Issues: Victims

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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CYBERBULLYING: ANOTHER CRY FOR HELP - By Senator Steve Saland

In the wake of the most recent publicized tragedy in which a young boy, merely 14 years old, took his life to escape bullying, we must consider our response to the torment this child must have suffered. We know too well that as horrid as this occurrence was, it does not stand in isolation.

While some may advocate for stronger laws that would impose a criminal penalty on bullies, it is even more important that we address acts of bullying before it escalates to the point of no return.

October 4, 2011
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A Prayer Vigil and Peace Rally

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October 5, 5:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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Gallivan Calls For Assembly Action on Anti-Bullying Legislation

Comprehensive Bill Focuses on Prevention and Accountability in Schools

In response to the tragic death of Western New York teen Jamey Rodemeyer, Senator Patrick M. Gallivan is urging his colleagues in the New York State Assembly to follow the Senate and pass the Law to Encourage the Acceptance of All Differences (S.4921).

September 26, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Applauds Effectiveness of New Driving Law

Twice as many texting-while-driving tickets handed out this year than last year.

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris praised the effectiveness of a recently enacted driving law, which has led to double the number of drivers ticketed for texting while driving in August 2011 than in August 2010.

The Distracted Driving Bill makes the use of portable devices while driving a primary offense. Previously, using these devices while behind the wheel was a secondary offense and police could only stop motorists if they were committing another, primary offense – such as speeding or running a red light.

September 26, 2011
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SENATOR BALL STANDS AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

 

Ball Secures $50,000 for My Sister’s Place

September 23, 2011
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September 19, 2011
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Press Conference & Prayer Vigil to Denounce Gun Violence

Senator Adams joined other elected officials and concerned citizens in decrying the recent gun violence in our city, particular the senseless slaying of Denise Gray, an innocent bystander who was killed while sitting on her front stoop Labor Day weekend.

 

September 19, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Speaks with Children During a 9/11 Memorial Program at Most Holy Rosary School in Syracuse

Senator John DeFrancisco attended a memorial ceremony at Most Holy Rosary School in Syracuse on September 9th, where students and staff honored the victims of 9/11 through prayer and song.  Students held up American flags, sang "God Bless The USA" and particpated in a moment of silence.  There was also a new flag raising.

September 9, 2011
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Man Allegedly Fondles 7-Year-Old Girl’s Feet In Queens Library

A Queens minor was forcibly touched in a library. CBS 2 did a story on the incident and mentions legislation ISenator Gianaris is introducing, along with Assemblymember Simotas, which increases the penalty for those who forcibly touch minors.

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August 25, 2011
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Senator Kennedy to Introduce Legislation to Deliver Justice for Victims of Child Abuse

Legislation to fix gap in law that let North Tonawanda man off with light sentence after repeat child abuse

August 25, 2011
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Groping Attack Victims Host Rally; Safety Seminar Held

Queens Gazette wrote about the Astoria Against Violence rally Senator Gianaris attended in response to recent groping incidents in the neighborhood. It is important that we work together to keep our streets safe.

What started out as a single post on a local Web site WhyLeaveAstoria.com (WLA) about a woman who was groped by a man riding a bicycle, culminated in 45 women coming out with their shared experiences, two arrests and a rally organized by two of the victims to speak out against sexual harassment and abuse.

August 24, 2011
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Document Drop: Bill Perkins, Cy Vance And DSK

August 22, 2011 1:02 PMBY Celeste KatzWhile we wait to see what Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. is going to do in the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case -- as our Melissa Grace reported, Vance's office could file papers to dismiss the whole mess -- state Sen. Bill Perkins is out with the letter below. In it, Perkins argues that dropping the case would be a "travesty for all rape victims and for 'due process.'"

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August 23, 2011
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