Issues: Crime

Statement From State Senator Jose Peralta On Senate Republican Gun Proposal

“The Senate Republican plan is entirely inadequate and falls far short of what New Yorkers expect their elected officials to do about the gun violence and bloodshed that has become frighteningly common.

“Republicans talk about ‘illegal guns’ and increasing jail sentences after criminals have been caught.   The fact is, guns are not illegal until they end up in the hands of criminals.  Our focus needs to be on keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and the violently mentally ill in the first place, and on using available technology to catch criminals after using a firearm.  Only after gun criminals are caught will sentencing be relevant.  

January 7, 2013

Senator Skelos Unveils Tough Plan to Crack Down on Illegal Guns and Criminals Who Use Guns

Senate Republican Conference Leader Dean G. Skelos today announced a package of tough, commonsense gun safety measures to eliminate the sale and possession of illegal guns and increase penalties for people who use guns to commit crimes. Statistics show illegal guns are used in the vast majority of gun crimes in New York State.   The proposals come in the wake of horrific recent incidents including the tragic school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut; the ambush and killing of two volunteer firefighters in Webster, New York; the shooting incidents that injured three NYPD officers just two days ago; and the cold-blooded killing of a Nassau County police officer and a motorist last October.

January 5, 2013

Sheldon Silver: Microstamping Not Part of Gun Package Talks

As reported by Daily Politics:

This was part of a story in today's editions on gun control efforts. This item has info cut from the paper editions for space:

Supporters of a microstamping, which makes guns and ammo more trackable, fear their best chance of getting the Mayor Bloomberg-backed measure enacted into law is slipping away.

For full article, click here. 

January 4, 2013

Gun industry spends to protect 'firearm rights' in New York

As reported by the Albany Times Union:

The gun lobby has pumped more than $550,000 into New York state political campaigns since 2000, much of it in the past few years, with Republicans in the Legislature and the Conservative Party as the biggest recipients, public filings show. It has also sent lobbyists to the Capitol to talk with GOP lawmakers and voice opinions on bills that have become locked in Senate committees.

For full article, click here. 

January 4, 2013

New bipartisan coalition running the state Senate faces major issue next week stemming from the Sandy Hook massacre

As reported by the Daily News:

ALBANY — The new bipartisan coalition running the state Senate could face its first major test in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting.

The five breakaway Democrats who will work with the Republicans to jointly run the chamber next year will be under intense pressure from the Democratic conference to push through some kind of gun control measure — an issue the governor has said would be a priority next year.

For full article, click here. 

January 4, 2013

Senator Young Again Renews Call for Strengthening Kendra's Law

People with severe mental illness are falling through the cracks

ALBANY - Following the wake of the tragic massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) has renewed her call for strengthening New York’s Kendra’s Law to ensure people with mental illness receive proper treatment, and vowed to push her legislation when session convenes in January.

“Obviously, Adam Lanza was a deeply disturbed person who needed help.  There is no other explanation for why he would murder 20 angelic children and the six adults who were trying to protect them,” Senator Young said.

December 19, 2012

Statement by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos

There simply aren’t words that can express the sadness and shock of the senseless tragedy that took place this morning in Newtown, Connecticut.  My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims of this heinous attack that has brought such heartbreak and grief to people in Connecticut and across the country.

December 14, 2012

BUFFALO NEWS: Albany Needs To Pass Key Crime Legislation To Protect Children and Drivers

By New York State Senator Mark Grisanti

Now that the election is over, we need Albany to get back to work on some important legislation that will make it safer for children and drivers alike. At least nine key pieces of crime legislation that passed the Senate were killed last session by the Democratic Majority in the Assembly.  In the new legislative session that begins in January, all of these key pieces of crime legislation need to be reintroduced and passed in both Houses.  We need to analyze the core merits of the bills and not make decisions solely on political expediency.

December 11, 2012

Preguntas mas Frecuentes sobre el Programa de recompra de armas de Brooklyn 2012

¿Cómo debo llevar un arma al sitio de devolución?

Las armas deben ser colocados en una bolsa de plástico o de papel o en una caja.


¿Puedo transportar el arma en mi auto?

Sí. Si va ha transportar el arma en un vehiculo, el arma debe ser transportado en el maletero/ baúl del vehiculo.


¿Cuándo recibiré la tarjeta de dinero en efectivo?

Después de que el arma sea examinada por oficiales y determinada ser operable, se le expedirá una tarjeta de dinero en efectivo.


¿Puedo entregar un rifle o una escopeta?

Sí, rifles y escopetas, serán aceptados. Sin embargo, el pago para los rifles y escopetas es de sólo $ 20.


December 6, 2012

Brooklyn Gun Buy Back

El Senador Martin Malavé Dilan se ha asociado con el Fiscal del Distrito del condado de Kings Charles J. Hynes, el asambleísta Rafael Espinal, el concejal Erik Martin Dilan, y el comisionado del NYPD  Raymond W. Kelly, para albergar el programa Cash For Guns ( dinero por armas), sin hacer preguntas, el programa de recompra de arma de fuego en Brooklyn, Sábado 15 de diciembre.

Entregue  un arma y recibirá una tarjeta de banco con $200 por un arma operable, y una tarjeta de banco con $20 para rifles y escopetas operables.

De 10:00 am a 4 pm, puede dejar las armas en:

La Iglesia Luterana St. Peter

105 Highland Place

Brooklyn, NY 11208

December 6, 2012

Rochester PD Offers Tips for Safe Holiday Season

The Rochester Police Department wants you

 to have a Happy and Safe Holiday Season!


Holiday Crime Prevention

Here are some tips from the Rochester Police Department on how to celebrate safely this holiday season:

If You Are Out for the Evening

December 5, 2012

Brooklyn Gun Buy Back

(en espanol)

Senator Martin Malavé Dilan is partnering with King's County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes, Assemblymember Rafael Espinal, Councilmember Erik Martin Dilan, and NYPD Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, to host a Cash For Guns, no questions asked, gun buyback program in Brooklyn, Saturday December 15.

Turn in a weapon and receive a $200 Bank Card for a operable handgun, and a $20 bank card for operable rifles and shotguns.

From 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m., you can drop off weapons at:

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church

105 Highland Place

Brooklyn, NY 11208

December 4, 2012


Senate Economic Development Chair Cites Economic and Safety Concerns, Urges Comptroller’s Office To Thoroughly Review Contract

“The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles’ apparent selection of a bid submitted by CBN Secure Technology of Canada to produce the state’s next generation drivers licenses raises several questions and concerns.”

“The fact that CBN’s bid was the most expensive to taxpayers and would shift the development and manufacturing processes out of the United States raises some questions as New York State continues to grapple with budget issues. I hope the State Comptroller’s office gives this contract a thorough review to ensure tax dollars are being invested wisely.”

November 15, 2012

State's Domestic Violence Laws Strengthened

Legislation supported by Senator Jack M. Martins to strengthen domestic violence laws and enhance protections so victims can sever ties with their abusers has been signed into law by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.

The legislation holds serial offenders more accountable for their behavior with the creation of a new crime and new considerations when determining bail, and creates a state-level Fatality Review Team to find new ways to prevent intimate partner homicides.

October 27, 2012

Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Strengthening New York’s Domestic Violence Laws

A robust package of legislation was signed into law this week to improve the criminal justice system’s response to domestic violence while at the same time provide survivors with enhanced protections so they can more safely sever ties with their abusers.

The bill package addresses the recidivist nature of domestic violence by holding serial offenders more accountable for their behavior with the creation of a new crime and new considerations when determining bail, and creates a state-level Fatality Review Team to find new ways to prevent intimate partner homicides.

October 26, 2012

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

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

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

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

October 16, 2012


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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