Issues: Crime

Senator Gianaris holds press conference opposing Sunnyside sex attacks

Senator Gianaris handing out leaflets alerting Sunnyside residents to use caution while traveling.

April 11, 2012
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Governor Cuomo in Syracuse to Discuss Budget

I was pleased to join Governor Cuomo in discussing budget accomplishments for Central New York. Click the link for more details.

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Gov Cuomo CNY Budget Presentation.pdf

April 5, 2012
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Senator Gallivan Addresses 2012 State Budget In Video Message

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) speaks to the taxpayers and families of Western New York concerning the just enacted 2012 State Budget.

April 4, 2012
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State Passes Fiscally Responsible Budget That Respects Taxpayers

Budget Comes Early, Controls Spending and Holds The Line On Taxes

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan hailed the 2012 state budget today as lawmakers approved the spending plan ahead of the April 1st deadline, marking the second consecutive year New York State will enact an on-time budget.

“Passing a second on-time budget in as many years is indicative of the larger progress we’ve seen lately in Albany. Just as late budgets were once a symbol of dysfunction, on-time budgets are symbolic of continued progress,” the Senator said. “Even more important than passing an on-time budget, is that we passed a fiscally responsible budget that respects New York’s taxpayers and keeps the State moving forward.”

April 3, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill to Protect Domestic Violence Victims

The New York State Senate passed legislation that gives judges the ability to consider well-established risk factors in determining bail or recognizance in domestic violence cases so that a victim and their family can be further protected from an assailant.

The bill (S.1414A) would allow the history of violence or threats of violence, prior orders of protection, and the accused’s access to guns to be considered by a judge, potentially affecting their release conditions and sparing many victims and their children additional harm or even death.

“This measure will add protection to victims of domestic violence who should be able to rely on the courts for greater protection,” said Senator Jack M. Martins, who supported the measure.

April 2, 2012
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SENATE PASSES FUSCHILLO LEGISLATION TO INCREASE PENALTIES FOR IMPERSONATING A POLICE OFFICER

        Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced Senate passage of legislation he sponsors to raise penalties for criminals who impersonate police officers in order to commit crime.

        “Most individuals trust police officers and obey their instructions without question. Criminals posing as police officers abuse that trust in order to prey on unsuspecting victims. Law enforcement should be able to elevate charges in these cases. Under this legislation, that’s exactly what they would be allowed to do,” said Senator Fuschillo.

March 29, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill to Protect Domestic Violence Victims

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that gives judges the ability to consider well-established risk factors in determining bail or recognizance in domestic violence cases so that a victim and their family can be further protected from an assailant.  The bill (S.1414A), sponsored by Senator Stephen Saland (R-I-C, Poughkeepsie), would allow the history of violence or threats of violence, prior orders of protection, and the accused’s access to guns to be considered by a judge, potentially affecting their release conditions and sparing many victims and their children additional harm or even death.

March 29, 2012
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Governor Cuomo and Legislative Leaders Announce Agreement on 2012-13 State Budget

Governor Cuomo released the following announcement on March 27, 2012:

The Budget continues the Governor’s commitment to fiscal responsibility while creating jobs and strengthening communities across the state. It closes a multi-billion dollar deficit with no new taxes, fees or gimmicks, limits spending growth to two percent or below for the second year in a row, and launches the New York Works Task Force to invest billions of dollars to rebuild the state's roads, bridges, parks, and other infrastructure and create tens of thousands of jobs.

March 29, 2012
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Gianaris Bill Opposes Police Quotas

The Queens Gazette reports on a new bill proposed by Senator Gianaris, which opposes Police Department quota requirements.

Addressing a very sensitive area of police-public relations, state Senator Michael Gianaris has proposed a bill opposing Police Department quota requirements.

 

“The use of quotas puts undue pressure on our police force and results in too many unwarranted arrests and tickets,” Gianaris explained as he released the legislation.

 

“Raising the penalty for the imposition of quotas would deter the practice and ensure that police activity is conducted for public safety first and foremost,” the Astoria lawmaker added.

 

March 28, 2012
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Senator Rivera and Democratic Senate Colleagues Urge Senator Maziarz to Drop Dangerous New York Stand Your Ground Legislation

Bronx, NY - State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF-Bronx) joined twenty-three of his Democratic colleagues in sending State Senator George Maziarz a letter regarding S.281, a New York Stand Your Ground bill.  The Stand Your Ground legislation in Florida has most recently been used in Florida as a rationale for why there has been a lack of action taken in apprehending and prosecuting the man who killed Trayvon Martin.

 

March 28, 2012
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Travyvon Martin: History shows that True Justice Still

News From New York State For Immediate Release: March 28, 2012 Contact: Bryant G. Gaspard | gaspard@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

March 28, 2012
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Senator DeFranciso Discusses A New State Law That Will Expand the DNA Databank

Historic legislation has been signed into law to make New York state the first "all crimes DNA" state in the nation. On this week’s edition of Your Voice in Albany, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco shares some compelling stories from crime victims and explains how this DNA databank expansion will help close thousands of unsolved cases, bring justice to victims, prevent future crimes, and exonerate the innocently convicted.

New York state is close to finalizing a budget, so the Senator also brings you up-to-date on the budget progress.  

March 27, 2012
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Legislators Stand in Solidarity with 17-year old Trayvon Martin and his family and stand up against stereotyping and reckless actions.

Senator Perkins and Colleagues are Trayvon Martin

We are each Trayvon Martin. We are all black men, who because of demonizing stereotypes, are subject to the irrational hysterical response of people who maintain that we are intimidating and frightening. Gangs, police officers and individuals, are all subject to this societal fixation of seeing black men as ‘the bad guy.’

March 27, 2012
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Taking On Police Tactic, Critics Hit Racial Divide

An article by The New York Times talks about the stop-and-frisk police tactic, which has garnered significant criticism from minority lawmakers and citizens. Senator Gianaris introduced legislation with Assemblymember Camara that would make it illegal for police departments to impose quotas for a certain number of stops officers make.

ALBANY — Black and Latino lawmakers, fed up over the frequency with which New York City police officers are stopping and frisking minority men, are battling what they say is a racial divide as they push legislation to rein in the practice.

 

March 26, 2012
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March 26, 2012
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WNY Lawmakers Urge State Action to Ban Synthetic Drugs

Pending legislation to prohibit sale and distribution of synthetic drugs nearing vote in State Senate

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – Western New York lawmakers are urging immediate action from the state to ban synthetic drugs. Abuse of these chemicals is growing locally and nationally, but the state has done little to slow or stop the rapid spread of synthetic marijuana. Senator Tim Kennedy and Assembly members Dennis Gabryszak and Crystal Peoples-Stokes say the time for delay and inaction are over. They want the state to pass measures to prohibit the sale and distribution of synthetic drugs.

March 23, 2012
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Senator Klein’s Anti-Car Theft Legislation Passes Senate

The New York State Senate today passed legislation by Senator Jeffrey D. Klein , (D-Bronx/ Westchester), to deter car thefts by stiffening penalties for repeat offenders.

March 22, 2012
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LaValle: Senate Passes Tough Auto Insurance Fraud Measures

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said today that the Senate has passed passed three bills to combat auto insurance fraud, which costs New Yorkers more than $1 billion a year, as well as legislation that would impose stronger criminal penalties for staging auto accidents. Recent cases of auto insurance fraud have uncovered massive crime rings, including doctors, lawyers and scam artists who staged accidents and used New York's no-fault insurance program as their own, giant, state-sponsored ATM machine.

Senate action on the bills came on the ninth anniversary of the tragic death of Alice Ross, a 71-year-old wife and grandmother  who was killed as the result of a fraud-related, staged auto accident in Queens.

March 22, 2012
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Seward Bill Cracks Down On Auto Insurance Fraud

ALBANY, 03/22/12 – The New York State Senate today passed three bills to combat auto insurance fraud, which costs New Yorkers more than $1 billion a year, as well as legislation that would impose stronger criminal penalties for staging auto accidents. Recent cases of auto insurance fraud have uncovered massive crime rings, including doctors, lawyers and scam artists who staged accidents and used New York's no-fault insurance program as their own giant state-sponsored, ATM machine.

March 22, 2012
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DNA Databank Expands

All-Crimes DNA Law a Powerful Crimefighting Tool To Help Protect New Yorkers

 

The databank expansion, which has been agreed to by Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State Assembly, will help close thousands of unsolved cases, bring justice to crime victims, and help prevent dangerous criminals from committing additional crimes.

 

The Senate Republican Majority has led the effort to expand the databank, garnering strong public backing for the proposal through a series of on-line petitions and public events. Several thousand citizens from communities across the state signed on in support of the measure.

 

March 22, 2012
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