Issues: Crime

Murphy releases plan to improve State Park safety

YORKTOWN, NY - New York State Senator Terrence Murphy today announced a plan to increase police protection at New York's state parks in response to increased reports of violence and crime during the summer of 2015. Most notably, an incident involving reports of gunshots at FDR State Park in Yorktown on July 19th ignited local community concerns. "In the weeks since the shooting, my concerns have escalated," Murphy said. "I believe short and long term plans are needed to ensure the safety of park patrons, as well as those charged with protecting them. It is not reasonable for state officials to promote the parks as an asset while providing in sufficient resources to properly get the job done."

August 28, 2015
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SENATOR KLEIN HOSTS STAND UP TO VIOLENCE 1ST ANNIVERSARY PEACE MARCH & RALLY

Community comes together to celebrate success of the Stand Up to Violence program 40 percent reduction in shootings in targeted areas; Successful mediation of nearly 60 conflicts; Recent expansion into 43rd Precinct

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) held the Stand Up to Violence 1st Anniversary Peace March and Rally on Saturday. The special event concluded with a Family Day celebration at the Pelham Parkway Houses.

August 24, 2015
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GOVERNOR SIGNS SEN. GRIFFO’S LEGISLATION TO BAN SALE OF POWDERED ALCOHOL IN NEW YORK STATE

UTICA – Legislation sponsored by Senator Joseph Griffo was signed into law today that would ban in New York State the sale of any powdered or crystalline alcohol products, commercially known as “Palcohol”. 

Griffo, R-Rome, thanked the Governor for approving this legislation, which Griffo believes will help keep yet another potentially dangerous substance out of the hands of minors and other people who might abuse it. New York now joins several other states that have already passed similar legislation, including Alaska, Louisiana, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia.

August 14, 2015
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Senator Jesse Hamilton Urges Community to Stand United Against Violence

(Brooklyn, NY - August 12, 2015) The Brooklyn Reader  features Senator Jesse Hamilton's thoughts on "Standing United Against Violence" today. In the piece, Senator Hamilton presents his plans to launch, along with colleagues, including Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and NYC Council Member Carlos Menchaca, advocacy groups, and community residents, a United Against Violence Task Force today. 

August 12, 2015
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SENATOR KLEIN, LOCAL LEADERS & HEALTH OFFICIALS DEMAND A CRACKDOWN ON ILLICIT UNDERGROUND DRUG K2

Senator Klein introduces new legislation to strengthen penalties for sale of synthetic cannabinoids

Over 20 stores purportedly selling synthetic marijuana in The Bronx; Nearly 700 visits to Bronx emergency rooms in recent months

Senator Klein calls on Bronx District Attorney to prosecute sale of K2

August 12, 2015
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Bombshell animal cruelty case spurs petition

MOHEGAN LAKE, NY - Following the second arrest made in an animal cruelty case involving a Mohegan Lake Pet Shop, New York State Senator Terrence Murphy announced the launch of his Protect Our Pets Petition in an effort to put pressure on the Assembly to pass what he calls crucial legislation that seeks to provide added protection to animals across New York.

July 31, 2015
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Senator Gallivan Announces Funding to Support Public Safety

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announced he has secured additional state funding to support various public safety initiatives throughout the 59th Senate District. The aid is being provided to community based agencies, police departments and fire companies to maintain existing programs and to purchase new equipment or technology upgrades for law enforcement and emergency services.

July 27, 2015
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GRIFFO: SENATE REPUBLICAN AGREEMENT WITH GOVERNOR SUSPENDS NY SAFE ACT’S AMMUNITION DATABASE

UTICA – State Senator Joseph Griffo announced Friday that a statewide ammunition database established through the NY SAFE Act has been suspended following a legal agreement that Senate Republicans reached with the Governor’s office.

In the Senate’s latest step to rein in this flawed and over-reaching law, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed today by New York State Director of Operations James Malatras and Senator Majority Leaders John Flanagan suspends the creation of any database at this time that would require background checks for people who purchase ammunition.

July 10, 2015
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Delaware County Sheriff's Office K-9 Division Receives State Funding

ALBANY, 07/05/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) and Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I – Mt. Hope) today announced $40,000 in state grant funding they secured for the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office.  The monies will be used for the purchase of a new police vehicle built specifically for use by the office’s K-9 drug and search rescue team.

Senator James L. Seward said, “Our rural police departments are faced with a number of challenges – fighting crime and keeping costs in check -  and providing them with the tools necessary to perform and ensure officer safety has always been a top priority of mine. Working in tandem with Senator Bonacic, we were able to maximize resources and deliver for Delaware County.”

July 6, 2015
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A statement from Sen. Griffo commending law enforcement, calling for review of policies after Dannemora prison break

Every day the two despicable inmates from the Dannemora prison facility were on the run brought yet another day of fears that the worst was yet to come from these violent and desperate individuals. Yet, more than three weeks later, it is with great relief and satisfaction that the bitter fates of these two escaped prisoners brought no further bloodshed than their own.

July 2, 2015
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SENATOR SQUADRON ANNOUNCES SECURITY UPGRADE TO SMITH HOUSES

Squadron Details Over $450K In State Funding He Secured For Improvements

Squadron Engages NYCHA Residents in Security Discussion

NEW YORK – State Senator Daniel Squadron engaged residents of Alfred E. Smith Houses Wednesday at a meeting to discuss the implementation of over $450,000 in State funding that he allocated for security improvements. The event included Smith Resident Association President Aixa Torres, NYCHA’s Deputy Director for City Capital Michael Clandorf, and NYCHA Security Manager Irving Anglada. It was co-hosted by the Smith Resident Association and NYCHA.

July 2, 2015
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Robach Sponsored Legislation to Limit Parole Eligibility for Violent Felons Approved in State Senate

Earlier this week, the State Senate passed legislation that I sponsored that would require violent felons to complete 80% of their sentence to be considered for early release. Too often these criminals are released to the public too soon and go on to commit additional violent crimes. This legislation will ensure the safety of our neighborhoods and make certain that these felons are completing their rehabilitation in a secure setting. Click the link below to hear my comments on the passage of this legislation.

June 19, 2015
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RITCHIE INVITES NORTH COUNTRY TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR SEARCHERS

Free Posters Available in Appreciation for Long Hours Served to Catch Escaped Killers and Keep Us Safe

June 19, 2015
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Senator Hamilton Statement on the Emanuel A.M.E. Church Attack in Charleston, SC

(Albany, NY - June 18, 2015) Senator Hamilton stated, "The attack last night against congregants at the historic Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston strikes everyone of good conscience as particularly heinous because we rightly treat houses of worship with reverence - and a place of peace, a place held sacred, a place where worshipers were at prayer, in Bible study, was violated by a hate-filled attacker. An attacker who so cruelly took nine innocents from their friends, families, and community."

June 18, 2015
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Statement from State Senator Gustavo Rivera on Tragedy in Charleston, South Carolina

"Make no mistake; the atrocious act of violence rooted in hate that took place last night at the Emanuel AME Church was an act of domestic terror against the very heart of the African-American community and our country. We sadly lost nine souls who were gathering together in a prayer service, including pastor and state senator Clementa Pinckney, who had dedicated his life to serving and improving his community. While I commend law enforcement for securing the suspect and working to ensure justice is served, as a country, we must come together to send a clear message that this type of hatred and intolerance will not be tolerated.

June 18, 2015
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Murphy passes 'Enough is Enough' law to combat sexual assault on college campuses

ALBANY, NY - Yesterday the New York State Senate passed landmark legislation, advocated by Senator Terrence Murphy, to fight against sexual violence on college campuses by creating a uniform definition for affirmative consent. Supporters of the bill are applauding what they say is its comprehensive approach to help make every college and university campus throughout New York State more safe and secure.

June 18, 2015
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SERINO TAKES PROACTIVE APPROACH TO PROTECTING COMMUNITIES FROM SEX OFFENDERS

SERINO TAKES PROACTIVE APPROACH TO PROTECTING COMMUNITIES FROM SEX OFFENDERS

Bill Increasing Penalties for Public Lewdness Passes in Senate

ALBANY—Senator Sue Serino (R, C, I—Hyde Park) announced today that her bill to increase penalties for public lewdness offenders passed in the Senate on Wednesday.

“When it comes to public safety, I believe in being proactive—especially when it comes to protecting our children,” said Senator Serino. “Public lewdness is more than offensive, too often it indicates the potential for recidivism and signals a desire to commit more sinister crimes.”

June 18, 2015
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Ortt, Kearns Join Forces to Fight New York’s Synthetic Drug Crisis

Senator Ortt Passes Bill to Broaden Scope of Synthetic Drugs to be Considered Illegal      

“There’s no silver bullet when it comes to ending the growing trend of synthetic drugs that’s especially popular among young adults,” said Senator Ortt. “Drug dealers shouldn’t be able to change the chemical makeup of a controlled substance, sell it as a toxic synthetic drug, and escape the consequences currently on the books. I commend Assemblyman Kearns for leading this fight in the Assembly to help protect our communities and crack down on drug dealers.”

State legislator Mickey Kearns is sponsoring this bill in the Assembly.

June 17, 2015
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Keeping College Campuses Safe: Griffo joins Senate in passing bill to protect students from sexual assaults

ALBANY – Senator Joseph Griffo joined the New York State Senate today in passing crucial legislation that would help protect students against sexual violence on college campuses.

June 17, 2015
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