Issues: Crime

Senate Passes Legislation Allowing Community Benefit Projects to Receive Help from Prison Work Release Programs

For Release: Immediate, June 16, 2014

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S2204A), sponsored by Senator Cathy Young (R-I-C, Olean), that would expand work release programs to allow eligible inmates, deemed not to be dangerous, to help with not-for-profit organizations and public service projects. The bill utilizes this work force productively to help communities while giving inmates job-training opportunities.

June 16, 2014
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Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Highlights Bills that Have Passed the State Senate

On this week's program of Your Voice, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses legislation that would improve the safety on college campuses, better protect women and children from human trafficking, and crack down on repeat drunk drivers. 

 

 

June 16, 2014
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Klein, Sepulveda, Gun Violence Victim Luisito Oyala and Anti-Gun Violence Advocates Take a Stand Against Gun Violence

BRONX, NY -  Flanked by a coalition of anti-gun violence activists and Bronx legislators, Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) celebrated near unanimous passage of the anti-gun violence measure, ‘Luisito’s Law,’ and announced the introduction of ‘Nicholas’ Law,’ legislation that would require the safe storage of guns.

June 13, 2014
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Griffo Writes Local Police About Funds to Combat Heroin

UTICA – Joseph A. Griffo wrote to 21 police departments in his Senate district this week, urging them to apply for a grant that would provide training and equipment in the fight against heroin.

Griffo had asked the Office of the Attorney General to extend its deadline for the Community Overdose Prevention (COP) program so that more local departments could apply for funds. The office announced Friday that the new deadline would be Sept. 1, due to popular demand.

June 13, 2014
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Griffo Supports Women's Rights Bills

ALBANY – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo today helped passed bills designed to enhance women’s rights in New York.

The Senate passed a bill requiring employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with pregnancy-related medical conditions, as well as a bill to tough penalties against sex traffickers.

June 13, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILL TO MAKE RESIDENTIAL YOUTH FACILITIES SAFER

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reports that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed a measure to protect the staff and youth in group homes and other youth residential facilities. “Renee’s Law” (S2625B) increases the criminal history and other information available to those involved in residential placements for violent youth offenders so that a thorough evaluation of the youth's rehabilitation and the risk they pose to the community can be performed.

The measure was named for Renee Greco, a 24-year-old youth care worker who was killed at a group home for troubled youths in Lockport, Niagara County

June 13, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE GIVES FINAL PASSAGE TO “VINCE’S LAW”

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently gave final legislative passage to “Vince’s Law,” a bill that would significantly toughen criminal penalties to get persistent drunk drivers off the road.

Bill S7108 would extend the period of time in which multiple Driving While Intoxicated convictions can occur in order to be considered a felony. Under the bill, an individual convicted of three or more DWIs within 15 preceding years would be charged with a Class D felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

June 13, 2014
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Senate Passes Package of Bills to Fight the Financial Exploitation of Senior Citizens

The New York State Senate has passed a package of eight bills to prevent criminals from using financial schemes to prey upon senior citizens. The measures were recommended in a report released by the Senate Majority Coalition in May that examined this growing issue that affects thousands of senior New Yorkers each year. The type of elder abuse relating to financial exploitation involves the illegal taking, misuse, or concealment of funds, property, or assets of a senior for someone else's benefit. It can result in the significant monetary loss for the victim, and in some cases, a person’s entire life savings. Financial exploitation can range from the theft of cash, to much more elaborate schemes. 

June 12, 2014
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Measure to Protect Victims of Human Trafficking Passes Senate

Senator Dilan speaks in support of the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act (S.5879B). The legislation will improve New York State’s efforts to end human trafficking by enhancing protections of trafficking victims and strengthen penalties against traffickers. Senator Dilan is a co-sponsor of the legislation that passed the Senate unanimously.

June 12, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill Preventing Human Trafficking and Giving Greater Protection to Trafficked Victims

The New York State Senate today unanimously passed legislation to save lives by preventing the exploitation of children and adults who are victims of human trafficking.

June 12, 2014
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Senate Passes Valesky-Sponsored Elder Financial Abuse Legislation

Legislation sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) protecting seniors from financial abuse passed the Senate today.

Sen. Valesky, chair of the Senate Aging Committee, released a report on May 6 that shows financial abuse amongst New York's seniors to be more prevalent than initially thought, with much higher rates of undocumented incidents that actually exist. Data obtained by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services project a surge in the number of cases of financial abuse by the year 2030, with nearly 200,000 incidents predicted to occur.

June 12, 2014
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Senate Gives Final Passage to Stronger "Campus Safety Act"

Bill Requires Law Enforcement Notification Within 24 Hours of a Violent Felony or Student Gone Missing

June 12, 2014
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SENATE PASSES RITCHIE BILLS TO EASE JAIL OVERCROWDING

Bills Will Cut County, Taxpayer Costs

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced two of her bills to ease local county jail overcrowding and alleviate costs to taxpayers by requiring the state to move more quickly when picking up inmates and placing them back in state prisons were approved by the Senate Wednesday.

According to recent statistics, nearly a thousand state parole violators are in county jails for extended periods of time—all at a cost to taxpayers. 

“In Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties, localities are bearing the cost of detaining the state’s prisoners who have been released on parole. Not only that, but the overcrowding is causing some leaders to call for expansions, ” said Senator Ritchie.

June 12, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Make Residential Youth Facilities Safer

For Release: Immediate, June 11, 2014

"Renee's Law" Helps Protect Staff and Youth in Residential Placements

The New York State Senate today passed a measure to protect the staff and youth in group homes and other youth residential facilities. “Renee’s Law” (S2625B), sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R-I-C, Olean), increases the criminal history and other information available to those involved in residential placements for violent youth offenders so that a thorough evaluation of the youth's rehabilitation and the risk they pose to the community can be performed.

June 11, 2014
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"Phoenix's Law Passes In New York State Senate

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) today announced the passage of "Phoenix's Law" in the State Senate. This legislation would increase certain penalties for aggravated cruelty to animals and is urging his colleagues in the New York State Assembly to pass this important piece of legislation. This is the second consecutive year that Senator Grisanti has sponsored and passed "Phoenix's Law" in the State Senate.  

 

 

June 11, 2014
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Senate Passes Legislation Criminalizing "Revenge Porn"

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S5946A), sponsored  by Senator Phil Boyle (R-C-I, Suffolk County), that would make it a crime to distribute “revenge porn.”   "Revenge porn" is the practice of sharing private nude photographs or explicit videos publically without the consent of the individual pictured. The dissemination of these images are posted online to strike back at someone and are often accompanied by personal information, including their full name, links to social media profiles and addresses. In some cases, these images are sold to porn sites in exchange for money. 

June 11, 2014
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Senate Gives Final Passage to "Vince's Law"

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to “Vince’s Law,” a bill that would significantly toughen criminal penalties to get persistent drunk drivers off the road.

June 11, 2014
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Senate Gives Final Passage to Stronger "Campus Safety Act"

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a measure (S2753B), sponsored by Senator Kathleen Marchione (R-C, Halfmoon), that will assist victims of violent crimes and students who may have gone missing by r

June 11, 2014
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SENATOR GOLDEN: LEGISLATION SEEKS TO COMBAT GANG VIOLENCE AND DRUG TRAFFICKING ON OUR STREETS

Gangs playing major role in prescription drug and pain killer black market

 

Albany – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) is announcing that the State Senate has approved legislation he sponsored, S4444A, by a vote of 50-9, that would enact the New York State Criminal Street Gang Act.

 

The legislation, championed by the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, would provide a comprehensive approach to protecting the public from gang-related crimes and violence, including those that relate to drug trafficking. According to the U.S. Justice Department, street gangs are among the primary distributors of illegal drugs on the streets. There are presently more than one hundred known gangs in New York City.

 

June 10, 2014
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SENATE PASSES BILLS CO-SPONSORED BY SENATOR VALESKY THAT FIGHT HEROIN AND OPIOID ABUSE

ALBANY, N.Y.--A package of bills co-sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that target heroin and opioid abuse prevention and treatment and that expand resources for law enforcement passed the New York State Senate today. The bipartisan Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, of which Senator Valesky is a member, formed in response to the statewide heroin epidemic and recommended action on these specific bills.

June 10, 2014
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