Issues: Crime

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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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) 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.Active  recruitment for terrorism is a growing trend which requires an immediate response.  As law enforcement actively seeks to unearth these groups and defeat their heinous schemes, we have a responsibility to hold accountable those who solicit individuals for terrorism.

June 10, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill To Stop Career Criminals

Repeated Misdemeanor Offenses Would Add Up To A Felony ChargeThe New York State Senate today 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.

June 10, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill to Stop Career Criminals

The New York State Senate today passed a bill to stop perpetual repeat offenders who continue to commit misdemeanor crimes. The bill (S1521), sponsored by Senator Carl L.

June 10, 2013
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO PROTECT VICTIMS OF VIOLENT CRIME

Senator John A. DeFrancisco today,, June 4, 2013, announced that his bill, S340A, restricting the ability of perpetrators of violent crimes to access the personal records of their victims, passed the Senate.

"In order to crack down on violent criminal activity, we must provide appropriate protections so that violent felons may not access the personal records of their victims without legitimate legal purpose,” said Senator DeFrancisco. “This bill ensures the safety of victims of violent crimes.”

The bill amends current law so that violent felons may only obtain records of their victims with a subpoena by a court in which an action against him or her is pending. Even then, only an agent is able to obtain the records on behalf of the felon.

June 6, 2013
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MARTINS BILL PUNISHING UNLICENSED DRIVERS MOVES OUT OF COMMITTEE

At the request of Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola), the Senate Transportation Committee has today moved legislation (S.4786-A) sponsored by Senator Martins that will significantly increase the penalties for anyone caught driving without a legal driver’s license.

June 6, 2013
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Senator Phil Boyle Combats Cruelty To Animals

Sponsors Legislation To Modernize Laws and Create Animal Cruelty DatabaseAlbany, NY – Senator Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) and his Toy Fox Terrier “Livvy” joined  together for Animal Advocacy Day at the State Capitol on June 4, 2013. “I am pleased to be here today to join my colleagues and the public in supporting Senate initiatives that strengthen the laws that protect our pets,” Senator Boyle said.  “I will continue my efforts to enact laws that not only will combat cruelty to animals but will also make it easier for police, prosecutors and judges to enforce cruelty to animal laws.”  Senator Boyle spoke at Animal Advocacy Day about two legislative measures that he sponsors, both dealing with the prevention of cruelty to animals.

June 6, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill Creating Crime of Aggravated Harassment of a Police Officer

 

The New York State Senate today passed a bill that creates the crime of aggravated harassment of a police or peace officer. The bill (S.2402), sponsored by Senator Joe Griffo (R-C-I, Rome) would make it a felony to physically attack a police officer while on duty.  

June 5, 2013
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Notice of Public Forum on New York State’s Hate Crimes Law

NEW YORK STATE SENATOR BRAD HOYLMAN Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Investigations and Government Operations

NOTICE OF PUBLIC FORUM ON HATE CRIMES LAW

SUBJECT:    Assessment of New York State’s Hate Crimes Law (Chapter 107, Laws of 2000)  PURPOSE:   To assess the efficacy of New York State’s Hate Crimes Law, how state and local government agencies are implementing and enforcing the Law, and whether amendments should be considered to expand the data collection, statistical reporting, law enforcement training requirements and/or otherwise further the Law’s goals.

June 14, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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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 10:15 AM, Tuesday, June 4, 2013 Room 946-A LOB

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN DATE TIME AND LOCATION OF COMMITTEE MEETING NYSP Superintendent Joseph D'Amico will address the Committee

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June 4, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
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Senate Passes Mandatory DWI Testing After Serious Accidents

Chemical Tests Would Be Required If Injury or Death OccursThe New York State Senate today passed legislation that would help increase prosecution of dangerous drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The bill (S1446) would require chemical testing of drivers suspected of being under the influence when an accident occurs and results in serious injury or death.

May 30, 2013
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Senate Passes Mandatory DWI Testing After Serious Accidents

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would help increase prosecution of dangerous drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

May 30, 2013
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SYNTHETIC LEGISLATION CLOSES LEGAL LOOPHOLES

Bill Would Penalize Dealers, Users of Synthetics

to Prevent Further Addiction, Deaths

State Senator Patty Ritchie, Assemblyman Will Barclay and Assemblyman Bob Oakes have announced the introduction of comprehensive legislation addressing synthetic drugs in New York State. 

At a recent press conference announcing the legislation was Teresa Woolson and her family, who are advocating for strengthening laws regarding synthetic drug use.  Woolson’s son, Victor, lost his battle with drugs in 2012 and died from injuries related to synthetic drug use.  He died after federal legislation and the New York State Department of Health ban was put in place.

May 29, 2013
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O'Mara, Chemung County Sheriff welcome Eiger, the county's new K-9 officer

 

Senator O'Mara welcomed the opportunity to help welcome "Eiger," Chemung County's new K-9 officer, to his new home at the Chemung County Sheriff's Office.   

"We're proud to have Eiger here," the senator said of the 1 1/2-year-old German shepherd, who was certified last week with his handler Deputy David Padgett as a narcotics and tracking team.

Read and watch more, "Chemung Sheriff shows off new K-9 officer"

May 28, 2013
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Senator Kennedy, Family of Jackie Wisniewski Push for Jackie’s Law

Jackie’s Law will make it a criminal offense to install a GPS tracking device with the intent to stalk or constantly follow the location or movement of another person. 

Prior to her death, Jackie found a GPS device installed on her car, tracking her whereabouts. 

Kennedy: Jackie’s Law will ensure anyone who uses a GPS device to stalk their victim ends up behind bars. Survivors of domestic violence are in dire need of this protection.

May 28, 2013
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