Issues: Child Molestation

Senate Passes the "Protect Our Children Act" and Other Measures to Prevent Child Abuse

The New York State Senate today passed crucial measures to help protect the most vulnerable children from abuse, maltreatment, and exploitation. The three bills create new crimes and strengthen penalties to stop future abuse, address the use of the Internet in promoting child sexual abuse, and build upon existing laws preventing female genital mutilation.

May 28, 2015
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Ortt's Bill to Better Protect Children Passes in Senate

Senator Ortt Passes the “Protect Our Children Act” Strengthening Laws Against Abuse and Endangerment of a Child

 The “Protect Our Children Act” (S2964), sponsored by State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda), would help ensure appropriate punishment for cruel and repeated mistreatment of children. This bill passed today in the New York State Senate. The measure would create a new crime of aggravated murder of a child. An individual convicted of this crime would receive a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

May 28, 2015
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Hoylman Urges Up or Down Vote on Child Victims Act Following New Report Showing Number of Horace Mann Abuse Victims to be More than Double than Initially Reported

Hoylman: “Horace Mann Action Coalition report is ‘Exhibit A’ why we must act”

ALBANY - State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) said: "The Horace Mann Action Coalition report is ‘Exhibit A’ why the New York State Senate needs to pass the Child Victims Act (S63/A2872), which I sponsor. This issue clearly isn’t going away -- the number of alleged child sexual abuse victims at Horace Mann appear to be more double than initially reported by the Bronx district attorney.

“It’s appalling that because of New York’s archaic statutes of limitation, abusers can escape prosecution – just as 22 school employees did who allegedly preyed on students for thirty years at Horace Mann.

May 27, 2015
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Kennedy: As Child Porn Continues to Pervade Internet & Feds Strain Under Caseload, New York Must Crack Down

New Legislation from Kennedy Aligns State Law With Federal Law, Creates New Aggravated Promotion and Aggravated Possession Charges 

Kennedy Bill Calls for Enhanced Penalties for Promotion and Possession of Prepubescent or Violent Child Pornography 

May 26, 2015
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RITCHIE ANNOUNCES BIPARTISAN BILL AIMED AT STOPPING PARENTAL KIDNAPPING

Measure Would Make it a Felony for Non-Custodial Parent to Abduct a Child

May 19, 2015
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Senate Passes Measures to Protect Children

The New York State Senate today passed four bills to promote the safety and well-being of children and families.

May 12, 2015
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SENATOR HOYLMAN FILES MOTION TO FORCE COMMITTEE VOTE ON ‘CHILD VICTIMS ACT’

Hoylman: “Survivors deserve their day in court. Plus, we must shine a light on abusers, some of whom still have contact with our kids.”

NEW YORK – State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) said: “Today, I filed a motion for committee consideration for the Child Victims Act in the Senate Codes Committee, which should force a committee vote on this legislation based on past Senate practice.

April 22, 2015
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Senator David Carlucci Announces Sex Offender Report Reveals Pre-K Loop Hole

Senator David Carlucci has released a shocking report, revealing the most dangerous sex offenders are living within walking distance from Pre-Kindergarten programs in Westchester and Rockland Counties.

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Sex Offender Report Westchester and Rockland

February 27, 2015
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Senate Coalition releases disturbing report on sex offenders living near pre-schools in Westchester

ALBANY, NY –  The New York State Senate Coalition today unveiled a new alarming joint-investigative report, “Keeping Our Children Safe From Sex Offenders,” conducted by the offices of State Senate Coalition Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and State Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-Nassau), which uncovered sex offenders living dangerously close to pre-schools in Westchester and Rockland.

The second investigation comes a day after the State Senate passed nine key sex offender bills — including a measure to close the loophole allowing dangerous sex offenders to reside near pre-schools and legislation granting localities the right to toughen residency restrictions for sexual predators.

These bills all await passage by the New York State Assembly.

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Keeping Our Children Safe

February 27, 2015
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State Senate Coalition releases disturbing report on dangerous sex offenders living near Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs in Westchester and Rockland Counties

State Senate Coalition urges Assembly to pass companion legislation to key Senate bills that strengthen protections for children against sex offenders

Albany, NY –  The New York State Senate Coalition today unveiled a new alarming joint-investigative report, “Keeping Our Children Safe From Sex Offenders, Special Report: Westchester & Rockland Counties,” conducted by the offices of State Senate Coalition Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and State Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-Nassau), which uncovered sex offenders living dangerously close to preschools in Westchester and Rockland.

February 27, 2015
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Senate Passes Bills to Close Dangerous Loopholes in Sex Offender Laws

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announces the Senate has passed nine bills to close dangerous loopholes in the laws protecting children and communities from sexual predators.

February 27, 2015
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Senator Klein Session Remarks on S.1520

Senator Jeff Klein speaks on his legislation which would prohibit sex offenders from knowingly being within 1,000 feet of a facility where pre-kindergarten or kindergarten instruction is provided. 

February 26, 2015
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February 26, 2015
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SENATE PASSES FUNKE’S LEGISLATION TO LET COMMUNITIES SET SEX OFFENDER RESTRICTIONS

Cosponsored by Senator Funke, bill empowering localities to establish residency restrictions for registered sex offenders passes with bipartisan support

February 26, 2015
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Murphy authors and passes first bill, victim safety zones

ALBANY, NY - While discussion of so-called "child safety zone" legislation has recently shot to the forefront after a state appellate court decision striking down municipal laws to enact residency requirements for sex offenders, those who have been involved in the issue for years today celebrated a significant legislative victory in Albany.

The Senate passed two bills, one co-prime sponsored by Senator Terrence Murphy that would allow a municipal local option to restrict residency for sex offenders, as well as a bill authored by Murphy that makes it unlawful for a convicted sex offender to reside near their victim.

February 26, 2015
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Senate Coalition Leads Effort To Keep Our Children From Sex Offenders

Senate Coalition Announces Passage of Bills to Close Dangerous Loopholes in Sex Offender Laws - 

Press Release - February 25, 2015

The New York State Senate today passed nine bills to close dangerous loopholes in the laws protecting children and communities from sexual predators. The measures would address critical issues raised by a recent Court of Appeals ruling that prevents local governments from enacting laws restricting sex offenders, as well as the safety concerns highlighted in a recent Senate Coalition joint investigation and report…

February 25, 2015
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FUNKE: TO PROTECT KIDS, COMMUNITIES SHOULD BE ABLE TO SET SEX OFFENDER RESTRICTIONS

Senator co-sponsors bill empowering localities to establish residency restrictions for registered sex offenders; Legislation addresses impact of recent Appeals Court ruling 

February 23, 2015
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State Senate Coalition releases bombshell report on dangerous sex offenders living near Universal Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs

After devastating New York State Court of Appeals ruling in Nassau, State Senate Coalition will act on a series of bills to strengthen protections for children against sex offenders

February 22, 2015
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KLEIN INVESTIGATION UNCOVERS SEX OFFENDERS LIVING IN SAME SHELTERS THAT HOUSE FAMILIES WITH SMALL CHILDREN

Report reveals that nearly a dozen sex offenders are currently housed in family shelters throughout the five boroughs

Elected officials, community leaders and concerned residents call on the State Assembly to pass companion legislation to protect children

JAMAICA, NYState Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) today unveiled an alarming investigative report, “Uncovering Sex Offenders in the New York City Family Shelter System,” that found that nearly a dozen sexual predators currently residing in 10 family shelters across New York City which house young children.

February 6, 2015
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The Daily News: Senate approves package of bills to toughen penalties for sex offenders

New York state would have to notify a local municipality whenever a sex offender is transferred from a state facility to a community program or residence, under a bill approved by the state Senate.

January 27, 2015
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