Issues: Murder or Homicide

A statement from Sen. Griffo commending law enforcement, calling for review of policies after Dannemora prison break

Every day the two despicable inmates from the Dannemora prison facility were on the run brought yet another day of fears that the worst was yet to come from these violent and desperate individuals. Yet, more than three weeks later, it is with great relief and satisfaction that the bitter fates of these two escaped prisoners brought no further bloodshed than their own.

July 2, 2015
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SENATE PASSES FUNKE BILL TO CHARGE D.A. KILLERS WITH FIRST DEGREE MURDER

The New York State Senate today passed S.2711, a bill sponsored by Senator Rich Funke to create a new first degree murder charge for the intentional killing of a prosecutor or district attorney. The legislation would put prosecutors in parity with police officers, corrections officers, and judges, whose killers are automatically eligible for a charge of murder in the first degree. The bill passed with bipartisan support.

June 19, 2015
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Senator Hamilton Statement on the Emanuel A.M.E. Church Attack in Charleston, SC

(Albany, NY - June 18, 2015) Senator Hamilton stated, "The attack last night against congregants at the historic Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston strikes everyone of good conscience as particularly heinous because we rightly treat houses of worship with reverence - and a place of peace, a place held sacred, a place where worshipers were at prayer, in Bible study, was violated by a hate-filled attacker. An attacker who so cruelly took nine innocents from their friends, families, and community."

June 18, 2015
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Amanda Lynn’s Law Passes in Senate and Assembly

Bill Named for Amanda Lynn Wienckowski, Establishes Felony Crime of Concealment of a Corpse

Both the New York State Senate and the Assembly have now passed Amanda Lynn’s Law, ending a five-year-long impasse between both houses of the Legislature. Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) sponsored the bill (S2957A) in the Senate while Robin Schimminger (D,C,I – Kenmore) took the measure up in the Assembly. The Assembly passed the bill this evening.

June 15, 2015
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State Legislature to Approve Amanda Lynn's Law Before Session Ends

The Senate once again passed Amanda Lynn’s Law, this time with amendments to the bill. Senator Rob Ortt, who sponsored the bill in the Senate, announces the Assembly has agreed on the changes. Robin Schimminger is sponsoring the bill in the Assembly and hopes to pass it during the last week of session. Sen. Ortt is hoping the bill will become law later this year. The Buffalo News interviewed Sen. Ortt the day before the bill passed in the Senate.   

June 12, 2015
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Young: For The Sake of the Mentally Ill, Public Safety Kendra's Law Must Be Made Permanent

Bill would provide greater protection for the public, increase needed medical care for mentally ill

 

ALBANY – Over and over, the tragic results of people with untreated, serious psychiatric disorders falling through the cracks and inflicting harm on themselves and their communities has been felt across our state and the nation. In light of another near-tragic subway incident, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) and her Senate colleagues this week passed legislation that would strengthen Kendra’s Law, and are now urging the Assembly to act.

 

June 11, 2015
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Your Voice with Senator Catharine Young - May 9, 2015

During this week's edition of "Your Voice with Senator Catharine Young," the Senator discussed her support for a permanent extension of the property tax cap. The property tax cap has saved Western New Yorkers approximately $450 million since it was implemented four years ago. The Senator also shares some additional efforts she has put forward to reduce the tax burden on local residents and ease the mandated costs incurred in municipal and school budgets.

 

Senator Young also discussed Renee’s Law and Kendra’s Laws, two pieces of legislation she sponsors, that passed the state Senate this week.

 

June 10, 2015
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Senate passes Griffo's bill to reduce early release of most violent criminals

Legislation stems from 2011 murder of Linda Turner by Robert Blainey in North Utica motel

June 2, 2015
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Senator Klein Speaks on Ildefonso Romero, Jr.'s Law

State Senator Jeff Klein speaks on his Senate bill, S.3178A, which enacts "Ildefonso Romero, Jr.'s law" to establish a felony offense of aggravated assault when it results in serious injury or death. 

June 2, 2015
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State Senator Jeff Klein passes “Ildefonso Romero Jr.’s Law” creating new felony charge for aggravated assault leading to serious injury or death

Romero’s family pushes for bill to become law to bring justice to other families

Albany, NY — State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) today passed “Ildefonso Romero, Jr.’s Law” which creates a felony charge for aggravated assault that results in serious injury or death.

June 1, 2015
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Legislators, families call for fewer parole hearings for murderers and other violent felons ~ O'Mara, Palmesano join parents of Derrick Robie in support of legislation ~ Read and watch more from today's news conference in Albany

Albany, N.Y., June 1—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,I,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,I,C-Corning) today joined legislative colleagues and family members of murder victims, including the parents of Derrick Robie of Savona (Steuben County), to call for the approval of legislation they co-sponsor that would extend the time period that murderers and other violent felony offenders have to wait to apply for parole.

June 1, 2015
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Legislators, families call for fewer parole hearings for murderers and other violent felons ~ O'Mara, Palmesano join the parents of Derrick Robie in support of legislation

Albany, N.Y., June 1—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,I,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,I,C-Corning) today joined legislative colleagues and family members of murder victims, including the parents of Derrick Robie of Savona (Steuben County), to call for the approval of legislation they co-sponsor that would extend the time period that murderers and other violent felony offenders have to wait to apply for parole.

June 1, 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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Senator Sets Forth Legislative Effort to Improve Child Protective Servcies

OCFS asked to review records for any calls prior to the death of Nayla Hodnett

 

ALBANY – With the perpetrator still at-large following a year-long investigation into the tragic passing of Nayla Hodnett, Senator Catharine M. Young (R,C,I-Olean) is doing her part to help raise awareness about the case and bring new details to light.

 

In a letter to the Acting Commissioner of the State’s Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), Senator Young has asked Commissioner Sheila Poole to review the records of the State’s Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment regarding allegations or incidents of possible abuse to Nayla prior to her passing.

 

May 22, 2015
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO CREATE A REGISTRY OF VIOLENT OFFENDERS

(Albany, NY)- Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) is pleased to announce that The Domestic Violence Protection Act, also known as “Brittany’s Law”, has passed the Senate. The bill, S513, would increase the safety and awareness of communities by increasing access to information about convicted violent felons. It would create a publicly accessible registry of all individuals convicted of a violent felony and allow local law enforcement to keep track of their location.

May 19, 2015
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SENATOR ADDABBO STATEMENT ON DEATH OF POLICE OFFICER BRIAN MOORE

For Immediate Release -- May 4, 2015Queens, NY: "My thoughts and prayers are with POBrian Moore who passed away earlier today and with his family. PO Moore joinsthe unacceptable number of Police Officers who were murdered merely because ofthe uniform they wore. I intend to continue my promotion of legislation thatcalls for the elimination of parole for those who kill police officers on duty."

May 4, 2015
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Ortt’s Bill to Toughen Penalties for Unlawful Disposal of a Body Passes in Senate

Senator Introduced the Bill Named for Amanda Lynn Wienckowski

 

A bill introduced by state Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I–North Tonawanda), that would toughen laws for improperly disposing a body, passed today in the Senate. The bill (S2957) would create Amanda Lynn’s Law, named after Amanda Lynn Wienckowski whose body was found in a Buffalo garbage tote in January of 2009. The law would change the crime from a misdemeanor to a Class D Felony.

 

Amanda Lynn’s Law addresses the issue of tampering with potential crime scene evidence. The bill relates to a person knowingly moving, or concealing a human corpse as a way to hinder the discovery of a death.

 

March 30, 2015
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SENATOR KLEIN HONORED BY JACOBI MEDICAL CENTER FOR INNOVATIVE STAND UP TO VIOLENCE PROGRAM

Special Recognition for Senator Klein in Establishing SUV Program in the Bronx

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) was today honored for his outstanding commitment to and continued funding support for the Stand Up to Violence (SUV) Program at the 2015 North Bronx Healthcare Network Legislative Forum at Jacobi Medical Center.

February 13, 2015
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Chanukah is the celebration of Miracles!

"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said.  "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land.  After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps.  But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.

December 17, 2014
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