Issues: Crime

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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Senate Passes Bill Protecting Students from Sexual Assault on College & University Campuses

The New York State Senate has passed crucial legislation in the fight against sexual violence on college campuses. The bill (S5965) takes a comprehensive approach to help make every college and university campus throughout New York State more safe and secure. In 2014, members of the Senate Higher Education Committee convened a roundtable of advocates, legislators, college and

June 17, 2015
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SQUADRON, AUBRY INTRODUCE KALIEF'S LAW TO FIX “SPEEDY TRIAL” RULES IN NYS

Broken System Forces Defendants to Endure Significant Delays Before Trial

Electeds: The Experience of Kalief Browder Must Be A Call To Action

ALBANY — State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblymember Jeffrion Aubry announced legislation (S.5988) to fix New York State's "speedy trial" law following the recent death of Kalief Browder, who spent three years in pre-trial detention at Riker's Island. Kalief's Law closes a legal loophole that forces defendants to endure significant delays before trial, even while in jail, despite the time limits established by law. This change will limit delays by prosecutors and the court, so that defendants are afforded their constitutional right to a speedy trial.

June 17, 2015
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Ortt Puts a Dent in Scrap Metal Theft

Senator’s Bill Creates Scrap Metal Registry, Deters Theft

The New York State Senate late last night passed legislation sponsored by Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) aimed at preventing scrap metal theft. The bill (S.4882) prohibits the sale or purchase of certain items as scrap by creating a scrap processor registration system. Ortt says he believes the measures will help curtail copper theft.

June 16, 2015
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Your Voice With Senator Ortt

As session winds down, Senator Ortt discusses his recent bills that passed in the Senate, and also talks about Amanda Lynn's Law and two geothermal bills that have just passed in both houses of the state legislature. Sen. Ortt concludes the interview with priority bills he's hoping to take up before session ends. 

June 16, 2015
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Senate Passes Legislation to Protect Senior Citizens from Abuse and Exploitation

The New York State Senate today passed a sweeping package of 10 bills to protect vulnerable senior citizens from predatory financial schemes and physical and emotional abuse.

June 15, 2015
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Amanda Lynn’s Law Passes in Senate and Assembly

Bill Named for Amanda Lynn Wienckowski, Establishes Felony Crime of Concealment of a Corpse

Both the New York State Senate and the Assembly have now passed Amanda Lynn’s Law, ending a five-year-long impasse between both houses of the Legislature. Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) sponsored the bill (S2957A) in the Senate while Robin Schimminger (D,C,I – Kenmore) took the measure up in the Assembly. The Assembly passed the bill this evening.

June 15, 2015
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Town Of Danby Concerns Prompt Seward Bill To Change State Sex Offender Notification Law

ALBANY, 06/15/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced senate passage of legislation he sponsored (S.5153) to ensure the public is properly notified of the sex offender status of group home residents.

“The senate has acted on a number of bills this year meant to safeguard and inform the public in regard to dangerous sex offenders,” said Senator Seward.  “Many times, these measures are needed to close previously undetected loopholes in our laws – that is the case in this instance.”

June 15, 2015
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