Issues: Correctional

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.

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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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Griffo Statement on Governor's Prison Reduction Plan Announcement

Statement by Senator Griffo on Prison Reduction Plan

June 30, 2011
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Bronx State Sen. Gustavo Rivera Passes First Piece of Legislation

By Jordan Moss – Bronx News Network http://www.bronxnewsnetwork.org/2011/06/bronx-state-sen-gustavo-rivera-passes.htmlState Sen. Gustavo Rivera's office just tweeted that the freshman lawmaker just passed his first bill, which enables nonprofit organizations to post bail for defendants that can't afford to do it for themselves. In a press release, Rivera states: “Thousands of New Yorkers are held in jail each year because they simply cannot afford to post a few hundred dollars bail,” said Senator Rivera.

June 24, 2011
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Post Star Editorial: Cuomo should OK inmate bill

As a former Erie County sheriff and New York state trooper, Sen. Patrick Gallivan probably understands inmate populations and jail finances better than most members of the state Legislature.

So perhaps Gov. Andrew Cuomo should cede to his expertise and sign a bill that would open up New York state jails to inmates from other states.

The state Senate and Assembly this week passed a bill sponsored by Gallivan that will allow counties with extra space in their jails to enter into contracts with other states to accept their extra inmate populations.

June 23, 2011
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SENATOR SALAND’S LEGISLATION TO ALLEVIATE OVERCROWDING AT LOCAL CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES PASSES THE SENATE

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C – Poughkeepsie) today announced that the Senate has passed his legislation requiring the Department of Corrections to enter into agreements to house local inmates when the State Commission on Corrections determines it necessary to alleviate overcrowding at local correctional facilities (S.1429). 

June 22, 2011
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO ANNOUNCES LEGISLATION TO ELIMINATE COSTLY TAXPAYER-FUNDED CONJUGAL VISIT PROGRAM ADOPTED BY STATE SENATE

The New York State Senate today adopted legislation authored and introduced by State Senator Mike Nozzolio (S.3747) to save taxpayers nearly $4 million annually by eliminating the State’s controversial conjugal visit program.

June 16, 2011
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NY Senate Interactive Redistricting Reform Forum, Opening Remarks

Senator Martin Malavé Dilan, Ranking Democrat on LATFOR, Senator Michael Gianaris, and Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, were joined by Senate and Assembly Democrats during a recent interactive public forum on redistricting reform.

Speakers include: Citizens Union, Common Cause NY, League of Women Voters of New York, NYPIRG and Andrew BeveridgePh.D, of CUNY.

June 9, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Senator Michael F. Nozzolio, Chair 12 Noon, Tuesday, June 7, 2011 Room 411 LOB

June 7, 12:00 PM - 12:13 PM
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New York State Demographic Trends Report, 2010

Attached are reports on demographic trends across New York, including data on Congressional districts and State Senate districts from 2010.

June 2, 2011
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