Issues: Terrorism

One Step Closer: Kennedy, Ryan-Sponsored Bill to Boost Settlement Payouts for Families of Victims of Terrorist Attacks Moves to Governor Cuomo’s Desk

NYS Senate & Assembly Pass Legislation Allowing Insurance Representatives to Waive Structured Settlement Commissions to Family Members of Victims of Terrorist Attacks

Waiver Already Available to Families of Victims of September 11 Attacks Now Expanded

As Beirut Bombing of 1983 Case Comes to a Close, $1.75 Billion in Seized Assets Could be Structured Pro Bono, Granting Families of Victims a Greater Payout 

June 25, 2015
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Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Discusses the End-of-Session Agenda on Your Voice

On this week’s Your Voice cable program, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discuss what’s left to accomplish during the final week of legislative session. He also discusses two of his bills, which recently passed the State Senate, that would require a cost benefit analysis of the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative and would create a database for terrorists.  

Finally on the program, Senator DeFrancisco raises awareness about Arteriovenous Malformation, also know as AVM, and he shares some highlights from his Rebuttal at the 115th legislative Correspondents Association Show.

 

June 15, 2015
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ADDABBO LEGISLATION TO PROVIDE LEGACY CREDITS FOR STEP-CHILDREN & OTHER NON-BIOLOGICAL CHILDREN OF DECEASED 9-11 FIRST RESPONDERS APPROVED BY NEW YORK STATE SENATE

Queens, NY (June 15, 2015): NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. is applauding the State Senate passage of a bill (S.3604) he sponsors that would enable step-children and other non-biological children raised by deceased 9-11 first responders to become eligible for “legacy credits” on competitive civil service exams. Addabbo credits a constituent for bringing the issue to his attention and working with him to promote the bill's passage.  

June 15, 2015
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Justice for Job Seekers Investigative Report

Results of Undercover Investigation Shows Shady and Fraudulent Practices of NYC Agencies Preying on Immigrants 

New Legislation Would Crackdown on Illicit Activity by Agencies

File: 
Full Investigative Report

May 7, 2015
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SENATOR SQUADRON STATEMENT ON SENATE CODES CMTE VOTE ON .50-CALIBER RIFLE BILL

ALBANY – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement regarding the vote on his bill, the “.50 Caliber Threat Reduction Act” (S.2050), at today's Senate Codes Committee meeting:

April 28, 2015
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Senator Felder's Statement Applauding Councilman Greenfield and NYC Council for School Safety Legislation

"I commend Councilman David Greenfield and his colleagues in the New York City Council for proposing Introduction 65 to ensure the safety of non-public school children. Safety is a growing concern in every community, and all parents deserve to have peace of mind knowing that their children will be protected. We must do everything possible to keep all children safe."

April 16, 2015
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Orleans County Awarded $105,000 for Disaster Preparedness Efforts

Funding will help to train first responders prepare and respond to emergencies

Orleans County, represented by State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) is one of several counties across the state to receive a federal grant in support of anti-terrorism programs and emergency preparedness activities. Orleans County has been awarded $105,000 by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Homeland Security Grant Program. This funding will help prevent, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism and other disasters.

 

April 9, 2015
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TRIBOROUGH ELECTEDS SIGN ON TO BILL TO STOP BRIDGE TRESPASSING

Momentum for Adams-Squadron-Lentol Bill to Stop Bridge Trespassing Increases After RFK Bridge Incident 

NEW YORK – In response to yet another trespassing incident on a New York City bridge -- the RFK Triborough Bridge was breached by climbers on Wednesday, March 25 -- Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, State Senator Daniel Squadron, and Assemblymember Joseph Lentol announced key support of Bronx, Manhattan and Queens elected officials for their state legislation to raise trespassing penalties on critical infrastructure. Congressmembers Crowley, Maloney and Rangel; Bronx Borough President Diaz Jr.; State Senators Gianaris and Serrano; Assemblymembers Rodriguez, Simon and Simotas; and Councilmember Constantinides all represent the RFK Triborough Bridge or Brooklyn Bridge, and have now co-sponsored or endorsed the bill.

April 6, 2015
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Senator Flanagan Joins With Senator Croci To Pass Legislation Targeting Cyber Terrorism

            Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently joined with Senator Tom Croci (3rd Senate District) to sponsor four bills that would crack down on cyber terrorism and its rapidly expanding threat to the state’s security and finances.  The legislation would enact tougher penalties for cyber-related crimes, create cyber security programs to identify potential risks and threats and require the state to perform a comprehensive review of all its cyber security measures every five years.

March 12, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION TARGETING CYBER TERRORISM

Bills Focus on Enforcing Stricter Penalties and Create Cyber Security Measures To Protect New York From Future Threats

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate recently passed legislation to crack down on cyber terrorism and its rapidly expanding threat to the state’s security and finances. The legislation, which Senator Martins cosponsored, would enact tougher penalties for cyber-related crimes, create cyber security programs to identify potential risks and threats, and require the state to perform a comprehensive review of all its cyber security measures every five years.

March 5, 2015
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Senate Takes Lead on Combating Cyber Terrorism

Legislation enforces stricter penalties, creates a program to identify potential risk

 

ALBANY – New Yorkers confronted with a rapidly expanding threat to their security and finances gained confidence this week after the Senate took action to make the state’s computer infrastructure among the most secure in the nation. Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) and her colleagues passed legislation to increase penalties and reduce the risk of cyber terrorism to citizens and businesses.

 

February 26, 2015
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO ANNOUNCES LEGISLATION TARGETING CYBER TERRORISM ENACTED IN STATE SENATE

Senator Mike Nozzolio announced that the New York State Senate enacted four measures to crack down on cyber terrorism and its rapidly expanding threat to the state’s security and finances. The legislation would enact tougher penalties for cyber-related crimes, create cyber security programs to identify potential risks and threats, and require the state to perform a comprehensive review of all its cyber security measures every five years. 

February 26, 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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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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