Issues: Criminal

SENATE PASSES ‘ALIX’S LAW’

Bill Would Make it Illegal for Driver to Leave Scene After Vehicle Hits Any Object

The New York State Senate today passed “Alix’s Law”, sponsored by Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma), to close a legal loophole and hold intoxicated drivers accountable for leaving the scene of an accident.

The legislation (S1698A) responds to a drunk driving accident that killed a teenage girl in Amherst, Erie County. On July 8, 2011, 18-year-old Alix Rice was killed by a drunk driver as she road home on her longboard. The driver argued that he was not aware he had hit a person and he was acquitted on the felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident.

March 25, 2013
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ALIX’S LAW PASSES THROUGH SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

Bill Named After Amherst Teen Would Close Dangerous Loophole In Hit-And-Run Accidents

ALBANY - The New York State Senate Transportation Committee passed “Alix’s Law” (S.1698A) today, sponsored by Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma). The bill would close a legal loophole and hold intoxicated drivers accountable for leaving the scene of an accident. 

March 19, 2013
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Yonkers Delegation and Local Partners Call For State Funds to Keep SNUG Running

State and local leaders in the City of Yonkers are fighting to keep a successful gun and gang violence prevention program called SNUG fully funded. At a Friday press conference, Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Senator George Latimer, Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer and Assemblyman Gary Pretlow were joined by members of the Yonkers City Council, Yonkers Police Commissioner Charles Gardner, SNUG violence interrupters, local activists and members of the clergy to call on the State to provide steady funding for the SNUG Program.

SNUG has successfully helped reduce shootings and quell violence in Yonkers and in many cities throughout New York State.

March 18, 2013
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BUFFALO NEWS: Law would make improper disposal of body a felony

A bill now before the State Legislature would remedy a disturbing legal shortcoming by making it a felony to improperly dispose of human remains.

The need for the legislation came to light after the death of Amanda Lynn Wienckowski. The 20-year-old Kenmore native’s body was found frozen inside a trash receptacle on the morning of Jan. 9, 2009, outside a church at Spring and Clinton streets in Buffalo. That’s how we learned that the disposal of a body without a burial or removal permit elicited not much more than a slap on the wrist. If that.

March 13, 2013
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March 12, 3:45 PM - 4:10 PM
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Amanda Lynn's Law Passed By New York State Senate

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti (R,I,-60) today announced that the New York State Senate has voted to pass Bill S.1590, which makes it a crime to conceal a death by knowingly moving or otherwise hiding a human corpse so that discovery of the death will be hindered.

The bill is sponsored by Senator Grisanti and Amanda Lynn's Law has passed the Senate the past two years.  It will now be sent to the Assembly.  

March 7, 2013
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Department of Financial Services to Speek Resolution of Insurance Claims in Areas Affected by SANDY

The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.

February 27, 2013
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Griffo Law Gets Tough On Bank Robbers

(Albany) – New York State Senator Joseph A.

February 13, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013
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State Legislators Co-Sponsor Bill Increasing Hit and Run Penalties

Senator Lee Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley), Senator Ken LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R Merrick), Assemblyman Ed Hennessey (D, Medford) and Assemblyman Fred Thiele (I, Sag Harbor) announced today that they are cosponsoring legislation that would increase the penalties for leaving the scene of a hit-and-run accident. The bill was introduced this morning in the State Senate (S.2503).

January 18, 2013
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Senator Dilan Announces Passage of Common Sense Gun Laws

Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) today announced that the New York State Senate has passed the most comprehensive gun control legislation in the country. The NY Safe Act was passed with unanimous support from the Democratic Conference and included multiple pieces of legislation previously sponsored by Democratic Senators.

“Following the recent tragedies in Webster, New York and Newtown, Connecticut, New Yorkers made it clear that the time to enact common-sense gun measures had come. With the passage of this comprehensive legislative package, New York is now the national standard in the continued fight to protect the public from the scourge of gun violence,” said Senator Dilan.

January 15, 2013
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State Senator Adriano Espaillat Lauds Gov. Cuomo and Legislative Leaders for swift passage of NY SAFE Act

State Senator Adriano Espaillat Lauds Gov. Cuomo for swift passage of NY SAFE Act 

New York's new gun control measures passed by the legislature - the first state in the nation to take up such action following an onslaught of recent tragedies - helps pave the way for the toughest gun regulations in the country

January 15, 2013
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Town Hall: Solitary Confinement in NY Prisons

Town Hall Meeting hosted by State Senator Bill Perkins with a Panel Discussion and Public Dialogue on Solitary Confinement in New York State and City Prisons with state and local legislators, advocates, the formerly incarcerated, and family members. Panel discussion moderated by Jean Casella, Co-Editor of Solitary Watch, with Jack Beck, Director of Prison Visiting Project, Correctional Association of New York, Dilcio Acosta, Mental Health Alternatives to Solitary Confinement, Sarah Kerr, Staff Attorney of The Legal Aid Society Prisoners' Rights Project, and Lisa Ortega, JAC, New York City Jails Action Coalition. 

October 10, 2012
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October 4, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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Speaking at Rep. Crowley's Press Conference

denouncing the Sikh shooting in Wisconsin and standing in solidarity with our Sikh community in Queens. Such hateful acts like what occurred in Oak Creek are un-American and intolerable.

August 17, 2012
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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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