Issues: Crime

These Cards, Though Rare, Are Not Ones for Collectors

As reported by the New York Times:

With so many businesses moving toward paperless operation nowadays, it would seem to be only a matter of time before the world’s oldest profession followed suit.

But in Corona, Queens, around 4:30 p.m. on May 21, there stood a throwback to the old days, in front of a travel agency on 104th Street near busy Roosevelt Avenue.

He was holding “chica cards.” On each card was a picture of a nearly naked woman, and a telephone number.

Three years ago, on Roosevelt Avenue, the cards seemed to be everywhere.

“The kids were picking them up and trading them like baseball cards,” said State Senator José R. Peralta, whose district includes that neighborhood and who introduced the bill in 2011. “The parents came to me complaining about this issue. They brought to the office dozens and dozens of cards.” The pictures required little imagination.

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June 2, 2014
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State budget has school resource officer funding

http://www.wgrz.com/story/news/2014/05/29/state-budget-has-school-resource-officer-funding/9752467/

This year's New York State budget has a new initiative that could help keep children safer in school.

May 30, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Senator Patrick Gallivan, Chair 9:45 AM, Tuesday, June 3, 2014 Room 946A LOB

NOTE CHANGE IN TIME AND LOCATION OF COMMITTEE MEETING

June 3, 9:45 AM - 9:51 AM
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #22: Combating Animal Abuse

I take abuse against animals very seriously. It’s not only deplorable to hurt an innocent pet, but it is oftentimes an indicator of additional problems within a household, whether it be manipulation, neglect, abuse, or violence toward humans.

That’s why I’ve sponsored several bills during my Senate tenure to combat animal cruelty. They haven’t all passed and become law, but their intent was laudable: Better information and investigations on animal fighting – and stiffer penalties for offenders. Also, one bill would have created tougher laws to use against people who abuse 10 or more animals at the same time.

May 29, 2014
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Griffo, Task Force Members Release Report and Legislative Recommendations Regarding Heroin & Opioid Addiction

ALBANY – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo today joined his colleagues on the Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction to release a report that summarizes findings from statewide forums on drug addiction, treatment and crime. The report includes 25 bills that the Senate is expected to address before it recesses for the summer.

May 28, 2014
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Kennedy, Peoples-Stokes Announce GPS Stalking Bill Passes State Legislature

Legislation Inspired by Jackie Wisniewski’s Story Clears Major Hurdle After Push from Kennedy, Peoples-Stokes

Prior to her death, Jackie found a GPS device installed on her car, tracking her whereabouts. Legislation advanced by Kennedy and Peoples-Stokes updates NY’s stalking laws to crackdown on GPS stalking.

This legislation aims to combat domestic violence – in 2012 over 6,300 Erie County residents became victims of domestic violence, and over 4,000 of those victims were women.

May 28, 2014
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Senate Passes Animal Protection Bills

The New York State Senate today marked the 4th annual Animal Advocacy Day at the Capitol by passing bills, sponsored by Senator Greg Ball (R-C-I, Patterson), to protect animals from harm and cruelty.

May 28, 2014
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Heroin Task Force Releases Report, Legislation

ALBANY, 05/28/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today joined senate colleagues to release a report summarizing the findings of the New York State Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction.  The report includes a comprehensive package of bills recommended for action this legislative session that target treatment, prevention, and law enforcement issues raised during extensive testimony provided by dozens of experts, parents, and concerned New Yorkers at forums held across the state.

May 28, 2014
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Senate's Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction Releases Report and Legislative Recommendations

The New York State Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction today released a report summarizing the findings of statewide forums held to examine the issues surrounding the increase in drug abuse, addiction and drug related crimes in New York.

May 28, 2014
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Griffo To Host Forum on Animal Abuse

UTICA – State Senator Joseph A. Griffo is hosting an educational forum May 27 for the benefit of police officers in Oneida County who handle incidents of animal abuse and neglect.

Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara and Susan McDonough, a retired New York State Police investigator who specialized in animal abuse, will lead the informational sessions. They will discuss ways to identify animal abuse and neglect; how to approach abused animals; how to remove animals from an abusive household and how to ensure a successful prosecution of individuals who abuse animals.

May 26, 2014
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Crime Stoppers Supports Local Law Enforcement

Crime Stoppers of Rochester recently donated to the Rochester Police Department, Monroe County Sheriff's Office and the Greece Police Department to assist with funding for each department's K-9 Units. Many thanks to Crime Stoppers for their assistance with law enforcement in our community and for giving back in an effort to help fight crime!

May 22, 2014
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NY Senate approves bill to teach children how to talk about sexual abuse

By Teri Weaver on April 30, 2014 at 11:30 AM, updated April 30, 2014 at 11:35 AM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Schools would teach children about recognizing and reporting sexual abuse under a bill passed by the New York State Senate on Tuesday.

The bill, known as Erin Merryn's Law, would require schools to establish curriculum to help sexual abuse victims ask for help. This is the second year the Senate has passed the law. Last year, the legislation died in the New York State Assembly.

The legislation is named after Erin Merryn, an Illinois resident who as a child was abused by both a neighbor and a family member.

May 22, 2014
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Grisanti Sponsored Bill To Protect Children Passes New York State Senate

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) announced that the New York State Senate today passed the "Protect Our Children Act," a bill he sponsored which would create the new crime of aggravated murder of a child with a sentence of life in prison without parole.

 

The bill (S1721B) would expand an existing law of aggravated abuse of a child which makes it a crime when someone recklessly causes physical injury to a child under the age of 14.

 

May 21, 2014
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Senate Passes the "Protect Our Children Act"

The New York State Senate today passed the “Protect Our Children Act” (S1721B), sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti (R-I, North Buffalo), which would create the new crime of aggravated murder of a child with a sentence of life in

May 21, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Protect Students From Sexual Predators at School

The New York State Senate today passed legislation criminalizing any school employee or volunteer who has sexual contact with a student, even if that student is at the age of consent.

May 19, 2014
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Your Voice With Senator Griffo

Senator Griffo discusses his recently-passed legislation on low-volume roads and violent felony offenders, before introducing Jason Robinson. Robinson, 11, is a very inspiring 11-year-old boy. Born with a rare form of spina bifida, he was the youngest person to ever finish the 15-kilometer Boilermaker Road Race.

May 19, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION TO CREATE A REGISTRY OF VIOLENT OFFENDERS

“Brittany’s Law” Would Provide More Information About Potentially Dangerous Felons

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate passed “Brittany’s Law,” to increase the safety and awareness of communities by creating a public registry of convicted violent felons. The legislation (S1850B), of which Senator Martins is a sponsor, would establish 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.

May 15, 2014
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Senate Passes Sen. Parker’s Bill Enhancing Penalties on Bias-Related Graffiti

(Brooklyn, NY) – Yesterday, the State Senate passed Senator Kevin Parker’s bill, S951A, which increases the penalties arising from bias related graffiti to make it even clearer that hate crimes must end in New York. In 2012, the number of hate crimes in New York increased by 30%, and in 2014 barely a week has passed without an account of anti-Semitic graffiti on privately owned vehicles or public buildings, such as the anti-Jewish graffiti rampage of last weekend in Central Brooklyn.

 

May 13, 2014
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