Issues: Crime

O'Mara: New domestic violence law gives police and prosecutors, victims and families important new protections and tools

Albany, N.Y., October 26—New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law legislation unanimously approved by the Legislature earlier this year to strengthen New York’s domestic violence laws.

State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) strongly supported and voted in favor of the measure (S.7638) when it was approved by the Senate in early June.

October 26, 2012
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Senator Farley Announces Domestic Violence Legislation Signed Into Law

As October is designated as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in New York State, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) found it fitting that a new comprehensive package of legislation was signed into law this week by the Governor that protects victims of domestic violence and establishes stronger criminal penalties to punish individuals who commit acts of domestic violence.

"Although New York State already has a number of strong domestic violence protections, many domestic violence abusers repeatedly commit offenses," Senator Farley said. "This legislation will help the victim, as well as the prosecution of these crimes, and hopefully deter the offender from repeat actions."

Highlights of the domestic violence legislation include the following:

October 26, 2012
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New law stops murderers from controlling victims’ remains

Closes loophole in New York State’s public health law

Amherst, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law domestic violence legislation (S.7638/A.10624) that included his bill (S.4124/A.7594) to close a loophole in the state health law that gave a Western New York man who killed his wife the sole rights to her remains.

October 25, 2012
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Push Yourself 5k Aids Local Causes

On Sunday morning, I had the privilege to visit with participants at the Push Yourself 5k at Ellison Park. This was the third year of the event, which was held to benefit the Rochester Area CrimeStoppers and the Lymphoma/Leukemia Society. Rochester homicide victim Paul Vasconcellos II was remembered during the 5k. He was killed two years ago, and his case remains unsolved. His father Paul Vasconcellos Sr. was on hand for the event. Also, funds were raised for Dan Prinzi, a teacher in Webster, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Nearly 500 runners took place in the Push Yourself 5k. For more information on Push Yourself, visit their website at http://pushyourself.com/Home.aspx.

October 16, 2012
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RITCHIE, CORRECTIONS CHAIR MEET WITH LOCAL SHERIFFS ON JAIL CROWDING

After Meeting, Lawmakers Tour Empty State Prison as Possible Solution to Problem

State Senator Patty Ritchie today hosted a meeting with the Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence County Sheriffs, along with the Senate’s top expert on corrections and prison issues, to discuss the problem of state parole violators who are crowding county jails, and costing local taxpayers millions of dollars in unreimbursed expenses.

Senator Ritchie and Senator Michael Nozzolio, longtime chair of the Senate’s Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections Committee met for an hour with the Sheriffs before heading to the nearby, state-run Watertown Correctional Facility to tour two empty dorms that were recently closed down, and which the Senators said could be used to house the state inmates currently being held in the county lock-up.

October 15, 2012
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Roosevelt Avenue, a Corridor of Vice

As reported by The New York Times:

… Today, prostitution and counterfeiting industries are tucked alongside the Mexican restaurants, Dominican bakeries, Colombian boutiques and the nightclubs where men — many of them new immigrants working to feed families left behind in their homelands — can buy the company of a woman by paying $2 for a dance.

… (Peralta) is also calling for a task force, similar to the one that decimated crime there in the ’90s, to be reconvened.

For full article, click here 

October 15, 2012
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2012 Human Service Worker of the Year Awards

Earlier this afternoon, I had the privilege to present the 2012 Human Service Courage Award to City of Rochester Police Officer Anthony DiPonzio. I also had the honor of nominating Anthony for the award for his dedication to our community and his amazing recovery and return to work after being shot in the line of duty in 2009. Congratulations to all of this year's award winners!

October 12, 2012
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RITCHIE TO HOST SPECIAL MEETING ON JAIL OVERCROWDING

Corrections Committee Chair Sen. Michael Nozzolio, Sheriffs to Attend

Local and state leaders will join State Senator Patty Ritchie for a special meeting to address the issue of jail overcrowding on Monday October 15th at 12:00 p.m. in her Watertown office, located at the Dulles State Office Building on Washington Street. 

October 12, 2012
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Town Hall: Solitary Confinement in NY Prisons

Town Hall Meeting hosted by State Senator Bill Perkins with a Panel Discussion and Public Dialogue on Solitary Confinement in New York State and City Prisons with state and local legislators, advocates, the formerly incarcerated, and family members. Panel discussion moderated by Jean Casella, Co-Editor of Solitary Watch, with Jack Beck, Director of Prison Visiting Project, Correctional Association of New York, Dilcio Acosta, Mental Health Alternatives to Solitary Confinement, Sarah Kerr, Staff Attorney of The Legal Aid Society Prisoners' Rights Project, and Lisa Ortega, JAC, New York City Jails Action Coalition. 

October 10, 2012
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Sen. Peralta pushes domestic abuse bill

As reported by Queens Chronicle: 

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) has introduced a bill that, if passed, will make it easier for victims of domestic abuse to seek shelter, break their ties with their abusers and begin new lives.

For full article, click here. 

October 9, 2012
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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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