Issues: Crime

Ranzenhofer starts online petition to spur passage of All Crimes DNA legislation

After approval in State Senate, 28 days elapse with no Assembly action 

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has started an online petition to garner support to encourage  the New York State Assembly to pass the All Crimes DNA bill.  The State Senate passed the proposal to expand the State’s DNA database on January 31.  Since then, twenty-eight days have elapsed without any action taken by the State Assembly.

February 28, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Announces Senate Passage of DNA Databank Expansion

Legislation will improve effectiveness of criminal investigation and prevent crime

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced the State Senate has passed legislation to expand the state’s DNA databank to prevent crime by improving the effectiveness and accuracy of criminal investigation. Once passed by the Assembly and signed by the Governor, this bill will create an all-crimes DNA database.

February 22, 2012
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Senator Adams Participates in a Panel Discussion Regarding the Stop, Question and Frisk Procedure.

Senator Eric Adams and Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries participated in a panel discussion regarding the Stop, Question and Frisk procedure. Both legislators co-sponsored legislation in 2010 and provided their expertise and views about this issue.

February 21, 2012
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Join the Fight to Expand the DNA Databank

Sign the Petition Below in support of a Powerful Crime-fighting Tool

February 17, 2012
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Senator Farley and Assemblyman Tedisco join families, advocates to call for new law to terminate driving privileges forever for repeat drunk, dangerous drivers

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) and Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Schenectady-Saratoga) joined with advocates and families who lost loved ones to drunk and dangerous drivers to call for new legislation to help make our roads safer by permanently terminating the driver’s license privileges for serial drunk and dangerous drivers.

On Wednesday, Anthony Gallo, who had 10 suspensions on his driver’s license, was indicted for aggravated vehicular homicide among other charges for being under the influence of drugs and running a red light when he struck and killed 19-year-old Casssandra Boone in November 2011 as she walked across the street at the intersection of Erie Boulevard and State Street in Schenectady.

February 17, 2012
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Area law enforcement leaders line up behind move to expand state's DNA databank

Law enforcement leaders from across the region joined New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico in Elmira yesterday to express their strong support for legislation to expand New York's DNA databank.

February 16, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND ADVOCATES FOR TOOLS TO CURB PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE AND RELATED CRIMES

Series of bills aimed at controlling abuse of prescription medications passes Senate

The Senate has passed legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C – Poughkeepsie) and Senator Kemp Hannon that would remedy the legal discrepancies found in current law with respect to the diversion, possession, and prescription of non-controlled substances (S. 5260-C).

February 16, 2012
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Increase Penaltties for Sale of Drugs

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: February 16, 2012Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

*PRESS RELEASE*

Senator Shirley L. Huntley Passes Legislation to Better Protect Minors from Drug Abuse

Law would increase penalty for criminal sale of control substance to minors under age of 14

February 16, 2012
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SQUADRON-KAVANAGH BILL GARNERS SUPPORT AT CITY COUNCIL HEARING ON NYPD ACCIDENT RESPONSE

Squadron, Kavanagh Testify on New Legislation to Crack Down on Careless Driving

State Legislators Praise Chairs Vacca and Vallone for Leadership on Road Safety

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh testified at the New York City Council joint hearing on Transportation and Public Safety, where their new legislation to crack down on careless driving garnered committee support. The hearing examined the New York Police Department's response and enforcement of traffic laws relating to cars, bikes, and trucks.

February 15, 2012
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Gallivan Takes Part in Roundtable Addressing Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis in New York State

Senate Passes Series of Bills To Curb Prescription Painkiller Abuse

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I- 59th District) was among a handful of Senators to take part in a Senate Roundtable on New York State’s Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis, hosted in Albany today by Senators Kemp Hannon and Jeffrey Klein, Chairmen of the Senate Committee on Health and the Senate Committee Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, respectively.

The Roundtable included doctors, pharmacists, medical professionals, addiction specialists, law enforcement officials, drug abuse prevention organizations, and parents of victims whose deaths were attributed to prescription drug abuse, including, Avi and Julie Israel of North Buffalo.

February 15, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND COMMENTS ON THE EXPANSION OF THE DNA DATABANK

Senator Saland Comments on the Expansion of the DNA Databank

February 14, 2012
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SENATE PASSES SENATOR DEFRANCISCO'S BILL NAMED AFTER THE LATE TIFFANY HEITKAMP

Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that his bill (S2860-A), which would create a link between all of a person’s driving under the influence of alcohol or drug offenses, passed the New York State Senate.

Named after the late Tiffany Heitkamp, who was killed during an alcohol related boating accident in July of 2006, the bill would link Boating While Intoxicated (BWI), with Snowmobiling While Intoxicated (SWI), Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), as well as driving an ATV while intoxicated. Under current law, there is no linkage between these offenses, making it possible to be convicted in two or more separate cases and still be treated as a first time offender.

February 14, 2012
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SENATE PASSES “TIFFANY’S LAW”

Bill Would, For the First Time, Link Convictions for Operating Different Vehicles While Intoxicated

The New York State Senate today passed “Tiffany’s Law” (S.2860A).  The bill would require all prior convictions of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, whether it be an automobile (DWI), snowmobile (SWI), or all-terrain vehicle, be considered during sentencing of a subsequent Boating While Intoxicated (BWI) conviction. In turn, any person convicted of BWI would have that charge considered during any subsequent DWI, SWI or ATV offense.

February 14, 2012
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Sen. Farley Reports NYS Senate Passes Legislation to Crack Down on Illegal Prescription Drug Abuse

With the abuse of illegally-obtained prescription narcotics growing rapidly, the New York State Senate has recently passed several bills to curb the black market in prescription pain killer.

This legislation includes calling for greater controls on Hydrocodone and Tramadol, highly addictive prescription pain medications, and increasing criminal penalties for physicians and pharmacists who illegally divert prescription drugs. It also calls for criminalizing the illegal sale of a controlled substance by a practitioner or pharmacist to address practitioners operating "mills," which fuel the black market for controlled substance medication, and it would also criminalize the first-degree illegal sale of a controlled substance to a minor under the age of 14.

February 14, 2012
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Senate Targets Illegal Prescription Drug Abuse

ALBANY, 02/13/12 – With the abuse of illegally-obtained prescription narcotics growing rapidly, the New York State Senate today passed several bills to curb the black market in prescription painkillers.

Senate approval of the bills followed a roundtable discussion on the issue of abuse of prescription painkillers.  This was a second in a series of public meetings discussing legislation to combat prescription drug abuse and to examine improving New York’s prescription reporting system.

February 14, 2012
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GUN VIOLENCE VICTIMS, ADVOCATES, LAW ENFORCEMENT, ELECTEDS URGE SENATE TO INCLUDE MICROSTAMPING IN BUDGET

Governor’s Budget Proposal Repeals CoBIS, Leaving Gap in Crime Detection

ALBANY – Today, family members who have lost loved ones to gun violence, along with advocates and law enforcement joined Senators and Assemblymembers at the State Capitol to urge the State Senate to include microstamping in its budget proposal. Microstamping, which connects shell casings from crime scenes to the first purchaser of a weapon, would provide law enforcement with a critical tool to solve gun crimes. Microstamping has passed the Assembly several times, but so far the Senate has been unwilling to approve it.

February 14, 2012
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Senate Aims to Fight Illegal Prescription Abuse

Senate Passes Bills to Curb Illehal Prescription Drug AbuseSeries of bills aimed at controlling abuse of prescription painkillers

February 14, 2012
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Senator Lee Zeldin comments on prescription drug abuse in New York State

Feb 13, 2012 -- Senator Lee Zeldin comments on prescription drug abuse in New York State.

February 13, 2012
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Senator Lee Zeldin Applauds Passage of Legislation to Curb Prescription Drug Abuse

“The recent wave of prescription drug abuse has become not only dangerous, but violent and deadly,” said State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley). “The horrific shooting at Haven Drugs in Medford last June was a tragedy that should have never occurred. The legislation we passed in the Senate today is an important step in our efforts to curb this growing epidemic and help insure that what happened in Medford never happens again. These bills, which I was proud to co-sponsor, will place tighter controls on prescription drugs such as Hydrocodone and Tramadol; they will also create new penalties, and increase existing penalties, for those who contribute to the black market sale of these dangerous substances.

February 13, 2012
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