Issues: Victims

Senator Robach Comments on Brittany's Law

On Tuesday, May 17th, the New York State passed Brittany's Law (S.3645B), a bill that would establish a statewide violent felony offender registry by requiring offenders to register with the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services upon release from prison. The law is intended to increase the safety of all New Yorkers by providing access to the list of convicted violent offenders.

 

May 18, 2011
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Senate Passes Brittany’s Law: Creates Statewide Violent Offender Registry

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) announced today that The New York State Senate has passed Brittany’s Law (S.3645B), a bill that would establish a statewide violent felony offender registry by requiring offenders to register with the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services upon release from prison. The law is intended to increase the safety of all New Yorkers by providing access to the list of convicted violent offenders.

May 18, 2011
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Seward Backs Brittany's Law

ALBANY, 05/17/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today joined in supporting Brittany’s Law (S.3645C) that would establish a statewide violent felony offender registry by requiring offenders to register with the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services upon release from prison. The law is intended to increase the safety of all New Yorkers by providing access to the list of convicted violent offenders.

“New Yorkers have the right to know when violent offenders are living next door, interacting with loved ones, and possibly endangering their lives,” said Senator Seward.  “A violent felony offender registry will also provide law enforcement officials with an important crime-fighting tool.”

May 18, 2011
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Senate Passes Griffo-Backed Brittany's Law to Create Statewide Violent Felony Offender Registry

Senate Passes Brittany's Law  Creates Statewide Violent Felony Offender Registry  Registry would help law enforcement track violent offenders after release from prison

May 17, 2011
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‘BRITTANY’S LAW’ WILL HELP KEEP FAMILIES SAFE

Measure to Create Ex-Con Registry Sparked by Massena Assault

State Senator Patty Ritchie (R,C-Heuvelton) today hailed the expected passage of “Brittany’s Law,” which would create a public registry—akin to New York’s “Megan’s Law” list of sex offenders—that parents and neighbors could check to learn if dangerous ex-cons are living in their community.

The bill, which is expected to pass the Senate this afternoon and is sponsored by Sen. Joe Griffo and co-sponsored by Sen. Ritchie, was sparked by two heinous crimes, including the 2008 Harry Klages case. The bill is named for a 12-year-old, Rochester-area girl, who was murdered along with her mother by a dangerous ex-con, who won an early prison release after an earlier assault.

May 17, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE INTRODUCES MARK'S LAW

Bill Makes Killing Emergency Responders 1st Degree Murder

State Senator Patty Ritchie has introduced “Mark’s Law,” a bill to make the killing of emergency first responders first degree murder, punishable by the stiffest penalty allowed by law - life without parole.

The bill, S 4717, was introduced in memory of Mark Davis, the emergency medical technician who was shot to death while responding to a call for help in Cape Vincent on January 30, 2009.

May 13, 2011
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Keeping Schools Safe from Illegal Activity

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: May 12, 2011Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

Senate Enhances Law Aimed at Punishing Prostitution Offenses Near School Grounds

Senator Huntley (D-Jamaica) announced that the New York State Senate passed legislation,      S. 1313-A, which establishes new crimes and increased penalties for promoting and conducting prostitution within one thousand feet of school grounds.

May 12, 2011
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UPDATE: SENATOR NOZZOLIO ANNOUNCES “BRITTANY’S LAW” APPROVED BY SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE


New York State Senator Mike Nozzolio today announced that “Brittany’s Law”, the legislation he is sponsoring to create a statewide registry tracking violent felony offenders, has taken another critically important step toward becoming State Law.

May 5, 2011
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5/2//2011: Healthy Workplace Bill

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: May 3, 2011Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

**Press Release**

Senator Shirley L. Huntley wants to StopWorkplace Bullying

(D-Jamaica) On May 2, 2011 Senator Huntley spoke out against workplace bullying/ harassment at a press conference in Albany, New York.  Several guests and relatives talked about their loved ones who suffered through abuse and harassment at work, and in a few unfortunate cases, took their own lives.  

May 3, 2011
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5/3/2011: Housing Works Lobby Day

Housing Works vistited Senator Huntley to discuss S. 2873: The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GEND) sponsored by Senator Duane. This bill is the first step to ending the legal discrimination and social barriers faced by transgender people.

GENDA will:

Ensure equality in education, housing, healthcare and employment regardless of gender expression or identity
Enhance safety for all transgender people, especially the poor and homeless at high risk of getting HIV
Promote culturally competent medical care and delivery

May 3, 2011
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5/2/2011: Healthy Workplace Bill

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: May 3, 2011Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

*Press Release*

Senator Shirley L. Huntley wants to StopWorkplace Bullying

(D-Jamaica) On May 2, 2011 Senator Huntley spoke out against workplace bullying/ harassment at a press conference in Albany, New York.  Several guests and relatives talked about their loved ones who suffered through abuse and harassment at work, and in a few unfortunate cases, took their own lives.  

May 2, 2011
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NYS Senator Eric Adams Responds To NY1 News Report Of A Major Loophole In The IRS E-filing System By Introducing New Legislation To Protect Unsuspecting Tax Fraud Victims

 On April 12, 2011, NY1 reported a major loophole in the IRS e-filing system which allows identity thieves to steal the income tax refunds of unsuspecting taxpayers.  The current e-filing system only requires an individual to provide either a  Social Security Number (SSN) or Employer Identification Number (EIN) as proof of identity.  Unfortunately, many EIN numbers can be accessed online, affording Identity thieves the opportunity to illegally acquire an individual's  EIN number, input false data, and electronically file tax returns even before unsuspecting taxpayers receive their W-2 forms. 

April 25, 2011
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NYS Senator Eric Adams Discusses His Proposed Domestic Violence Registry Bill on PIX 11 Morning News

On Wednesday, April 20, 2011, New York State Senator Eric Adams stopped by PIX 11 Morning News to discuss his proposed domestic violence registry bill.

Watch the video here.

April 20, 2011
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NYS Senator Eric Adams And Assemblywoman Vanessa Gibson Respond To The Murder Of Sarah Coit At The Hands Of Her Boyfriend Raul Barrera By Calling For NYS To Require Domestic Violence Offenders To Register Like Sex Crime Offenders

On Sunday, April 17, 2011, New York State Senator Eric Adams (D- Brooklyn)  held a press conference with Assemblywoman Vanessa Gibson and Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries to announce legislation to create a Domestic Violence Offender Registry.  The new law will require that the name of anyone convicted of domestic violence be listed in a statewide “Domestic Violence Offender Database.”  Individuals would be able to ascertain whether they are associated with persons having prior history of domestic abuse.

April 19, 2011
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Crime Victims Rights Week

On Saturday, April 16th, Senator Robach joined Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and officials from the City of Rochester during an event for the 27th Annual Crime Victims Rights Week Walk. For more information, visit http://www.4victims.org/.

April 18, 2011
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Senator Nozzolio Discusses Brittany's Law with Brittany Passalacqua's Grandmother Dale Driscoll

Senator Nozzolio met with CNY Central reporter Jim Kenyon to discuss Brittany’s Law, which would create a statewide registry tracking violent felony offenders. Joining Senator Nozzolio was Dale Driscoll of Geneva, whose granddaughter Brittany Passalacqua was murdered by a violent convicted felon.

April 14, 2011
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Domestic Violence

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: April 14, 2011Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

*Press Release*

Senate passes legislation to protect privacy of domestic violence survivors Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-Jamaica) announced passage of legislation (S. 1031B) that will enhance domestic violence survivors’ safety by requiring insurers to provide them with alternative contact information which protects their privacy and ensures correspondence is received at a safe location free from the fear of attack.

April 14, 2011
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Senator Hassell-Thompson Urges all New Yorkers to Commemorate National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 10-16, 2011

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is a time to reflect upon the lives that have been tragically cut short or forever impaired due to the horrific nature of a crime.  It is just one week throughout the year in which we are asked to devote a moment or two to honor the lives and memories of those who were victims of crime.  This year’s theme of  “Reshaping the Future, Honoring the Past,” asks that we take a critical and unbiased look at our justice system and evaluate

April 12, 2011
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO SPONSORS “BRITTANY’S LAW” TO REGISTER AND TRACK VIOLENT FELONS

Continuing his aggressive efforts to protect our communities from violent crime, New York State Senator Mike Nozzolio has sponsored legislation (S.3645A) to create a statewide registry tracking violent felony offenders who are released from prison. The legislation, known as “Brittany’s Law”, is named for 12-year-old Brittany Passalacqua, who was murdered along with her mother by a violent convicted felon who had been released from prison early and put on parole just months earlier.

April 11, 2011
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