Issues: Crime

Griffo Secures $10,000 to Address Domestic Violence in Lewis County

LOWVILLE - Sen. Joseph A. Griffo today announced that he has secured $10,000 for Lewis County Opportunities to use toward services that directly help victims of domestic violence.

"During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, it's important that we recognize agencies that are helping victims by giving them the tools they need to regain control of their lives," said Griffo, R-Rome. "Lewis County Opportunities provides confidential help free of charge and, in doing so, have become an indispensible community resource."

October 20, 2014

Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #36: Tips for Addressing Domestic Violence

Recent national headlines have put a spotlight on a growing menace to society’s well-being: domestic violence.

Sadly, our area is not immune. Last year, police agencies in the counties I represent – Oneida, Lewis and St. Lawrence – reported 2,308 victims of domestic violence. The overwhelming majority involved physical abuse.

Domestic violence impacts every demographic: women and men; young and old; poor and rich; rural and city. It rips apart families and the emotional scars left behind never heal as fast as the physical wounds.

October 16, 2014

Statement From State Senator Jose Peralta On NYCHA’s Handling Of Domestic Violence Victims’ Petitions For Emergency Housing

“Published reports and a City Council hearing today are shining a long overdue light on NYCHA’s broken system for providing emergency shelter to victims of domestic violence.

“It is a travesty to require women to risk their lives to produce the paperwork needed to qualify for emergency housing—and then not provide that housing.

“The expansion of the list of crimes that would not require a second documented instance of abuse is a welcome change, but more needs to be done to protect those who are unable to go to the police in the first place.”

 “I have introduced a bill that would enable domestic violence victims to be considered for emergency NYCHA housing without having to first contact authorities and put themselves in danger of retribution from their batterers.

“What my bill can’t do is make NYCHA cut wait times of as long as 10 years.  That is something NYCHA needs to address.

 “The many advocates for domestic violence victims who support my bill do so because  the lack of safe, affordable, permanent housing is one of the biggest impediments victims face in their effort to escape an abusive environment.  NYCHA has taken a small first step toward cutting red tape for victims, but much, much more needs to be done to fix the system.”


October 14, 2014

October Marks Domestic Violence Awareness

October is also National Domestic Violence Awareness Month Domestic violence is a crime that rips apart the very fabric of families.  It can afflict every segment of society and knows no economic, ethnic or geographic boundaries.  During National Domestic Violence Awareness Month,  we are encouraged to not only acknowledge the progress made in reducing these shameful crimes, but to also recognize that more work must be done.

October 10, 2014


Senate Codes Ranker Says Injustice of Kalief Browder Case Emblematic of Extensive Problems at Nation’s Largest Jail

NEW YORK—Today, Senator Daniel Squadron submitted testimony at the City Council’s hearing on adolescent treatment at Rikers Island, convened by Fire and Criminal Justice Services Chair Elizabeth Crowley. Conditions at Rikers have been the subject of numerous reports recently, including an October 6 article in the New Yorker that profiled the case of Kalief Browder, a 16-year-old who spent three years in pre-trial detention at Rikers. Squadron’s testimony is below.

October 8, 2014


Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced that he has secured $343,500 in anti-crime and domestic violence prevention funding for seven local law enforcement agencies, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, the Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Newburgh Enlarged City School District.  The funding will be used for a wide variety of initiatives including the purchase of police vehicles, safety equipment, laptops, equipment to assist with investigations, building cameras and to assist with domestic violence prosecutions.

October 6, 2014

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

ecent headlines have reminded all of us of the continuing problem of domestic violence, which rips apart the very fabric of families. It can afflict every segment of society and knows no economic, ethnic or geographic boundaries. While progress has been made in reducing these shameful crimes, more work must be done.

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month provides an opportunity to call attention to this problem and to the programs and services which are available to help victims.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline can be reached at 1-800-799-7233. The number for the New York State hotline is 1-800-942-6906.

October 2, 2014

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

I was pleased to join Alternatives for Battered Women and the Rochester/Monroe County Domestic Violence Consortium to help kick-off National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence is a crime that rips families apart and can affect people of all social, racial and geographic backgrounds.

October 1, 2014

Senator Valesky Warns Public About Rebate Tax Scammers

SYRACUSE—State Senator David J. Valesky today warned the public about reports of scammers attempting to illegally obtain personal information under the guise of confirming their eligibility for a state tax rebate.

“We are aware that scammers are targeting Central New York,” Senator Valesky said. “I urge everyone to be vigilant, to make sure their family and friends are aware of the scam, and to report any incidents to the Attorney General.”

October 1, 2014

Governor Cuomo Signs Senator Tim Kennedy’s Legislation to Improve Statewide Child Abuse Hotline

Legislation Sponsored By Senator Kennedy Will Improve State Central Register Of Child Abuse By Enacting Strong Requirements For Tracking Of Repeat Reports. 

September 24, 2014


More than 300 Pounds of Pills Disposed of So Far Through Initiative

State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding those who have unused, expired or unwanted prescription drugs in their homes to drop them off at her free “Shed the Meds” event Tuesday night.

The event—which is the fourth of a series to take place in Northern New York—will run from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Gouverneur Hospital, located at 77 West Barney Street.  So far, as a result of Senator Ritchie’s Shed the Meds program, more than 300 pounds of medications including painkillers, opioids and narcotics—substances which are often times gateway drugs for addiction to illegal substances such as heroin—have been disposed of. 

September 15, 2014

Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #31: Remembering Sept. 11

It started as an ordinary business trip, and ended as indelible memories of both tragedy and heroism.

I arrived in New York City Sept. 10, 2001.

My itinerary was simple and straightforward. I had tickets to see my favorite team, the New York Yankees, play that night against their longtime rivals, the Boston Red Sox. The following morning, I was helping to complete a bond sale in my duties as Rome city mayor.

Everything changed that Tuesday morning.

Like those here at home, I watched in horror as the planes struck the towers. It was not a freak accident, we’d come to learn, but an act of terror.

September 11, 2014

Griffo Writes OMH Regarding Psych Center Attacks

Senator concerned about staff safety in light of recent riot

UTICA – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo wrote today to the state Office of Mental Health regarding the Sept. 3 riot at the Central New York Psych Center in Marcy that left 12 staff members injured.

The senator asked Commissioner Anne Marie T. Sullivan what her office was doing to better ensure the safety of staff in light of this incident and questioned whether the offending inmates could be transferred to state prison.

“If these inmates are mentally capable of planning and executing a coordinated attack on officers at a predetermined time, is it appropriate for them to be in the Psychiatric Center at all?” Griffo asked.

September 10, 2014

News10NBC speaks with a victim of the man accused of killing RPD officer

Updated: 09/04/2014 7:11 PMCreated: 09/04/2014 7:01 PM By: Rachel Spotts

September 5, 2014



Mandate Relief Measure Clears the Way to Allow Local Police Use County Lockup

A mandate relief measure sponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie that will let Watertown and other Jefferson County police forces once again use the county jail to hold detainees—a long-standing practice that helped save local tax dollars until state inspectors nixed the arrangement—was signed into law today.

“The long-standing and common sense practice of sharing jail facilities saved money for taxpayers across Jefferson County, until the practice was stopped earlier this year,” Senator Ritchie said. “Albany should support local governments in finding innovative ways to share services and cut costs, and so I’m pleased that the Governor has signed my bill into law.”

September 4, 2014

Seward Secures Grant Funds To Aid Domestic Violence Victims

ONEONTA, 09/03/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) announced today that $75,000 in grant funds he secured will go to local domestic violence programs.

“These community programs provide vital services for those in dire need, who often have nowhere else to turn,” said Senator Seward.  “The U.S. Surgeon General has identified domestic violence as the number one health problem affecting American women.  We are fortunate to have so many local organizations providing help to vulnerable individuals, and I am pleased to assist them in their efforts to make our communities safer.”

The funding was set aside in the 2014-2015 state budget.

September 3, 2014

Senator Kennedy, Crisis Services Deliver Petition Calling for Funding Restoration

Vital Agency that has Served WNY Since 1968 is Confronting Potentially Unprecedented Loss of Funding for Critical Programs that Support Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

Funding Cuts Would Negatively Impact Over 8,000 Local Victims of Violent Crime.

Thousands Sign Petition to Stop Potential Funding Loss Facing Crisis Services.

September 2, 2014


Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

August 29, 2014

Griffo Secures $60,000 for Utica Police Department

UTICA –  Utica police officers will soon be wearing body cameras, thanks to a $60,000 grant secured by Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, R-Rome.

August 28, 2014

Another Victory for the Diaz-Crespo Team!

What You Should Know

By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz

32nd Senatorial District


Another Victory for the Diaz-Crespo Team!

You should know that in today's Daily News, there is an article written by Denis Slattery titled "Stats all, folks! Rikers crime numbers separated from South Bronx precinct." Mr. Slattery wrote: "Hunts Point and Longwood residents will no longer have to worry about crime statistics from Rikers Island being lumped in with the 41st Precinct thanks to move made by NYPD." This is a victory for the Diaz-Crespo team!

August 16, 2014
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