Issues: Crime

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 25, 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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RITCHIE JAIL CROWDING BILL OK’D BY SENATE PANEL

Aids Oswego, Jefferson, Other Counties Facing Inmate Crunch

March 21, 2012
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SENATE ADOPTS SENATOR NOZZOLIO LEGISLATION PROTECTING LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS FROM HARASSMENT

State Senator Mike Nozzolio has announced that the State Senate has adopted legislation he is sponsoring (S.464) to provide new protections for police, paramedics and other law enforcement and first response personnel who keep our communities safe.

March 21, 2012
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Senate Passes Legislation to Combat Gun Crimes

The New York State Senate today passed two bills, sponsored by Senator Martin Golden (R-C, Brooklyn), to combat gun crimes and enhance penalties for gun crimes that endanger children. “As a former New York City police officer, I have seen first-hand the fear and devastation caused by criminals with guns,” Senator Golden said.  “People who use force to terrorize and prey upon others must be punished to the fullest extent of the law.  The bills I am proposing would make our laws strong enough to make use of a firearm in the commission of a crime unthinkable.”

March 21, 2012
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO COMBAT GUN CRIMES

The New York State Senate today passed two bills to combat gun crimes and enhance penalties for gun crimes that endanger children.

March 21, 2012
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SQUADRON JOINS ADVOCATES TO PUSH FOR STRONGER DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LAW

Urges Senate Action on His Domestic Violence Bill That Has Won Assembly Support

Legislation Dedicated to NYPD Officer Killed by Serial Abuser Would Give DAs New Tool to Better Protect Domestic Violence Victims

ALBANY – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron joined advocates and leaders to push for his legislation that would increase penalties for repeat domestic violence offenders, as the NYS Coalition Against Domestic Violence's Legislative Awareness Day brought hundreds of advocates to the Capitol. Last week, the Senate Republican Majority shelved the legislation, which passed the Assembly in 2011, by referring it to the Rules Committee and effectively preventing future debate or a vote. 

The legislation -  S.1510/A.1986 (Golden-Squadron/Rosenthal) - would provide district attorneys with the tools to crack down on recurring violence and abuse by establishing the felony-level crime of “aggravated domestic violence” for abusers who commit two or more offenses within five years.  It is dedicated to fallen NYPD Office Alain Schaberger, who was killed last March in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn responding to a domestic violence call. Officer Schaberger was thrown over a staircase railing by a serial domestic violence abuser who had a 12-year history of offenses.

March 21, 2012
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LANDMARK ANTI-CRIME BILL BECOMES LAW / SENATE, ASSEMBLY & GOVERNOR JOIN FORCES TO EXPAND DNA DATABANK

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

Senator Johnson announced a new law that will implement the largest expansion of the State’s DNA databank since it was first created in 1994. 

The databank expansion will help close thousands of unsolved cases, bring justice to crime victims, and help prevent dangerous criminals from committing additional crimes.

 “This is a huge victory for all New Yorkers concerned about protecting our communities and keeping our loved ones safe. This landmark legislation will help close thousands of unsolved cases, provide justice to crime victims and help prevent future crimes from taking place,” Senator Johnson said.

March 20, 2012
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JUST THE FACTS ABOUT DNA DATABANK EXPANSION by SENATOR STEVE SALAND

At the risk of dating myself, I am borrowing a phrase from Sergeant Joe Friday of the old television series, Dragnet: “All we know are the facts, Ma’am”.*

In an action hailed by law enforcement throughout our State as the single most effective crime fighting tool, I sponsored a law in collaboration with Governor Andrew Cuomo that just expanded DNA databank collection in New York State to include all felonies and all penal law misdemeanors.

March 20, 2012
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JUST THE FACTS ABOUT DNA DATABANK EXPANSION

by Senator Steve Saland

At the risk of dating myself, I am borrowing a phrase from Sergeant Joe Friday of the old television series, Dragnet: “All we know are the facts, Ma’am”.*

In an action hailed by law enforcement throughout our State as the single most effective crime fighting tool, I sponsored a law in collaboration with Governor Andrew Cuomo that just expanded DNA databank collection in New York State to include all felonies and all penal law misdemeanors.

Despite the overwhelming and convincing evidence that DNA collection leads to greater justice delivered in convicting the guilty and exonerating the innocent, there are those who object to the expansion.

March 20, 2012
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March 20, 2012
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SENATOR ALESI: LANDMARK ANTI-CRIME BILL SIGNED INTO LAW / SENATE, ASSEMBLY & GOVERNOR JOIN FORCES TO EXPAND DNA DATABANK

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March 19, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill to Increase Penalties for Robberies With Fake Explosives

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would increase penalties for criminals who attempt robberies with devices appearing to be bombs or explosives. The bill (S. 720A), which was developed in collaboration with law enforcement, is sponsored by Senator Joe Robach. It would elevate the criminal charge from third degree to first or second degree robbery. “It doesn’t make any sense that there are stronger penalties when a criminal robs someone with a fake gun than with a fake bomb,” said Senator Robach. “This bill recognizes that inequity and equalizes the charge and punishment.”

March 19, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO INCREASE PENALTIES FOR ROBBERIES WITH FAKE EXPLOSIVES

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would increase penalties for criminals who attempt robberies with devices appearing to be bombs or explosives. The bill (S. 720A) was developed in collaboration with law enforcement. It would elevate the criminal charge from third degree to first or second degree robbery.

March 19, 2012
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Bill would stiffen sex offender penalties

Queens Courier reports on a new bill introduced by Senator Gianaris that would strengthen penalties for repeat sex offenders.

In an effort to keep the public safe from sexual abuse, the New York State Senate has passed a bill increasing the penalty for repeat offenders.

 

The Senate has approved legislation introduced by Senator Michael Gianaris which excludes time spent in prison from the 10-year period during which the actions of a repeat sex offender are deemed “persistent sexual abuse.”

 

Under the current law, criminals who commit certain sex crimes on multiple occasions can count time they are incarcerated towards the decade-long period in which they are subject to harsher penalties.

 

March 19, 2012
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