Issues: Crime

STATEMENT FROM SEN. GALLIVAN ON 2013 STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS

The Governor’s State of the State outlined an expansive and comprehensive vision for our state and its future. I am especially encouraged to see Governor Cuomo make the upstate economy a continued priority of his administration, and the specific attention he paid to bolstering Upstate’s agriculture and tourism industries – two sectors vital to the continued economic recovery of Western New York.

January 10, 2013
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State of State Reaction

 

ALBANY, 01/09/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address:

“New York is headed in the right direction financially thanks in part to a strong working relationship between the legislature and Governor Cuomo that has evolved over the last two years.  As we embark on the 2013 legislative session I anticipate additional collaborations that will bring further improvements.

“The governor’s pledge to continue to hold the line on taxes is one I wholeheartedly endorse.  This has been a key piece of our state’s rebuilding foundation and one that must remain if we are to make further strides.

January 9, 2013
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Squadron -- Assault Weapons Ban Sponsor -- Welcomes Governor's Proposal to Strengthen NY Law

Senator Also Applauds Governor's Push for Campaign Finance Reform, Decriminalization of Small Amounts of Marijuana, Minimum Wage Increase

ALBANY -- State Senator Daniel Squadron, the sponsor of legislation to close gaps in New York's assault weapons ban -- including by making illegal the military-style gun used in Newtown, CT and Webster, NY -- applauded Governor Cuomo's proposals to strengthen the state's gun laws, reform New York's campaign finance system, decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana in public view, and raise New York's minimum wage, in today's State of the State.

January 9, 2013
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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GALLIVAN QUESTIONS DMV CONTRACT FOR NEW LICENSES WITH CANADIAN COMPANY

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
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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
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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
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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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