It started as an ordinary business trip, and ended as indelible memories of both tragedy and heroism.
I arrived in New York City Sept. 10, 2001.
My itinerary was simple and straightforward. I had tickets to see my favorite team, the New York Yankees, play that night against their longtime rivals, the Boston Red Sox. The following morning, I was helping to complete a bond sale in my duties as Rome city mayor.
Everything changed that Tuesday morning.
Like those here at home, I watched in horror as the planes struck the towers. It was not a freak accident, we’d come to learn, but an act of terror.
Senator concerned about staff safety in light of recent riot
UTICA – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo wrote today to the state Office of Mental Health regarding the Sept. 3 riot at the Central New York Psych Center in Marcy that left 12 staff members injured.
The senator asked Commissioner Anne Marie T. Sullivan what her office was doing to better ensure the safety of staff in light of this incident and questioned whether the offending inmates could be transferred to state prison.
“If these inmates are mentally capable of planning and executing a coordinated attack on officers at a predetermined time, is it appropriate for them to be in the Psychiatric Center at all?” Griffo asked.
Mandate Relief Measure Clears the Way to Allow Local Police Use County Lockup
A mandate relief measure sponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie that will let Watertown and other Jefferson County police forces once again use the county jail to hold detainees—a long-standing practice that helped save local tax dollars until state inspectors nixed the arrangement—was signed into law today.
“The long-standing and common sense practice of sharing jail facilities saved money for taxpayers across Jefferson County, until the practice was stopped earlier this year,” Senator Ritchie said. “Albany should support local governments in finding innovative ways to share services and cut costs, and so I’m pleased that the Governor has signed my bill into law.”
ONEONTA, 09/03/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) announced today that $75,000 in grant funds he secured will go to local domestic violence programs.
“These community programs provide vital services for those in dire need, who often have nowhere else to turn,” said Senator Seward. “The U.S. Surgeon General has identified domestic violence as the number one health problem affecting American women. We are fortunate to have so many local organizations providing help to vulnerable individuals, and I am pleased to assist them in their efforts to make our communities safer.”
The funding was set aside in the 2014-2015 state budget.
You should know that in today's Daily News, there is an article written by Denis Slattery titled "Stats all, folks! Rikers crime numbers separated from South Bronx precinct." Mr. Slattery wrote: "Hunts Point and Longwood residents will no longer have to worry about crime statistics from Rikers Island being lumped in with the 41st Precinct thanks to move made by NYPD." This is a victory for the Diaz-Crespo team!
Senator Gianaris joined Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas and Queens District Attorney Richard Brown to celebrate passage through both the Senate and Assembly of their bill getting tough on persistent sexual abusers.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced that he has secured $130,000 in state funding for four Orange County Police Departments. The City of Newburgh will receive $75,000 to purchase cameras; the Town of Newburgh will receive $20,000 to purchase laptops for their patrol vehicles; the Town of New Windsor will receive $20,000 to purchase a new patrol vehicle and the Town of Cornwall will receive $15,000 for safety equipment and the purchase of a new patrol vehicle.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.