Issues: Crime

“MARK’S LAW” PASSES 59-0 IN THE SENATE

Bipartisan Bill Would Make it First Degree Murder to Kill an Emergency Responder

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that “Mark’s Law,” a measure that would make killing an emergency responder First Degree Murder, passed 59-0 in the Senate.

May 22, 2012
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN LEANDRA’S LAW

    The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) to strengthen Leandra’s Law.  The legislation would ensure that offenders comply with the provision of the law requiring them to use ignition interlocks.

May 22, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO KEEP VIOLENT REPEAT OFFENDERS IN PRISON

Measure Prompted by Murder of Utica Woman by Career Rapist on Parole

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to require certain violent felons to serve their maximum prison term if there is evidence that their release would pose an imminent threat to society. The bill (S.6020A) would help protect the public by keeping repeat offenders off the streets and limit “good behavior” and other rewards from reducing the time spent in prison.

May 22, 2012
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SENATE PASSES “MARK’S LAW”

Bill Would Make Killing an Emergency First Responder First Degree Murder

The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.4717B) to make the killing of emergency first responders first degree murder, punishable by the stiffest penalty allowed by law - life without parole.

The bill, known as “Mark’s Law,” was introduced in memory of Mark Davis, the emergency medical technician who was shot to death while responding to a call for help in Cape Vincent on January 30, 2009. Mark’s family, including his parents Marsha and Larry Dickinson, his brother Michael and his sister Maricia Astafan, who just became an EMT first-responder, were in the Senate Chamber to witness passage of the legislation.

May 22, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill to Keep Violent Repeat Offenders in Prison

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to require certain violent felons to serve their maximum prison term if there is evidence that their release would pose an imminent threat to society. The bill (S.6020A), sponsored by Senator Joseph Griffo (R-C, Rome), would help protect the public by keeping repeat offenders off the streets and limit “good behavior” and other rewards from reducing the time spent in prison.

May 22, 2012
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Senate Passes "Mark's Law"

The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.4717B), sponsored by Senator Patricia Ritchie (R-C, Huevelton) to make the killing of emergency first responders first degree murder, punishable by the stiffest penalty allowed by law - life without parole.

May 22, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO CRACK DOWN ON COLLEGE HAZING

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed legislation to prevent the tragic injuries and deaths that can occur due to hazing at colleges and universities. The bill (S.1937) would help cut down on hazing by strengthening a college or university's enforcement authority and increasing awareness of the consequences of hazing, underage drinking, and illegal drug use.

In spite of good faith efforts on the part of institutions of higher education to implement policies and procedures to combat hazing, problems continue and show no signs of decreasing.

May 22, 2012
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Senator Rivera Hosts Community Conversation on Stop & Frisk, This is the Third Workshop in a Series of Public Safety Workshops

Bronx, NY - Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF-Bronx) partnered with 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care to host a community conversation on Stop and Frisk last Thursday, May 17th at 6:00PM. Dozens of Bronx residents engaged in a dialogue about their experiences with law enforcement and about how to proceed if stopped by the police. Some audience members, including Senator Rivera, participated in skits that portrayed both good and bad behavior when individuals are stopped by law enforcement officials.

May 21, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill That Makes Viewing Child Pornography a Felony

The New York State Senate passed legislation (S.7407), sponsored by Senator Martin Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), that would make the viewing of child pornography a felony crime. The bill amends current state law to say that a person is guilty of a crime when the person knowingly accesses child pornography with the intent to view.

The legislation comes after a state Court of Appeals ruling earlier this month that said viewing child pornography on the Internet is not a crime. This legislation closes that loophole.

“This legislation will deter anyone from trying to exploit children by viewing child pornography by making it a felony. This is not acceptable behavior and we should not tolerate it,” said Senator Martins, who supported the bill.

May 18, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO PROTECT TEENS FROM SEXUAL PREDATORS AT SCHOOLS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed legislation that would make it a crime for school employees to engage in sexual activity with students, including those who are older than New York’s legal age of consent. The bill (S.6714) addresses inappropriate student-school employee relationships by criminalizing sexual conduct between school employees and full-time students of elementary and secondary schools.

May 18, 2012
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION WHICH MAKES VIEWING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY A FELONY

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed legislation (S.7407) that would make the viewing of child pornography a felony crime. The bill amends current state law to say that a person is guilty of a crime when the person knowingly accesses child pornography with the intent to view.

The legislation comes after a state Court of Appeals ruling earlier this month that said viewing child pornography on the Internet is not a crime. This legislation closes that loophole.

The bill has been sent to the Assembly.

May 18, 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  Thursday, May 31, 2012  Room 124 CAP

May 31, 11:50 AM - 12:00 PM
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION WHICH MAKES VIEWING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY A FELONY

SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION WHICH MAKES VIEWING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY A FELONYBill closes loophole after Court of Appeals ruling that it is not a crime    The New York State Senate passed legislation (S.7407) that would make the viewing of child pornography a felony crime. The bill amends current state law to say that a person is guilty of a crime when the person knowingly accesses child pornography with the intent to view.     The legislation comes after a state Court of Appeals ruling earlier this month that said viewing child pornography on the Internet is not a crime. This legislation closes that loophole.

May 17, 2012
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Senator Serrano Sponsors Free Identity Theft Workshop in the Bronx

Senator Serrano and the Office of Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson today sponsored a Free Identity Theft Workshop in the Bronx at Hope of Israel Senior Center. The workshop featured a presentation by Assistant District Attorney Daniel Klein on strategies criminals are using to steal identities and ways to avoid becoming a victim.

May 17, 2012
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION WHICH MAKES VIEWING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY A FELONY

Bill closes loophole after Court of Appeals ruling that it is not a crime

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.7407) that would make the viewing of child pornography a felony crime. The bill amends current state law to say that a person is guilty of a crime when the person knowingly accesses child pornography with the intent to view.

The legislation comes after a state Court of Appeals ruling earlier this month that said viewing child pornography on the Internet is not a crime. This legislation closes that loophole.

May 15, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND’S LEGISLATION TO IMPOSE STRICTER SENTENCES ON ACTS AGAINST CORRECTIONAL FACILITY EMPLOYEES PASSES THE SENATE

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C – Poughkeepsie) today announced that the Senate has passed his legislation that requires the courts to impose consecutive sentences on inmates who commit acts of violence against correctional employees (S.4436A).

Currently, it is possible for a judge to issue concurrent sentences for multiple counts arising from separate acts against employees of correctional facilities. Under S.4436A, crimes committed against correctional personnel by current inmates will be required to run consecutively with regard to any convictions the offender is currently serving.

May 15, 2012
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Senate Passes Legislation Which Makes Viewing Child Pornography a Felony

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.7407), sponsored by Senator Martin Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), that would make the viewing of child pornography a felony crime. The bill amends current state law to say that a person is guilty of a crime when the person knowingly accesses child pornography with the intent to view.  The legislation comes after a state Court of Appeals ruling earlier this month that said viewing child pornography on the Internet is not a crime. This legislation closes that loophole.

May 15, 2012
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RITCHIE BACKS BILL TO CLOSE CHILD PORN LEGAL LOOPHOLE

Speedy Response to Court Ruling That Said Viewing Not a Crime

May 15, 2012
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Video: Press conference on legislation to protect remains of crime victims

Senator Ranzenhofer announced the pending Senate action on the bill at a Capitol news conference yesterday where he was joined by Elaine O’Toole of Tonawanda, the cousin of Constance Shepherd, and by Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, who is sponsoring the bill in the Assembly.

May 15, 2012
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