Issues: Victims

Perkins Calls for Manhattan DA to Pursue DSK Case

By Ivan PentchoukovEpoch Times Staff

July 10, 2011

NEW YORK—State Sen. Bill Perkins called on Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. to continue pursuing the sexual assault case against former head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Dominique Strauss-Kahn on behalf of a Sofitel hotel worker.Perkins issued a letter to Vance prior to the press conference held on Sunday in the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building in Harlem.“We believe that the district attorney has a responsibility to pursue this case, because apparently there is some evidence that merited him getting involved to begin with,” Perkins said.

July 13, 2011
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A Vigorous Prosecution of Strauss-Kahn Is Urged

By NOAH ROSENBERG

NY TimesPublished: July 10, 2011

As the sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn teetered on the brink of collapse, several supporters of his accuser gathered in Harlem on Sunday to urge the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., to pursue the case “vigorously.”“Today is a very important day because it is a time for us to guarantee that justice is done,” said State Senator Bill Perkins, a Democrat, who was joined at an afternoon news conference by other politicians and members of various advocacy organizations.

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July 13, 2011
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'Courageous' maid who accused Strauss-Kahn of rape must have her day in court, say supporters .

By Richard Hartley-parkinsonLast updated at 4:07 PM on 11th July 2011

Activists have rallied behind the woman who accused former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault.Calling on authorities to continue his prosecution, the women's rights groups and other community leaders say they want the local district attorney 'to do his job' and let the alleged victim have her day in court....

July 13, 2011
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July 13, 2011
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SENATOR MONTGOMERY HONORS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT DOROTHY BURNHAM, A BROOKLYN “RENAISSANCE WOMAN”

The lifetime achievements of Brooklyn native Dorothy Burnham were recognized and lauded by NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) during the reading of a Senate resolution, which was unanimously passed by the full Senate during the final days of the 2011 Legislative Session. The resolution paid tribute to Dorothy Burnham’s many notable contributions to our public education system, the advancement of civil rights, and to the promotion of racial and economic equality. Ms. Burnham was also honored for her designation as recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the New York Friends of the People's World. “Dorothy Burnham is a Renaissance Woman,” said Senator Montgomery.

July 11, 2011
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Calling For Caylee's Law

Senator Ball Pushes for Bill in Response to Death of Florida Toddler

Albany, N.Y. – (07/08/11) – In the wake of a controversial acquittal that shocked the nation, and left many wondering if Casey Anthony got away with murder, Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) is calling for the creation of Caylee’s Law, a bill that would make it a crime for parents or caregivers who fail to report the death of a child.

July 11, 2011
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Family Members Seek Justice For The Wrongfully Convicted

Senator Gianaris for years has been advocating for a "Peace Commission" to review the cases of potentially wrongfully convicted individuals in order to decrease the number of cases of wrongful conviction in New York.

Dozens of family members stood on the steps of City Hall Thursday, shouting the names of related prisoners that they say have been locked up for no reason.

"I know he is innocent, and that's what hurts," said Louis Holmes, father of a current inmate.

Family members and activists say Albany leaders need to form what they called an "Innocence Commission," a panel with subpoena powers to investigate the cases of inmates who claim they're not guilty and should be set free.

June 17, 2011
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SENATE PASSES EXPANSION OF DNA DATABANK

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I – Port Jefferson) said the Senate passed a bill (S.5560) today that significantly expands the ability of law enforcement to solve crimes by requiring those convicted of all felonies and misdemeanors to submit DNA samples.

The measure is supported by the District Attorneys across the state, crime victims’ advocates and Governor Andrew Cuomo.

“This  bill would greatly enhance the DNA database and protect communities by keeping more criminals off the streets, while also reducing the financial costs and victims’ emotional strain by solving more crimes in an expeditious manner,” said LaValle,  “for New Yorkers throughout the state, this legislation will provide an additional layer of safety.”

June 16, 2011
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LaValle: Senate Toughens Sex Offender Laws

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C, - Port Jefferson) said the Senate today passed additional restrictions for sex offenders to help protect children and families. The four bills strengthen the penalties for not registering as a sex offender or following other post-release conditions, expand the current registry to include certain criminals serving sentences after committing a sex offense as a result of mental disease or defect, and prevent sex offenders from preying upon mental health workers and patrons in library settings.

June 14, 2011
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Senator Ball Interviewed on State of Politics

06/06/2011 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs, talks with Liz Benjamin on 

June 8, 2011
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Little, Rosenthal Introduce Legislation to Keep Hotel Workers Safer


Assemblymember Rosenthal and Senator Betty Little Introduce Legislation to Require Hotels to Provide Comprehensive Sexual Harassment Awareness Training

June 7, 2011
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CBS New York: New York Lawmakers Seek To Strengthen Domestic Violence Statute

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) - Albany is looking to put some teeth into the state’s domestic violence law. Lawmakers want to put repeat offenders behind bars before they cause serious harm to other potential victims.

June 7, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Senator Michael F. Nozzolio, Chair 12 Noon, Tuesday, June 7, 2011 Room 411 LOB

June 7, 12:00 PM - 12:13 PM
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Committee Meeting: Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Senator Michael F. Nozzolio, Chair 12 Noon, Thursday, June 2, 2011 Room 411 LOB

June 2, 12:00 PM - 12:12 PM
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“LAURA CUMMINGS’ LAW” PASSED IN STATE SENATE

Legislation will protect New York’s most vulnerable citizens

State Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) announced that legislation to improve the operations of the Child and Adult Protective Services systems in order to prevent tragedies like the murder of 23-year old North Collins resident Laura Cummings unanimously passed in the New York State Senate today.  The measure has been dubbed the “Laura Cummings’ Law” in her memory.

May 26, 2011
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Endangering the Welfare of a Child

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: May 26, 2011Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

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Senator Huntley Acts to Protect New York’s Youth; Bill Increases Punishment for Repeat Offenders

Advocates passage of legislation making Endangering the Welfare of a Child Class E felony

May 26, 2011
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Endangering the Welfare of a Child

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: May 26, 2011Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

*PRESS RELEASE*

Senator Huntley Acts to Protect New York’s Youth; Bill Increases Punishment for Repeat Offenders

Advocates passage of legislation making Endangering the Welfare of a Child Class E felony

May 26, 2011
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Senate Passes Valesky Legislation to Prevent Elder Abuse

The State Senate unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) aimed at preventing elder abuse through domestic violence.

May 25, 2011
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Griffo-Sponsored Harsher Penalty Bill For Child Sex-Abusers Signed Into Law

Griffo-Sponsored Harsher Penalty Bill For Child Sex-Abusers Signed Into Law

(Utica ) – State Senator Joseph A.

May 23, 2011
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