Issues: Crime

Senate Coalition Announces Passage of Bills to Close Dangerous Loopholes in Sex Offender Laws

The New York State Senate today passed nine bills to close dangerous loopholes in the laws protecting children and communities from sexual predators. The measures would address critical issues raised by a recent Court of Appeals ruling that prevents local governments from enacting laws restricting sex offenders, as well as the safety concerns highlighted in a recent Senate Coalition joint investigation and report.

February 26, 2015
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Murphy authors and passes first bill, victim safety zones

ALBANY, NY - While discussion of so-called "child safety zone" legislation has recently shot to the forefront after a state appellate court decision striking down municipal laws to enact residency requirements for sex offenders, those who have been involved in the issue for years today celebrated a significant legislative victory in Albany.

The Senate passed two bills, one co-prime sponsored by Senator Terrence Murphy that would allow a municipal local option to restrict residency for sex offenders, as well as a bill authored by Murphy that makes it unlawful for a convicted sex offender to reside near their victim.

February 26, 2015
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Senate Passes Legislation Targeting Cyber Terrorism

The New York State Senate today passed four bills to crack down on cyber terrorism and its rapidly expanding threat to the state’s security and finances. The legislation, sponsored by Senator Thomas Croci (R, Sayville), would enact tougher penalties for cyber-related crimes, create cyber security programs to identify potential risks and threats, and require the state to perform a comprehensive review of all its cyber security measures every five years. 

February 25, 2015
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Greater Local Control, Closure of Loopholes Highlighted By Senate Report on Sex Offenders

Legislation introduced following State Senate Coalition’s report detailing numerous sex offenders living near Pre-K and Kindergarten programs

 

ALBANY – Following a comprehensive investigation by the New York State Senate Coalition that resulted in a startling report detailing numerous sex offenders living near Pre-K and Kindergarten facilities, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) will join fellow lawmakers to pass legislation that closes loopholes in existing laws and increases local authorities’ ability to restrict living arrangements for sex offenders.

 

February 25, 2015
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TARGETING CYBER TERRORISM

Bills Focus on Enforcing Stricter Penalties and Create Cyber Security Measures To Protect New York From Future Threats

The New York State Senate today passed four bills to crack down on cyber terrorism and its rapidly expanding threat to the state’s security and finances. The legislation, sponsored by Senator Thomas Croci (R, Sayville), would enact tougher penalties for cyber-related crimes, create cyber security programs to identify potential risks and threats, and require the state to perform a comprehensive review of all its cyber security measures every five years. 

February 25, 2015
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Senate Passes Legislation Targeting Cyber Terrorism

The New York State Senate today passed four bills to crack down on cyber terrorism and its rapidly expanding threat to the state’s security and finances.

February 25, 2015
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Senator Flanagan Fighting To Keep Children Safe From Sex Offenders

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined his colleagues in the New York State Senate Coalition this week to unveil an alarming joint-investigative report,

February 25, 2015
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Senate Coalition Leads Effort To Keep Our Children From Sex Offenders

Senate Coalition Announces Passage of Bills to Close Dangerous Loopholes in Sex Offender Laws - 

Press Release - February 25, 2015

The New York State Senate today passed nine bills to close dangerous loopholes in the laws protecting children and communities from sexual predators. The measures would address critical issues raised by a recent Court of Appeals ruling that prevents local governments from enacting laws restricting sex offenders, as well as the safety concerns highlighted in a recent Senate Coalition joint investigation and report…

February 25, 2015
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SENATOR BONACIC JOINS EFFORT TO KEEP OUR CHILDREN SAFE FROM SEX OFFENDERS

Senator Bonacic Joins Effort To Keep Our Children Safe From Sex Offenders

February 25, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Talks About the Raise the Age Proposal on Your Voice

On this program of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses youth, public safety and the justice system.  He also explains his frustration with the lack of answers from the acting commissioner of the Office of Children and Family Services during a recent public budget hearing.  

February 24, 2015
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Senator Rubén Díaz and Hispanic Clergy to hold Fifth Prayer Rally for Rape Victim

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFEBRUARY 24, 2015Senator Rubén Díaz and Hispanic Clergy to hold Fifth Prayer Rally for Rape VictimNew York State Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz (D-Bronx) and the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization, will hold a Rally for Justice on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 9:00AM outside the Bronx Criminal Court located at 265 East 161st Street in the Bronx. This Prayer Rally is scheduled to coincide with Wednesday’s Criminal Court appearance of Mr. Nanic Aidasani, who has been charged with second-degree rape against a 64-year old resident at the Manhattanville Rehabilitation & HealthCare Center in Riverdale one year ago.  Mr. Aidasani worked at that facility as a licensed practical nurse.

February 24, 2015
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Following The Tragic Death of Shannon Pepper, Young, Giglio Call For Passage of Brittany's Law

Legislation would require registration for violent felony offenders, create a statewide database

 

 

OLEAN – Following a tragic fire this past weekend in Cuba, New York, that cut short the life of domestic violence survivor Shannon Pepper, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) and Assemblyman Joseph M. Giglio (R,C,I-Gowanda) are calling for the Assembly to pass Brittany’s Law.

 

February 23, 2015
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Senate Report Reveals Sex Offenders Living Near Pre-K and Kindergarten Programs

The State Senate recently released the report, “Keeping Our Children Safe From Sex Offenders,” that has uncovered startling violations of residency restrictions and a major loophole in New York State law. It can be viewed at http://www.nysenate.gov/files/pdfs/Keeping_our_Children_Safe.pdf

The investigation found convicted pedophiles violating state law by living within 1,000 feet of grade schools with Pre-K programs. In addition, over a dozen sex offenders are residing within 1,000 feet of stand-alone Universal Pre-K programs not attached to grade schools.

February 23, 2015
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Ortt: Protect Victims, Schools From Sexual Predators

NY Court of Appeals Says Localities Can’t Prohibit Where Sex Offenders Live

State Senator Robert Ortt (R,C,I-North Tonawanda) today announced legislation (S.2609) that will prohibit convicted sex offenders from living near schools or in close proximity to their victims. Ortt said this legislation, which he is co-sponsoring, is even more critical after the New York State Court of Appeals ruled this week that local governments do not have the authority to restrict where sex offenders can live.

February 22, 2015
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Senate Coalition Leads Effort To Keep Our Children From Sex Offenders

After devastating New York State Court of Appeals ruling in Nassau, State Senate Coalition will act on a series of bills to strengthen protections for children against sex offenders

February 22, 2015
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Keep Sex Offenders Away From Their Victims & Schools

ONEONTA, 02/19/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced that he has introduced legislation (S.2609) to prohibit sex offenders from residing near their victims or near any school.

“We must do all we can to safeguard children and victims from sexual offenders,” said Senator Seward.  “My legislation bars the most serious predators from residing near their victims or near a school and will close an existing loophole in addition to providing a needed layer of protection.” 

February 19, 2015
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TWC: State Senator Pushes SAFE Act Reform

By TWC News StaffThursday, February 12, 2015 at 09:47 AM EST

February 19, 2015
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SENATOR KLEIN HONORED BY JACOBI MEDICAL CENTER FOR INNOVATIVE STAND UP TO VIOLENCE PROGRAM

Special Recognition for Senator Klein in Establishing SUV Program in the Bronx

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) was today honored for his outstanding commitment to and continued funding support for the Stand Up to Violence (SUV) Program at the 2015 North Bronx Healthcare Network Legislative Forum at Jacobi Medical Center.

February 13, 2015
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Senator Young joins "Your Voice" to Discuss Protections Against Sexual Predators, Juvenile Justice Reforms, and Education Funding

During this edition of "Your Voice,” Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) discusses legislation to protect communities from sexual predators, juvenile justice reforms proposed in the Executive Budget, education funding and the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA).

 

February 12, 2015
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Senator Flanagan Supports Tougher Penalties For Sex Offenders

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with his colleagues in the New York State Senate Majority to pass a package of legislation, including a bill that he sponsored, that would help keep communities safer from sexual predators.  These seven bills would help prevent the most dangerous offenders from having contact with children and college students, require more stringent residency reporting requirements for the sex offender registry, strengthen penalties for those who help sex offenders evade registration requirements, and

February 10, 2015
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