Issues: Courts

O’Brien, Morelle call for first-degree murder charges for those who deliberately target prosecutors

 

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- State Senator Ted O’Brien and Assembly Majority Leader Joseph D. Morelle today announced they are jointly sponsoring a bill that defines the deliberate slaying of a public prosecutor while on duty as first-degree murder.

Under current state law, the premeditated murder of a prosecutor does not automatically carry a first-degree charge, but after the recent killing of two district attorneys in Kaufman County, Texas, that needs to change, O’Brien and Morelle said.

May 16, 2013
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Senate Passes Klein Bill Empowering D.A.'s to Evict Drug Dealers and Violent Criminals from Neighborhood Homes

ALBANY, NEW YORK – On Monday afternoon, the New York State Senate passed legislation enabling District Attorneys to expedite eviction proceedings against individuals who use their home as a base for criminal operations. Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) is the prime sponsor of the legislation. 

May 7, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Says Now-Approved Bill Gives Courts Stronger Power to Revoke Parental Rights in Cases of Severe or Repeat Child Abuse

Senate, Assembly pass bill to strengthen courts’ ability to protect children by streamlining process required to revoke parental rights after severe or repeat abuse. Bill now heads to Governor to be signed into law.    

Kennedy:  After taking this important step to protect children, now it’s time to pass Jay J.’s Law and ensure those who hurt children end up behind bars for a long, long time.

May 3, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill to Protect Victims of Severe Child Abuse

The New York State Senate today gave final passage to legislation that would provide important protections for child victims who have been severely abused by their parents or guardians.

May 1, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco on Your Voice

On this week's cable program, I discuss legislation that would unseal juvenile records prior to bail hearings for alleged sex offenders.

Last month, David Renz allegedly murdered a woman and sexually assaulted a child in Clay after disconnecting his electronic monitoring bracelet while on bail. He had been implicated in a prior sexual assault case as a teenager, but those records were sealed.

I have introduced this legislation in the hope that it might prevent future tragedies.

 

 

April 25, 2013
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GALLIVAN, SENATE PASS MEASURE TO ENSURE TERRORISTS, MURDERERS AND KINGPINS SERVE FULL SENTENCE

Series Of Public Safety Bills Come On The Heels of Boston Bombings & Foiled Terrorist Train Attack

With renewed calls for vigilance and increased public safety following the tragic bombings in Boston and the foiling of a terrorist plot to attack a train traveling across the state between New York and Toronto, the New York State Senate today passed a package of anti-crime legislation including a bill that would require convicted terrorists to serve their full prison sentence.

April 24, 2013
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Senator Grisanti Proposes Bill to Prohibit Devocalization of Animals

Senator Grisanti reveals part of his "four-legged legislative priorities”in honor of Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month

 

(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) Senator Mark Grisanti (R,I-60) has introduced legislation to protect dogs and cats from what animal advocates worldwide deem animal abuse. NY Senate bill S.2271 would prohibit devocalization, an elective procedure in which vocal cords are cut just to alter an animal’s voice.

The companion bill, introduced by Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski, passed the NYS Assembly on March 4. Similar legislation was enacted in Massachusetts in 2010.

April 24, 2013
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SENATOR GALLIVAN TEAMS UP WITH MONROE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE TO PRESENT DISTRACTED DRIVING PROGRAM TO RUSH-HENRIETTA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Rush-Henrietta High School Senior Tori Mangino and National Advocate Wil Craig Honored with New York State Senate Proclamations.

April 22, 2013
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24th Anniversary of the Arrest and Injustice to the Central Park 5

 Rally & March in Harlem

 Saturday, April 20, 2013

12:00 PM

Assemble @ Central Park Entrance

Malcolm X Blvd. & 110th Street

1:00 PM March

Info & Endorsements Call (718) 398-1766

District Office: (212) 222-7315

April 20, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Kennedy: 4 out of 5 At-Risk Youth in Erie County Do Not Have Access to Critical Mental Health Services; Urges Expanded Mental Health Care for Local Children

Kennedy secures $800,000 in state budget to preserve the Erie County Mental Health Association’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program, says more funding is needed next year. 

CASA program able to serve 200 of the 1000 at-risk children in need of help in Erie County; MHA, with Kennedy’s support, is pushing to expand the program. 

April 18, 2013
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Senate Passes Legislation To Increase Juror Safety

The New York State Senate passed legislation to help protect jurors whose safety may be threatened, while also ensuring the integrity of judicial outcomes. The bill (S1513) allows the court to withhold names of jurors when a serious threat to juror safety exists.“The fear of retribution should not be a factor when decisions are being made in our courts,” Senate Republican Leader Dean G. Skelos said. “With so much personal information available online, this bill is common-sense legislation that can help protect the anonymity of jurors who may face threats to their well-being.”

April 17, 2013
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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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March 12, 3:45 PM - 4:10 PM
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Senator DeFrancisco on Your Voice in Albany

On this week's Your Voice cable program, Senator John A. DeFrancisco explains why he voted "no" on the confirmation of Jenny Rivera for the New York State Court of Appeals. He also explains the judicial selection process. Rivera was confirmed to serve on the Appeals Court on February 11, 2013. She was nominated by Governor Cuomo on January 15.

February 28, 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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SQUADRON WELCOMES BLOOMBERG'S SUPPORT FOR MARIJUANA REFORM, URGES ALBANY TO PASS LEGISLATION NOW

NEW YORK -- State Senator Daniel Squadron, the sponsor of legislation (S3105) to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana in public view, welcomed Mayor Bloomberg's support for the bill and the change to NYC policy announced in today's State of the City. Squadron released the following statement:

"Legislation I carry would reform the in-plain-view marijuana possession statute and the inconsistent way it's enforced. 

February 14, 2013
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