Issues: Crime

Petition to Protect Crisis Services

Crisis Services and Senator Tim Kennedy are asking our community to come together to fight a potentially devasting loss of funding for victim support services in Western New York. With your support, Kennedy and Crisis Services hope to reverse a decision made within the the bureaucracy of the Office of Victim Services (OVS) to dramatically reduce funding for Crisis Services. 

August 13, 2014

Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz to Hold Friday Morning Prayer Vigil at Bronx Criminal Court

For Immediate ReleaseAugust 7, 2014By Senator Ruben DiazSenator Rev. Ruben Diaz to Hold Friday Morning Prayer Vigil at Bronx Criminal CourtSenator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) and the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization will hold a prayer vigil on Friday, August 8, 2014 at 9AM at the Bronx Hall of Justice located at 265 East 161st Street in the Bronx, where criminal defendant Nanic Aidasani will appear in Court. Criminal charges of second-degree rape have been brought against Mr. Aidasani, a licensed practicing nurse who worked at the Manhattanville Rehabilitation & HealthCare Center in Riverdale. The victim is an elderly woman who suffers from dementia.

August 7, 2014

National Night Out

National Night Out is a national movement that began in 1984 as part of "an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back ". Every year, Senator Stewart-Cousins participates in National Night Out to encourage police-community partnerships throughout her district. This year, she was at the at the 3rd Precinct in Yonkers and at the Public Safety Highway in White Plains where she met with constituents and the media and spoke of the importance of neighborhood camaraderie.

August 6, 2014

Senator John Bonacic Attends National Night Out Against Crime in Port Jervis

Senator Bonacic attended the National Night Out Against Crime in Port Jervis.  The weather held out long enough for a great community turnout.  The message of the evening was to stand united in protecting our communities by reporting crimes to the police.  Residents were asked to keep their porch lights on last night in as a demonstration of unity in the fight against crime.  All around it was a great event. 

August 6, 2014


     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) recently joined with the Williston Park community at the Children’s Parade for a safer Williston Park. The parade is part of National Night Out, a nationwide event where communities promote involvement in crime prevention activities, build police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie, and show their commitment to standing up to crime. 

     Senator Martins (kneeling front row center) joins with Williston Park Mayor Paul Ehrbar and members of the Williston Park community at the National Night Out event in Kelleher Park.

August 6, 2014

Senator Kennedy Announces New Law to Strengthen Protections Against Dangerous Repeat Sex Offenders

Kennedy-backed Legislation, Now Signed into Law by the Governor, Closes Loophole that had Weakened Crime of Persistent Sexual Abuse.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, announced strong legislation, which he cosponsored in the Senate, to impose harsher penalties against repeat sex offenders has been signed into law. This new law closes a dangerous loophole that had weakened New York State’s criminal statutes against sexual predators and toughens the crime of persistent sexual abuse.

August 5, 2014

Senator DeFrancisco Announces that the Governor has Signed his Legislation to Create Vince's Law

Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced on August 1, 2014, that Governor Cuomo signed his legislation (S.7108) creating “Vince’s Law” to help tackle the serious issue of persistent drunk drivers.


The legislation will extend the time period, in which multiple DWI convictions can occur, in order to allow for stiffer penalties. Under the new law, if a driver is convicted of three or more Driving While Intoxicated-related offenses within 15 years, that person would be charged with a Class D felony and face up to seven years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Prior to the new law, the look back period was only 10 years.



August 1, 2014


Special Funding Will Aid Organizations in Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $50,000 in special funding to help victims of domestic violence in Central and Northern New York. 

“Whether it’s physical or psychological, anyone can become a victim of domestic violence; and often times, it’s difficult for the individual being harmed to seek help,” said Senator Ritchie.

“That’s where our local organizations that assist victims of domestic violence come in.  They lend a helping hand, and give individuals the courage to get back up on their feet.  I’m pleased to provide this funding to these vital organizations, and commend them for the work they do to promote safety in our communities.”

July 30, 2014


Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

July 28, 2014

Falsificación de identidad en NY (Parte 2)

Según ha informado Telemundo 47:

Liz González y el equipo de Telemundo 47 Responde investigan la cruda realidad de este negocio clandestino en la ciudad de Nueva York.

Para el vídeo completo, haga clic aquí.

July 25, 2014

Senator Valesky Commends Local Trauma Surgeon for Work with Violent Youth

Senator David J. Valesky and Assemblyman Sam Roberts presented Upstate University Hospital trauma surgeon Dr. Fahd Ali with a proclamation on July 24 commending him for his efforts to reduce violence among Syracuse youth. Dr. Ali shows young inmates a graphic presentation on the realities of what happens when a person is shot or stabbed.

July 24, 2014

Anuncian Proyecto Para Víctimas de Tráfico Humano

Según ha informado Telemundo 47:

En queens, un proyecto contra el trafico humano, trata de proteger a inmigrantes, para que no caigan en las redes del trafico sexual. Funcionarios, activistas y sobrevivientes lo presentaron frente a la corte criminal de queens. Yaima crespo nos trae los detalles.

Las victimas de trafico humano en la ciudad de nueva york, en su mayoria mujeres hispanas que se convierten en esclavas sexuales, ahora tendran acceso a representacion legal gratis de reconocidas firmas de abogados y ademas recibiran asesoria para legalizar su estatus migratorio. "Ellos me ayudaron con mi caso de inmigracion, me hicieron mi estatus legal en este pais, que yo estaba en deportacion , y a recuperar la a mis hijas."

Para el vídeo completo, haga clic aquí.

July 22, 2014

Kennedy, Peoples-Stokes, Wisniewski Family Call for GPS Stalking Bill, Known as Jackie’s Law, to be Signed into Law

Legislation Prompted by Jackie Wisniewski’s Story Now Awaits Governor’s Signature to Become Law.

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

July 17, 2014

Senator Serrano Joins Mayor de Blasio in Announcing Increased Security for NYCHA Develoments

(East Harlem, NY)- Senator Serrano joined citywide elected officials for Mayor Bill de Blasio's major public safety announcement at the Wagner Houses in East Harlem. The Mayor revealed a detailed plan to reduce the amount of crime in public housing developments across New York City. Elected officials from all over the city were in attendance to help make this important announcement. Under the Mayor's new plan, $210 Million would be dedicated to improving the overall safety in NYCHA developments across the five boroughs - by providing additional lighting and surveillance, less scaffolding and increased community center hours.

July 8, 2014

New York City Could Become the Next O.K. Corral

What You Should Know

Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz

32nd Senatorial District



New York City Could Become the Next O.K. Corral

You should know that since New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton eliminated the Stop and Frisk policy, the number of shootings and loss of life by innocent bystanders has increased to the point that if this does not stop soon, New York City might become the next O.K. Corral.

You should know that the O.K. Corral involved the shooting between the Earp brothers, Wyatt, Virgil and Morgan – and the Clanton brothers – in Tombstone, Arizona on October 26, 1881. It is still regarded as the biggest gunfight in the American Old West.

July 7, 2014

Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014

Senate Passes Bill to Clarify Aggravated Harassment Law

The New York State Senate passed legislation (S7869) today, sponsored by Senator Michael Nozzolio (R-C, Fayette) that would clarify a state law related to the crime of Aggravated Harassment in the Second Degree, that was declared unconstitutional by the state Court of Appeals last year.  

The bill addresses concerns cited by the Court and restores Aggravated Harassment in the Second Degree, which was a charge used thousands of times in cases of domestic violence.  The Court ruled the law was vague and too broad.  

June 20, 2014

Senate Passes Bill to Ensure Treatment Plans for Dangerous Parolees with Mental Illness

For Release: Immediate, June 20, 2014

Bill Would Require Better Treatment for Released Inmates with Mental Illness

ALBANY - On June 1, 2014, 6-year-old P.J. Avitto and 7-year-old Mikayla Capers were in an elevator in their Brooklyn housing complex when they were both viciously stabbed. P.J. was killed while Mikayla was seriously injured.

Two days earlier, 18-year-old nursing student Tanaya Copeland was fatally stabbed more than 30 times while walking in Brooklyn.

And on June 4, 2014, a 53-year-old man was stabbed in a Manhattan subway station.

June 20, 2014


State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced thhe New York State Senate passed legislation (S7734A) that would clarify a state law related to the crime of Aggravated Harassment in the Second Degree, that was declared unconstitutional by the state Court of Appeals last year.

The bill addresses concerns cited by the Court and restores Aggravated Harassment in the Second Degree, which was a charge used thousands of times in cases of domestic violence. The Court ruled the law was vague and too broad.

This bill approved by the Senate will criminalize harassing communications that threaten to cause physical harm to a victim or the victim’s property where a defendant knows or should know that the communication will cause the victim to fear such harm.

June 20, 2014
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