Issues: Crime

SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES NEW ANTI-CRIME LAW TAKES EFFECT TODAY

Expanded DNA Databank Will Provide Enhanced Crime Fighting Tool for Law Enforcement

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that a new law he supported to help better enable law enforcement to use DNA to catch criminals takes effect today.

     The groundbreaking law expands the State’s DNA databank by requiring anyone convicted of a felony or penal law misdemeanor to submit a DNA sample. The new law is one of the most significant criminal justice reforms in the state’s history and puts New York State at the nation’s forefront in expanding and utilizing DNA databanks to solve crimes.

August 1, 2012
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DNA DATABANK EXPANSION LAW EFFECTIVE TODAY New Law Also Expands Access to DNA Testing and Discovery for Defendants

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the groundbreaking law expanding New York State’s DNA Databank by requiring anyone convicted of any felony or Penal Law misdemeanor to provide a DNA sample is now effective.The new law also includes expanded access to DNA Databank comparisons for certain criminal defendants, allowing them to obtain DNA testing before trial or after a guilty plea to demonstrate their innocence. In addition, the law provides for greater access to discovery of evidence after conviction where innocence is claimed.

August 1, 2012
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SENATOR STEVE SALAND ANNOUNCES LAW TO EXPAND DNA DATABANK EFFECTIVE TODAY

Senator Steve Saland (R-I-C, Poughkeepsie) announces that the law he sponsored to expand New York State’s DNA Databank becomes effective as of today. The law provides the largest expansion of the state’s DNA databank since it was created in 1994 and represents a joint effort between of the Legislature, the Governor’s Office, and State law enforcement to ensure that New York continues to set the standard in statewide safety.

August 1, 2012
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SALAND’S PROFESSIONAL DISCIPLINE LEGISLATION SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

Closes Reporting Requirements Loophole For Sex Offenses

Senator Stephen Saland (R,I,C - Poughkeepsie) announced today that his bill remedying a significant loophole in reporting requirements for medical professionals has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The legislation, Senate Bill 7456, requires professional conduct officers or investigators of misconduct to report sex offenses committed by mental health professionals to appropriate law enforcement.

Previously, reporting requirements varied according to the license of the offender. Saland said the law will bring consistency to the reporting requirements of similar sex offenses.

August 1, 2012
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NEARLY 5,000 JOIN SENATOR RITCHIE FOR TELEPHONE TOWN HALL ON “BATH SALTS”

Experts Answer Questions, Get Information Out to Public on Dangerous Synthetic Drugs

Nearly 5,000 people joined State Senator Patty Ritchie Tuesday night, for a live telephone town hall on the dangers of “bath salts,” synthetic drug compounds that are at the center of a series of increasingly bizarre and deadly incidents across the region. 

July 24, 2012
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GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNS RITCHIE ‘ANIMAL FIGHT’ BILL

Gives Law Enforcement New Tool to Catch, Punish Abusers

July 19, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Takes Part In Ongoing Littering Crackdown Campaign

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco has teamed up with other state, city and county officials to crack down on littering and raise awareness about the serious problem.  During a press conference on July 16, 2012, it was announced that a recent cleanup of 690 between Teall Avenue and Thompson Road netted nearly three tons of trash.  An ongoing campaign will focus on clean-up, enforcement and awareness, with the tagline "Litter: It Costs More Than You Think."  As part of this campaign, violators will be ticketed.

July 17, 2012
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ADDABBO VOTES IN FAVOR OF LEGISLATIVE PACKAGE DESIGNED TO CRACK DOWN ON SEX OFFENDERS IN NEW YORK STATE

One Initiative Would Bar Sex Offenders on Parole or Probation from Entering Public Libraries

 

July 10, 2012
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SENATOR REV. RUBEN DIAZ AND ASSEMBLYMAN ERIC STEVENSON PLAN TUESDAY EVENING RALLY FOR JUSTICE

July 3, 2012

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SENATOR REV. RUBEN DIAZ

 

SENATOR REV. RUBEN DIAZ AND ASSEMBLYMAN ERIC STEVENSON

PLAN TUESDAY EVENING RALLY FOR JUSTICE

New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) and New York State Assemblyman Eric Stevenson (D-Bronx) will hold a Rally for Justice on today, Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 5:00 PM at the grocery store located on the corner of Freeman and Prospect Avenues in the Bronx, the site where two teenage girls were shot on Sunday night. They will be joined by religious and community leaders.

July 3, 2012
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Video: Ranzenhofer's floor comments on domestic violence legislation

June 12, 2012 - Senator Ranzenhofer comments on the floor of the State Senate about the passage of domestic violence legislation. Click here for more information.

June 28, 2012
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TELL THE ASSEMBLY TO PASS ALIX'S LAW NOW!

Sign The E-Petition Today

Western New York has been rocked recently by several high profile incidents involving the hit-and-run deaths of area teens and young adults. The most widely publicized was the hit-and-run death of 18-year-old Alix Rice of Amherst.

June 28, 2012
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Ranzenhofer comments on bill to criminalize cyberbullying

Senator Ranzenhofer comments on his bill, S6614A, to criminalize the act of cyberbullying. The legislation passed the State Senate on June 20.

June 27, 2012
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The Capitol Pressroom for June 20, 2012

Senator Gianaris was interviewed on Susan Arbetter's show, discussing the probability of ending session without a deal on the decriminalization of marijuana and teacher evaluations.

Listen to the audio here.

June 25, 2012
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Senator Gianaris on RNN's Richard French Live Discussing Stop & Frisk Policy

Check out Senator Gianaris' interview on RNN's Richard French Live discussing how his bill to increase penalties for the imposition of quotas by the police department would also reduce the number of stop and frisks.

June 25, 2012
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Queens likes Obama’s immigration policy

As reported by the Queens Chronicle:

The Obama Administration isn’t waiting for a stalled Congress to make a decision on immigration policy for youth, and Queens politicians and community groups are applauding the initiative.

President Obama issued a policy directive halting the deportation of illegal students who would qualify for the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act on June 15. Some Republican politicians nationwide, even some who would support the change legislatively, are calling the policy directive a ploy to grab the Latino vote in the upcoming presidential election.

Many Queens politicians disagree, saying the president made the right call.

“For many undocumented immigrants, America is the only country they know.In their hearts and minds they are American. Sadly, Republicans either can’t, or choose not to understand this. By blocking the DREAM Act, they denied millions of undocumented Americans the opportunity to achieve the American Dream,” state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights) said.

June 22, 2012
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2012 Session - Solutions & Accountability

ALBANY, 06/21/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the close of the 2012 legislative session:

“Albany is results driven once again and for that reason there were plenty of notable accomplishments during the 2012 legislative session.  We focused on solutions and accountability.

 “For a second consecutive year we passed an on-time state budget that kept spending in check, rejected new taxes and fees, funds the reconstruction of our upstate roads and bridges and funnels additional education aid to our neediest rural schools. 

June 21, 2012
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Senate Passes Valesky Bill to Combat Meth Production

The State Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) to combat the growing methamphetamine production problem in New York State.

June 21, 2012
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NYS Senate approves bill to help police catch meth-makers, but Assembly doesn't vote on it

By Teri Weaver / The Post-Standard The Post-Standard

Syracuse -- State and local police could go after meth-makers buying cold medicine in bulk under a proposed law the New York State Senate passed today.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. David Valesky, D-Oneida, mirrors a federal law that tracks and limits the amount of purchases of cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine, an ingredient needed to make methamphetamine.

June 21, 2012
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