Issues: Crime

Committee Meeting: Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Senator Patrick Gallivan, Chair Monday, June 17, 2013 OFF THE FLOOR

*This meeting will be called OFF THE FLOOR*

June 17, 3:14 PM - 3:46 PM
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SQUADRON, CAMARA, DRUG POLICY ALLIANCE, NYCLU, VOCAL-NY URGE SENATE PASSAGE OF MARIJUANA REFORM

New Data Finds NY Leads the Nation in Marijuana Arrests

Across State, Black New Yorkers 4.5 Times More Likely to Be Arrested as White New Yorkers; Disparity is 9-to-1 in Brooklyn and Manhattan

ALBANY -- With new data highlighting dramatic racial disparities in low-level marijuana arrests around New York, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblymember Karim Camara, members of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus, the Drug Policy Alliance, the New York Civil Liberties Union, VOCAL-NY, and community members made an end-of-session push for Senate passage of legislation to bring consistency and fairness to marijuana arrests.

June 13, 2013
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GALLIVAN, SENATE PASS NEW PENALTIES FOR AGGRAVATED VEHICULAR HOMICIDE

Legislation Responds To Tragically Similar Cases In Buffalo, Rochester Areas

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, 59th District), Chair of the Senate’s Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections Committee, announced today that the New York State Senate passed legislation (S.4772) to increase penalties for those who commit vehicular manslaughter and have a history of serially driving under the influence.                                          

June 13, 2013
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Senate Measure Improves Safety in Residential Youth Facilities

The New York State Senate today passed a measure to protect the staff and occupants in group homes and other youth residential facilities.

June 12, 2013
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Senator O'Brien Holds Drunk Drivers Accountable

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Today, Senator Ted O’Brien’s bill requiring that individuals convicted of DWI pay for their medical transportation before their driver license could be reissued passed the New York State Senate.

“Individuals who break the law and drive while intoxicated put every other motorist in danger. When our emergency services personnel put themselves on the line to aid these impaired drivers, at a minimum they deserve a guarantee that they will be compensated,” Senator O’Brien said. “Insisting that these drivers pay the medical transportation expenses incurred as a result of their reckless actions is another way to deter this behavior and protect law-abiding drivers.”

June 12, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill To Create A Registry Of Violent Offenders

“Brittany’s Law” Provides More Information About Potentially Dangerous FelonsThe New York State Senate yesterday approved “Brittany’s Law” to increase the safety and awareness of communities by creating a registry of convicted violent felons. The bill (S1850A) establishes a statewide violent felony offender registry by requiring certain convicted felons to register with the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) upon release from prison.

June 12, 2013
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SENATE PASSES MARTINS BILL TO GET UNLICENSED DRIVERS OFF OUR ROADS

Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) today announced the State Senate has passed legislation (S.4786-A) he sponsored that will significantly increase the penalties for anyone caught driving without a legal driver’s license.

June 12, 2013
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RITCHIE BILL WOULD MAKE ELECTRONIC MONITOR TAMPERING A CRIME

Legislation Sparked by Case of David Renz, Accused Killer Said to Have Defeated Device 46 Times

State Senator Patty Ritchie has introduced legislation to make it a crime to tamper with electronic monitoring devices, like the ankle bracelet that was supposed to be helping law enforcement keep an eye on accused killer-child rapist David Renz.

The bill (S.5422-A), which is sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak, a Buffalo-area Democrat and cosponsored in the Senate by Senator John DeFrancisco and Senator David Valesky,  would make it a felony—adding up to four years of additional prison time—for an offender who tampers with a device and commits another violent crime, and up to one year in jail if no other crime is involved.

Right now, tampering with a device can be a violation of parole or pre-sentencing release, but it is not a separate crime.

June 12, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO: STRONGER PENALTIES FOR RECKLESS DRIVERS WHO KILL AND INJURE OTHERS PASSED BY SENATE

Legislation creates stronger penalties for reckless drivers who kill or injure others in violation of New York’s “Move Over Law”

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the New York State Senate passed legislation he sponsored to increase penalties for reckless drivers who kill or injure others as a result of violating New York State’s “move over law.”

June 11, 2013
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SENATE APPROVES LEGISLATION TO PREVENT CRIMINALS FROM ESCAPING JUSTICE THROUGH LEGAL NAME CHANGES

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that legislation he sponsored to prevent criminals from avoiding the justice system by changing their name has been passed by the New York State Senate.

     “It is far too easy for convicted criminals to avoid the legal system and hide their criminal histories simply by changing their name. Stronger safeguards need to be put in place so these criminals cannot conceal their past and hide from the law,” said Senator Fuschillo.

     Courts across the state receive change of name petitions each day. However, because of the routine nature of these applications, many courts approve them without thoroughly verifying the applicant’s information.

June 11, 2013
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Senate OKs bill for removal of disruptive campers

The State Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senator Betty Little that would create a new law to address the removal of disruptive campground guests.  Current law does not define how these matters should be addressed.  As a result, courts have applied varying standards including citing landlord-tenant relationship.

June 11, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill to Create a Registry of Violent Offenders

The New York State Senate today approved “Brittany’s Law” to increase the safety and awareness of communities by creating a registry of convicted violent felons.

June 11, 2013
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Senate Approves Bill to Prevent Intoxicated Drivers From Avoiding Prosecution

The New York State Senate passed legislation today, sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), to prevent drunk and drugged drivers from evading prosecution.

June 11, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill to Ban Synthetic Marijuana and Bath Salts

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to address the threat posed to the public by “legal” but dangerous drugs.

June 11, 2013
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Senate Approves Bill To Prevent Intoxicated Drivers From Avoiding Prosecution

The New York State Senate passed legislation today to prevent drunk and drugged drivers from evading prosecution. The legislation would allow law enforcement to seek court orders to compel whenever suspected drunk or drugged drivers refuse to submit to a chemical intoxication test.Chemical tests, such as breath, blood and urine tests, determine a suspected drunk or drugged driver’s level of intoxication. Chemical tests are a critical piece of evidence used in a trial to prosecute a drunk or drugged driver for their crimes.   

June 11, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill To Ban Synthetic Marijuana And Bath Salts

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to address the threat posed to the public by “legal” but dangerous drugs. The bill (S1686) criminalizes the sale and possession of synthetic marijuana and “bath salts.”Synthetic marijuana or “fake pot” are herbs sprayed with chemicals called “synthetic cannabinoids.”   These products -- including Spice, K2, Cloud 9 and Black 9 -- have dangerous side effects, including rapid heart rate, tremors, loss of consciousness and hallucinations.  “Bath salts,” or “substituted cathinones,” are chemically related to methamphetamines or ecstasy and cause harmful physical and psychological reactions.

June 11, 2013
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Senate Approves Senator Kennedy’s Bill to Crackdown on Financial Exploitation of Seniors

Legislation would expand the crime of larceny to more harshly prosecute people who commit financial abuse of seniors or individuals with disabilities.

Kennedy believes bill would help ensure stiffer penalties in cases like that of Kenneth Hetizenrater, who exploited the trust of a 90-year-old man to steal $550,000 from him.  

June 11, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES BILL TO STOP CAREER CRIMINALS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced the New York State Senate recently passed a bill to stop perpetual repeat offenders who continue to commit misdemeanor crimes. The bill (S1521) establishes a new felony-level crime of aggravated criminal conduct to bring stronger penalties against those who commit a misdemeanor after having been already convicted for multiple misdemeanors within the past five years.

The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services reports that 8,824 individuals had been convicted of five or more misdemeanors within the three years that ended Dec. 31, 2010. Of those criminals, 1,600 of them had 10 or more convictions in the same time frame, and a staggering 169 criminals had 20 or more convictions.

June 11, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILL TO DETER RECRUITMENT BY TERRORISTS

State Senator hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate recently passed a measure to deter terrorist recruitment and punish those who seek to employ others for their criminal plans. The bill (S1520) would complement law enforcement’s efforts to expose groups who actively seek to engage in terrorist activity by creating a new crime to prosecute those who recruit others to assist them.

Terrorist organizations and their membership are in a perpetual search to recruit new members. This bill makes it a Class C felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison, when someone with the intent of committing a crime recruits, solicits, requests, commands, importunes or otherwise attempts another person to engage in terrorist conduct.

June 11, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill to Deter Recruitment By Terrorists

The New York State Senate today passed a measure to deter terrorist recruitment and punish those who seek to employ others for their criminal plans. The bill (S1520), sponsored by Senator Carl L.

June 10, 2013
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