Issues: Courts

Free Legal Services Program- New Hyde Park

     Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) announced that he will be sponsoring a program in New Hyde Park to provide free legal services to those in need. 

     Senator Martins has arranged to bring the Mobile Legal Help Center to the Herricks Community Center, located at 999 Herricks Road in New Hyde Park, on Friday, August 8th from 10 am to 3 pm. The Mobile Legal Help Center, which is a partnership between the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) and the New York State Office of Court Administration, brings free, civil legal services directly into communities.

     NYLAG staff will be available to provide free legal assistance to local residents on issues related to:

August 8, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014
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Senate Gives Final Passage to Bill Adding 25 New Family Court Judges

The New York State Senate gave final legislative passage today to legislation (S7883), sponsored by Senator John Bonacic (R-C-I, Mount Hope), that would help alleviate a backlog of cases in the state’s family courts by creating 25

June 20, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE GIVES FINAL PASSAGE TO BILL ADDING 25 NEW FAMILY COURT JUDGES THAT INCLUDES JUDGESHIP FOR SCHENECTADY

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced the New York State Senate gave final legislative passage today to legislation (S7883) that would help alleviate a backlog of cases in the state’s family courts by creating 25 new family court judgeships. One new judgeship would be established in each of 16 counties, and nine in New York City.

New family court judges would be elected in 2014 in Albany, Broome, Chautauqua, Franklin, Nassau, Oneida, Oswego, Schenectady, Suffolk, Ulster and Westchester counties, and take office January 1, 2015.

New family court judges would be elected in 2015 and seated in 2016 in Delaware, Dutchess, Erie, Monroe, and Warren counties.

June 20, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE GIVES FINAL PASSAGE TO BILL ADDING 25 NEW FAMILY COURT JUDGES THAT INCLUDES JUDGESHIP FOR SCHENECTADY

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced the New York State Senate gave final legislative passage today to legislation (S7883) that would help alleviate a backlog of cases in the state’s family courts by creating 25 new family court judgeships. One new judgeship would be established in each of 16 counties, and nine in New York City.

New family court judges would be elected in 2014 in Albany, Broome, Chautauqua, Franklin, Nassau, Oneida, Oswego, Schenectady, Suffolk, Ulster and Westchester counties, and take office January 1, 2015.

New family court judges would be elected in 2015 and seated in 2016 in Delaware, Dutchess, Erie, Monroe, and Warren counties.

June 20, 2014
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Senator Grisanti's Legislatio​n Calls For Change To Plea Bargaining For Traffic Tickets In The City Of Buffalo

The New York State Senate passed legislation today sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti (R-I, Buffalo) that would allow the City of Buffalo to adjudicate traffic violations with the option of having a plea bargain.

  

New York State currently handles traffic tickets within the city and does not allow plea bargaining, a major contrast to the plea bargaining system that is made available to all other municipalities throughout the state, including all other cities, towns and villages in Western New York. 

 

June 18, 2014
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Children and Families in Chautauqua County to Receive Additional Family Court Judge

For Release: Immediate, June 18, 2014

Senate and Assembly Reach Agreement on Allocation of New Family Court Judges

ALBANY - To address a record number of cases, Chautauqua County will have an additional Family Court judge to alleviate a huge backlog.

After sponsoring legislation to elect an additional judge to relieve the overwhelming caseload in Chautauqua County Family Court, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) announced today that an agreement has been reached between the state Senate and Assembly to double the county’s number of Family Court judges from one to two.

June 18, 2014
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Sen. Parker Interviews Jonathan E. Gradess, Executive Director, NYS Defenders Association, Inc.

Based in Albany, New York, the New York State Defenders Association is a non-profit, membership organization, that provides direct services and training programs to the 6,000 lawyers who represent family or criminal court cases for low income people.

For direct assistance, visit their website at www.nysda.org or call 518-465-3524.

Further, two Brooklyn-based organizations provide similar services:

June 4, 2014
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Griffo, Task Force Members Release Report and Legislative Recommendations Regarding Heroin & Opioid Addiction

ALBANY – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo today joined his colleagues on the Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction to release a report that summarizes findings from statewide forums on drug addiction, treatment and crime. The report includes 25 bills that the Senate is expected to address before it recesses for the summer.

May 28, 2014
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SENATOR VALESKY, MEMBERS OF SENATE’S JOINT TASK FORCE ON HEROIN AND OPIOID ADDICTION RELEASE REPORT AND LEGISLATIVE RECOMMENDATIONS

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), a member of the Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction today joined colleagues in releasing a report summarizing the findings of statewide forums held to examine the issues surrounding the increase in drug abuse, addiction and drug-related crimes in New York. The report includes a comprehensive package of bills recommended for action this legislative session that target prevention, treatment, and enforcement issues raised during extensive testimony provided by dozens of experts, parents, and concerned New Yorkers. 

May 28, 2014
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR KEVIN PARKER ON BROWN V BOARD OF EDUCATION 60TH ANNIVERSARY

(Brooklyn, NY) - "Sixty years ago today, the Supreme Court of the United States announced its unanimous ruling in Brown v the Board of Education. As we all know, the Court's decision made it crystal clear that not only were the racially segregated school systems of the day unequal and illegal, but that segregated schools could never be equal and therefore violated the U.S. Constitution.

May 19, 2014
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May 7, 2014
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SENATOR GALLIVAN, SENATOR VALESKY RELEASE REPORT EXPOSING THE HIGH PREVALENCE OF ELDERLY ABUSE AND EXPLOITATION IN NEW YORK STATE

With Senior Population on the Rise, Experts Predict a Higher Number of Incidents Involving Financial Abuse towards Our Most Vulnerable New Yorkers

 

May 6, 2014
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SENATOR GALLIVAN SPONSORS BILL TO BETTER TRACK STATE TRANSFER OF SEX OFFENDERS

LEGISLATION WOULD REQUIRE STATE TO NOTIFY LOCAL LEADERS   

 

April 25, 2014
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SENATOR GALLIVAN SPONSORS BILLS TO IMPROVE CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES

LEGISLATION WOULD SUPPORT CHANGES PROPOSED BY ERIE COUNTY   

April 21, 2014
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SENATOR GALLIVAN SPONSORS BILLS TO IMPROVE CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES

LEGISLATION WOULD SUPPORT CHANGES PROPOSED BY ERIE COUNTY   

April 21, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS TO SPONSOR FREE LEGAL SERVICES PROGRAM IN WESTBURY

     Senator Jack Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that he will be sponsoring a program in Westbury to provide free legal services to those in need.

     Senator Martins has arranged to bring the Mobile Legal Help Center to the Westbury Library, located at 445 Jefferson Street in Westbury, on Wednesday, May 14th from 10 am to 3 pm. The Mobile Legal Help Center, which is a partnership between the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) and the New York State Office of Court Administration, brings free, civil legal services directly into communities.

     NYLAG staff will be available to provide free legal assistance to local residents on issues related to:

     • Domestic violence

April 15, 2014
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Free Legal Assistance Program- Westbury

     Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) announced that he will be sponsoring a program in Westbury to provide free legal services to those in need. 

     Senator Martins has arranged to bring the Mobile Legal Help Center to the Westbury Library, located at 445 Jefferson Street in Westbury, on Wednesday, May 14th from 10 am to 3 pm. The Mobile Legal Help Center, which is a partnership between the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) and the New York State Office of Court Administration, brings free, civil legal services directly into communities.

     NYLAG staff will be available to provide free legal assistance to local residents on issues related to:

May 14, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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