Issues: Victims

Kennedy Announces Senate Passage of Bill Designed to Increase Confidentiality Within Child Fatality Reports

Kennedy: Legislation Helps Create Greater Report Transparency, While Maintaining Family Privacy 

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy (D-Buffalo) announced today the passage of legislation which amends the social services law in order to increase the confidentiality of families named in child fatality reports. If enacted, the law would require local social services departments to make sure any comments made in the report protect the confidentiality of the deceased child, the child’s family and the source of the report.  In the past, concerns have been voiced about state officials not releasing fatality reports due to an inability to redact these identities and other sensitive case information.

February 2, 2015
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Public Hearing: Examining police safety and public protection in New York City

Senate Standing Committee on Civil Service and PensionsChair: Senator Martin J. GoldenPublic Hearing: Examining police safety and public protection in New York CityPlace: Senate Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, New YorkTime: 12:00 P.M.Contact: Lisa Mooney (518) 455-2597Media Contact: Senate Majority Press Office (518) 455-2264ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

February 4, 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Public Hearing: Examining police safety and public protection in New York City

Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government OperationsChair: Senator Carl L. MarcellinoPublic Hearing: Examining police safety and public protection in New York CityPlace: Senate Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, New YorkTime: 12:00 P.M.Contact: Lisa Mooney (518) 455-2597Media Contact: Senate Majority Press Office (518) 455-2264ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

February 4, 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Public Hearing: Examining police safety and public protection in New York City

Senate Standing Committee on CodesChair: Senator Michael F. NozzolioPublic Hearing: Examining police safety and public protection in New York CityPlace: Senate Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, New YorkTime: 12:00 P.M.Contact: Lisa Mooney (518) 455-2597Media Contact: Senate Majority Press Office (518) 455-2264ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

February 4, 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Public Hearing: Examining police safety and public protection in New York City

Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and CorrectionChair: Senator Patrick M. GallivanPublic Hearing: Examining police safety and public protection in New York CityPlace: Senate Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, New YorkTime: 12:00 P.M.Contact: Lisa Mooney (518) 455-2597Media Contact: Senate Majority Press Office (518) 455-2264ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

February 4, 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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The Daily News: Senate approves package of bills to toughen penalties for sex offenders

New York state would have to notify a local municipality whenever a sex offender is transferred from a state facility to a community program or residence, under a bill approved by the state Senate.

January 27, 2015
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January 26, 2015
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Murphy passes package of bills to toughen penalties for sex offenders

ALBANY, NY - State Senator Terrence Murphy, long known for his work in local government on Child Safety Zone initiatives, today announced the passage of a package of legislation he says would help keep communities safer from sexual predators. The seven bills are aimed at helping to prevent the most dangerous offenders from having contact with children and college students, require more stringent residency reporting requirements for the sex offender registry, strengthen penalties for those who help sex offenders evade registration requirements, and create a public awareness program to educate schools, community groups, and clergy on issues related to sex offenders.

January 26, 2015
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Public Hearing: Examining police safety and public protection in New York State

Senate Standing Committee on CodesChair: Senator Michael F. NozzolioPublic Hearing: Examining police safety and public protection in New York StatePlace: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M.Contact: Brendan Lovullo (518) 455-2561, Dan Toomey (518) 455-2559Media Contact: Senate Majority Press Office (518) 455-2264ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

March 11, 10:00 AM - 3:39 PM
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Public Hearing: Examining police safety and public protection in New York State

Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government OperationsChair: Senator Carl L. MarcellinoPublic Hearing: Examining police safety and public protection in New York StatePlace: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M.Contact: Brendan Lovullo (518) 455-2561, Dan Toomey (518) 455-2559Media Contact: Senate Majority Press Office (518) 455-2264ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

March 11, 10:00 AM - 3:39 PM
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Public Hearing: Examining police safety and public protection in New York State

Senate Standing Committee on Civil Service and PensionsChair: Senator Martin J. GoldenPublic Hearing: Examining police safety and public protection in New York StatePlace: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M.Contact: Brendan Lovullo (518) 455-2561, Dan Toomey (518) 455-2559Media Contact: Senate Majority Press Office (518) 455-2264ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

March 11, 10:00 AM - 3:39 PM
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Public Hearing: Examining police safety and public protection in New York State

Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and CorrectionChair: Senator Patrick M. GallivanPublic Hearing: Examining police safety and public protection in New York StatePlace: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New York StateTime: 10:00 A.M.Contact: Brendan Lovullo (518) 455-2561, Dan Toomey (518) 455-2559Media Contact: Senate Majority Press Office (518) 455-2264ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

March 11, 10:00 AM - 3:39 PM
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Senate Passes Women's Equality Package

In its first legislative act of 2015, the New York State Senate today approved a comprehensive Women’s Equality Agenda that would enhance the rights of women and protect those who are most vulnerable to abuse and discrimination.

January 12, 2015
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January 9, 2015
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TWC News: State Senate to Hold Hearings on police Safety

By: TWC News Staff12/30/2014 09:45 AM

January 9, 2015
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Chanukah is the celebration of Miracles!

"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said.  "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land.  After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps.  But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.

December 17, 2014
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Griffo, Oneida County Officers & Prosecutors Call for Tougher Penalties for Impersonating a Police Officer

UTICA – State Sen. Joseph A. Griffo – with the support of law enforcement and prosecutors in Oneida County – today announced he will sponsor a bill that would stiffen sentences for anyone who commits a crime while impersonating a police officer.

The bill would automatically make crimes up to class B felonies one category higher than the offense would have been if the person was not impersonating a police officer.

December 9, 2014
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Statement by Sen. Brad Hoylman on A.G. Schneiderman’s Request for an Executive Order Allowing Him to Investigate Cases Involving Unarmed Civilians Killed By Police Officers

State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) today released the following statement regarding Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s request for an executive order that would allow the Office of the Attorney General to investigate and, if necessary, prosecute cases involving unarmed civilians killed by police officers.“A local grand jury’s failure to bring an indictment after the tragic death of Eric Garner has highlighted serious flaws in our judicial process. An executive order appointing Attorney General Schneiderman as a special prosecutor in future criminal proceedings brought against police officers would help ensure independence and integrity in our criminal justice system.  I wholeheartedly support it.”

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December 8, 2014
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The LCN: Gallivan applauds new law to protect young victims of human trafficking

State Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-Elma) says a new state law will protect young victims of human trafficking by ensuring they receive the help and treatment they need.

Gallivan says he supports the law (S.6804/A.8749-A) signed this week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, but says a more comprehensive bill passed by the Senate should also become law.

October 22, 2014
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WHEC Rochester: Sen. Gallivan calls for tougher penalties for human trafficking

Updated: 10/21/2014 10:46 PMCreated: 10/21/2014 10:44 PM WHEC.com

State Senator Patrick Gallivan says he supports a new law signed recently by Governor Andrew Cuomo to help victims of human trafficking, but wants the government to do more.

He wants the legislature to pass a more comprehensive bill approved by the state Senate.

October 22, 2014
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