Bill Seeks to Close Gaps in State Law So Abusers Can’t Go Free
Inspired by the case of the St. Lawrence County sisters who were abducted from their family’s Amish roadside stand, Senator Patty Ritchie has written and introduced legislation that proposes to toughen New York’s laws against the sexual abuse of children, with longer prison terms and new restrictions to prevent offenders from hiding their crimes in their future.
Senator Ritchie’s bill, S.5560, creates the specific crime of “Sexual Exploitation of a Child,” a Class B felony, defined as participating, arranging or assisting in creation of child pornography, including enticing or transporting the victims to be used in such a production. Abusers would face up to 25 years in prison for each offense. Under current law, promotion or possession of child pornography can result in a sentence of as little as seven years in prison, or even probation.
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.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) said the New York State Senate passed legislation that would prohibit registered sex offenders from living with individuals with developmental disabilities in community residences operated or licensed by the state. The bill (S2885) strengthens current protections and helps ensure that individuals with developmental disabilities are living in a safe environment.
Currently, registered sex offenders are permitted to reside in facilities that provide supervised residence for individuals with developmental disabilities. This bill would prohibit registered sex offenders from residing in a community residence operated or licensed by the state Office of Mental Health or the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities.
ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Marc Panepinto has released the following statement on the passage of his cosponsored bill, S.849:
“It’s deeply concerning that even in the year 2015 the vandalizing of religious property is as pervasive as ever. This bill not only increases penalties on these hateful crimes but introduces an educational component to them as well. By requiring the offenders to complete a diversity training program and to remove the graffiti from the property they damaged, we are taking the necessary steps in curbing future repeat offenses. Most importantly, this bill defends our religious freedoms by combatting these gang related and isolated crimes that are all too often used to insight hate and fear towards a particular religion or faith based community.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Report reveals that nearly a dozen sex offenders are currently housed in family shelters throughout the five boroughs
Elected officials, community leaders and concerned residents call on the State Assembly to pass companion legislation to protect children
JAMAICA, NY – State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) today unveiled an alarming investigative report, “Uncovering Sex Offenders in the New York City Family Shelter System,” that found that nearly a dozen sexual predators currently residing in 10 family shelters across New York City which house young children.