On Wednesday, October 23, 2013, Senator Bonacic attended an event to honor the public service of Judge Kavanagh. Judge Kavanagh served a dedicated career as a District Attorney in Ulster County and a Supreme Court Justice of the Appellate Division, Third Department.
STATE SENATOR GUSTAVO RIVERA RELEASED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT ON FLOYD V. THE CITY OF NEW YORK RULING
“I am pleased that today’s court ruling recognized NYPD’s stop-and-frisk tactics for what they are – discriminatory and unconstitutional. While it is essential that we keep finding innovative ways of keeping our City safe, our efforts cannot be at the expense of New Yorkers’ civil rights. I am hopeful that the remedies put in place by today’s ruling will put an end to the discriminatory practices that have disproportionately violated the constitutional rights of thousands of minorities in New York.”
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.
On this week’s Your Voice cable program, I review video highlights from the Joint Budget Hearing on Public Protection. I also provide a video excerpt from the Judiciary Committee Hearing for Court of Appeals nominee Jenny Rivera, in which I call into question Rivera's credentials for the specific job.
“On behalf of the Independent Democratic Conference, I want to extend my congratulations to Jenny Rivera on her confirmation to the New York State Court of Appeals. Given her strong character and wealth of experiences in public service, she will no doubt be a tremendous addition to our state’s highest court. Over the years, Jenny Rivera has built a distinguished record as an attorney who is both fair and committed to our country's most important legal principles. From her days as a law clerk for Justice Sonia Sotomayor, to her time as the Chief of the Civil Rights Bureau in New York State Attorney General’s Office, Jenny Rivera has been a beacon of light for social justice and diversity in our state.
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.
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.
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.