Parents of murder victim Katie Sepich, along with Elizabeth Smart, recognize Senator Stephen Saland for his work on SB6733 to require DNA upon conviction of all misdemeanors
CHICAGO, Illinois. (August 8, 2012) - The parents of murder victim Katie Sepich were joined by abduction survivor Elizabeth Smart in presenting New York State Senator Stephen Saland with the “Katie’s Hero Award”. The Katie’s Hero Award is an honor bestowed by the Sepich’s non-profit advocacy group DNA Saves on individuals for leadership in solving and preventing crime by supporting legislation to expand the use of forensic DNA technology. According to the certificate of award, Senator Saland was selected for his strong support of SB6733 in 2012 to require DNA upon conviction of all misdemeanors in New York, to ensure law enforcement is not unwittingly releasing repeat offenders back into the community.
WNYC wrote about the six bills introduced by Senator Gianaris who is spearheading the movement to help reduce gun violence in our city.
A New York State Senator plans to introduce six new pieces of gun control legislation this week, which if passed would make New York the state with the toughest gun laws in the nation. But gun control advocates caution that lax laws in other states would still pose a threat.
Senator Michael Gianaris, a Democrat from Queens, is proposing a series of restrictive measures that go above and beyond the state’s already relatively strong gun laws. Gianaris’s bills would:
DNAinfo wrote about the recent gun control package proposed by Senator Gianaris. This package of bills plans to decrease the amount of gun related crimes in New York and across the country.
ASTORIA — Amid the latest spike in crime around New York and following the mass shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin, Astoria state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) is introducing a series of bills to strengthen the state’s gun control laws, aiming to make New York the toughest state on guns.
The number of shootings in the city has increased by 12 percent from the beginning of this year through early July, compared to the same time last year, according to Gianaris.
(Rochester, NY) - Last night, I had the privilege to take part in a number of the celebrations around our community to mark National Night Out. Greece, Charlotte, and the Maplewood area were just some of the communities that hosted family-oriented events to take a stand against crime.
The Daily News wrote about a package of gun control bills that Senator Gianaris is planning on introducing in the Senate in the wake of the recent shootings we have experienced in New York City and across the country.
State Sen. Michael Gianaris points to recent gun violence in New York City, not to mention the Colorado massacre, as he crafts a package of bills to give New York the country’s toughest gun laws.
And that was before a gunman opened fire at a Sikh temple in Milwaukee.
Gianaris, a top Senate Democrat from Queens, puts at the centerpiece of his legislative program a bill to limit handgun purchases in the Empire State to one per person per month — a move supporters say would help to curtail gun trafficking.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco applauds Governor Andrew Cuomo for addressing the synthetic drug crisis in our community by issuing a health department regulation to strengthen the ban on “bath salts.”
“The bath salt abuse problem has become an urgent situation in our community. In April, the Senate passed a bill (S6694-A) to address the issue, but it was not taken up by the Assembly. Had the Assembly taken quick action, the bath salt ban could have been law in April,” said Senator John A. DeFrancisco.
“Law enforcement now has a tool to crack down on those who are involved in the sale, distribution or use of this harmful substance,” concluded Senator DeFrancisco.
State Makes it Illegal to Sell, Possess Bath Salts and Other Substances
State Senator Patty Ritchie is praising Governor Cuomo and the New York State Department of Health’s issuing of new regulations to crackdown on the synthetic drug epidemic that is sweeping New York State and the rest of the nation.
Queens, NY, August 6, 2012 -- Yesterday’s tragic shooting in Wisconsin reminds us again that illegal and criminal gun violence poses a serious threat to communities across the country, and cannot be tolerated. When innocent people going about their daily lives, such as going to the movies, playing in a park or praying at a religious site, are fatal victims to brutal crimes, action must be taken.
Captain DiBlasio has asked that we distribute the attached sketch of an individual wanted in connection with the recent deaths of Mohammed Gebeli, a merchant owner from 5th Avenue in the 68 precinct, and Isaac Kadare, a merchant owner from 86 street in the 62 precinct. The ballistic evidence recovered from both crime scenes match. Both victims were senselessly killed and the NYPD is utilizing a great number of resources to investigate, identify, and apprehend those who are responsible for these pointless crimes.
Captain DiBlasio would also like to let you know that there will be an increased presence of police officers in the 68 precinct from different commands.
Introduces proposals strengthening state’s gun control laws
Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris is working to improve public safety and better protect New Yorkers from gun violence by introducing a series of bills to strengthen the state’s gun control laws. His package of bills are based on criteria established by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence which ranks each state according to the strength of its gun control laws. Currently, New York ranks fourth in the country. The passage of Senator Gianaris’s package of bills, however, would make New York first in the nation for having the toughest gun control laws.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) is announcing that he is offering a $5000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction in the murder of Bensonhurst business owner Isaac Kadare, found murdered last night in his 86th Street store.
Senator Golden’s reward adds to the $5000 offered by Councilman David Greenfield and the Sephardic Community Federation, bringing the total reward to $10,000.
Legislation Supported by Senator Martins Aids Crime Solving and Prevention
As of August 1, New York State got tougher on crime. That’s because legislation that expanded the DNA Databank went into effect. The All-Crimes DNA Law will add approximately 46,000 individual DNA samples a year to the databank, providing law enforcement with additional tools it needs to solve crime and potentially prevent some future crimes from occurring.
Albany, N.Y., August 2—New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that the groundbreaking law expanding New York State's DNA databank by requiring anyone convicted of any felony or Penal Law misdemeanor to provide a DNA sample is now effective.
State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C-Big Flats) said that the State Legislature gave final approval to the expansion and it was signed into law by the governor earlier this year. The expansion of the state's DNA databank is a move that law enforcement leaders locally and across New York State have called an essential modern-day crime-fighting tool.
Expanded DNA Databank Will Provide Enhanced Crime Fighting Tool for Law Enforcement
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that a new law he supported to help better enable law enforcement to use DNA to catch criminals takes effect today.
The groundbreaking law expands the State’s DNA databank by requiring anyone convicted of a felony or penal law misdemeanor to submit a DNA sample. The new law is one of the most significant criminal justice reforms in the state’s history and puts New York State at the nation’s forefront in expanding and utilizing DNA databanks to solve crimes.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the groundbreaking law expanding New York State’s DNA Databank by requiring anyone convicted of any felony or Penal Law misdemeanor to provide a DNA sample is now effective.The new law also includes expanded access to DNA Databank comparisons for certain criminal defendants, allowing them to obtain DNA testing before trial or after a guilty plea to demonstrate their innocence. In addition, the law provides for greater access to discovery of evidence after conviction where innocence is claimed.