Issues: Criminal

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.

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Keeping Our Children Safe

February 27, 2015
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February 26, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TARGETING CYBER TERRORISM

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed four bills to crack down on cyber terrorism and its rapidly expanding threat to the state’s security and finances. The legislation would enact tougher penalties for cyber-related crimes, create cyber security programs to identify potential risks and threats, and require the state to perform a comprehensive review of all its cyber security measures every five years.

The Senate passed legislation (S3407) that would establish the New York State Cyber Security Initiative to ensure that the state has a proper cyber security defense system in place. It includes:

February 26, 2015
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The Daily News: Gallivan among sponsors of DWI legislation

Legislation crafted in response to the 2011 death of a Western New York teenager, would make it illegal to leave the scene of an accident while intoxicated.

February 9, 2015
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TWC News: Local State Senator Weighs In on Police Safety and Public Protection in NYC

By TWC News StaffThursday, February 5, 2015 at 05:58 AM EST

February 6, 2015
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Senator Marc Panepinto Calls for Complete Repeal of Statute-of-Limitations for Sexual Offenses Against Minors

Diane Tiveron (HoganWillig), Senator Marc Panepinto, Tino Flores, Vanessa DeRosa, William Lorenz, Jr. (HoganWillig)

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Today Senator Marc Panepinto (SD-60), along with childhood sexual abuse victims, Vanessa DeRosa and Tino Flores, and their attorneys, came together to call for the complete repeal of New York’s controversial statute-of-limitations for sexual offenses against minors. Senator Panepinto highlighted his two pieces of co-sponsored legislation that aim to remedy this legal problem and bring much needed reform to our justice system.

February 6, 2015
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Senator Gallivan Attends First Hearing on Police Safety & Public Protection

The New York State Senate Wednesday held the first in a series of public hearings to provide a thorough review of issues affecting the safety of law enforcement and the public in New York City.

February 4, 2015
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February 26, 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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The Daily News: Senate approves package of bills to toughen penalties for sex offenders

New York state would have to notify a local municipality whenever a sex offender is transferred from a state facility to a community program or residence, under a bill approved by the state Senate.

January 27, 2015
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Murphy passes package of bills to toughen penalties for sex offenders

ALBANY, NY - State Senator Terrence Murphy, long known for his work in local government on Child Safety Zone initiatives, today announced the passage of a package of legislation he says would help keep communities safer from sexual predators. The seven bills are aimed at helping to prevent the most dangerous offenders from having contact with children and college students, require more stringent residency reporting requirements for the sex offender registry, strengthen penalties for those who help sex offenders evade registration requirements, and create a public awareness program to educate schools, community groups, and clergy on issues related to sex offenders.

January 26, 2015
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Senator David Carlucci Hosts Naloxone Training

Ossining, N.Y. – (1/13/15) – Dozens of Hudson Valley residents gathered at the Ossining Public Library, to attend a Naloxone training seminar hosted by Senator David Carlucci (D – Rockland/Westchester) the Harm Reduction Coalition, and Community That Cares.

 The training, which was administered by Mr. Bill Matthews of the Harm Reduction Coalition, was attended by members of the Ossining Police Department, concerned citizens, and service providers from Westchester and Rockland County.

January 14, 2015
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Oneida County DA Scott McNamara Named to State Commission

UTICA – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo today announced that Oneida County District Attorney Scott D. McNamara has been appointed to the Commission on Forensic Science and Establishment of DNA Identification Index.

January 14, 2015
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January 9, 2015
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TWC News: State Senate to Hold Hearings on police Safety

By: TWC News Staff12/30/2014 09:45 AM

January 9, 2015
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State Senate to Hold Joint Committee Hearings in January About Police Safety and Public Protection

The New York State Senate will hold a series of public hearings convened by four Senate committees starting in early January to examine police safety and public protection in New York City and throughout the state.  The hearings will review serious safety concerns raised by the shooting deaths of two NYPD Officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, in addition to other recent attacks and hostility directed at law enforcement.

December 29, 2014
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Chanukah is the celebration of Miracles!

"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said.  "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land.  After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps.  But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.

December 17, 2014
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Reward For Information About Pregnant Women's Killer Doubled

State Senator Jose Peralta today announced that the reward for information leading to the arrest of Brandee Massey’s killer has been doubled, to $12,000, after securing commitments from Food Bazaar Supermarkets, which is contributing $4,000, and Queens Center, which will donate $2,000.

The pregnant Massey was shot the Wednesday morning before Thanksgiving in her LeFrak City apartment building.  Her baby was later delivered, but died within hours.

On the heels of the murder, Senator Peralta announced he was offering a $2,000 reward for information about the shooting and that he had secured a matching donation from the LeFrak City Organization.  Added to the police department’s $2,000, the total reward stood at $6,000.   The contributions announced today raise the total to $12,000.

“This community has come together not just to mourn Brandee’s tragic loss, but to help bring justice to her family,” Senator Peralta said.  “Food Bazaar Supermarkets and Queens Center have deep roots in this community and understand that the most important thing we can do right now for the Massey family is to help law enforcement bring Brandee’s killer to justice and make whoever is responsible pay for this brutal crime.”

The owners of Food Bazaar Supermarkets said that, “We at Food Bazaar Supermarkets are stunned and saddened to hear about the fatal shooting of Brandee Anastasia Massey and her child.  The Food Bazaar Supermarket chain has been a part of this community since 1988 and would like to pledge its support for information leading to the arrest of Brandee’s killer.  We are offering $4,000.  We hope that this will help those people who know something step forward and help justice be served on behalf of this young woman, her child and her grieving family.

In  statement, Queens Center Mall said that, “The Queens Center family extends its deepest condolences to the Massey family.  We thank Senator Peralta for his leadership at this difficult time and hope that our contribution to the reward will help bring a measure of consolation to Brandee’s loved ones.”

Anyone with information is urged to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers, at (800) 577-TIPS, or text to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIPS577.  A tipster's cell phone number will not be displayed or traced.  A tip can also be submitted online, at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

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December 9, 2014
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Griffo, Oneida County Officers & Prosecutors Call for Tougher Penalties for Impersonating a Police Officer

UTICA – State Sen. Joseph A. Griffo – with the support of law enforcement and prosecutors in Oneida County – today announced he will sponsor a bill that would stiffen sentences for anyone who commits a crime while impersonating a police officer.

The bill would automatically make crimes up to class B felonies one category higher than the offense would have been if the person was not impersonating a police officer.

December 9, 2014
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Senator Young and Assemblymember O'Donnell Call on Governor to Sign Legislation in Wake of Latest Subway Murder

For Release: Immediate, December 2, 2014

Bills Passed by Legislature This Year Would Require Stronger Public Protections and Better Treatment for Released Inmates with Mental Illness

ALBANY - In wake of yet another subway murder allegedly committed this November by a violent felon recently released from prison, Senator Catharine Young and Assembly Member Daniel O’Donnell are urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign their bipartisan bill that would ensure mentally ill inmates are not freed without proper evaluation and treatment.

December 2, 2014
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The LCN: Gallivan applauds new law to protect young victims of human trafficking

State Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-Elma) says a new state law will protect young victims of human trafficking by ensuring they receive the help and treatment they need.

Gallivan says he supports the law (S.6804/A.8749-A) signed this week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, but says a more comprehensive bill passed by the Senate should also become law.

October 22, 2014
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