Issues: Criminal

Explainer: What Good Is It to be the Toughest State on Gun Control?

WNYC wrote about the six bills introduced by Senator Gianaris who is spearheading the movement to help reduce gun violence in our city.

A New York State Senator plans to introduce six new pieces of gun control legislation this week, which if passed would make New York the state with the toughest gun laws in the nation. But gun control advocates caution that lax laws in other states would still pose a threat.

 

Senator Michael Gianaris, a Democrat from Queens, is proposing a series of restrictive measures that go above and beyond the state’s already relatively strong gun laws. Gianaris’s bills would:

 

August 9, 2012
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State Sen. Gianaris plans strictest gun control in nation

Queens Chronicle wrote about Senator Gianaris' package of bills that intend to make New York No. 1 in the nation for strongest gun control laws.

Declaring that he wants New York State to have the toughest gun control laws in the country, state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) is introducing a series of bills that he said are based on "criteria established by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence."

 

The state is ranked fourth nationwide by the Brady Center for its regulation of firearms, earning 62 out of a possible 100 points. Only California, with 81 points, New Jersey, with 72, and Massachusetts, with 65, have stricter gun control laws, according to the organization.

 

August 9, 2012
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Governor Approves Griffo - Brindisi Legislation to Clamp Down on Repeat Sex Offenders

Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation to Toughen Parole Requirements for Persistent Sex OffendersBills were sponsored by Senator Griffo and Assemblyman Brindisi in response to a recent murder case in Utica

August 2, 2012
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SENATOR STEVE SALAND ANNOUNCES LAW TO EXPAND DNA DATABANK EFFECTIVE TODAY

Senator Steve Saland (R-I-C, Poughkeepsie) announces that the law he sponsored to expand New York State’s DNA Databank becomes effective as of today. The law provides the largest expansion of the state’s DNA databank since it was created in 1994 and represents a joint effort between of the Legislature, the Governor’s Office, and State law enforcement to ensure that New York continues to set the standard in statewide safety.

July 31, 2012
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TELL THE ASSEMBLY TO PASS ALIX'S LAW NOW!

Sign The E-Petition Today

Western New York has been rocked recently by several high profile incidents involving the hit-and-run deaths of area teens and young adults. The most widely publicized was the hit-and-run death of 18-year-old Alix Rice of Amherst.

June 28, 2012
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Public Internet Access Safety Act

News From New York State Senator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: June 25, 2012Contact: Bryant G. Gaspard | gaspard@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

**PRESS RELEASE**

Senator Shirley L. Huntley Passes “Public Internet Access Safety Act"

June 24, 2012
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Senate Passes Valesky Bill to Combat Meth Production

The State Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) to combat the growing methamphetamine production problem in New York State.

June 21, 2012
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NYS Senate approves bill to help police catch meth-makers, but Assembly doesn't vote on it

By Teri Weaver / The Post-Standard The Post-Standard

Syracuse -- State and local police could go after meth-makers buying cold medicine in bulk under a proposed law the New York State Senate passed today.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. David Valesky, D-Oneida, mirrors a federal law that tracks and limits the amount of purchases of cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine, an ingredient needed to make methamphetamine.

June 21, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL THAT WOULD INCREASE PENALTIES FOR LEAVING THE SCENE OF A BOATING ACCIDENT

Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that his bill (S3760), which would stiffen penalties for persons leaving the scene of a boating accident without making a report, passed the New York State Senate.

“A few years ago, Central New York experienced two boating tragedies, and in both cases, the victims of the accident were left dead or dying.  There is always a possibility, had the victims been rendered aid, they could have lived,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

The bill would increase the penalty to an A misdemeanor for a first offense of leaving the scene of a boating accident when a person knows or should know that there has been an injury to another person.  A second offense within five years of the first offense would be an E felony.

June 21, 2012
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION PROHIBITING THE VIEWING OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

Bill Closes Loophole Created by Recent Court of Appeals Ruling

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S7742) sponsored by Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), that would make the viewing of child pornography a felony crime. The bill is part of a three-way agreement with the Senate, Assembly and Governor Cuomo to amend current state law to make a person guilty of a crime when the person knowingly accesses child pornography with the intent to view.

The legislation comes after a state Court of Appeals ruling in May 2012 that said viewing child pornography on the Internet is not a crime. This legislation closes that loophole.

June 19, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Domestic Violence Legislation on Your Voice

On this week’s Your Voice program, I discuss legislation to help control prescription drug abuse, protect domestic violence victims, and prevent repeated child abuse.

June 19, 2012
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Senators Klein, Ranzenhofer, Miss New York, and the IDC Release New York's Definitive Cyberbullying Census

Miss New York Joins NY State Senators Klein, Ranzenhofer, and IDC in Releasing Results of Largest And Most Comprehensive Cyberbullying Census Ever Conducted

Nearly 10,000 NY Students Complete Survey; 70% Think Cyberbullying Should be a Crime

 

File: 
Cyberbully Final Report.docx

June 13, 2012
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Senator Klein, IDC, Release Cyberbullying Census - Push for Criminal Penalties as Part of Cyberbullying Package

Miss New York Joins NY State Senators Klein, Ranzenhofer, and IDC in Releasing Results of Largest And Most Comprehensive Cyberbullying Census Ever Conducted

Nearly 10,000 NY Students Complete Survey; 70% Think Cyberbullying Should be a Crime

 

June 13, 2012
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Senator Valesky Supports Landmark Legislation to Curb Prescription Drug Abuse

The New York State Senate passed legislation (S7637) yesterday  that will significantly change the way prescription drugs are distributed and monitored in New York State, with the intent of mitigating the growing prescription drug abuse problem.

 

June 12, 2012
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SQUADRON, SPONSOR OF AGGRAVATED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LEGISLATION, WELCOMES DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OMNIBUS BILL

ALBANY -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron welcomed an agreement on a domestic violence omnibus bill, including an "aggravated family offense" provision similar to the legislation he introduced last year. The Squadron legislation was dedicated to fallen NYPD Officer Alain Schaberger, who was killed last year responding to a domestic violence call in Boerum Hill in Squadron's district, by an abuser with a 12 year history of offenses. Both the Squadron legislation and today's omnibus bill would make two domestic violence offenses in five years a Class E felony crime.

June 11, 2012
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"Alix's Law" Creates New Crime Of Leaving An Accident Scene While Intoxicated

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) introduced legislation (S.7577) Tuesday to make leaving the scene of a car accident while under the influence of drugs or alcohol a specific offense under New York State vehicle and traffic safety law. Current law merely holds that a driver must knowingly, or have cause to know, that they caused personal injury or property damage to be guilty of leaving the scene of an accident without reporting it.

June 11, 2012
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Senator Lee Zeldin Targets Organized Retail Crimes

State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), Chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee, announced legislative action on a bill package designed to crack down on Organized Retail Crime (ORC). The legislation (S.6954-A, S.6955-A, S.6956, S.6957-A, S.6958-B and S6959-A) passed in today’s committee meeting and will now be reported to the Senate floor for final approval.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, organized retail theft is an industry that costs United States retailers about $30 billion per year. Supermarket losses account for $15 billion of that annual theft. Additionally state and local governments are losing out on tens of millions of dollars annually in lost sales tax and excise fee revenue.

May 30, 2012
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