Issues: Victims

All Crimes DNA Law Will Help Protect New Yorkers

ALBANY, 03/15/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) announced today that the New York State Senate has passed legislation that will implement the largest expansion of the state’s DNA databank since it was created in 1994. 

“DNA is a proven crime-fighting tool.  Expanding its use provides police and prosecutors with the means to put more lawbreakers behind bars and offers another layer of protection for the public,” said Senator Seward.  “More crimes will be solved, more criminals will be brought to justice and more innocent individuals will be exonerated through the databank expansion.”

March 15, 2012
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Public Hearing: "Joint Legislative Public Hearing on 2012-2013 Executive Budget Proposal: Topic "Public Protection / Criminal Justice /Judiciary"

Public Protection / Criminal Justice /Judiciary

Hearing Room A-LOB

 

Assembly

Senate

Joseph Lentol (Co-Chair)

Stephen Saland (Co-Chair)

Helene Weinstein

Elizabeth Little

March 15, 12:00 PM - 12:33 PM
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SENATOR SALAND ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT ON DNA DATABANK EXPANSION

All Felony and Penal Law Misdemeanor Convictions Would Require Submission of DNA Sample

Senator Steve Saland (R-I-C, Poughkeepsie) announces an agreement reached on his bill providing the largest expansion of the state’s DNA databank since it was created in 1994. The legislation is similar to the databank expansion plan proposed by Governor Cuomo in his Executive Budget and the bill sponsored by Senator Saland which passed earlier this year in the Senate.

March 15, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND’S LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN SEX OFFENDER LAWS PASSES SENATE

Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C - Poughkeepsie) today announced that the Senate has passed his legislation S.1418 which would prohibit convicted sex offenders from working or volunteering at any facility where such employment would allow the offender unsupervised access to residential living quarters.

March 14, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND’S LEGISLATION TO INCREASE PENALTIES FOR PATRONIZING OR PROMOTING CHILD PROSTITUTION PASSES SENATE

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that the Senate has passed his legislation that changes the way prostitution offenses are handled, especially when a child prostitute is involved (S.1415C).

March 14, 2012
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SENATE PASSES 2012-13 BUDGET RESOLUTION

Gallivan: “Senate Plan Cuts Taxes, Reforms Medicaid, Protects Seniors and Schools.”

The New York State Senate voted to approve its 2012-13 Senate Budget resolution, continuing its focus on state spending, job creation, and structural reform to government.

The Senate budget, at just under $132.5 billion, keeps the total state spending increase below two percent, and spends less than the Executive Budget. The budget closes a $2 billion budget deficit and builds on last year’s successes in putting the state’s fiscal house in order.

March 13, 2012
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“Protect Our Children Act” bill sponsored by Senator Grisanti makes violent crimes against children a felony with increased penalties

Senator Mark Grisanti recently announced that the Senate has passed the “Protect Our Children Act” which he sponsored to change the laws of New York State to save and protect children from cruel and repeated maltreatment. 

The bill, S5862A-2011, fixes problems that allowed perpetrators of serious child abuse to receive misdemeanor and nonviolent felony charges with probationary sentences that did not deter actions or even repeat actions. 

Now, prosecutors will have the option of charging felony child endangerment to protect children from serious reckless abuse as well as increasing penalties for not reporting the death of a child, obstructing the investigation into a missing child and repeat offenders. 

March 13, 2012
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Pol bid to halt cop-tix quotas

The New York Post wrote an article about a new law, proposed by Senator Gianaris, that would outlaw police quotas for arrests and tickets.

Police brass pushing arrest and ticket quotas could find themselves in jail for up to a year under a bill that state Sen. Michael Gianaris plans to introduce tomorrow.

Backed by the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, the bill would make it illegal for supervisors to require cops to make a certain number of arrests over a specified period.

Noting that good officers are being punished, Gianaris (D-Queens) said, “This bill would increase the penalties when quotas are used to evaluate performance.”

March 12, 2012
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S. 3022 Funeral Procession

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: March 2, 2012Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov |(518) 455-3531

**PRESS RELEASE**

Senator Huntley Passes Legislation Prohibiting Disruption During a Funeral Procession

Law making it illegal for a drive of motor vehicle to interfere with a funeral procession

March 2, 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 1:00 PM, Wednesday, March 7, 2012 Room 411 LOB

March 7, 1:00 PM - 2:32 PM
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Senator Lee Zeldin Announces Passage of his Legislation to Protect the Confidentiality of Sexual Violence Victims

Albany, N.Y. – New York State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) announced the passage of his legislation today to help protect the confidentiality of victims of sexual violence.

The bill (S.4073B), which will allow victims of sexual violence to have their voter records sealed in order to protect them from their attacker, passed the State Senate today with bi-partisan support and will now be delivered to the Assembly for consideration. The bill in the Assembly is being sponsored by Assemblyman Gabryszak (D-Cheektowaga).

February 29, 2012
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Griffo Pushes For New Law to Confine Convicted Killers

Griffo Pushes For New Law to Confine Convicted Killers

February 28, 2012
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Increase Penaltties for Sale of Drugs

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: February 16, 2012Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

*PRESS RELEASE*

Senator Shirley L. Huntley Passes Legislation to Better Protect Minors from Drug Abuse

Law would increase penalty for criminal sale of control substance to minors under age of 14

February 16, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND COMMENTS ON THE EXPANSION OF THE DNA DATABANK

Senator Saland Comments on the Expansion of the DNA Databank

February 14, 2012
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Flying Tips for Older Passengers

An editorial by the New York Times discusses some of the difficulties senior citizens may encounter when travelling by air and how some of these issues can be avoided. Senator Gianaris recommends that when flying, be sure to tell TSA officials about any medical conditions in advance of going through security.

FLYING, as most travelers know all too well, can be arduous. But while some of us may grumble about cramped airline seats and security pat-downs, simply navigating an airport can be downright disorienting for elderly travelers.

 

February 14, 2012
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I-Team: Lawmaker Wants Answers in Botched C-Section

NBC 4 covered a story on the need for greater regulations and oversight in New York hospitals in light of a mismanaged incident regarding a C-section procedure that was performed on a woman who was not pregnant. Senator Gianaris was interviewed for the story.

Watch the interview here.

February 14, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND’S “VICTIMS’ VOICES FOR JUSTICE ACT” PASSES THE SENATE

Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C - Poughkeepsie) today announced that the Senate has passed his “Victims’ Voices for Justice Act” which expands the number of victim’s family members who may speak at the sentencing of a defendant (S.4092).

February 13, 2012
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SENATE PASSES TOUGH SENTENCES FOR SEX OFFENDERS

Legislation Would Require Consecutive Sentences for Each Act of Rape

The New York State Senate today passed a bill that would ensure significantly longer prison sentences for serial rapists.  Under current law, it is possible for a judge to issue concurrent sentences for multiple counts arising from separate and distinct acts of rape. The legislation (S.1826) would require consecutive prison sentences for each separate count of first degree rape when an individual is convicted of multiple counts.

The bill was sent to the assembly.

February 13, 2012
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From the Desk of NYS Senator Eric Adams:

On Tuesday, February 7, 2012, Senator Adams introduced a resolution mourning the tragic, senseless and untimely death of 19-year-old Pvt. Danny Chen who, after allegedly being the target of racial bullying by some of his peers, took his own life in October of 2011.The Senator expressed the hope that New York State, a state that relishes in and celebrates its diversity, would send a strong message that all members of our armed forces – regardless of race, gender or religion – should be shown the greatest of appreciation and welcomed as Americans fighting for the freedom and security of all mankind.

February 8, 2012
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