Issues: Victims

Kennedy, Peoples-Stokes Propose Major Changes to Reform Child Protective Services

Following the tragic deaths of two young Buffalo children, Senator Kennedy and Assemblywoman Peoples-Stokes pursue new legislation to improve a system long needing reform.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, both Democrats from Buffalo, today unveiled a comprehensive series of legislation that will strengthen and improve Child Protective Services in Erie County and across the state. Together, the bills proposed by Kennedy and Peoples-Stokes present major changes to a system long in need of reform.

January 10, 2014
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Senator Stavisky Commends Governor Cuomo for Approving Expanded Powers to Family and Criminal Courts to Combat Domestic Violence

Flushing, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) commended Governor Cuomo for signing into law a bill which empowers family and criminal courts to order domestic abusers to return financial control and credit and debit cards to protected parties.

 

December 27, 2013
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State Senator Peralta Targets 21st Century Gang Crime

With holiday shopping bills coming due, State Senator Jose Peralta is cautioning consumers to keep an eye out for unauthorized or suspicious transactions on their bank and credit card statements and is introducing legislation to help law enforcement crack down on “21st Century” organized crime activity.

 Identity theft and the confiscation of personal information, such as bank PINs, are not "seasonal" crimes, but they occur with greater frequency during periods of increased financial activity—like the Christmas shopping season.

 Gangs are becoming more involved in these and other white-collar crimes, such as bank fraud, credit card fraud, money laundering, counterfeiting and mortgage fraud, according to the FBI's National Gang Intelligence Center, which identifies New York and Florida as the twin epicenters of this troubling new development in organized crime.

“Despite the increasing prominence of these crimes, the law used in New York to prosecute gangs and organized crime organizations does not include a wide variety of cyber and identity crimes,” Senator Peralta said.  “That’s not surprising considering that when the Enterprise Corruption Statute was passed in 1986, pagers were the cutting-edge personal technology of the day and the identity theft law did not even exist.”

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, who worked closely with Senator Peralta in drafting the legislation, said, “Those committing the crimes of identity theft are well-organized enterprises that inflict economic harm on a global scale, often leaving multiple victims and significant financial losses in their wake. My office has utilized the enterprise corruption statute in the past to pursue justice against those committing these crimes and this legislative fix to strengthen the law will allow us to do that more efficiently. I thank Senator Peralta for his leadership in introducing this legislation and for recognizing that the law must keep pace with emerging technology.”

Including crimes such as identity theft in the Enterprise Corruption Statute would also save the state money by eliminating duplicative legal proceedings, potentially saving hundreds of thousands of dollars per case.

When a defendant is charged with the crime of enterprise corruption by committing larceny through identity theft, for example, current law requires the defendant be indicted twice for the same underlying actions—one indictment for enterprise corruption and larceny and a second indictment for the identity theft charges.

In turn, a defendant must also be arraigned twice, have bail set twice and have two sets of motions.  In the end, a defendant is tried for the same conduct not once, but twice.

In addition to being needlessly costly to the state, the current law is inequitable to defendants, who also face duplicative costs stemming from needing to pay two retainers to defense counsel.

Here’s a small sampling of high-profile cases of new-age organized crime activity: U.S. Says Ring Stole 160 Million Credit Card Numbers; an identity theft ring spearheaded by the Crips, Bloods and a Brooklyn-based gang called the Outlaws stole more than $2 million from New York charities;  a cyber-theft of 10 million credit and debit card records was attributed to a New York City based street gang with ties to Central America; a Romanian man with ties to organized crime was charged with stealing at least $1.5 million by installing "skimmer" devices at ATM machines across New York City and Long Island.

“The bill would bring the law into the 21st Century,” Senator Peralta said.  “And it would make it easier for police and prosecutors to go after gangs and organized crime syndicates, in addition to saving the state money.”

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December 10, 2013
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Senator David Valesky Welcomes DFS Mobile Command Center to CNY

Department of Financial Services' Assistance Available for Homeowners during Mobile Command Center Visits to Syracuse on Thursday and Liverpool on Friday

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today announced that the Department of Financial Services’ (DFS) Mobile Command Center (MCC) will be in Central New York this week to help provide foreclosure prevention assistance to struggling homeowners.

Department representatives will be available to meet homeowners in the MCC at two locations:

November 21, 2013
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An Important Message on Domestic Violence: "NO MORE!"

Since 1987, our nation has observed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  This year, a number of celebrities, athletes, corporate leaders, and concerned advocates have joined forces in the battle against domestic violence with a dramatic new series of public service announcements that feature the NO MORE symbol, the first unified branding symbol (like the pink breast cancer ribbon) related to this important issue.

Along with raising public awareness, I wanted to let you know what I'm doing here in New York to help protect women and families, and to ensure that domestic violence offenders are appropriately punished for their crimes.  

October 16, 2013
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Senator O'Brien recognizes "Domestic Violence Awareness Month"

 

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Today, Senator Ted O’Brien joined Alternatives for Battered Women, the Rochester and Monroe County Domestic Violence Consortium and other local elected officials in recognizing October as “Domestic Violence Awareness Month.”

“Domestic and dating violence is a scourge that must be confronted and eliminated,” Senator O’Brien said. “Throughout their lifetimes, domestic and dating violence will affect 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men, and many incidents continue to go unreported. We must continue to insist that such violence will not be tolerated in our community.”

“I was proud to support the Domestic and Dating Violence Housing Rights law during my time in the Monroe County Legislature, and in the State Senate, fight for

October 8, 2013
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New York State Senate Honors Men Who Helped Rescue 10-Year-Old Girl and Comfort Lori Bresnahan After a Brutal Assault in Clay

On September 30, State Senator David J. Valesky honored two Onondaga County men who helped rescue a 10-year-old girl, and comfort Lori Bresnahan, after a brutal assault in Clay.

October 1, 2013
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Senator Stavisky Reminds New Yorkers that September 20, 2013 is National POW/MIA Recognition Day

Senator Stavisky Reminds New Yorkers that September 20, 2013 is National POW/MIA Recognition Day 

September 18, 2013
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STATE SENATOR RUBEN DIAZ WILL JOIN THE BANGLADESH COMMUNITY IN A DEMONSTRATION AGAINST RACIAL ATTACKS AGAINST THEIR COMMUNITY

Press Release

For Immediate Release

August 13, 2013

 

STATE SENATOR RUBEN DIAZ WILL JOIN THE BANGLADESH COMMUNITY IN A DEMONSTRATION AGAINST RACIAL ATTACKS AGAINST THEIR COMMUNITY

On Saturday, August 10th, at 6:30PM, Mr. Nurun Nabi, member of the Parkchester Jame Masjid congregation, was viciously attacked on his way home after a prayer service.

The incident took place on the corner of Ellis and Virginia Avenues near the mosque. The suspect attacked Mr. Nabi, stabbing him in the back without provocation or cause, apparently just disgusted by his appearance.

August 13, 2013
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RITCHIE SECURES $50,000 TO HELP VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Funding Will Aid Centers in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $50,000 in special funding to aid victims of domestic violence in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties.

“Across our communities, our state and our nation, domestic violence continues to be a major problem that has devastating physical and psychological effects on its victims and tears families apart” said Senator Ritchie.

“I am truly pleased to have the opportunity to assist the organizations in Central and Northern New York that play a key role in our communities, protecting and helping victims.” 

July 31, 2013
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Senator O'Brien fixes loophole in sex offender registry

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Last week, Senator Ted O'Brien’s bill making it a felony for a convicted sex offender to provide a false address or other identifying information to law enforcement for the sex offender registry was passed. The bill received unanimous support in the New York State Senate.

June 28, 2013
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Senate Approves Women Equality Agenda

The New York State Senate passed an historic package of bills today that would ensure equal pay for women, strengthen laws against human trafficking, provide greater support and protection for victims of domestic violence, stop sexual harassment, and end discrimination of women in the workplace related to gender, pregnancy, and family status. 

June 21, 2013
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ADDABBO BILL PUNISHING THOSE WHO FALSELY SOLICIT DONATIONS, GIFTS OR OTHER PROPERTY IS APPROVED BY FULL SENATE

Queens, NY, June 18, 2013 -- NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Queens) is pleased that legislation (S.3740) he sponsors and brought to his attention by a constituent, to crack down on people who defraud the public by pretending to collect donations on behalf of charitable and other organizations,  has been approved by the full State Senate. 

June 18, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Senator Patrick Gallivan, Chair Monday, June 17, 2013 OFF THE FLOOR

*This meeting will be called OFF THE FLOOR*

June 17, 3:14 PM - 3:46 PM
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Senate Measure Improves Safety in Residential Youth Facilities

The New York State Senate today passed a measure to protect the staff and occupants in group homes and other youth residential facilities.

June 12, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill to Create a Registry of Violent Offenders

The New York State Senate today approved “Brittany’s Law” to increase the safety and awareness of communities by creating a registry of convicted violent felons.

June 11, 2013
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Senator Kennedy, Family of Jackie Wisniewski Push for Jackie’s Law

Jackie’s Law will make it a criminal offense to install a GPS tracking device with the intent to stalk or constantly follow the location or movement of another person. 

Prior to her death, Jackie found a GPS device installed on her car, tracking her whereabouts. 

Kennedy: Jackie’s Law will ensure anyone who uses a GPS device to stalk their victim ends up behind bars. Survivors of domestic violence are in dire need of this protection.

May 28, 2013
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Jay-J Joins Senator Kennedy to Lobby Albany; Jay-J’s Law Passes Through Senate Committee

Senator Tim Kennedy introduced Jay-J’s Law, which aims to crackdown on severe and repeat child abuse. 

With Committee approval, bill heads to Senate floor. Push continues to get bill through Assembly this year.

ALBANY, N.Y. – Three-year-old Jay J. Bolvin, his grandfather Joseph Retzer and his Uncle Kevin and Aunt Chris Retzer visited Albany Monday to lobby members of the State Legislature and urge them to pass Jay-J’s Law (S.530/A.2623) this year. Jay-J’s Law – which is sponsored by Senator Tim Kennedy – aims to crackdown on repeat child abuse. Kennedy, D-Buffalo, announced the bill was passed through the Senate Codes Committee Monday afternoon.

May 21, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Senator Patrick Gallivan, Chair 12:30 PM, Monday, May 20, 2013 Room 123 CAP

May 20, 12:30 PM - 12:53 PM
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