Issues: Terrorism

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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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #31: Remembering Sept. 11

It started as an ordinary business trip, and ended as indelible memories of both tragedy and heroism.

I arrived in New York City Sept. 10, 2001.

My itinerary was simple and straightforward. I had tickets to see my favorite team, the New York Yankees, play that night against their longtime rivals, the Boston Red Sox. The following morning, I was helping to complete a bond sale in my duties as Rome city mayor.

Everything changed that Tuesday morning.

Like those here at home, I watched in horror as the planes struck the towers. It was not a freak accident, we’d come to learn, but an act of terror.

September 11, 2014
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Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014
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Senator Valesky Names Judy O’Rourke New York State Senate Woman of Distinction

Syracuse– State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) announced today that Judy O’Rourke, director of undergraduate studies at Syracuse University, has been selected as the 53rd Senate District’s 2014 Woman of Distinction. O’Rourke was recognized for her work in developing the Pan Am 103 Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars programs at SU, which honor the memory of the 35 students lost in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

May 14, 2014
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State Leaders Developing Cybercrime Policies

By RICHARD MOODY, Legislative Gazette, December 02, 2013

December 10, 2013
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GALLIVAN, FIVE SENATE COMMITTEE CHAIRS HOST STATE'S FIRST HEARING ON CYBER-SECURITY

ROME - Six Senate committees will held a joint hearing Monday to hear testimony from experts in law enforcement, finance and computer science about the state’s preparedness against cyber-attacks.

November 18, 2013
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NY SENATE TO CONVENE MASSIVE CYBERSECURITY HEARING IN ROME

ROME - Six Senate committees will hold a joint hearing at noon Monday to hear testimony from experts in law enforcement, finance and computer science about the state’s preparedness against cyber-attacks.

“Cyber crime is a major economic issue, resulting in more than $500 million in losses last year alone,” said Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, who chairs the Senate Banking Committee and is hosting the event. “There’s a reason why England considers it an even greater threat than nuclear war. We need to take a closer look at what our state is doing to prevent cyberattacks that could affect our security, our economy and our government.”

November 15, 2013
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Public Hearing: Cybersecurity: Defending New York from Cyber Attacks

Joint - Senate Standing Committee on BanksChair: Senator Joseph GriffoSenate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military AffairsChair: Senator Greg BallSenate Standing Committee on InsuranceChair: Senator James SewardSenate Standing Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small BusinessChair: Senator David ValeskySenate Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation and EntrepreneurshipChair: Senator Martin GoldenSenate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and CorrectionChair: Senator Patrick M. GallivanPublic Hearing: Cybersecurity: Defending New York from cyber attacksPlace: The Griffiss Institute, 725 Daedalian Drive, Rome, New YorkTime: 12:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.Contact: Dwight Evans (518) 455-3334Media Contact: Rayan Aguam (315) 793-9072ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

November 18, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Senator Valesky Statement on 9/11 Anniversary

"Today, we remember the horrific attacks against the United States twelve years ago and the sacrifices made by thousands of victims and first responders. We will not forget, and we will endure, together, in the name of democracy and freedom--the cornerstones of our great nation."

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September 11, 2013
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O'Brien pays respects to those lost on September 11, 2001

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Today, Senator Ted O'Brien expressed his thoughts on the continuing significance of the 9/11 attacks:

"Twelve years ago, tragedy struck the Empire State and our country.  Though the physical wounds on continue to heal, that terrible day still weighs heavily on the hearts and minds of Americans everywhere.

September 11, 2013
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9/11 Memorial Ceremony

All of us who lived through September 11th will remember that day with clarity. We always will remember whom we lost, and the anger, the shock and devastation we felt. It is difficult to believe that 12 years have passed.

September 6, 2013
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July 24, 2013
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MARCELLINO’S BILL TO DETER RECRUITMENT BY TERRORISTS PASSES SENATE

                The New York State Senate today passed a measure to deter terrorist recruitment and punish those who seek to employ others for their criminal plans.

June 12, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill to Deter Recruitment By Terrorists

The New York State Senate today passed a measure to deter terrorist recruitment and punish those who seek to employ others for their criminal plans. The bill (S1520), sponsored by Senator Carl L.

June 10, 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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'Twin Tiers runners safe, but shaken, at Boston Marathon'

Our thoughts and prayers remain with all those in the city of Boston.

From this morning's Elmira Star-Gazette: 'Twin Tiers runners safe, but shaken, at Boston Marathon'

From today's Ithaca Journal: 'Ithaca's runners out of harm's way in Boston Marathon blasts'

April 16, 2013
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Bill to Increase Penalty for Killing Emergency Services Dogs Poised to Pass Senate

[Albany] - Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-C-IP, Rome)  joined several Senators this morning who said that the Senate will be voting on a bill this week that would increase the penalties for killing a police dog.

March 18, 2013
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Department of Financial Services to Speek Resolution of Insurance Claims in Areas Affected by SANDY

The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.

February 27, 2013
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Griffo Law Gets Tough On Bank Robbers

(Albany) – New York State Senator Joseph A.

February 13, 2013
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