Issues: Victims

Penn State scandal inspires state legislation to bring child abusers to justice

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) today announced that he is introducing legislation in the New York State Senate to close a loophole in the state’s child abuse reporting requirements.  The bill would add new individuals to the list of mandatory reporters of child abuse in New York: college coaches, athletic directors, professors, graduate assistants, administrators, and college presidents.

November 17, 2011
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Gianaris, Simotas, Vallone Hold Anti-Crime Rally in Astoria

Local leaders protest recent area crimes and introduce initiatives to make the neighborhood safer.

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and Council Member Peter Vallone, Jr. today held an anti-crime rally to protest the concentrated number of criminal activities that have occurred in the neighborhood recently. The elected officials, as well as community leaders and activists, also announced new crime-fighting initiatives to increase safety in the neighborhood.

November 16, 2011
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SENATOR SALAND ANNOUNCES NEW FACEBOOK APP TRACKS SEX OFFENDERS

Program allows parents to quickly search surroundings for threats to children

State Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C – Poughkeepsie) today announced that the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) has launched a Sex Offender Locator application which is accessible via the New York State Public Safety Facebook page. The app makes it easier for parents who want to quickly look up information regarding Level 2 and Level 3 Sex Offenders within their immediate area.

November 15, 2011
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SENATOR SALAND: NEW YORK STATE MUST EXTEND PROTECTIONS FOR MANDATORY REPORTING BILL ON CHILD ABUSE

Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C - Poughkeepsie), Chairman of the Senate Codes Committee and an author of  a number of child protection and domestic violence laws, announced that New York State must act on his legislation which requires suspected acts of abuse by a person in a position of authority to be reported immediately to law enforcement.

November 14, 2011
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Senator Gianaris discusses Budget Cuts, Tax, Science Campus At Bd. 1

The Queens Gazette wrote on the October Community Board 1 meeting, where questions were raised on how the state deficit will be handled this year. Senator Gianaris, as the keynote speaker, spoke about a range of topics including ways in which we can boost our economy and maintain community members' rights to services they need.

New York state faces a projected budget deficit of $2.4 billion next year and after closing a gap of $10 billion, largely through cuts to health care and education, the question raised at the October meeting of Community Board 1 was how the state will handle the deficit this year.

November 1, 2011
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Pols notify residents of Sunnyside/Woodside groper

Sunnyside Post wrote on the latest string of groping incidents Sunnyside and Woodside. Senator Gianaris has been working to inform the community about this danger by speaking at press conferences and passing out flyers on ways to stay protected on the streets.

Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer held a press conference on 46th Street and Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside today to alert the public and aggressively search for a perpetrator who has been groping women, and one 12-year-old girl in the Sunnyside/Woodside neighborhoods of Queens.[...]

October 27, 2011
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Officials warn Sunnyside of bicycle-riding groper

The Times Ledger reported on the series of groping incidents in Western Queens. Senator Gianaris, in addition to his legislation that makes groping children a felony, has been advocating for community involvement for safer streets.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) and Sunnyside electeds passed out fliers near the No. 7 train 46th Street-Bliss Street station early Monday morning, warning commuters of a groper in the area who has attacked five women and a 12-year-old girl.

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October 27, 2011
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Queens Groper Sought

The Queens Gazette wrote about the series of groping incidents that have taken place in Queens recently. Senator Gianaris, whose legislation makes groping a child a felony, warns the community against such dangers.

October 27, 2011
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Erin Merryn's Law would mandate child sex abuse education

SYRACUSE, N.Y. --"My innocence was killed, my childhood was taken. My voice was silenced. And I lived in that silence," Erin Merryn said.

Merryn says starting when she was six, she was sexually abused by a neighbor, then at 11 by an older cousin.

October 26, 2011
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Senators Valesky, Klein, Bring Erin Merryn's Law To NY State

Measure Aimed at Stopping Child Sexual Abuse; Catching Predators

October 25, 2011
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Senators Valesky, Klein, Bring Erin Merryn's Law To NY State

Measure Aimed at Stopping Child Sexual Abuse; Catching Predators

October 25, 2011
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Senator Adams Speaks at Martial Arts Self-Defense Class at Kings Bay Y at Windor Terrace

On Sunday, October 23, the Kings Bay Y at Windsor Terrace offered martial arts self-defense classes in response to the recent sexual assaults that have occurred in the community.  Senator Adams shared sexual assault safety tips and crime tips with everyone to ensure safety for themselves and the community.  Invited experts engaged in dialogue on crime prevention, demonstrated self-defense techniques designed for women, and helped them make sound decisions when faced with potentially dangerous situations.

October 25, 2011
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Intimate Partner Violence

For Immediate Release: October 20, 2011

Contacts: Bryant G. Gaspard (Huntley) | gaspard@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

Guillermo Martinez (Rivera) | martinez@assembly.state.ny.us | (518) 455-5844

Lawmakers: High Rates of Domestic Violence Hurts Adolescents, More Needs to be Done to Protect Women

Senator Shirley L. Huntley & Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera call for passage of legislation that will reverse increasing rates of violence against women

October 20, 2011
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Sunnyside and Woodside concerned over sex attacks

The Queens Courier reported on the recent attacks on several Queens women. Senator Gianaris was present at the public conference to alert the community about the recent attackers. The senator's bill requiring the act of groping to be counted as a felony is just one way to attempt to reduce such dangers to our community.

For the past month, women in Sunnyside and Woodside have been looking over their shoulders for a predator on pedals.

With incidents of sexual assault rising across the five boroughs, the neighboring communities are the most recent areas to experience repeated sexual attacks on women.

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October 18, 2011
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Police Investigate String Of Attacks On Queens Women

NY1 reported on the recent attacks on Queens women. Senator Gianaris attended the press conference to speak out against Sunnyside/Woodside sexual predators. He also handed out flyers to raise awareness about these issues and inform people on how to act when they find themselves in such dangerous situations.

Police were searching Monday for a man they said tried to sexually assault a 23-year-old woman in Queens the previous night.

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On Wednesday night, police say a man assaulted a 23-year-old woman in Laurelton.

Police were also looking for another man in a string of attacks around Woodside and Sunnyside.

October 18, 2011
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Kingston Daily Freeman Article Regarding New Anti-Strangulation Law

Please click here for the recent article in the Kingston Daily Freeman regarding the impact of the new anti-strangulation law in New York State.

October 18, 2011
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Commemorating National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

On Wednesday, October 5th, Senator Robach had the privilege to attend a press conference in commemoration of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The press conference, hosted by Alternatives for Battered Women, was held at the Crime Victims' Resource Center, in Rochester. I have been happy to work with advocates, law enforcement, and victims to sponsor legislation, which has strengthened domestic violence laws. For more information on ABW, visit their website here, http://www.abwrochester.org/.

October 5, 2011
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