Issues: Victims

January 26, 2015
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Murphy passes package of bills to toughen penalties for sex offenders

ALBANY, NY - State Senator Terrence Murphy, long known for his work in local government on Child Safety Zone initiatives, today announced the passage of a package of legislation he says would help keep communities safer from sexual predators. The seven bills are aimed at helping to prevent the most dangerous offenders from having contact with children and college students, require more stringent residency reporting requirements for the sex offender registry, strengthen penalties for those who help sex offenders evade registration requirements, and create a public awareness program to educate schools, community groups, and clergy on issues related to sex offenders.

January 26, 2015
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Public Hearing: Examining police safety and public protection in New York State

Senate Standing Committee on CodesChair: Senator Michael F. NozzolioPublic Hearing: Examining police safety and public protection in New York StatePlace: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M.Contact: Brendan Lovullo (518) 455-2561, Dan Toomey (518) 455-2559Media Contact: Senate Majority Press Office (518) 455-2264ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

March 11, 10:00 AM - 3:39 PM
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Public Hearing: Examining police safety and public protection in New York State

Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government OperationsChair: Senator Carl L. MarcellinoPublic Hearing: Examining police safety and public protection in New York StatePlace: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M.Contact: Brendan Lovullo (518) 455-2561, Dan Toomey (518) 455-2559Media Contact: Senate Majority Press Office (518) 455-2264ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

March 11, 10:00 AM - 3:39 PM
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Public Hearing: Examining police safety and public protection in New York State

Senate Standing Committee on Civil Service and PensionsChair: Senator Martin J. GoldenPublic Hearing: Examining police safety and public protection in New York StatePlace: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M.Contact: Brendan Lovullo (518) 455-2561, Dan Toomey (518) 455-2559Media Contact: Senate Majority Press Office (518) 455-2264ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

March 11, 10:00 AM - 3:39 PM
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Public Hearing: Examining police safety and public protection in New York State

Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and CorrectionChair: Senator Patrick M. GallivanPublic Hearing: Examining police safety and public protection in New York StatePlace: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New York StateTime: 10:00 A.M.Contact: Brendan Lovullo (518) 455-2561, Dan Toomey (518) 455-2559Media Contact: Senate Majority Press Office (518) 455-2264ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

March 11, 10:00 AM - 3:39 PM
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Senate Passes Women's Equality Package

In its first legislative act of 2015, the New York State Senate today approved a comprehensive Women’s Equality Agenda that would enhance the rights of women and protect those who are most vulnerable to abuse and discrimination.

January 12, 2015
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January 9, 2015
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TWC News: State Senate to Hold Hearings on police Safety

By: TWC News Staff12/30/2014 09:45 AM

January 9, 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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Griffo, Oneida County Officers & Prosecutors Call for Tougher Penalties for Impersonating a Police Officer

UTICA – State Sen. Joseph A. Griffo – with the support of law enforcement and prosecutors in Oneida County – today announced he will sponsor a bill that would stiffen sentences for anyone who commits a crime while impersonating a police officer.

The bill would automatically make crimes up to class B felonies one category higher than the offense would have been if the person was not impersonating a police officer.

December 9, 2014
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Statement by Sen. Brad Hoylman on A.G. Schneiderman’s Request for an Executive Order Allowing Him to Investigate Cases Involving Unarmed Civilians Killed By Police Officers

State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) today released the following statement regarding Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s request for an executive order that would allow the Office of the Attorney General to investigate and, if necessary, prosecute cases involving unarmed civilians killed by police officers.“A local grand jury’s failure to bring an indictment after the tragic death of Eric Garner has highlighted serious flaws in our judicial process. An executive order appointing Attorney General Schneiderman as a special prosecutor in future criminal proceedings brought against police officers would help ensure independence and integrity in our criminal justice system.  I wholeheartedly support it.”

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December 8, 2014
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The LCN: Gallivan applauds new law to protect young victims of human trafficking

State Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-Elma) says a new state law will protect young victims of human trafficking by ensuring they receive the help and treatment they need.

Gallivan says he supports the law (S.6804/A.8749-A) signed this week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, but says a more comprehensive bill passed by the Senate should also become law.

October 22, 2014
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WHEC Rochester: Sen. Gallivan calls for tougher penalties for human trafficking

Updated: 10/21/2014 10:46 PMCreated: 10/21/2014 10:44 PM WHEC.com

State Senator Patrick Gallivan says he supports a new law signed recently by Governor Andrew Cuomo to help victims of human trafficking, but wants the government to do more.

He wants the legislature to pass a more comprehensive bill approved by the state Senate.

October 22, 2014
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SENATOR GALLIVAN APPLAUDS NEW STATE LAW TO PROTECT YOUNG VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING

BUT MORE MUST BE DONE TO HOLD TRAFFICKERS RESPONSIBLE  

 

October 20, 2014
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Griffo Secures $10,000 to Address Domestic Violence in Lewis County

LOWVILLE - Sen. Joseph A. Griffo today announced that he has secured $10,000 for Lewis County Opportunities to use toward services that directly help victims of domestic violence.

"During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, it's important that we recognize agencies that are helping victims by giving them the tools they need to regain control of their lives," said Griffo, R-Rome. "Lewis County Opportunities provides confidential help free of charge and, in doing so, have become an indispensible community resource."

October 20, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #36: Tips for Addressing Domestic Violence

Recent national headlines have put a spotlight on a growing menace to society’s well-being: domestic violence.

Sadly, our area is not immune. Last year, police agencies in the counties I represent – Oneida, Lewis and St. Lawrence – reported 2,308 victims of domestic violence. The overwhelming majority involved physical abuse.

Domestic violence impacts every demographic: women and men; young and old; poor and rich; rural and city. It rips apart families and the emotional scars left behind never heal as fast as the physical wounds.

October 16, 2014
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Statement From State Senator Jose Peralta On NYCHA’s Handling Of Domestic Violence Victims’ Petitions For Emergency Housing

“Published reports and a City Council hearing today are shining a long overdue light on NYCHA’s broken system for providing emergency shelter to victims of domestic violence.

“It is a travesty to require women to risk their lives to produce the paperwork needed to qualify for emergency housing—and then not provide that housing.

“The expansion of the list of crimes that would not require a second documented instance of abuse is a welcome change, but more needs to be done to protect those who are unable to go to the police in the first place.”

 “I have introduced a bill that would enable domestic violence victims to be considered for emergency NYCHA housing without having to first contact authorities and put themselves in danger of retribution from their batterers.

“What my bill can’t do is make NYCHA cut wait times of as long as 10 years.  That is something NYCHA needs to address.

 “The many advocates for domestic violence victims who support my bill do so because  the lack of safe, affordable, permanent housing is one of the biggest impediments victims face in their effort to escape an abusive environment.  NYCHA has taken a small first step toward cutting red tape for victims, but much, much more needs to be done to fix the system.”

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October 14, 2014
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October Marks Domestic Violence Awareness

October is also National Domestic Violence Awareness Month Domestic violence is a crime that rips apart the very fabric of families.  It can afflict every segment of society and knows no economic, ethnic or geographic boundaries.  During National Domestic Violence Awareness Month,  we are encouraged to not only acknowledge the progress made in reducing these shameful crimes, but to also recognize that more work must be done.

October 10, 2014
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Walk a Mile in my Shoes

I was pleased to join Alternatives for Battered Women and the Rochester community at the annual Walk a Mile in my Shoes fundraiser. This is a great event that supports ABW and raises awareness for domestic violence victims during Domestic Violence Awareness month. For more information, or how you can help ABW, visit their website at www.abwrochester.org. 

October 6, 2014
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