Issues: Victims

SENATE PASSES BILL TO PROTECT REMAINS OF CRIME VICTIMS

The New York State Senate has passed legislation that would close a loophole in the state health law that gave a Western New York man who killed his wife the sole rights to her remains.

In 2009, Constance Shepherd of Tonawanda was brutally murdered by her husband, Stephen Shepherd. Her family fought to gain control of her remains to ensure a proper funeral and burial. However, under the state Public Health Law Stephen Shepherd had the sole rights to control the disposal of her remains. 

When the husband did finally act, it was to dispose of her body in a way that her family believes was intentionally disrespectful, in violation of the woman's beliefs and a further act of hostility towards her.

May 13, 2012
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO RECEIVES CRIMINAL JUSTICE APPRECIATION AWARD FROM SAFER

In recognition of his efforts to strengthen criminal justice and victim services, State Senator Mike Nozzolio was today honored by the domestic violence survivors’ group SAFER with their Criminal Justice Professional Appreciation Award.

May 11, 2012
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May 19, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Committee Meeting: Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Senator Michael F. Nozzolio, Chair 12 Noon, Tuesday, May 15, 2012 Room 411 LOB

May 15, 12:00 PM - 12:40 PM
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Senator Gianaris Pushes for More Safety Measures on Queensboro Bridge Ramps

DNAinfo.com wrote an article about a Queensboro Bridge off-ramp, which has been called a "death trap," following several auto collisions that have resulted in lawsuits and fatalities.

The dangerous Queensboro Bridge off-ramp at Queens Plaza South near Crescent Street has long been called a “death trap,” and after yet another accident there this month, state senator Michael Gianaris (D-12) wants more to be done to ensure New Yorkers safety.

 

The latest traffic accident occurred on May 1 - the fourth in a series of wrecks within a little more than a year.

 

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May 9, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO REQUIRE IMMEDIATE INVESTIGAT​ION BY LAW ENFORCEMEN​T OF ABUSE IN STATE FACILITIES

Measure Provides Timely Notification to Law Enforcement of Abuse of Children in Residential Care

New York State Senate today passed legislation that would modify current reporting procedures involving the abuse of children in residential care.

The measure (S.6563) guarantees that reports of certain abuse will be immediately forwarded to law enforcement. The passage of this legislation comes amidst the latest announcement by Governor Andrew Cuomo of his proposal to establish the Justice Center for the Protection of Persons with Special Needs.

May 8, 2012
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Jay J.’s Law Passes through Senate Committee, Moves toward Full Senate Vote

Senate Codes Committee approves Jay J.’s Law at their meeting Tuesday, a critical step toward passing the legislation in full Senate

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced the Senate Codes Committee approved Jay J.’s Law at their meeting Tuesday morning. Now that it has passed through committee, Jay J.’s Law begins moving toward the Senate floor for a vote of the full chamber.

May 8, 2012
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SENATE PASSES DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LEGISLATION SPONSORED BY SENATOR CATHARINE YOUNG

ALBANY – Imagine you’ve been beaten or sexually assaulted by an abuser. It may have been a spouse, significant other, or another relative that harmed you, maybe even repeatedly. Now, imagine how you would feel facing your abuser in court. Currently, New York State’s Criminal Procedure Law only permits children deemed “vulnerable” by a judge to testify by closed-circuit television. Now, thanks to a bill sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean), which has been passed in the state Senate, the law also would include “domestic violence victims” as “vulnerable” witnesses in criminal proceedings.

May 8, 2012
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Legislative News from Senator Bill Larkin

Below are legislative actions taken by the State Senate recently to protect our families:

Nothing fake about the dangers of synthetic marijuana: Believed harmless by many, ‘fake pot’ is a dangerous substance whose growing use is spreading through our communities. Herbs sprayed with toxic chemicals, these over-the-counter drugs have been responsible for a number of violent acts and can have devastating effects on a user’s health. To protect our families the Senate has passed S.6694, a bill that prohibits the sale and possession of these hazardous substances. With side-effects as bad or worse than a number of illegal drugs, it’s time that synthetic marijuana is removed from our stores.

May 4, 2012
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Prescription Drug Abuse: Progress in Albany, Washington

Local Advocates headed to Washington to take their movement to national-level.

Top state leaders committed to taking action this session.

WNY’s federal and state representatives fighting to stop the prescription drug abuse epidemic.

May 4, 2012
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Jay J. Visits Albany, Progress Made Toward Jay J.’s Law

Jay J. and his family secure the commitments of several key lawmakers

ALBANY, N.Y. – The push for Jay J.’s Law continued this week, when Jay J. and his family visited Albany to lobby lawmakers for support. Jay J., his grandparents, Joseph and Tabitha Retzer, and Uncle Kevin and Aunt Chris Retzer secured commitments from several state legislators whose support will be critical to passing Jay J.’s Law.

May 4, 2012
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Senate Passes Sex Abuse Prevention Bills

Measures Increase Penalties, Enhance Community Notification and Protection

 

The New York State Senate today passed a package of eight bills to prevent sexual predators from obtaining access to potential victims and help law enforcement and communities keep track of their whereabouts. The bills will help increase the amount of information available about convicted sex offenders and seeks to prevent them from obtaining access to vulnerable individuals.

 

May 2, 2012
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SENATE PASSES SEX ABUSE PREVENTION BILLS

Measures Increase Penalties, Enhance Community Notification and Protection

 The New York State Senate today passed a package of eight bills to prevent sexual predators from obtaining access to potential victims and help law enforcement and communities keep track of their whereabouts. The bills will help increase the amount of information available about convicted sex offenders and seeks to prevent them from obtaining access to vulnerable individuals.

May 1, 2012
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May 23, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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SENATE PASSES SEX ABUSE PREVENTION BILLS

Measures Increase Penalties, Enhance Community Notification and Protection

The New York State Senate today passed a package of eight bills to prevent sexual predators from obtaining access to potential victims and help law enforcement and communities keep track of their whereabouts. The bills will help increase the amount of information available about convicted sex offenders and seeks to prevent them from obtaining access to vulnerable individuals.

April 30, 2012
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IDC Announces Senate Passage of Erin Merryn’s Law

 

ALBANY, N.Y. – The Independent Democratic Conference was joined today by Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz, (D-Bronx), and nationally recognized anti-abuse advocate and survivor Erin Merryn to hail the passage of  important legislation to stamp out child sexual abuse in New York.

 

April 30, 2012
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RITCHIE SECURES $30,000 TO AID JEFFERSON COUNTY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS

Funding to Help Meet Growing Need at Victims Assistance Center

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced today that $30,000 in state funding will be provided to the Victims Assistance Center of Jefferson County, to help protect victims of domestic violence.

April 27, 2012
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Statement By State Senator Jose Peralta On Father-Son Sex Trafficking and Prostitution Operation

“The sex trafficking and prostitution operation dismantled by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, NYPD and federal authorities is yet another example of the barbaric treatment trafficked women are subjected to for the profit of ruthless pimps.

“It also underscores the need to reclassify sex trafficking as a violent felony. in recognition of the brutality of the crime and the punishment it warrants.  I recently introduced a bill in the New York State Senate that would make sex trafficking a violent felony and increase the minimum jail sentence to five years.  The minimum sentence currently is one to three years.

April 24, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Senator Michael F. Nozzolio, Chair 12 Noon, Tuesday, May 1, 2012 Room 411 LOB

May 1, 12:00 PM - 12:18 PM
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