Issues: Courts

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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Public Hearing: Joint Budget Legislative General Conference Committee: Topic "Public Protection"

Public Protection / Criminal Justice / Judiciary Hearing Room A

March 16, 4:30 PM - 4:45 PM
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STATE SENATOR JEFF KLEIN & BRONX DISTRICT ATTORNEY ROBERT JOHNSON LAUNCH 2015 COURT WATCHERS PROGRAM

Klein, Local Elected Officials, Community Leaders & Bronxites Join Together to Fight Back Against Quality of Life Crimes

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), in partnership with Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson, community leaders and Bronxites announced the launch of the 2015 Court Watchers Program at the activist group’s first meeting on March 4th in the Bronx. The program, which has seen widespread success in past years, works to increase awareness of quality of life crimes like graffiti, vandalism and petty larceny and impose harsher sentences on habitual offenders.

March 5, 2015
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Senate Coalition releases disturbing report on sex offenders living near pre-schools in Westchester

ALBANY, NY –  The New York State Senate Coalition today unveiled a new alarming joint-investigative report, “Keeping Our Children Safe From Sex Offenders,” conducted by the offices of State Senate Coalition Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and State Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-Nassau), which uncovered sex offenders living dangerously close to pre-schools in Westchester and Rockland.

The second investigation comes a day after the State Senate passed nine key sex offender bills — including a measure to close the loophole allowing dangerous sex offenders to reside near pre-schools and legislation granting localities the right to toughen residency restrictions for sexual predators.

These bills all await passage by the New York State Assembly.

File: 
Keeping Our Children Safe

February 27, 2015
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Senate Passes Bills to Close Dangerous Loopholes in Sex Offender Laws

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announces the Senate has passed nine bills to close dangerous loopholes in the laws protecting children and communities from sexual predators.

February 27, 2015
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February 26, 2015
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Murphy authors and passes first bill, victim safety zones

ALBANY, NY - While discussion of so-called "child safety zone" legislation has recently shot to the forefront after a state appellate court decision striking down municipal laws to enact residency requirements for sex offenders, those who have been involved in the issue for years today celebrated a significant legislative victory in Albany.

The Senate passed two bills, one co-prime sponsored by Senator Terrence Murphy that would allow a municipal local option to restrict residency for sex offenders, as well as a bill authored by Murphy that makes it unlawful for a convicted sex offender to reside near their victim.

February 26, 2015
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SENATOR JEFF KLEIN, ASSEMBLYMAN MARCOS CRESPO, SOUNDVIEW HOMEOWNERS & ATTORNEY SUSAN CHANA LASK ANNOUNCE $8 MILLION FEDERAL LAWSUIT AGAINST UNSCRUPULOUS CONTRACTORS & NYC DEPARTMENT OF BUILDINGS

NYC Department of Buildings, Contractors Allegedly Duped Bronx Homeowners Into Spending Life Savings on Unsafe, Uninhabitable Homes

NEW YORK, NY – An unscrupulous contractor and the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) swindled Bronx homeowners out of millions of dollars by constructing substandard homes and failing to provide new homeowners with valid certificates of occupancy upon closing, alleges an $8 million federal lawsuit announced today by State Senator Jeff Klein (D Bronx/Westchester), Assemblyman Marcos Crespo (D-Bronx), the Soundview Homeowners and Attorney at Law Susan Chana Lask.

February 24, 2015
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TWC: State Senator Pushes SAFE Act Reform

By TWC News StaffThursday, February 12, 2015 at 09:47 AM EST

February 19, 2015
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Senator Bonacic with New York State Court of Appeals Judge Eugene Fahey

Senator Bonacic is pictured with newly appointed New York State Court of Appeals Judge Eugene Fahey

February 10, 2015
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Senator Bonacic with New York State Court of Appeals Judge Leslie Stein

Senator Bonacic is pictured with newly appointed New York State Court of Appeals Judge Leslie Stein

February 10, 2015
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SENATOR BONACIC STATEMENT ON THE CONFIRMATION OF JUDGE STEIN AND JUDGE FAHEY TO THE NEW YORK STATE COURT OF APPEALS

(Albany, NY)- Senator John J. Bonacic, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, released the following statement on the confirmation of the Hon. Leslie Stein and the Hon. Eugene Fahey to the New York State Court Appeals.

 

February 10, 2015
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