Issues: Correctional

Griffo Law Gets Tough On Bank Robbers

(Albany) – New York State Senator Joseph A.

February 13, 2013
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RITCHIE CONTINUES TO ADVOCATE FOR MANDATE RELIEF

Senator Patty Ritchie questions state Corrections Commissioner Brian Fischer concerning the problem of state parole violators filling local county jails--at county taxpayer expense. 

February 6, 2013
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Senator Young Announces New Civil Service Test

The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision is seeking correction officers

 OLEAN – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) joined the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision in announcing that a New York State Department of Civil Service test will be administered on April 13, 2013 as part of a correction officer recruitment effort. The deadline for filing for the examination is February 25, 2013.

January 29, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

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.

January 23, 2013
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NYSCOPBA, WATERTOWN CORRECTIONAL FACILITY MAKE CHRISTMAS BRIGHTER FOR LOCAL KIDS

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently accepted a generous, $1,000 check for Toys for Tots in Jefferson County from representatives of NYSCOPBA and the Watertown Correctional Facility.

December 20, 2012
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Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Strengthening New York’s Domestic Violence Laws

A robust package of legislation was signed into law this week to improve the criminal justice system’s response to domestic violence while at the same time provide survivors with enhanced protections so they can more safely sever ties with their abusers.

The bill package addresses the recidivist nature of domestic violence by holding serial offenders more accountable for their behavior with the creation of a new crime and new considerations when determining bail, and creates a state-level Fatality Review Team to find new ways to prevent intimate partner homicides.

October 26, 2012
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RITCHIE, CORRECTIONS CHAIR MEET WITH LOCAL SHERIFFS ON JAIL CROWDING

After Meeting, Lawmakers Tour Empty State Prison as Possible Solution to Problem

State Senator Patty Ritchie today hosted a meeting with the Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence County Sheriffs, along with the Senate’s top expert on corrections and prison issues, to discuss the problem of state parole violators who are crowding county jails, and costing local taxpayers millions of dollars in unreimbursed expenses.

Senator Ritchie and Senator Michael Nozzolio, longtime chair of the Senate’s Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections Committee met for an hour with the Sheriffs before heading to the nearby, state-run Watertown Correctional Facility to tour two empty dorms that were recently closed down, and which the Senators said could be used to house the state inmates currently being held in the county lock-up.

October 15, 2012
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RITCHIE TO HOST SPECIAL MEETING ON JAIL OVERCROWDING

Corrections Committee Chair Sen. Michael Nozzolio, Sheriffs to Attend

Local and state leaders will join State Senator Patty Ritchie for a special meeting to address the issue of jail overcrowding on Monday October 15th at 12:00 p.m. in her Watertown office, located at the Dulles State Office Building on Washington Street. 

October 12, 2012
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Town Hall: Solitary Confinement in NY Prisons

Town Hall Meeting hosted by State Senator Bill Perkins with a Panel Discussion and Public Dialogue on Solitary Confinement in New York State and City Prisons with state and local legislators, advocates, the formerly incarcerated, and family members. Panel discussion moderated by Jean Casella, Co-Editor of Solitary Watch, with Jack Beck, Director of Prison Visiting Project, Correctional Association of New York, Dilcio Acosta, Mental Health Alternatives to Solitary Confinement, Sarah Kerr, Staff Attorney of The Legal Aid Society Prisoners' Rights Project, and Lisa Ortega, JAC, New York City Jails Action Coalition. 

October 10, 2012
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Bail bond charity

By Kirsten Sanchez- Bronx Times

Everyone has a right to justice, not only those who are fortunate enough to be able to afford it.  Senator Gustavo Rivera is working to help those who can not help themselves. The Senator’s Charitable Bail Bonds Bill was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday, July 17. The bill will allow charitable organizations to post bail for individuals who can not afford to do so themselves.

August 22, 2012
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After Shootings, Push in Albany for Tougher Gun Laws

New York Times wrote about Senator Gianaris' initatives that aim to improve public safety by enforcing stricter laws that limit gun trafficing and stockpiling of ammunition.

In the wake of mass shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin and an uptick in gun violence in New York City, lawmakers are planning a new push in Albany to win approval of tighter gun laws in New York State.

 

August 9, 2012
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Senator Rivera and Assemblyman Aubry Pass Charitable Bail Bond Legislation Governor Cuomo signs bill into Law

 

Bronx, NY- Senator Gustavo Rivera (D,WF-Bronx) bill S7752/ A10640-B, the Charitable Bail Bonds Bill was signed into law by Governor Cuomo yesterday. The bill will allow charitable organizations to post bail for individuals who cannot afford to do so themselves. This legislation was carried in the Assembly by Assembly Member Jeff Aubry (D-Queens).

 

July 20, 2012
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New version of charitable bond bill headed to Cuomo’s desk could free thousands of poor Bronx defendants Charitable groups can post bail for petty criminals

by Daniel Beekman- New York Daily News 

Legislation passed by state lawmakers last week with approval from Gov. Cuomo could free thousands of jailed Bronxites.

Sponsored by state Sen. Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx), the new law will allow charitable organizations statewide to post bail - up to $2,000 - for poor defendants held on misdemeanor charges.

June 29, 2012
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RITCHIE BILL TO EASE JAIL OVER-CROWDING PASSES IN THE SENATE

Would Allow Only 10 Days for Transportation of Parole Violators from County Jails to State Facilities; Save Taxpayer Dollars

June 19, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill to Close Loophole in "Son of Sam" Law

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that closes a loophole in the “Son of Sam” law to further restrict a criminal’s ability to profit from their crimes. The bill (S.4393A), sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (R-C-I, East Northport), corrects a longstanding flaw in the state’s existing “Son of Sam” law by preventing all criminals, regardless of their final plea or conviction, from commercially exploiting their crime.

May 30, 2012
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