Amherst, NY– State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer joined Amherst Town Officials to announce the Grand Opening of the Amherst Justice Court Security Building. The new building was constructed to improve security and provide adequate space for the increased volume of prisoners processed at the facility.
This project was funded through the Town of Amherst Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and through a $250,000 State Grant secured by State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer.
(Albany, NY)-The New York State Senate passed legislation, Senate Bill S5833, sponsored by Senator Bonacic that would make key improvements to the practice of electronic filing (e-filing) by the state judicial system. Starting in 1999, the state began to introduce a pilot program in the use of electronic means for the purpose of commencing certain categories of cases and filing court papers with Judges and adverse parties.
Broken System Forces Defendants to Endure Significant Delays Before Trial
Electeds: The Experience of Kalief Browder Must Be A Call To Action
ALBANY — State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblymember Jeffrion Aubry announced legislation (S.5988) to fix New York State's "speedy trial" law following the recent death of Kalief Browder, who spent three years in pre-trial detention at Riker's Island. Kalief's Law closes a legal loophole that forces defendants to endure significant delays before trial, even while in jail, despite the time limits established by law. This change will limit delays by prosecutors and the court, so that defendants are afforded their constitutional right to a speedy trial.
ALBANY -- The State Senate on Wednesday passed legislation authored by Senator Joseph Griffo that would increase penalties for unregistered individuals or companies who cash checks, drafts or money orders for people without having a license to do so.
Senator Griffo’s consumer protection bill (S3618) would make it a Class E felony to commit this crime, and it would impose a $2,500 fine for each violation. The crime is currently classified as a Class A misdemeanor.
ALBANY -- State Senator Joseph Griffo joined the New York State Senate on Tuesday in passing a package of proposed legislation that would help prevent heroin deaths and put more drug dealers behind bars for peddling dangerous opioids.
Legislation to Close “Gang Assault Loophole” Comes After Ringleader in Vicious Anti-Gay Gang Assault Evades Hate Crime Charges
Hoylman: “Hate crimes are on the rise in New York. We need to do everything in our power to combat them and ensure those who commit these heinous crimes bear the full weight of justice under the law”
ALBANY – Today, State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) praised the vote on his legislation (S.497) that would close a loophole in the law to include gang assault in the first and second degrees as prerequisite offenses that could be charged as hate crimes. The bill passed the Senate on a 58-2 vote.
State funding secured by Klein will provide new natural gas fueled generators, energy efficient lighting, surveillance cameras, security room and additional storage
WESTCHESTER, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), together with Mayor Michael Volpe of the Village of Pelham, Pelham Town Supervisor Pete DiPaola, Pelham Deputy Supervisor Councilman Dan McLaughlin, Judge John Gardner, Judge John DeChiaro, and Town Council Member Blake Bell, today announced $195,000 in state funding for security and energy efficiency upgrades to Pelham Town Hall and the Daronco Town House at Pelham’s annual Block Party.
SERINO BILL STRENGTHENS LAW TO PROTECT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS
ALBANY—Senator Sue Serino (R, C, I—Hyde Park) today announced the passage of her bill that would strengthen protections for victims of domestic violence by increasing access to the judges needed to arraign offenders.
Hoylman: “Horace Mann Action Coalition report is ‘Exhibit A’ why we must act”
ALBANY - State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) said: "The Horace Mann Action Coalition report is ‘Exhibit A’ why the New York State Senate needs to pass the Child Victims Act (S63/A2872), which I sponsor. This issue clearly isn’t going away -- the number of alleged child sexual abuse victims at Horace Mann appear to be more double than initially reported by the Bronx district attorney.
“It’s appalling that because of New York’s archaic statutes of limitation, abusers can escape prosecution – just as 22 school employees did who allegedly preyed on students for thirty years at Horace Mann.
First Bill to Pass the Senate Authorizes Judges to Impose Consecutive Sentences
ALBANY—Senator Sue Serino (R, C, I—Hyde Park) today announced that her first bill to pass in the Senate would authorize judges to impose consecutive sentences when two or more lives are lost as a result of a single criminal act.
“Under the current law, regardless of the number of victims killed during a single act, sentencing must run concurrently despite an opinion of a judge to the contrary,” said Senator Serino. “The result is often a punishment that fails to fit the crime, damaging the public’s trust in the law and allowing perpetrators to get off easy.”
Legislation will allow domestic violence victims to testify via close-circuit television
ALBANY – According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ National Crime Victimization Survey, only about 48 percent of all violent victimizations are reported to police. Today, the state Senate passed legislation, authored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean), that will provide stronger protections for victims of domestic violence in order to encourage them to report their abuse to the authorities.
“Every nine seconds a woman in the United States is assaulted or beaten and according to studies 84 percent of women visiting hospital emergency rooms for domestic violence were injured by their intimate partners,” said Senator Young.
(Left to Right) Judge Evelyn LaPorte, Supreme Court Justice, Kings County; Amanda Jack, Criminal Defense Attorney, Brooklyn Defender Services; Senator Jesse Hamilton; Charles F. Coleman Jr., Trial Attorney at the United States EEOC; Norman Siegel, Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Attorney, Siegel Teitelbaum & Evans, LLP; and Pastor Whitehead
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed legislation (S3822) to crack down on criminals who try to avoid harsher penalties by committing retail thefts in multiple counties. The bill would allow any county in the state to prosecute someone who participates in a pattern of organized retail theft when at least one of the offenses occurs in a neighboring county.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announces the New York State Senate has once again approved Alix’s Law, which makes it illegal to leave the scene of an accident while intoxicated. This is the fourth consecutive year that the Senate has approved the bill and sent it to the Assembly, where it has stalled in the past. The final vote in the Senate was 56-0.