Issues: Crime

Agreement Reached on Expansion of DNA Databank

New Law Expands Access to DNA Testing and Discovery for Defendants

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver today announced an historic agreement that will make New York State the first “all crimes DNA state in the nation, by requiring DNA samples be collected from anyone convicted of a felony or penal law misdemeanor. In addition, the bill also significantly expands defendants' access to DNA testing and comparison both before and after conviction in appropriate circumstances, as well as to discovery after conviction to demonstrate their innocence.

Governor Cuomo introduced the DNA Databank legislation as a centerpiece of his 2012 legislative agenda.

March 14, 2012
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SENATOR ALESI LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN MEGAN’S LAW PASSES SENATE

 Legislation Creates Penalty for Providing False Information When Registering as a Sex Offender    

March 14, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND’S LEGISLATION TO INCREASE PENALTIES FOR PATRONIZING OR PROMOTING CHILD PROSTITUTION PASSES SENATE

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that the Senate has passed his legislation that changes the way prostitution offenses are handled, especially when a child prostitute is involved (S.1415C).

March 14, 2012
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RITCHIE BACKS BILL TO BAN ‘SPICE’

Experts Cite Dangers of “Party High” Drugs Declared Off-Limits by Fort Drum Brass

March 13, 2012
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SENATE PASSES 2012-13 BUDGET RESOLUTION

Gallivan: “Senate Plan Cuts Taxes, Reforms Medicaid, Protects Seniors and Schools.”

The New York State Senate voted to approve its 2012-13 Senate Budget resolution, continuing its focus on state spending, job creation, and structural reform to government.

The Senate budget, at just under $132.5 billion, keeps the total state spending increase below two percent, and spends less than the Executive Budget. The budget closes a $2 billion budget deficit and builds on last year’s successes in putting the state’s fiscal house in order.

March 13, 2012
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Pol bid to halt cop-tix quotas

The New York Post wrote an article about a new law, proposed by Senator Gianaris, that would outlaw police quotas for arrests and tickets.

Police brass pushing arrest and ticket quotas could find themselves in jail for up to a year under a bill that state Sen. Michael Gianaris plans to introduce tomorrow.

Backed by the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, the bill would make it illegal for supervisors to require cops to make a certain number of arrests over a specified period.

Noting that good officers are being punished, Gianaris (D-Queens) said, “This bill would increase the penalties when quotas are used to evaluate performance.”

March 12, 2012
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Senator Flanagan's Legislation To Protect Taxpayers From Cost Of Acts Of Vandalism Passes Senate

In an effort to protect local governments and taxpayers, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently announced that the Senate has passed his legislation requiring criminals to "pay up" for acts of vandalism against public property.  The bill, which is now in the Assembly awaiting further action, would make those convicted of vandalizing public property responsible for covering the cost of their crime.  

March 7, 2012
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Senate Passes Package of Sex Crime Bills

The New York State Senate passed a series of bills, with the support of Senator Jack M. Martins, increasing penalties for people convicted of sex crimes against children.

The Senate passed legislation (S.1541A) that would increase criminal penalties for sexual contact between a child and a person in a position of trust, which includes any adult responsible for supervision of children when they are not with their parents. Currently, there are no additional penalties for sexual contact with a minor by persons in a position of trust.

March 7, 2012
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SENATE PASSES PACKAGE OF SEX CRIMES BILLS

SENATE PASSES PACKAGE OF SEX CRIMES BILLSLegislation would keep children safer, increase penalties for criminals    The New York State Senate passed a series of bills increasing penalties for people convicted of sex crimes against children.    The Senate passed legislation (S1541A), sponsored by Senator Majority Leader Dean Skelos, that would increase criminal penalties for sexual contact between a child and a person in a position of trust, which includes any adult responsible for supervision of children when they are not with their parents.

March 6, 2012
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Senate Passes Package of Sex Crimes Bills

The New York State Senate today passed a series of bills increasing penalties for people convicted of sex crimes against children. The Senate passed legislation (S1541A), sponsored by Senator Majority Leader Dean Skelos, that would increase criminal penalties for sexual contact between a child and a person in a position of trust, which includes any adult responsible for supervision of children when they are not with their parents. 

March 5, 2012
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Your Voice with Senator Ranzenhofer - March 1

An update from the State Capitol for residents of the 61st Senate District in another edition of Your Voice with Senator Ranzenhofer.

March 2, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Senator Michael F. Nozzolio, Chair 1:00 PM, Wednesday, March 7, 2012 Room 411 LOB

March 7, 1:00 PM - 2:32 PM
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Times Beacon Record - Bill Would Expand Child Sex Abuse Protections

 

Legislation advanced by state Senate would criminalize acts against 11- and 12-year-olds

By Arlene Gross - February 29, 2012

Though New York State already had laws on the books to prosecute the most serious sex crimes committed against minors, the Senate recently passed legislation 58-2 to expand the definitions of aggravated sexual abuse of victims younger than 13 years old when the abuser is at least 18.

Sponsored by Sen. John Flanagan (R-East Northport), the bill passed in the Senate Jan. 30 and was delivered that day to the Assembly, where Assemblyman Peter Abbate (D-Brooklyn) is leading the charge.

March 1, 2012
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Griffo Pushes For New Law to Confine Convicted Killers

Griffo Pushes For New Law to Confine Convicted Killers

February 28, 2012
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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

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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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