Issues: Crime

Let's Keep NY Safe -- Join the Fight

Sign the Petition Below in Support of a Powerful Crime-fighting ToolExpanding the DNA databank will empower law enforcement, provide j

January 31, 2012
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Let's Keep NY Safe -- Join the Fight

Sign the Petition Below in Support of a Powerful Crime-fighting ToolExpanding the DNA databank will empower law enforcement, provide j

January 31, 2012
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Historic Expansion of DNA Databank Approved by Senate

ALBANY, 01/31/12 – The New York State Senate today passed legislation, co-sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta), for the largest expansion of the state’s DNA databank since it was created in 1994.  The legislation (S.5560A) mirrors the databank expansion plan proposed by Governor Cuomo in his executive budget to require people convicted of all felonies, as well as misdemeanors in the penal law, to submit DNA samples.

January 31, 2012
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BONACIC: SENATE EXPANDS DNA TESTING

DNA Testing Can Exonerate the Innocent and Help Convict the Guilty  

January 31, 2012
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RITCHIE COSPONSORS DNA DATABASE EXPANSION BILL

Gov. Cuomo's Plan Will Help Solve Crimes, Ensure Justice

State Senator Patty Ritchie today hailed Senate passage of a bill she cosponsored that will expand New York’s “DNA database” to help keep neighborhoods safer by helping police solve more crimes.

January 31, 2012
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Senator Little votes to expand DNA databank to protect New Yorkers

        Senator Betty Little today voted in favor of legislation that would dramatically improve the effectiveness of New York’s criminal justice system by requiring individuals convicted of all crimes, felonies and misdemeanors, submit a DNA sample for the state’s databank.  Current law requires DNA be collected from criminals convicted under about half of New York’s penal laws.

January 31, 2012
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Senate Passes DNA Databank Expansion Bill

Bill Would Enact Governor’s Proposal To Include Misdemeanors

 

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Steve Saland (R-I-C, Poughkeepsie) and Senator Martin Golden (R-C, Brooklyn), for the largest expansion of the state’s DNA databank since it was created in 1994. The legislation mirrors the databank expansion plan proposed by Governor Cuomo in his Executive Budget to require people convicted of all felonies, as well as all misdemeanors in the penal law to submit DNA samples.

 

January 31, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND’S LEGISLATION TO PERMIT CHILD VICTIMS AND WITNESSES TO TESTIFY VIA CLOSED CIRCUIT TELEVISION PASSES THE SENATE

Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C - Poughkeepsie) today announced that the Senate has passed his legislation to minimize the emotional harm to child victims and witnesses in murder and attempted murder cases (S.1433) and criminal assault and endangering the welfare of a child cases (S.2194) by allowing them to testify via closed-circuit television.

January 31, 2012
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Senate Passes DNA Databank Expansion Legislation

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Steve Saland (R-I-C, Poughkeepsie) and Senator Martin Golden (R-C, Brooklyn), for the largest expansion of the state’s DNA databank since it was created in 1994.  The legislation mirrors the databank expansion plan proposed by Governor Cuomo in his Executive Budget to require people convicted of all felonies, as well as all misdemeanors in the penal law to submit DNA samples.  

January 31, 2012
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Senate OKs Bill For Removal of Disruptive Campground Guests

            The State Senate today approved legislation that would aid campgrounds wanting to remove disruptive guests.

January 30, 2012
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Leandra's Legacy

Senator Dilan is presented an award by the Lewis Henry Morgan Institute for his work with Lenny Rosado on the passage of Leandra's Law. The law strengthens penalties on those convicted of driving while intoxicated with child passengers.The law is named after 11-year-old Leandra Rosado, Lenny's daughter, who tragically died in 2009 when the car she was riding in crashed. The driver was intoxicated.

January 25, 2012
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Your Voice with Senator Ranzenhofer - January 24

Senator Ranzenhofers asks for feedback from constituents on the Governor's budget proposal, discusses State funding for Roswell Park Cancer Institute and talks about one his bills which recently passed the State Senate.

January 25, 2012
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO CREATE FELONY CHARGES FOR WRONG-WAY AND RECKLESS DRIVERS

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), to create felony charges for wrong-way and other reckless drivers.

 

“Wrong-way drivers have caused tragedies and endangered lives on our roadways; it has to stop. Creating felony charges for wrong-way and reckless drivers will give law enforcement another tool to prosecute these individuals and get them off the roads,” said Senator Fuschillo, Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee.

 

January 24, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO TOUGHEN LAWS FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

 

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that creates new penalties for individuals supervising another driver while also under the influence of drugs or alcohol, also known as Abbagail’s Law (S.164C). The bill, sponsored by Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane), is named after eight-year-old Abbagail Buzard, who died in a car accident caused by an inexperienced driver who was supervised by a parent under the influence of alcohol.

 

January 24, 2012
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO CREATE FELONY CHARGES FOR WRONG-WAY AND RECKLESS DRIVERS

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), to create felony charges for wrong-way and other reckless drivers.            “Wrong-way drivers have caused tragedies and endangered lives on our roadways; it has to stop.  Creating felony charges for wrong-way and reckless drivers will give law enforcement another tool to prosecute these individuals and get them off the roads,” said Senator Fuschillo, Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee.

January 24, 2012
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Local pols reject Morgan Stanley price fixing settlement

The Queens Courier wrote an article about the Department of Justice's $4.8 million settlement with Morgan Stanley for their illegal pricing scheme, which cost ratepayers roughly $300 million. Senator Gianaris and other local politicians are pushing the Dept. of Justice to increase the fine, arguing that the current settlement is unacceptable and would allow Morgan Stanley to keep millions in profit.

Local elected officials are expending “energy” to ensure Morgan Stanley doesn’t get a quick “fix” to its illegal pricing ploy.

January 23, 2012
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‘ABBAGAIL’S LAW’ SEEKS TO CLOSE BIZARRE DRUNK DRIVING LOOPHOLE

State Senator Patty Ritchie today hailed the Senate’s passage of “Abbagail’s Law,” a measure she co-sponsored to close a bizarre legal loophole that lets drunk drivers hitch a ride in a car operated by someone with only a Learner’s Permit.

January 23, 2012
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