting bills are more of the same old Albany.  They mean politicians choosing their constituents, so that constituents have less ability to choose their representatives -- not just for ten years but permanently.

March 15, 2012
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SENATE PASSES 2012-13 BUDGET RESOLUTION

Gallivan: “Senate Plan Cuts Taxes, Reforms Medicaid, Protects Seniors and Schools.”

The New York State Senate voted to approve its 2012-13 Senate Budget resolution, continuing its focus on state spending, job creation, and structural reform to government.

The Senate budget, at just under $132.5 billion, keeps the total state spending increase below two percent, and spends less than the Executive Budget. The budget closes a $2 billion budget deficit and builds on last year’s successes in putting the state’s fiscal house in order.

March 13, 2012
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Statement from Senator Valesky Regarding Syracuse Common Council Passage of Land Bank Legislation

I applaud the Common Council for moving legislation forward to create a city/county land bank. As the author of the state law, I am extremely encouraged that Onondaga County and the city of Syracuse will have the opportunity to be one of the first land banks in the state. Vacant and abandoned housing has been a problem in our communities for too long, and the application of this new strategy is a promising solution.

 

March 12, 2012
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Pol bid to halt cop-tix quotas

The New York Post wrote an article about a new law, proposed by Senator Gianaris, that would outlaw police quotas for arrests and tickets.

Police brass pushing arrest and ticket quotas could find themselves in jail for up to a year under a bill that state Sen. Michael Gianaris plans to introduce tomorrow.

Backed by the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, the bill would make it illegal for supervisors to require cops to make a certain number of arrests over a specified period.

Noting that good officers are being punished, Gianaris (D-Queens) said, “This bill would increase the penalties when quotas are used to evaluate performance.”

March 12, 2012
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Democratic State Senator, His District Threatened, Focuses on Party’s Future

The New York Times wrote a piece on Senator Gianaris and the Democrats' efforts to recapture the Senate majority.

Michael N. Gianaris, a Democratic state senator from Astoria, Queens, was in bed at 11:30 one night in January when a reporter called. Republicans were drafting new Senate districts to reflect the 2010 census, and word had leaked of what they had in store for Mr. Gianaris: his neighborhood would be appended to the district of a fellow Democratic senator.

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“One thing I’ve learned being in public service is that feathers must be ruffled if anything’s going to change,”

March 12, 2012
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Sen. Gianaris on Redistricting Amendment

Capital Tonight's Liz Benjamin interviewed Senator Gianaris in regards to a potential amendment to the redistricting process. 

Watch the interview here

March 12, 2012
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Senator Martins Helps Great Neck Scouts Earn Citizenship in the Community Badge

Senator Jack M. Martins helped members of Boy Scout Troop 10 of Great Neck earn their Citizenship in the Community Badge. As part of the badge requirements, the Scouts had to meet with a local leader to discuss community issues. On Saturday, March 11, the Scouts met with Senator Martins at his District Office in Garden City Park. The Scouts had a roundtable discussion about issues concerning their community.

“The Boy Scouts and Girl Scout are noble organizations that help shape our youth into future leaders. I was glad to help and will continue to support them,” said Senator Martins.

March 12, 2012
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SQUADRON, DE BLASIO, ADVOCATES RALLY FOR PASSAGE OF BILL TO END FOOD STAMP FINGER IMAGING

Squadron Legislation to Come to Senate Committee Vote on Tuesday as Governor, Electeds Continue Fight to End Practice

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio joined advocates and elected officials to rally in support of passage of Senator Squadron's legislation to end the practice of finger imaging food stamp recipients, ahead of a committee vote on Tuesday.

New York City and the state of Arizona remain the only two places in the United States that use finger imaging to determine eligibility for food stamp assistance. Senator Squadron’s legislation (S740/A5303), sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblymember Keith Wright, would end the counterproductive practice that has cost New York taxpayer dollars and deterred eligible families from accessing the federally-funded food stamp program.  An Empire Justice Center analysis found that, between January 2009 and July 2010, 5,958 households were denied or cut off from food stamp benefits because they did not comply with finger imaging requirements.

March 11, 2012
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Senator Ranzenhofer meets with Amherst East Rotary

Senator Ranzenhofer met with members of Amherst East Rotary to discuss the progress of the 2012-2013 State Budget and other issues affecting the community.

March 9, 2012
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SQUADRON TO BRING TOGETHER CITY AGENCIES, CHINATOWN BUSINESSES ON PONDING

NEW YORK – Tomorrow, State Senator Daniel Squadron will bring together the Department of Transportation, the Department of Environmental Protection, and the Department of Sanitation with Chinatown business owners and community leaders to discuss how best to prevent and  address road-curb ponding, after Senator Squadron’s report on the issue prompted DOT action.

March 8, 2012
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Senator Bonacic Meets with Representa​tives from Delaware County New York Farm Bureau

Representatives from the Delaware County New York Farm Bureau (NYFB) met with Senator Bonacic during their Lobby Day in Albany. Pictured (from L-R), Duane (Marty) Martin, Lonny Schaefer, Liz Schaefer and Senator John Bonacic.

March 7, 2012
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Senator Bonacic Meets with Orange County New York Farm Bureau

Representatives from the Orange County New York Farm Bureau (NYFB) met with Senator Bonacic during their Lobby Day in Albany. Pictured (from L-R), Russell Kowal, John Lupinski, Diana Lupinski, Andrew Lupinski, Senator John Bonacic and Paul Ruszkiewicz.

March 7, 2012
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Senator Bonacic Meets with Farm Bureau Representatives

 Representatives from the New York Farm Bureau (NYFB) met with Senator Bonacic during their Lobby Day in Albany. Pictured (from L-R) Front row: Marilyn Howard, Linda Hill and Liz Schaefer. Center row: Jan Vlastelica, Bambi Baehrel, Lonny Schaefer and Andrew Lupinski. Back row: John Lupinski, Duane Marty Martin, Padraic Mabee, Senator John Bonacic, Russell Kowal, Diana Lupinski and Paul Ruszkiewicz.

March 7, 2012
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Rev. Carl Clarke of Open Arms International Ministries Delivers Invocation

Reverend Carl Clarke of Open Arms International Ministries and Ms. Carol Lodman joined Senator David Valesky in Albany. Rev. Clarke was in the Senate Chamber to deliver the day's invocation.

March 6, 2012
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