Issues: Alcohol

Forum/Town Hall: New York’s Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis

Joint - Senate Standing Committee on Health
Chair: Senator Kemp Hannon
and Senate Standing Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
Chair: Senator Jeffrey D. Klein
Roundtable: New York’s Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis
Place: Room 124, State Capitol Building, Albany, New York
Time: 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
Contact: Roslyn Martorano (518) 455-2200
Media Contact: Phil Hecken (516) 739-1700

ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

February 13, 10:00 AM - 12:21 PM
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Leandra's Legacy

Senator Dilan is presented an award by the Lewis Henry Morgan Institute for his work with Lenny Rosado on the passage of Leandra's Law in 2009. The law strengthens penalties on those convicted of driving while intoxicated with child passengers.The law is named after 11-year-old Leandra Rosado, Lenny's daughter, who tragically died in 2009 when the car she was riding in crashed. The driver was intoxicated.

January 24, 2012
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO CREATE FELONY CHARGES FOR WRONG-WAY AND RECKLESS DRIVERS

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), to create felony charges for wrong-way and other reckless drivers.            “Wrong-way drivers have caused tragedies and endangered lives on our roadways; it has to stop.  Creating felony charges for wrong-way and reckless drivers will give law enforcement another tool to prosecute these individuals and get them off the roads,” said Senator Fuschillo, Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee.

January 24, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO TOUGHEN LAWS FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

    The New York State Senate today passed legislation that creates new penalties for individuals supervising another driver while also under the influence of drugs or alcohol, also known as Abbagail’s Law (S.164C).  Senator Owen H. Johnson supported the new law.

Abbagail’s Law closes a big loophole by making it clear that ‘supervising drivers’ that are drunk will be held accountable for their irresponsible actions.  It’s simple to understand that if you are supervising a younger driver, you must be sober. Otherwise, the consequences can be tragic, like in the case of young Abbagail Buzard.

January 24, 2012
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ABBAGAIL’S LAW APPROVED IN SENATE

          Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) is pleased to announce that legislation (S.164C) he sponsors known as “Abbagail’s Law” was approved in the State Senate this afternoon by a vote of 45-1.   Abbagail’s Law would make it clear that any individual acting as a supervising driver while under the influence of alcohol or drugs shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. It also creates the crime of aggravated supervising a driver while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, which shall be a Class E felony.  

January 24, 2012
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Ranzenhofer bill, which closes loophole for court evaders, passes State Senate

Albany, N.Y. – Senator Ranzenhofer’s legislation, closing a loophole in State law that does not allow courts to penalize persons when they fail to comply with the court, has passed the State Senate today. 

Senate Bill No. 3188 grants courts the authority to suspend a driver license – in cases of underage possession of alcohol and unlawful possession of marijuana – when a person fails to appear before the court or comply with the sentence of the court.

January 23, 2012
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Community Victorious Over Strip Club

An editorial by Queens Tribune talks about the State Liquor Authority's denial of the Gypsy Rose strip club's liquor license application, which was a favorable result for Long Island City community members. According to Senator Gianaris, the type of person and business that adult establishments tend to attract are not welcome in Long Island City.

The community spoke and its voice was heard by the State Liquor Authority, who denied the 21 Group Inc.’s application for a liquor license for the Gypsy Rose establishment in Long Island City during a hearing Jan. 18 in Manhattan.

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January 23, 2012
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State Liquor Authority rejects Long Island City strip club’s bid for license

NY Daily News reports that the State Liquor Authority has rejected the Gypsy Rose gentlemen club's bid for a liquor license, following protests from Long Island City residents and community leaders. Senator Gianaris believes the decision was an important step in establishing the neighborhood as a wholesome, family friendly environment.

For the second time, the State Liquor Authority has rejected an application by the owners of a Long Island City strip club for a liquor license.

“I believe that there is sufficient good cause for us to deny this application,” Dennis Rosen, chairman of the authority, said Wednesday.

Community leaders who are opposed to the club, known as Gypsy Rose, have flooded the board in recent weeks with petitions and testimony.

January 20, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Senator Jeffrey D. Klein, Chair 1:30 PM, Monday, January 30, 2012 Room 123 Cap

January 30, 1:30 PM - 1:54 PM
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR MICHAEL GIANARIS PRAISING SLA DENIAL OF LIC STRIP CLUB APPLICATION

“I am thrilled the State Liquor Authority stood with the Long Island City community today when it voted against the Gypsy Rose liquor license application. This neighborhood is no place for a sex-based business, and today’s vote brings us one step closer to ensuring the wholesome, family-friendly environment in which an increasing number of people live and work. It is clear the SLA takes community input to heart and I commend the board for today’s decision.”

January 18, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Senator Jeffrey D. Klein, Chair 10:00 AM, Thursday, January 19, 2012 Room 123 Cap

January 19, 10:00 AM - 10:09 AM
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December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month

Dear Constituents:

It is December, and the Holidays are upon us yet again. While the end of the year is a festive time, full of celebration and cheer, it is still necessary for everyone to remain alert, especially as people travel near and far to celebrate the holidays with loved ones. For this reason, the month of December has been designated National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month.

Every day, people put themselves and other motorists in danger on roadways when they drive after consuming alcohol or after using legal or illegal drugs. During this holiday season, we should all be observant in an effort to protect our families, friends, and neighbors from drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

December 1, 2011
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ADDABBO & MENG: STATE SHOULD CONTINUE CRACKDOWNS ON ALCOHOL SALES TO MINORS FROM NYC LICENSED GROCERIES, LIQUOR STORES

Queens, NY, November 28, 2011 – After a three-day November joint undercover investigation by the NYPD and New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) which resulted in charges to 118 licensed groceries and liquor stores around New York City for the sale of alcohol to minors, NYS Senator Joseph Addabbo and NYS Assembly Member Grace Meng announced they are sponsoring a bill (S.5901/A.8524) that would essentially require community board input for these types of off-premise a

November 29, 2011
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Vigil To Be Held For Girl Who Inspired Tough Drunk Driving Law

NY1 -- A memorial vigil will take place Tuesday for Leandra Rosado, the 11-year-old girl whose death in a drunk driving crash in Manhattan inspired a tough state law.

Tuesday is the second anniversary of the crash on the West Side Highway that killed Leandra.

Shortly after her death, former Governor David Paterson signed Leandra's Law, making it a felony to drive under the influence with a child younger than 15 in the car.

Since the law went into effect, there have been 1,550 arrests in the state, including 150 in the city.

October 11, 2011
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Gov. Cuomo Signs Sen. Espaillat's Bill to Crackdown on Dangerous "Nutcracker" Alcoholic Drink

Today, State Senator Adriano Espaillat (D – Manhattan/Bronx) and Assemblyman Nelson Castro (D – Bronx) applauded Governor Cuomo for signing an important law that will protect minors from a dangerous alcohol beverage sold in parts of New York City. The law, sponsored by Senator Espaillat and Assemblyman Castro in the legislature, will crack down on the selling of sugary, colorful, and strong alcoholic drinks, often known as the “nutcracker.”

August 19, 2011
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Forum/Town Hall: A Roundtable Discussion on the growing problems of prescription drug abuse and diversion throughout New York State and on possible policy solutions

Joint - Senate Standing Committee on Alcoholism and Drug AbuseChair: Senator Jeffrey D. Kleinand Senate Standing Committee on HealthChair: Senator Kemp HannonRoundtable: A Roundtable Discussion on the growing problems of prescription drug abuse and diversion throughout New York State and on possible policy solutionsPlace: Senate Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.Contact: Gabriel Paniza (518) 455-3594Media Contact: Rich Azzopardi (518) 455-3595ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

August 31, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Forum/Town Hall: A Roundtable Discussion on the growing problems of prescription drug abuse and diversion throughout New York State and on possible policy solutions

Joint - Senate Standing Committee on Alcoholism and Drug AbuseChair: Senator Jeffrey D. Kleinand Senate Standing Committee on HealthChair: Senator Kemp HannonRoundtable: A Roundtable Discussion on the growing problems of prescription drug abuse and diversion throughout New York State and on possible policy solutionsPlace: Senate Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.Contact: Gabriel Paniza (518) 455-3594Media Contact: Rich Azzopardi (518) 455-3595ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

August 31, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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SENATOR MONTGOMERY HONORS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT DOROTHY BURNHAM, A BROOKLYN “RENAISSANCE WOMAN”

The lifetime achievements of Brooklyn native Dorothy Burnham were recognized and lauded by NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) during the reading of a Senate resolution, which was unanimously passed by the full Senate during the final days of the 2011 Legislative Session. The resolution paid tribute to Dorothy Burnham’s many notable contributions to our public education system, the advancement of civil rights, and to the promotion of racial and economic equality. Ms. Burnham was also honored for her designation as recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the New York Friends of the People's World. “Dorothy Burnham is a Renaissance Woman,” said Senator Montgomery.

July 11, 2011
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Battle on vs. LIC strip club: Decision on liquor license has been postponed

The Daily News wrote a story on the liquor license application for a LIC strip club, which Senator Gianaris opposes. He is glad the decision has at least been postponed.

A decision on whether to recommend a liquor license for a proposed strip club in Long Island City has been postponed.

Owners of the club, called Gypsy Rose, pledged to Community Board 2 on Thursday to follow a strict set of guidelines to avoid problems at the site, which sits at the foot of the Queensboro Bridge.

Local politicians and residents have denounced the club, saying it feeds into the seedy image Long Island City is trying to shake.

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) has asked State Liquor Authority Chairman Dennis Rosen to reject the application.

June 27, 2011
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