Issues: Crime

Senate Passes Bill Protecting Students from Sexual Assault on College & University Campuses

The New York State Senate has passed crucial legislation in the fight against sexual violence on college campuses. The bill (S5965) takes a comprehensive approach to help make every college and university campus throughout New York State more safe and secure. In 2014, members of the Senate Higher Education Committee convened a roundtable of advocates, legislators, college and

June 17, 2015
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SQUADRON, AUBRY INTRODUCE KALIEF'S LAW TO FIX “SPEEDY TRIAL” RULES IN NYS

Broken System Forces Defendants to Endure Significant Delays Before Trial

Electeds: The Experience of Kalief Browder Must Be A Call To Action

ALBANY — State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblymember Jeffrion Aubry announced legislation (S.5988) to fix New York State's "speedy trial" law following the recent death of Kalief Browder, who spent three years in pre-trial detention at Riker's Island. Kalief's Law closes a legal loophole that forces defendants to endure significant delays before trial, even while in jail, despite the time limits established by law. This change will limit delays by prosecutors and the court, so that defendants are afforded their constitutional right to a speedy trial.

June 17, 2015
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Ortt Puts a Dent in Scrap Metal Theft

Senator’s Bill Creates Scrap Metal Registry, Deters Theft

The New York State Senate late last night passed legislation sponsored by Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) aimed at preventing scrap metal theft. The bill (S.4882) prohibits the sale or purchase of certain items as scrap by creating a scrap processor registration system. Ortt says he believes the measures will help curtail copper theft.

June 16, 2015
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Your Voice With Senator Ortt

As session winds down, Senator Ortt discusses his recent bills that passed in the Senate, and also talks about Amanda Lynn's Law and two geothermal bills that have just passed in both houses of the state legislature. Sen. Ortt concludes the interview with priority bills he's hoping to take up before session ends. 

June 16, 2015
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Senate Passes Legislation to Protect Senior Citizens from Abuse and Exploitation

The New York State Senate today passed a sweeping package of 10 bills to protect vulnerable senior citizens from predatory financial schemes and physical and emotional abuse.

June 15, 2015
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Amanda Lynn’s Law Passes in Senate and Assembly

Bill Named for Amanda Lynn Wienckowski, Establishes Felony Crime of Concealment of a Corpse

Both the New York State Senate and the Assembly have now passed Amanda Lynn’s Law, ending a five-year-long impasse between both houses of the Legislature. Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) sponsored the bill (S2957A) in the Senate while Robin Schimminger (D,C,I – Kenmore) took the measure up in the Assembly. The Assembly passed the bill this evening.

June 15, 2015
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Town Of Danby Concerns Prompt Seward Bill To Change State Sex Offender Notification Law

ALBANY, 06/15/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced senate passage of legislation he sponsored (S.5153) to ensure the public is properly notified of the sex offender status of group home residents.

“The senate has acted on a number of bills this year meant to safeguard and inform the public in regard to dangerous sex offenders,” said Senator Seward.  “Many times, these measures are needed to close previously undetected loopholes in our laws – that is the case in this instance.”

June 15, 2015
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SERINO PROTECTS COMMUNITIES FROM CONVICTED SEX OFFENDERS

SERINO PROTECTS COMMUNITIES FROM CONVICTED SEX OFFENDERS

ALBANY—Senator Sue Serino (R, C, I—Hyde Park) announced today that her bill aimed at protecting communities from convicted sex offenders passed in the Senate.

Senator Serino’s bill, S. 4339, would prohibit an individual who is a convicted sex offender from working or volunteering in a position where they would have unsupervised access to a residential living quarters as in the cases of building superintendents, maintenance workers, doormen and the like.

June 15, 2015
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State Legislature to Approve Amanda Lynn's Law Before Session Ends

The Senate once again passed Amanda Lynn’s Law, this time with amendments to the bill. Senator Rob Ortt, who sponsored the bill in the Senate, announces the Assembly has agreed on the changes. Robin Schimminger is sponsoring the bill in the Assembly and hopes to pass it during the last week of session. Sen. Ortt is hoping the bill will become law later this year. The Buffalo News interviewed Sen. Ortt the day before the bill passed in the Senate.   

June 12, 2015
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Sen. Ortt Talks About the Senate Passage of Amanda Lynn’s Law

The Senate has once again passed Amanda Lynn’s Law, this time with amendments to the bill. Senator Rob Ortt, who sponsored the bill in the Senate, announces the Assembly has agreed on the changes. Robin Schimminger is sponsoring the bill in the Assembly and hopes to pass it during the last week of session. Sen. Ortt is hoping the bill will become law later this year.   

June 12, 2015
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Senator Ortt's Week in Review

Senator Rob Ortt talks about the events he took part in across Niagara, Orleans and Monroe counties. He also mentions people he's met with to discuss issues and recaps his legislation that recently passed in the New York State Senate. 

June 12, 2015
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Young: For The Sake of the Mentally Ill, Public Safety Kendra's Law Must Be Made Permanent

Bill would provide greater protection for the public, increase needed medical care for mentally ill

 

ALBANY – Over and over, the tragic results of people with untreated, serious psychiatric disorders falling through the cracks and inflicting harm on themselves and their communities has been felt across our state and the nation. In light of another near-tragic subway incident, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) and her Senate colleagues this week passed legislation that would strengthen Kendra’s Law, and are now urging the Assembly to act.

 

June 11, 2015
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SERINO CHAMPIONS LAW TO PROTECT VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

SERINO CHAMPIONS LAW TO PROTECT VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

Bill to Extend Duration of Orders of Protection Passes Both Houses

 

ALBANY—Senator Sue Serino (R, C, I—Hyde Park) today announced that her bill to strengthen protections for victims of sexual assault has passed the Senate and will now head to the Governor’s office to be signed into law.

“I came to Albany to make a difference,” said Senator Serino. “Too often victims of sexual assault choose not to report crimes against them for fear of retaliation and an inherent distrust in a system that often leaves them vulnerable to repeat offense.  

June 11, 2015
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Your Voice with Senator Catharine Young - May 9, 2015

During this week's edition of "Your Voice with Senator Catharine Young," the Senator discussed her support for a permanent extension of the property tax cap. The property tax cap has saved Western New Yorkers approximately $450 million since it was implemented four years ago. The Senator also shares some additional efforts she has put forward to reduce the tax burden on local residents and ease the mandated costs incurred in municipal and school budgets.

 

Senator Young also discussed Renee’s Law and Kendra’s Laws, two pieces of legislation she sponsors, that passed the state Senate this week.

 

June 10, 2015
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Senate Continues Fight Against Heroin

ALBANY, 06/10/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced senate passage of a comprehensive package of bills to help decrease heroin deaths and put more drug dealers behind bars for peddling dangerous opioids. 

“As a member of the Senate’s Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, I have worked to combat this deadly drug, which is tearing lives, families, and communities apart,” said Senator Seward.  “Despite our progress last  year in addressing this epidemic, which has reached every segment of our population, the heroin crisis is far from over.” 

June 10, 2015
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Senate Passes Griffo’s Bill To Increase Penalties For Unregistered Check Cashers

ALBANY -- The State Senate on Wednesday passed legislation authored by Senator Joseph Griffo that would increase penalties for unregistered individuals or companies who cash checks, drafts or money orders for people without having a license to do so.

Senator Griffo’s consumer protection bill (S3618) would make it a Class E felony to commit this crime, and it would impose a $2,500 fine for each violation. The crime is currently classified as a Class A misdemeanor.

June 10, 2015
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Griffo Joins Senate in Passing Legislation To Confront Rising Crisis In Heroin, Opioid Abuse

 

ALBANY -- State Senator Joseph Griffo joined the New York State Senate on Tuesday in passing a package of proposed legislation that would help prevent heroin deaths and put more drug dealers behind bars for peddling dangerous opioids.

June 10, 2015
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Senate passes bills to combat heroin crisis and enhance treatment options for opioid abuse

The New York State Senate today passed a package of bills to help decrease heroin deaths and put more drug dealers behind bars for peddling dangerous opioids.

June 10, 2015
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Drug dealers would face homicide charges after overdose under Senate heroin package

ALBANY, NY - State Senator Terrence Murphy, co-chairman of the New York State Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, today announced passage of a package of bills to help decrease heroin deaths and put more drug dealers behind bars for peddling dangerous opioids. The measures are being put forth by the Task Force as part of its continuing examination of the issues created by increased heroin abuse that is causing hundreds of deaths in communities across the state.

June 10, 2015
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