Issues: Crime

Senate Acts to Keep Communities Safer From Sexual Predators

The New York State Senate today passed four bills that would keep communities safer from sexual predators. The package of legislation requires more stringent verification requirements for sex offender residency, and strengthens penalties for individuals who help sex offenders evade registration requirements.

March 5, 2013
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Senator O'Brien keeping our school buses safe

ALBANY, N.Y. – With Sen. O’Brien’s yes vote, the State Senate passed legislation yesterday closing a loophole that allowed those convicted of crimes against children and sexual and drug-related crimes to serve as bus monitors.

“With this simple, common-sense legislation, we’ve made concrete gains in protecting our children from potential predators,” O’Brien said. “It was an unfortunate loophole, since existing restrictions on people convicted of those types of crimes only applied to bus drivers. I was proud to stand with my colleagues and update our laws to keep children on school buses safe.”

March 5, 2013
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Senator Marchione Addresses Pro-Second Amendment Rally in Albany

Senator Kathleen Marchione was invited to address the pro-Second Amendment rally that was held on February 28, 2013 in Albany.  Senator Marchione addressed a record capacity crowd, thanked them for standing strong with her in support of preserving Constitutional freedoms and announced her new legislation, the "Second Amendment Protection Act," (Senate Bill S.3948) which would repeal the unconstitutional provisions of the NY SAFE Act.

March 5, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill to Keep Dangerous Criminals Off School Buses

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to protect children by preventing people who have been convicted of crimes involving children, sexual-based offenses, and drug offenses from being a school bus monitor. The bill (S883), sponsored by Senator John Bonacic (R,C,I-Mount Hope), also updates existing laws to include Leandra’s Law convictions in disqualifying a person from being a school bus driver for five years after conviction.

March 4, 2013
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March 4, 2013
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Department of Financial Services to Speek Resolution of Insurance Claims in Areas Affected by SANDY

The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.

February 27, 2013
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'Guns for Greatness,' which would offer Beyonce tickets to those turning in firearms, gets endorsement of Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes and TV host Nick Cannon

State Sen. Martin Dilan (D-Brooklyn), who has sponsored past gun-buyback programs, said Williams’ proposal “is definitely a good idea.”Read more at New York Daily News.

February 27, 2013
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SENATE REPUBLICANS CALL FOR IMMEDIATE AUDIT OF STATE’S MEDICAID PROGRAM, ANNOUNCE SENATE ROUNDTABLE TO INVESTIGATE ALLEGATIONS OF “COMPLACENT” OMIG

Call to Action Comes in the Wake of Congressional Report on Alleged Waste, Fraud and Mismanagement Within NY Medicaid Program, Inaction of OMIG, Resulting in Potential Loss of Billions in Federal Dollars

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos and the Senate Republican Conference today called for an immediate independent audit of New York State’s Medicaid program and announced a forthcoming joint roundtable meeting of the Senate Health and Investigations Committees to investigate allegations of complacency and inaction by the state Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG).

February 25, 2013
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Kennedy, Stewart-Cousins Lead Fight Against Gang Violence, Call for Anti-Violence Funds to Re-Launch Operation SNUG

Following Governor Cuomo’s budget presentation at City Honors, Leader Stewart-Cousins visits Buffalo to outline Senate Democrats’ budget proposal to curb gang violence. 

Senators Kennedy and Stewart-Cousins lead push to reinstate funding for Operation SNUG programs in state budget. 

Kennedy and Stewart-Cousins: In Communities across the State, Operation SNUG Helped Snuff out Gang Activity Until Funds Ran Dry. It’s Clear this Anti-Violence Effort is Needed Once Again.  

February 23, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO: CASE OF DRIVER ESCAPING JAIL AFTER KILLING NCPD OFFICER HIGHLIGHTS THE NEED FOR STRONGER LAWS

Will Sponsor Legislation Creating Stronger Penalties for Drivers Who Kill or Injure Police Officers, Emergency Personnel, and Hazard Workers 

February 22, 2013
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PISTOL PERMIT "OPT-OUT" PRIVACY FORMS NOW AVAILABLE IN LOCAL COUNTY CLERKS' OFFICES

Gallivan Urges All Permit Holders Who Wish To Keep Personal Information Private To Complete and Submit Forms To Their Local County Clerk's Office

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - Elma) announced today that State Police “Opt-Out” privacy forms are now available in each of the four counties that comprise the 59th Senate District.

The forms being made available are in accord with a provision of the newly enacted NY SAFE Act that allows New York State pistol permit holders to request that their personal information be kept private and confidential by completing a State Police “Opt-Out” form and submitting it to a designated county official.

February 19, 2013
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Sen. Fuschillo Appears on News 12 to Call for Stronger Penalties for Hit & Run Drivers

     Senator Fuschillo appears on News 12 Long Island to discuss legislation he is sponsoring to raise the penalties for drivers who hit someone and flee the scene of an accident. The legislation would raise the penalties for hit and run crimes so that they are commensurate with charges faced by a drunk driver who causes physical injury or death and remains at the scene of the accident. 

     Under the legislation:

     • Drivers who leave the scene of a fatal accident would face class “C” felony charges, punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

February 15, 2013
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February 16, 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
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SQUADRON WELCOMES BLOOMBERG'S SUPPORT FOR MARIJUANA REFORM, URGES ALBANY TO PASS LEGISLATION NOW

NEW YORK -- State Senator Daniel Squadron, the sponsor of legislation (S3105) to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana in public view, welcomed Mayor Bloomberg's support for the bill and the change to NYC policy announced in today's State of the City. Squadron released the following statement:

"Legislation I carry would reform the in-plain-view marijuana possession statute and the inconsistent way it's enforced. 

February 14, 2013
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NYC Council: Public Hearing on Central Park Jogger Case (Comptroller Liu and Senator Bill Perkins)

Senator Bill Perkins insists that for the sake of justice,the Central Park Five must be paid!

 

The time has come, the moment is now! This is not the first time we have heard a

lengthy and detailed outline and enumeration of the particulars of the Central Park

Five case. These are a stark and distressing set of facts. No more need be said.

Except, having been there, with the five, from the beginning: as a neighbor, as a

February 13, 2013
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Press Conference prior to NYC Council's Public Hearing on Central Park Jogger Case (left to right: Raymond Santana Jr., Sen. Bill Perkins, and Kharey Wise)

 

Senator Bill Perkins insists that for the sake of justice,the Central Park Five must be paid!

 

The time has come, the moment is now! This is not the first time we have heard a

lengthy and detailed outline and enumeration of the particulars of the Central Park

February 13, 2013
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Forum/Town Hall: The Case of the Central Park Five and Its Impact on New York’s Criminal Justice Arena.

Senator Bill Perkins insists that for the sake of justice,the Central Park Five must be paid!

 

The time has come, the moment is now! This is not the first time we have heard a

lengthy and detailed outline and enumeration of the particulars of the Central Park

Five case. These are a stark and distressing set of facts. No more need be said.

Except, having been there, with the five, from the beginning: as a neighbor, as a

February 16, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
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Griffo Law Gets Tough On Bank Robbers

(Albany) – New York State Senator Joseph A.

February 13, 2013
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