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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
On Friday, May 20th, Senator Robach attended a ceremony at the Public Safety Building to honor local police officers and survivors of domestic violence. SAFER, or Survivors Advocating for Effective Reform held the ceremony as a part of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Week. Police officers from Greece, Rochester, Gates and Fairport were recognized, along with the county sheriff and probation departments.
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.
Recently, the New York State Senate took a tremendous step forward in adopting a tougher stance against violent crime by enacting “Domestic Violence Prevention Act - Brittany's Law” (S.513), legislation I sponsored to create a statewide registry tracking violent felony offenders.
News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: May 19, 2011Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | email@example.com | (518) 455-3531
Senator Shirley L. Huntley Announces Passage of Bill Empowering Courts to Suspend a Driver’s Licenses’ after Failure to DWI Complete Program
Senator Huntley (D-Jamaica) and the New York State Senate passed legislation (S. 3188), which allows the New York State Court System to suspend a person’s driver’s license when an individual fails to pay a fine, complete predetermined community service or finish an alcohol awareness program.