Issues: Drugs

Pot Arrests in NY Vary By Race (Source: Democrat & Chronicle)

Source: Democrat & Chronicle

Albany, NY - Black New Yorkers are nearly five times more likely to be arrested on low-level marijuana possession charges than whites, and the disparity is much wider in the state’s most populous counties, a report Thursday found.

June 17, 2013
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Valesky-Sponsored Legislation Combating Methamphetamine Production Passes Senate

ALBANY, N.Y.—Legislation sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) assisting law enforcement in combating the threat to public health and safety surrounding methamphetamine production passed the Senate today.

June 13, 2013
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GALLIVAN, SENATE PASS NEW PENALTIES FOR AGGRAVATED VEHICULAR HOMICIDE

Legislation Responds To Tragically Similar Cases In Buffalo, Rochester Areas

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, 59th District), Chair of the Senate’s Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections Committee, announced today that the New York State Senate passed legislation (S.4772) to increase penalties for those who commit vehicular manslaughter and have a history of serially driving under the influence.                                          

June 13, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES BILL TO BAN SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA AND BATH SALTS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced the New York State Senate recently passed legislation to address the threat posed to the public by “legal” but dangerous drugs. The bill (S1686) criminalizes the sale and possession of synthetic marijuana and “bath salts.”

Synthetic marijuana or “fake pot” are herbs sprayed with chemicals called “synthetic cannabinoids.” These products -- including Spice, K2, Cloud 9 and Black 9 -- have dangerous side effects, including rapid heart rate, tremors, loss of consciousness and hallucinations. “Bath salts,” or “substituted cathinones,” are chemically related to methamphetamines or ecstasy and cause harmful physical and psychological reactions.

June 12, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill to Ban Synthetic Marijuana and Bath Salts

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to address the threat posed to the public by “legal” but dangerous drugs.

June 11, 2013
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Senate Approves Bill To Prevent Intoxicated Drivers From Avoiding Prosecution

The New York State Senate passed legislation today to prevent drunk and drugged drivers from evading prosecution. The legislation would allow law enforcement to seek court orders to compel whenever suspected drunk or drugged drivers refuse to submit to a chemical intoxication test.Chemical tests, such as breath, blood and urine tests, determine a suspected drunk or drugged driver’s level of intoxication. Chemical tests are a critical piece of evidence used in a trial to prosecute a drunk or drugged driver for their crimes.   

June 11, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Senator Phil Boyle, Chair 9:00 AM, Tuesday, June 4, 2013 Room 813 LOB

June 4, 9:00 AM - 9:03 AM
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Senate Passes Mandatory DWI Testing After Serious Accidents

Chemical Tests Would Be Required If Injury or Death OccursThe New York State Senate today passed legislation that would help increase prosecution of dangerous drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The bill (S1446) would require chemical testing of drivers suspected of being under the influence when an accident occurs and results in serious injury or death.

May 30, 2013
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SYNTHETIC LEGISLATION CLOSES LEGAL LOOPHOLES

Bill Would Penalize Dealers, Users of Synthetics

to Prevent Further Addiction, Deaths

State Senator Patty Ritchie, Assemblyman Will Barclay and Assemblyman Bob Oakes have announced the introduction of comprehensive legislation addressing synthetic drugs in New York State. 

At a recent press conference announcing the legislation was Teresa Woolson and her family, who are advocating for strengthening laws regarding synthetic drug use.  Woolson’s son, Victor, lost his battle with drugs in 2012 and died from injuries related to synthetic drug use.  He died after federal legislation and the New York State Department of Health ban was put in place.

May 29, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES MEASURE TO INCREASE PENALTIES FOR SELLING DRUGS IN PARKS OR ON PLAYGROUNDS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate recently passed a bill increasing penalties for people who sell drugs in playgrounds and parks. The bill (S.2173A) would further protect kids and their families from the dangers of people who prey on children.

Current New York State law penalizes people who sell drugs on school grounds or day-care centers and this bill expands that to include parks and playgrounds. Drug dealers who target children are especially dangerous to society and should be subjected to stiffer penalties for selling or trying to sell drugs to children in this manner. This legislation takes the next step in targeting drug dealers who lurk in parks and playgrounds in an effort to take advantage of children.

May 29, 2013
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Senate Passes Measure to Increase Penalties for Selling Drugs in Parks or on Playgrounds

The New York State Senate today passed a bill increasing penalties for people who sell drugs in playgrounds and parks.

May 23, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Senator Phil Boyle, Chair 9:00 AM, Tuesday, May 7, 2013 Room 813 LOB

May 7, 9:00 AM - 9:03 AM
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Drive Up And Drop Off Your Unwanted Prescription Drugs At Senator Phil Boyle's Shed The Meds Program

Shed The Meds Program Sponsored By Senator Phil Boyle

Drive up and drop off any expired or no longer used prescription medications. They will be safely disposed of by the US Drug Enforcement Agency who will be on hand for the collection.

"Disposing of medications down your toilet or sink may cause danger to our local waterways and precious water supply.  Please help us dispose of these substances safely by participating in our Shed The Meds program," Senator Boyle said.

April 27, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Teen Drug Awareness Program

Senator Phil Boyle is partnering with the Suffolk County Sheriff's Alcohol and Substance Abuse Task Force and the Youth Enrichment Services program for an important community meeting to help increase awareness about the dangers associated with drug abuse and the growing heroin epidemic facing Long Island teens.

Some of the topics that will be addressed at the meeting include:

April 25, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Senate Passes Public Safety Legislation

Bills Come On The Heels of Boston Bombings & Foiled Terrorist Train Attack With renewed calls for vigilance and increased public safety following the tragic bombings in Boston and the foiling of a terrorist plot to attack a train traveling across the state between New York and Toronto, the New York State Senate today passed a package of anti-crime legislation including a bill that would require convicted terrorists to serve their full prison sentence.

April 24, 2013
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Senator Boyle To Host Teen Drug Awareness Program

Event Will Be Co-Hosted By Suffolk County Sheriff’s OfficeWEST ISLIP, NEW YORK – Senator Phil Boyle is partnering with the Suffolk County Sheriff's Alcohol and Substance Abuse Task Force and the Youth Enrichment Services to help increase awareness about the dangers associated with drug abuse and the growing heroin epidemic facing Long Island teens.  The community meeting will take place at the West Islip Public Library on Thursday, April 25 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM. 

April 24, 2013
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GALLIVAN, SENATE PASS MEASURE TO ENSURE TERRORISTS, MURDERERS AND KINGPINS SERVE FULL SENTENCE

Series Of Public Safety Bills Come On The Heels of Boston Bombings & Foiled Terrorist Train Attack

With renewed calls for vigilance and increased public safety following the tragic bombings in Boston and the foiling of a terrorist plot to attack a train traveling across the state between New York and Toronto, the New York State Senate today passed a package of anti-crime legislation including a bill that would require convicted terrorists to serve their full prison sentence.

April 24, 2013
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Senate Passes Public Safety Legislation

With renewed calls for vigilance and increased public safety following the tragic bombings in Boston and the foiling of a terrorist plot to attack a train traveling across the state between New York and Toronto, the New York State Senate today passed a package of anti-crime legislation including a bill that would require convicted terrorists to serve their full prison sentence.

April 23, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Senator Philip Boyle, Chair 9:00 AM, Tuesday, April 23, 2013 Room 813 LOB

April 23, 9:00 AM - 9:08 AM
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