Issues: Courts

One Step Closer: Kennedy, Ryan-Sponsored Bill to Boost Settlement Payouts for Families of Victims of Terrorist Attacks Moves to Governor Cuomo’s Desk

NYS Senate & Assembly Pass Legislation Allowing Insurance Representatives to Waive Structured Settlement Commissions to Family Members of Victims of Terrorist Attacks

Waiver Already Available to Families of Victims of September 11 Attacks Now Expanded

As Beirut Bombing of 1983 Case Comes to a Close, $1.75 Billion in Seized Assets Could be Structured Pro Bono, Granting Families of Victims a Greater Payout 

June 25, 2015
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SENATE PASSES BONACIC’S LEGISLATION MAKING KEY IMPROVEMENTS TO THE PRACTICE OF ELECTRONIC FILING BY THE STATE JUDICIAL SYSTEM

(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.

June 19, 2015
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SQUADRON, AUBRY INTRODUCE KALIEF'S LAW TO FIX “SPEEDY TRIAL” RULES IN NYS

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.

June 17, 2015
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Senate Passes Griffo’s Bill To Increase Penalties For Unregistered Check Cashers

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.

June 10, 2015
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Griffo Joins Senate in Passing Legislation To Confront Rising Crisis In Heroin, Opioid Abuse

 

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.

June 10, 2015
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Hoylman Passes Bill To Expand New York Hate Crimes Law to Include Gang Assaults

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.

June 8, 2015
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STATE SENATOR JEFF KLEIN ANNOUNCES NEARLY $200,000 GRANT FOR SECURITY & ENERGY EFFICIENCY UPGRADES TO PELHAM TOWN HALL & DARONCO TOWN HOUSE

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.

June 6, 2015
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SERINO BILL STRENGTHENS LAW TO PROTECT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS

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.

June 1, 2015
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Hoylman Urges Up or Down Vote on Child Victims Act Following New Report Showing Number of Horace Mann Abuse Victims to be More than Double than Initially Reported

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.

May 27, 2015
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Senator Hamilton on Governor Cuomo's Criminal Justice Proposals

(Brooklyn, NY - May 20, 2015) Senator Hamilton's comments on Governor Cuomo's proposed criminal justice reforms were highlighted by Kings County Politics today: Hamilton Reacts To Cuomo’s Take It Or Leave It Justice Reform Initiative.

May 20, 2015
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SERINO FIGHTS FOR JUSTICE TO BE SERVED First Bill to Pass the Senate Authorizes Judges to Impose Consecutive Sentences

 

SERINO FIGHTS FOR JUSTICE TO BE SERVED

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.”

May 20, 2015
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Senator Young's Legisaltion Passed To Provide Further Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence

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.

May 13, 2015
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Senator Jesse Hamilton and Panelists at All Lives Matter Criminal Justice Town Hall

(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

May 7, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILL TARGETING PROFESSIONAL SHOPLIFTERS AND OTHER ORGANIZED RETAIL CRIMINALS

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.

April 28, 2015
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Senate Passes Alix's Law for the 4th Time

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.

March 23, 2015
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Public Hearing: Joint Budget Legislative General Conference Committee: Topic "Public Protection"

Public Protection / Criminal Justice / Judiciary Hearing Room A

March 19, 1:15 PM - 1:48 PM
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