Issues: Criminal

GRIFFO: SENATE REPUBLICAN AGREEMENT WITH GOVERNOR SUSPENDS NY SAFE ACT’S AMMUNITION DATABASE

UTICA – State Senator Joseph Griffo announced Friday that a statewide ammunition database established through the NY SAFE Act has been suspended following a legal agreement that Senate Republicans reached with the Governor’s office.

In the Senate’s latest step to rein in this flawed and over-reaching law, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed today by New York State Director of Operations James Malatras and Senator Majority Leaders John Flanagan suspends the creation of any database at this time that would require background checks for people who purchase ammunition.

July 10, 2015
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Senator Carlucci Pushes for Regulation of Single Purpose Day Camps

Senator David Carlucci (D – Rockland/Westchester) and Champion Day Camp owner Sasha Bunchuk hosted a press conference calling for the regulation of single-purpose day camps.

Under current state law, unlike multi-purpose day camps, single-purpose day camps do not require permits from the New York State Department of Health.

To receive a permit from the Department of Health, multi-purpose day camps are subject to inspections that include camp conditions as well as applications filed by all employees at the camp. Multi-purpose camps must also check the sex offender registry and do criminal background checks on potential employees.

July 2, 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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RITCHIE BILL BOOSTS POLICE TRAINING TO STOP ANIMAL CRUELTY

Measure Awaits Governor’s Signature After Senate OK 

The State Senate today gave final legislative approval to a measure, sponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie, that boosts training for law enforcement to fight animal abuse.

“Animals don’t have a voice, and they rely on law enforcement to protect them from those who seek to hurt or put them in danger,” said Senator Ritchie, who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee. “This bill will help ensure that police and prosecutors know the law, and the tools that are available to them every day to help prevent, detect and stop animal cruelty.”

June 16, 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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Drug dealers would face homicide charges after overdose under Senate heroin package

ALBANY, NY - State Senator Terrence Murphy, co-chairman of the New York State Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, today announced passage of a package of bills to help decrease heroin deaths and put more drug dealers behind bars for peddling dangerous opioids. The measures are being put forth by the Task Force as part of its continuing examination of the issues created by increased heroin abuse that is causing hundreds of deaths in communities across the state.

June 10, 2015
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SENATE PASSES BONACIC’S BILL TO INCREASE SAFETY AND SECURITY AT ALCOHOL AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT FACILITIES.

(Albany, NY)-The New York State Senate has passed legislation, S1901 by Senator Bonacic, that would increase safety and security at alcohol and substance abuse treatment facilities that are utilized for judicial diversion programs. This legislation would require a court to consider a defendants propensity for violence before assigning them to a judicial diversion program for substance abuse and would require a greater level of security at facilities that treat judicial diversion defendants.

June 10, 2015
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Sen. O'Mara: Assembly leadership should act on legislation to extend time between parole hearings for violent felons

Albany, N.Y., June 8—Last Monday, New York State State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,I,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,I,C-Corning) joined legislative colleagues and family members of murder victims, including the parents of Derrick Robie of Savona (Steuben County), to call for the approval of legislation they co-sponsor that would extend the time period that murderers and other violent felony offenders have to wait to apply for parole.

June 8, 2015
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Senate approves extending parole hearings for violent felons ~ O’Mara, Palmesano join parents of Derrick Robie of Savona in support, call on Assembly leadership to act ~ Watch more (UPDATED)

Albany, N.Y., June 8—Last Monday, New York State State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,I,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,I,C-Corning) joined legislative colleagues and family members of murder victims, including the parents of Derrick Robie of Savona (Steuben County), to call for the approval of legislation they co-sponsor that would extend the time period that murderers and other violent felony offenders have to wait to apply for parole.

June 8, 2015
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Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Legislation that Has Passed the State Senate on Your Voice

With the final days of the 2015 Legislative Session underway, the State Senate has been passing a number of important bills that Senator DeFrancisco supports. Some of these bills would hold tax delinquent landlords accountable, establish the felony offense of aggravated assault, and honor the life of a fallen local officer, Glenn Searles.

On the featured program of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses these bills, as well as the recent federal report on hydrofracking and the Governor’s "Raise the Age" proposal.

 

June 8, 2015
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Senate scheduled to act on legislation extending time between parole hearings for murderers, violent felons ~ O’Mara, Palmesano joined parents of Derrick Robie of Savona in Albany last week to push for approval for sake of victims’ families

Albany, N.Y., June 8—Last Monday, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,I,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,I,C-Corning) joined legislative colleagues and family members of murder victims, including the parents of Derrick Robie of Savona (Steuben County), to call for the approval of legislation they co-sponsor that would extend the time period that murderers and other violent felony offenders have to wait to apply for parole.

Later today in Albany, the state Senate is scheduled to vote on the measure and bring it one step closer to becoming state law.

June 8, 2015
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Senator Klein Speaks on Ildefonso Romero, Jr.'s Law

State Senator Jeff Klein speaks on his Senate bill, S.3178A, which enacts "Ildefonso Romero, Jr.'s law" to establish a felony offense of aggravated assault when it results in serious injury or death. 

June 2, 2015
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Senator LaValle and Assemblyman Thiele Urge Legislature To Pass Measure To Increase Time Between Violent Felon Parole Hearings

Albany, June 2, 2015 – Senator Ken LaValle, (R-Port Jefferson) and Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (I, D, WF-Sag Harbor) where joined yesterday by Senator Thomas O’Mara (R, I, C-Big Flats), Assemblyman Philip A. Palmesano (R, I, C-Corning), Assemblyman Gary D. Finch (R,C,I- Springport), Ranking Minority Member of the Assembly Corrections Committee Joseph M. Giglio (R, C, I- Gowanda), along with families of murder victims to urge the State Legislature to pass their bill to increase time between parole hearings for violent felons.

June 2, 2015
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State Senator Jeff Klein passes “Ildefonso Romero Jr.’s Law” creating new felony charge for aggravated assault leading to serious injury or death

Romero’s family pushes for bill to become law to bring justice to other families

Albany, NY — State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) today passed “Ildefonso Romero, Jr.’s Law” which creates a felony charge for aggravated assault that results in serious injury or death.

June 1, 2015
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'Lawmakers want fewer parole hearings for violent criminals' ~ O'Mara, Palmesano will join colleagues, family members of murder victims including the family of Derrick Robie of Steuben County

Albany, N.Y., May 29—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,I,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,I,C-Corning) will join legislative colleagues and family members of murder victims, including the family of Derrick Robie of Savona (Steuben County), at a news conference in Albany on Monday to call for the approval of legislation they co-sponsor to extend the time period that murderers and other violent felony offenders have to wait to apply for parole.

Monday’s news conference is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. in Room 130 of the Legislative Office Building

June 1, 2015
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Proposed law would help with removal of disruptive campers

The State Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senator Betty Little that would aid campgrounds acting to remove disruptive guests.  Little said the law would bring campgrounds in line with what hotels and motels are able to do when a guest becomes disruptive.

May 28, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILL TO PREVENT CRIMINALS FROM EVADING SUPERVISION

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed legislation (S2305) to protect the public from criminals who try to evade supervision by tampering with electronic monitoring devices. This bill would make it a new crime if someone tampers, damages, or alters court-ordered electronic monitoring equipment in an attempt to interfere with any signal, impulse, or data.

The purpose of the electronic monitoring equipment is to assist in the tracking and monitoring of an individual who has been convicted of a crime or is awaiting trial when they are released into the general public. If the electronic monitoring equipment is tampered with, authorities can no longer monitor their activities.

May 28, 2015
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Senator Sets Forth Legislative Effort to Improve Child Protective Servcies

OCFS asked to review records for any calls prior to the death of Nayla Hodnett

 

ALBANY – With the perpetrator still at-large following a year-long investigation into the tragic passing of Nayla Hodnett, Senator Catharine M. Young (R,C,I-Olean) is doing her part to help raise awareness about the case and bring new details to light.

 

In a letter to the Acting Commissioner of the State’s Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), Senator Young has asked Commissioner Sheila Poole to review the records of the State’s Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment regarding allegations or incidents of possible abuse to Nayla prior to her passing.

 

May 22, 2015
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Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Highlights Teachers of Excellence and Women of Distinction and Discusses Public Safety Issues on Your Voice

On this Your Voice program, recorded on May 18, 2015, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses his 2015 Teachers of Excellence, his 2015 Women of Distinction honoree, West Point Day, the Officer Brian Moore Resolution, Court of Claims, and ticket scalping legislation.

May 19, 2015
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