Issues: Crime

SQUADRON, COMMUNITY AND ELECTED OFFICIALS, ADVOCATES URGE ALBANY SPECIAL SESSION ON GUN VIOLENCE

After Bloodshed Around NYC, Squadron and Advocates Call on Albany to Pass Critical Gun Control Bills, at Site of Recent Shooting

Squadron: Time to Act to Save Lives

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron joined community and elected officials and advocates to urge a special legislative session in Albany to address the crisis of gun violence in New York City and around the state.

October 5, 2012
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Daily News Op-Ed: Stop Blocking Gun Control

We must pass sensible measures that will save lives

By Daniel SquadronOctober 4, 2012 

http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/stop-blocking-gun-control-article-1.1174132

There’s considerable talk these days about bringing state legislators back to Albany for a special legislative session.

There are lots of issues out there for a special session — including a pay raise for legislators. But after dramatic bloodshed in New York City and across the country, there is one issue that seems to be falling through the cracks: gun violence. That’s why we must go back to Albany for a special session.

October 5, 2012
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September 25, 2012
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Senator Zeldin and NY Senate Consumer Protection Committee Hold Second Hearing on Organized Retail Crime

Central Islip, N.Y. – State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I-Shirley), Chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee, held his second hearing to investigate circumstances surrounding Organized Retail Crime (ORC) this past Wednesday, September 19, 2012, at the Touro Law Center in Central Islip.

The focus of the hearing was to examine methods employed by the retail industry to combat ORC and to identify solutions to better address this growing criminal enterprise throughout New York State and around the Nation.

September 21, 2012
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NEW LEGISLATION STRENGTHENS LAWS AGAINST INTERNET ACCESS OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently signed legislation that strengthens the laws against internet access of child pornography.

The new law amends New York's Penal Law to prohibit individuals from knowingly accessing with the intent of viewing child pornography on the internet. Currently, under New York law, an individual who views child pornography on a website where the images become automatically embedded in a computer does not "possess" child pornography. This legislation closes that loophole. Under the new law if an individual purposefully accesses a website, intending to view child pornography, he or she will be committing a class E felony.

September 18, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN TO WIPE OUT GRAFFITI ON 18TH AVENUE

State Senator Martin J. Golden welcomed the Graffiti Free New York City program to 18th Avenue, between 66th Street and 67th Street.

Through the efforts of Senator Golden’s office, graffiti waivers have been submitted to the City of New York to authorize the cleaning of graffiti from 6621 and 6623 18th Avenue following recent reports. Senator Golden encourages residents and stores to submit the necessary waivers to his office so to have the Graffiti Free NYC program help to improve the quality of life of our commercial streets.

September 7, 2012
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RITCHIE HAILS GOVERNOR FOR SIGNING BILL TO CLOSE CHILD PORN LEGAL LOOPHOLE

Legislation Makes the Viewing of Child Pornography a Class E Felony

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that a bill she voted in favor of to close a gaping legal loophole in New York State that makes it legal to view online child porn has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

“I applaud Governor Cuomo for his leadership and for acting quickly to support a measure that would protect the children of New York State,” said Senator Ritchie. 

September 7, 2012
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New I-STOP Law To Help State Fight Prescription Drug Abuse

Legislation was recently signed into law to help New York State crack down harder on prescription drug abuse. The new I-STOP law includes a series of provisions to overhaul the way prescription drugs are distributed and tracked in New York State.

September 6, 2012
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Senator Squadron Responds to Shootings in Brooklyn, New Jersey

Squadron Bill Would Ban Additional Assault Weapons In NY State

NEW YORK -- Today, NY State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement in response to two shootings in the tri-state area -- one near Prospect Park, Brooklyn that killed a 28-year-old mother, and another in Old Bridge, NJ, involving automatic weapons, that left three dead (including the shooter):

August 31, 2012
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Town of Greece Citizens Police Academy Graduation Picnic

Last Thursday afternoon, I had the privilege to speak to, and meet with, graduates of the Town of Greece Citizens Police Academy. This was the 16th Annual Picnic to celebrate the accomplishments of residents and past graduates who have gone through this program. Thank you to all of you who help make our community safe.

August 28, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN: PAROLE BOARD NEEDS TO KEEP COP-KILLER BEHIND BARS

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) is today calling upon the New York State Parole Board to deny parole for those convicted in the 1988 murder of New York City Police Officer Edward Byrne when the felons appear before the Board this Fall.

Senator Golden stated, “No one who kills a police officer should ever be able to walk freely amongst us in society again, and those who killed Officer Byrne should never be granted parole. These four thugs committed an extreme act of hatred and evil on our City streets, and at the October parole hearing, we must make sure that they are continued to be held accountable for these actions and denied parole.”

August 27, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND PRESENTED WITH 2012 "KATIE'S HERO" AWARD

Parents of murder victim Katie Sepich, along with Elizabeth Smart, recognize Senator Stephen Saland for his work on SB6733 to require DNA upon conviction of all misdemeanors

CHICAGO, Illinois. (August 8, 2012) - The parents of murder victim Katie Sepich were joined by abduction survivor Elizabeth Smart in presenting New York State Senator Stephen Saland with the “Katie’s Hero Award”. The Katie’s Hero Award is an honor bestowed by the Sepich’s non-profit advocacy group DNA Saves on individuals for leadership in solving and preventing crime by supporting legislation to expand the use of forensic DNA technology. According to the certificate of award, Senator Saland was selected for his strong support of SB6733 in 2012 to require DNA upon conviction of all misdemeanors in New York, to ensure law enforcement is not unwittingly releasing repeat offenders back into the community.

August 14, 2012
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Explainer: What Good Is It to be the Toughest State on Gun Control?

WNYC wrote about the six bills introduced by Senator Gianaris who is spearheading the movement to help reduce gun violence in our city.

A New York State Senator plans to introduce six new pieces of gun control legislation this week, which if passed would make New York the state with the toughest gun laws in the nation. But gun control advocates caution that lax laws in other states would still pose a threat.

 

Senator Michael Gianaris, a Democrat from Queens, is proposing a series of restrictive measures that go above and beyond the state’s already relatively strong gun laws. Gianaris’s bills would:

 

August 9, 2012
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Pol Aims to Make New York's Gun Laws Toughest in the Country

DNAinfo wrote about the recent gun control package proposed by Senator Gianaris.  This package of bills plans to decrease the amount of gun related crimes in New York and across the country. 

ASTORIA — Amid the latest spike in crime around New York and following the mass shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin, Astoria state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) is introducing a series of bills to strengthen the state’s gun control laws, aiming to make New York the toughest state on guns.

 

The number of shootings in the city has increased by 12 percent from the beginning of this year through early July, compared to the same time last year, according to Gianaris.

 

August 9, 2012
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2012 National Night Out

(Rochester, NY) - Last night, I had the privilege to take part in a number of the celebrations around our community to mark National Night Out. Greece, Charlotte, and the Maplewood area were just some of the communities that hosted family-oriented events to take a stand against crime.

August 8, 2012
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State Sen. Michael Gianaris crafting package of bills to give New York the nation's toughest gun laws

The Daily News wrote about a package of gun control bills that Senator Gianaris is planning on introducing in the Senate in the wake of the recent shootings we have experienced in New York City and across the country.

State Sen. Michael Gianaris points to recent gun violence in New York City, not to mention the Colorado massacre, as he crafts a package of bills to give New York the country’s toughest gun laws.

And that was before a gunman opened fire at a Sikh temple in Milwaukee.

Gianaris, a top Senate Democrat from Queens, puts at the centerpiece of his legislative program a bill to limit handgun purchases in the Empire State to one per person per month — a move supporters say would help to curtail gun trafficking.

August 8, 2012
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