Issues: Victims

Gianaris-Simotas Bill Signed By Governor

New law protects law enforcement officials from “hidden dangers”

QUEENS, N.Y. – Senator Michael Gianaris and Assemblymember Aravella Simotas announced that Governor Cuomo has signed a bill they sponsored cracking down on criminals who attempt to impede felony investigations through the use or installation of explosive devices and other hazardous materials.

The law takes effect amid a nationwide surge in felons – specifically narco-traffickers – “booby-trapping” the transport and storage locations of illegal goods. This practice endangers law enforcement personnel seeking to prevent the spread of contraband in our communities.

August 15, 2011
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Daily News: Let's crack down on repeat domestic violence offenders, Squadron & Golden say

By Kenneth Lovett

Two state senators on Thursday called for stiffer penalties for repeat domestic violence offenders.

The calls came after a Daily News report showed that reported domestic violence cases in the city skyrocketed 12.3% last year. Attacks on women "intimate partners" went up even more - 17.3%.

"[The Daily News'] report on rising domestic violence must be a call to action: Give law enforcement the tools they need to protect victims and families from this horrific trend now," said Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Manhattan).

Squadron and Sen. Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn) introduced legislation this year that would create a felony charge of "aggravated" domestic violence for those convicted of attacking their partners or family members two or more times within five years.

August 9, 2011
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Carroll Gardens Patch: Senator Squadron Encourages Passage of Domestic Violence Bill

By Georgia Kral

State Senator Daniel Squadron cited statistics released today - that show a more than 12 percent increase in domestic violence cases in New York City - in his call for action on a recently introduced domestic violence bill.

"Today's report on rising domestic violence must be a call to action," he said.

The bill, introduced by Squadron in the State Senate in June, would strengthen the current domestic violence laws by establishing "aggravated domestic violence" as a felony crime for abusers who commit two or more offenses within five years.

"Give law enforcement the tools they need to protect victims and families from this horrific trend now," said Squadron.

August 9, 2011
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Senator Squadron: Pass Law to Crack Down on Repeat Domestic Violence Offenders in Wake of Report on Skyrocketing DV

 

NEW YORK -- Following the report in today's Daily News that domestic violence cases have jumped 12.3% in New York City, State Senator Daniel Squadron (Brooklyn, Lower Manhattan) renewed his call for passage of legislation to increase penalties for repeat domestic violence offenders:

Today's report on rising domestic violence must be a call to action: Give law enforcement the tools they need to protect victims and families from this horrific trend now. 

Abusers are able to rack up domestic violence offenses while their victims are not protected. This bill will elevate repeat offenses to a felony and protect victims. In my district, Officer Alain Schaberger was killed by a repeat domestic violence offender.  We must act for the sake of Officer Schaberger and all victims across New York.

August 4, 2011
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SENATOR SALAND’S LEGISLATION TO KEEP GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OFFENDERS IS SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR

New law will bar people convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors from purchasing firearms

Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C - Poughkeepsie) today announced that Governor Cuomo has signed his legislation to protect victims of domestic violence by ensuring that pertinent information regarding certain violent misdemeanor crimes is considered, as required by federal law, when determining whether a person is qualified to purchase a firearm (S.4244C). 

August 2, 2011
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LOHUD: SENATE GOP INTRODUCES “PROTECT OUR CHILDREN ACT”

Posted by: Jon Campbell

Following the brutal murder of a 8-year-old Brooklyn boy and the high-profile Casey Anthony trial, Senate Republicans introduced a bill today that would create a new crime punishing people who kill a child with life behind bars.

July 22, 2011
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SENATOR VALESKY CO-SPONSORS PROTECT OUR CHILDREN ACT

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) is the co-sponsor of newly introduced legislation that would strengthen penalties for harming or killing a child and for obstructing law enforcement in investigations of those cases.

“As a father and a legislator, I am fully in support of legislation that protects children and punishes those who harm them. We’ve seen too many cases locally and nationally where egregious offenses have been committed against children with insufficient penalties. This legislation gives law enforcement the tools they need to appropriately charge and prosecute anyone who abuses or kills a child.”

July 22, 2011
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO SPONSORS “PROTECT OUR CHILDREN ACT”

Continuing his aggressive efforts to protect our most vulnerable citizens from violent crime, State Senator Mike Nozzolio is sponsoring new legislation, known as the “Protect Our Children Act” (S.5862) that would make sweeping, comprehensive changes to the New York State’s child protection laws to help protect children from cruel and repeated abuse.

July 22, 2011
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DAILY NEWS: NYS SENATORS PUSH "PROTECT OUR CHILDREN ACT"

BY CELESTE KATZ

Responding to to the high-profile child murder cases of Leiby Kletzky and Caylee Anthony, state Senate Republicans today introduced legislation to stiffen penalties against those who harm children.

July 21, 2011
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Seward Co-sponsors "Protect Our Children Act"

ALBANY, 07/21/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today joined senate colleagues in introducing legislation that would make sweeping, comprehensive changes to the state’s child protection laws.  The “Protect Our Children Act” (S.5862) includes provisions related to the reporting of missing children, will shield children from cruel and repeated abuse and increases penalties for child predators.

The bill comes in the wake of Caylee Anthony’s tragic murder case and the murder of eight-year-old Leiby Kletzky in Brooklyn, and includes more than two dozen provisions aimed at strengthening New York State laws.

July 21, 2011
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Question of the Day: 'Caylee's Law'

One of the most shocking aspects of the recently concluded Casey Anthony trail was that no one, including Anthony, reported Caylee Anthony missing or dead until a month after her mysterious disappearance.

July 19, 2011
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The Daily Yorktown: Sen. Ball Calls for 'Caylee's Law' Legislation

State Senator Greg Ball (R, C - Patterson) is calling for the creation of Caylee’s Law, a bill which would require caregivers to report the death or disappearance of a child to a police officer or law enforcement agency as soon as reasonably possible.

July 18, 2011
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Pressure builds to prosecute Strauss-Kahn case

By Mariano Andrade | AFP – Sun, Jul 10, 2011

A New York state senator and a coalition of women's rights groups and community leaders gathered Sunday to defend the alleged victim of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and demand the prosecution continue the sexual assault case."We are here to ask the District Attorney to do his job. We ask (DA) Vance to let the victim have her day in court," said New York Democratic Senator Bill Perkins at a news conference in Harlem.

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July 13, 2011
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State Senator Pressures Manhattan DA To Not Drop Strauss-Kahn Case

07/10/2011 09:50 AMBy: NY1 News

A Harlem lawmaker is calling on the Manhattan district attorney to pursue sexual assault charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn and let the alleged victim have her day in court.

State Senator Bill Perkins said District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. should not drop the case against the former head of the International Monetary Fund, since a dismissal could discourage future victims of sex attacks from coming forward.

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July 13, 2011
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Chorus of voices rises urging NY prosecutors to see Strauss-Kahn sex assault case through

Jul 13, 3:07 AM EDTBy COLLEEN LONG and JENNIFER PELTZAssociated Press

NEW YORK (AP) -- As prosecutors privately weigh what to do with the sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, an increasingly loud discussion is shaping up between legal experts who say the case is doomed and advocates who argue the prosecution should proceed despite questions about the accuser's credibility.

July 13, 2011
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N.Y. community groups, activists unite to support Strauss-Kahn accuser

July 10, 2011|  From Susan Candiotti, CNN National Correspondent

July 13, 2011
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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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