Issues: Correctional

Leandra's Legacy

Senator Dilan is presented an award by the Lewis Henry Morgan Institute for his work with Lenny Rosado on the passage of Leandra's Law. The law strengthens penalties on those convicted of driving while intoxicated with child passengers.The law is named after 11-year-old Leandra Rosado, Lenny's daughter, who tragically died in 2009 when the car she was riding in crashed. The driver was intoxicated.

January 25, 2012
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Leandra's Legacy

Senator Dilan is presented an award by the Lewis Henry Morgan Institute for his work with Lenny Rosado on the passage of Leandra's Law in 2009. The law strengthens penalties on those convicted of driving while intoxicated with child passengers.The law is named after 11-year-old Leandra Rosado, Lenny's daughter, who tragically died in 2009 when the car she was riding in crashed. The driver was intoxicated.

January 24, 2012
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Public Hearing: Joint Legislative Public Hearing on 2012-2013 Executive Budget Proposal: Topic "Public Protection"

Joint Legislative Public Hearing Notice and Testimonies for Public Protection

January 30, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Gianaris, Simotas, Vallone Hold Anti-Crime Rally in Astoria

Local leaders protest recent area crimes and introduce initiatives to make the neighborhood safer.

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and Council Member Peter Vallone, Jr. today held an anti-crime rally to protest the concentrated number of criminal activities that have occurred in the neighborhood recently. The elected officials, as well as community leaders and activists, also announced new crime-fighting initiatives to increase safety in the neighborhood.

November 16, 2011
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Queens Groper Sought

The Queens Gazette wrote about the series of groping incidents that have taken place in Queens recently. Senator Gianaris, whose legislation makes groping a child a felony, warns the community against such dangers.

October 27, 2011
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Sunnyside and Woodside concerned over sex attacks

The Queens Courier reported on the recent attacks on several Queens women. Senator Gianaris was present at the public conference to alert the community about the recent attackers. The senator's bill requiring the act of groping to be counted as a felony is just one way to attempt to reduce such dangers to our community.

For the past month, women in Sunnyside and Woodside have been looking over their shoulders for a predator on pedals.

With incidents of sexual assault rising across the five boroughs, the neighboring communities are the most recent areas to experience repeated sexual attacks on women.

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October 18, 2011
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GIANARIS PRAISES NEW TRAFFIC LAW

Queens Gazette wrote about the effectiveness of the Distracted Driving Bill:

State Senator Michael Gianaris (D–Astoria) has praised the effectiveness of a new law, enacted recently, which has led to double the number of drivers ticketed for texting while driving in August 2011 than in August 2010.

The Distracted Driving Bill makes the use of portable devices while driving a primary offense, said Gianaris. But “previously using these devices while behind the wheel was a secondary offense and police could only stop motorists if they were committing another, primary offense—such as speeding or running another red light,” said Gianaris.

October 5, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Applauds Effectiveness of New Driving Law

Twice as many texting-while-driving tickets handed out this year than last year.

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris praised the effectiveness of a recently enacted driving law, which has led to double the number of drivers ticketed for texting while driving in August 2011 than in August 2010.

The Distracted Driving Bill makes the use of portable devices while driving a primary offense. Previously, using these devices while behind the wheel was a secondary offense and police could only stop motorists if they were committing another, primary offense – such as speeding or running a red light.

September 26, 2011
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Griffo Wants Mandatory Video Arraignments

Griffo Bill Removes Roadblock to Video Arraignments

September 19, 2011
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Man Allegedly Fondles 7-Year-Old Girl’s Feet In Queens Library

A Queens minor was forcibly touched in a library. CBS 2 did a story on the incident and mentions legislation ISenator Gianaris is introducing, along with Assemblymember Simotas, which increases the penalty for those who forcibly touch minors.

Click on here to watch the video.

August 25, 2011
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August 2, 2:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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SENATOR RITCHIE MEETS WITH NYSCOPBA OFFICERS

Discusses Impact Of Prison Closures

The NYSCOPBA officials spoke to Senator Ritchie about her successful efforts to keep the North Country prisons she represents open and her recent tour of the facilities.

They discussed security and staffing issues at the five prisons in her district and the 1,500 jobs the facilities provide in the region.

August 11, 2011
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Bronxites who can't afford to pay bail for petty crimes get help from state legislature

By Daniel Beekman - New York Daily News

Thousands of Bronxites do hard time at Rikers Island because they can't afford to post bail.

 But new legislation headed to Gov. Cuomo's desk could set them free. 

Passed unanimously in June by the Senate and Assembly, the bill would allow charitable organizations to post bail for poor defendants held on petty charges. 

It was sponsored in the Senate by state Sen. Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx) and modeled on the Bronx Freedom Fund. 

Not only do thousands of Bronxites serve time because they can't afford bail; many innocent defendants plead guilty rather than wait behind bars for jury trials, said Rivera, who expects Cuomo to sign the bill this month. 

August 4, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE VISITS CAPE VINCENT CORRECTIONAL FACILITY

Thanks Staff for Efforts that Helped Keep Facilities Open

State Senator Patty Ritchie returned to Cape Vincent Correctional Facility today to thank the officers, staff and administrators for their efforts to help keep the North Country facilities open, and to celebrate the news that every prison in St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties has been spared the budget ax.

“Back in January, I visited each of the prisons in Jefferson and St. Lawrence County, and gathered information from staff and officers about just how efficient and cost-effective these facilities are, representing a better deal for state taxpayers,” Senator Ritchie said.

July 27, 2011
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SENATOR VALESKY CO-SPONSORS PROTECT OUR CHILDREN ACT

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) is the co-sponsor of newly introduced legislation that would strengthen penalties for harming or killing a child and for obstructing law enforcement in investigations of those cases.

“As a father and a legislator, I am fully in support of legislation that protects children and punishes those who harm them. We’ve seen too many cases locally and nationally where egregious offenses have been committed against children with insufficient penalties. This legislation gives law enforcement the tools they need to appropriately charge and prosecute anyone who abuses or kills a child.”

July 22, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE RETURNS TO VISIT NORTH COUNTRY PRISONS

Thanks Staff for Efforts that Helped Keep Facilities Open

State Senator Patty Ritchie returned to three state prisons in Ogdensburg and Gouverneur today to thank the officers, staff and administrators for their efforts to help keep the North Country facilities open, and to celebrate the news that every prison in St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties had been spared the budget ax.

“Back in January, I visited each of the prisons in Jefferson and St. Lawrence County, and gathered information from staff and officers about just how efficient and cost-effective these facilities are, representing a better deal for state taxpayers,” Senator Ritchie said.

“Today, I returned to three of the facilities, Ogdensburg, Riverview and Gouverneur, to share with the dedicated workforce there that our strategy worked, and that Albany has recognized the good work they do, as do I,” Senator Ritchie said.

July 22, 2011
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Expanded Transition Period Needed For Prison Closures

ONEONTA, 07/20/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today joined with several legislative colleagues in calling on Governor Cuomo to extend the transition period for employees affected by pending prison closures.

“Thousands of employees and their families are dealing with life altering decisions as a result of the governor’s prison closures,” said Senator Seward.  “The very least the state can provide is ample transition time for these dedicated workers who are about to have their lives uprooted through no fault of their own.”

July 21, 2011
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SENATOR MONTGOMERY HONORS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT DOROTHY BURNHAM, A BROOKLYN “RENAISSANCE WOMAN”

The lifetime achievements of Brooklyn native Dorothy Burnham were recognized and lauded by NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) during the reading of a Senate resolution, which was unanimously passed by the full Senate during the final days of the 2011 Legislative Session. The resolution paid tribute to Dorothy Burnham’s many notable contributions to our public education system, the advancement of civil rights, and to the promotion of racial and economic equality. Ms. Burnham was also honored for her designation as recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the New York Friends of the People's World. “Dorothy Burnham is a Renaissance Woman,” said Senator Montgomery.

July 11, 2011
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