Issues: Criminal

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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WHEC Rochester: Sen. Gallivan calls for tougher penalties for human trafficking

Updated: 10/21/2014 10:46 PMCreated: 10/21/2014 10:44 PM WHEC.com

State Senator Patrick Gallivan says he supports a new law signed recently by Governor Andrew Cuomo to help victims of human trafficking, but wants the government to do more.

He wants the legislature to pass a more comprehensive bill approved by the state Senate.

October 22, 2014
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SENATOR GALLIVAN APPLAUDS NEW STATE LAW TO PROTECT YOUNG VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING

BUT MORE MUST BE DONE TO HOLD TRAFFICKERS RESPONSIBLE  

 

October 20, 2014
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SQUADRON SLAMS JUSTICE SYSTEM THAT JAILS INNOCENT NEW YORKERS FOR YEARS AT A TIME

Senate Codes Ranker Says Injustice of Kalief Browder Case Requires System Review and Broad Reform

Squadron: Jailing Innocent New Yorkers for Years is Unjust and Un-American

NEW YORK— In response to an October 6 article in the New Yorker, State Senator Daniel Squadron, ranker on the Senate Codes Committee, issued the following statement: 

"Kalief Browder was accused of stealing a backpack in May 2010. Browder asserted his innocence and refused to plea to a lesser charge. He was held in pre-trial detention at Rikers Island for three years before prosecutors ultimately moved to dismiss his case. Any system that jails the innocent for years at a time is both unjust and un-American. Kalief Browder spent three years locked up at Rikers because the system failed him. Broad reforms to the entire system are clearly necessary, and I intend to undertake a thorough review to identify changes that can address these crucial issues. The system must work better for everyone."

October 6, 2014
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News10NBC speaks with a victim of the man accused of killing RPD officer

Updated: 09/04/2014 7:11 PMCreated: 09/04/2014 7:01 PM WHEC.com By: Rachel Spotts

September 5, 2014
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August 11, 2014
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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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Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Highlights Bills that Have Passed the State Senate

On this week's program of Your Voice, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses legislation that would improve the safety on college campuses, better protect women and children from human trafficking, and crack down on repeat drunk drivers. 

 

 

June 16, 2014
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Klein, Sepulveda, Gun Violence Victim Luisito Oyala and Anti-Gun Violence Advocates Take a Stand Against Gun Violence

BRONX, NY -  Flanked by a coalition of anti-gun violence activists and Bronx legislators, Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) celebrated near unanimous passage of the anti-gun violence measure, ‘Luisito’s Law,’ and announced the introduction of ‘Nicholas’ Law,’ legislation that would require the safe storage of guns.

June 13, 2014
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Senate Passes Valesky-Sponsored Elder Financial Abuse Legislation

Legislation sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) protecting seniors from financial abuse passed the Senate today.

Sen. Valesky, chair of the Senate Aging Committee, released a report on May 6 that shows financial abuse amongst New York's seniors to be more prevalent than initially thought, with much higher rates of undocumented incidents that actually exist. Data obtained by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services project a surge in the number of cases of financial abuse by the year 2030, with nearly 200,000 incidents predicted to occur.

June 12, 2014
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SENATE PASSES BILLS CO-SPONSORED BY SENATOR VALESKY THAT FIGHT HEROIN AND OPIOID ABUSE

ALBANY, N.Y.--A package of bills co-sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that target heroin and opioid abuse prevention and treatment and that expand resources for law enforcement passed the New York State Senate today. The bipartisan Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, of which Senator Valesky is a member, formed in response to the statewide heroin epidemic and recommended action on these specific bills.

June 10, 2014
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Griffo, Oneida County Leaders Announce Strategy to Combat Heroin

UTICA – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo and Oneida County leaders today outlined additional measures they’ll be taking to combat the heroin epidemic.

“I’m proud of the work the Senate Majority Coalition has done statewide to gather input from people affected by this drug scourge,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “It’s time to take this one step further, and make sure we arm everyone with the tools to combat an opioid overdose.”

June 5, 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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Daily News reporter easily snags fake ID in Queens hotspot for phony documents

As reported by the Daily News:

It took me just an hour and a half to get a fake ID in New York City’s ground zero for the fraudulent document business — Roosevelt Ave. in Queens.

The Jackson Heights neighborhood is the epicenter of fake paper mills — rackets that fuel teenage drinking and identity theft and also create fake green cards and passports that can pose a serious security threat.

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Queens), whose district includes the Roosevelt Ave. area, is reintroducing legislation to crack down on the flourishing illegal industry.

For full article, click here.

June 2, 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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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILL TO PROTECT STUDENTS FROM SEXUAL PREDATORS AT SCHOOL

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed legislation criminalizing any school employee or volunteer who has sexual contact with a student, even if that student is at the age of consent. The bill (S1358A) is intended to further protect full-time students of elementary and secondary schools from employees who engage in inappropriate relationships.

This bill deems an elementary or secondary school student incapable of consenting to sexual conduct with a school employee -- banning sexual conduct between a school employee and a student. Violations would be a Class E felony and carry a sentence of up to 4 years in prison.

May 20, 2014
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Panel on Senator Perkins' Bill: Humane Alternatives to Long Term Solitary Confinement Act

Time Warner Cable News| Liz Benjamin| May 8, 2014| 3:25PM

Senator Perkins participates in a panel discussion on his Humane Alternatives to Long Term Confinement Act (HALT Solitary Confinement Act). The Act would prohibit the use of solitary confinement for youth, elderly, pregnant and postpartum women, LGBTI individuals, and individuals with certain mental health conditions as well as restricts the use of Solitary confinement as a discplinary method for all incarcerated individuals in favor of more therapuetic treatment. To view the full panel discussion please click here 

May 8, 2014
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May 7, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill To Give Parole Board More Discretion Over Its Worst Criminals

Legislation prompted by Utica woman’s murder at the hands of a paroled rapist

ALBANY – The State Senate today passed a bill that would allow the State Board of Parole to require a violent felony offender serve his or her maximum term if there’s clear and convincing evidence the inmate’s release would pose an imminent threat to society.

May 7, 2014
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