Issues: Crime

Gianaris urges Koch Bridge check after 4th crash

The Times Ledger wrote an article about the recent car accidents that have occured on a particular Queensborough Bridge off-ramp, which has prompted Senator Gianaris to appeal to the city Department of Transportation for increased safety measures.

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) said he is asking the city Department of Transportation to do another comprehensive review of the Ed Koch-Queensborough Bridge off-ramps after a fourth car accident took place near the bridge last week.

 

“I think the DOT has not done enough to fix the traffic pattern there,” Gianaris said.

 

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Gianaris said while some of the drivers were allegedly speeding, the DOT must still ensure the ramps are as safe as possible.

May 14, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO PROTECT TEENS FROM SEXUAL PREDATORS AT SCHOOLS

The New York State Senate has 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 14, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO PROTECT REMAINS OF CRIME VICTIMS

The New York State Senate has passed legislation that would close a loophole in the state health law that gave a Western New York man who killed his wife the sole rights to her remains.

In 2009, Constance Shepherd of Tonawanda was brutally murdered by her husband, Stephen Shepherd. Her family fought to gain control of her remains to ensure a proper funeral and burial. However, under the state Public Health Law Stephen Shepherd had the sole rights to control the disposal of her remains. 

When the husband did finally act, it was to dispose of her body in a way that her family believes was intentionally disrespectful, in violation of the woman's beliefs and a further act of hostility towards her.

May 14, 2012
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It's Time To Stop Auto Insurance Fraud

We’ve all seen the ads promising to save us hundreds of dollars on our car insurance, but what if we could save a billion dollars?

It’s not as farfetched as you might think. New Yorkers pay 50% more for their auto insurance than drivers in other states and a driving force behind these higher premiums is fraud. It costs New Yorkers over $1 billion a year, but it doesn’t have to. That’s because the State Senate has passed 3 pieces of legislation to fight these unwarranted costs.

Unfortunately however, a hurdle remains before they can be fully implemented into law and for the savings to begin. That hurdle is the State Assembly. Despite having the bills on their desks for months, they have refused to act. It’s a mystery of inaction that regrettably impacts us all.

May 11, 2012
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May 19, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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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 12 Noon, Tuesday, May 15, 2012 Room 411 LOB

May 15, 12:00 PM - 12:40 PM
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SENATE RENEWS CALL FOR MEASURES TO FIGHT AUTO INSURANCE FRAUD

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently joined law enforcement, insurance advocates, and victims to press for the Assembly's passage of three auto insurance fraud prevention bills before the end of the Legislative Session.

The package of legislation passed by the Senate would cut down on auto insurance scams by increasing penalties for those who commit or assist in the fraud and gives more flexibility to insurance companies to prevent such criminals from getting policies and committing auto fraud, Senator Farley reported.

May 10, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN: NEW YORK MUST CLOSE LOOPHOLE THAT PROTECTS PERVERTS

Albany- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), in the wake of yesterday’s New York State Court of Appeals decision in the case of People v. Kent, which dealt with the viewing of child pornography, has introduced legislation, S. 7407, to amend State law so to conform with federal regulations.

 

Senator Golden’s legislation seeks to amend the law, that currently makes it a crime to possess an obscene sexual performance by a child, to also include knowingly accessing such material with intent to view. The legislation was sparked by the Court of Appeals ruling that found viewing child pornography did not constitute a crime under current law.

 

May 9, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO REQUIRE IMMEDIATE INVESTIGAT​ION BY LAW ENFORCEMEN​T OF ABUSE IN STATE FACILITIES

Measure Provides Timely Notification to Law Enforcement of Abuse of Children in Residential Care

New York State Senate today passed legislation that would modify current reporting procedures involving the abuse of children in residential care.

The measure (S.6563) guarantees that reports of certain abuse will be immediately forwarded to law enforcement. The passage of this legislation comes amidst the latest announcement by Governor Andrew Cuomo of his proposal to establish the Justice Center for the Protection of Persons with Special Needs.

May 8, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND'S BILL TO REQUIRE IMMEDIATE INVESTIGATION BY LAW ENFORCEMENT OF ABUSE IN STATE FACILITIES PASSES SENATE

Measure Provides Timely Notification to Law Enforcement of Abuse of Children in Residential Care

The New York State Senate today passed legislation by Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C – Poughkeepsie), that would modify current reporting procedures involving the abuse of children in residential care (S. 6563). The measure guarantees that reports of certain abuse will be immediately forwarded to law enforcement. The passage of this legislation comes amidst the latest announcement by Governor Andrew Cuomo of his proposal to establish the Justice Center for the Protection of Persons with Special Needs.

May 8, 2012
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Senator Seward Renews Call For Measures To Fight Auto Insurance Fraud

New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos, Senate Insurance Committee Chairman Senator James L. Seward and Senator Martin Golden today joined law enforcement, insurance advocates, business groups, and victims to press for the assembly’s passage of three auto insurance fraud prevention bills before the end of this year’s legislative session. Auto insurance fraud costs New Yorkers million of dollars each year and has led to injuries - even death - for innocent victims.

May 8, 2012
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Jay J.’s Law Passes through Senate Committee, Moves toward Full Senate Vote

Senate Codes Committee approves Jay J.’s Law at their meeting Tuesday, a critical step toward passing the legislation in full Senate

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced the Senate Codes Committee approved Jay J.’s Law at their meeting Tuesday morning. Now that it has passed through committee, Jay J.’s Law begins moving toward the Senate floor for a vote of the full chamber.

May 8, 2012
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ADDABBO STATEMENT ON ADDITIONAL POLICE OFFICERS FOR 106TH PRECINCT IN OZONE PARK

Queens, NY, May 8, 2012 – NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) released the following statement today:

 

May 8, 2012
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Senator Rivera Launches Series of Public Safety Workshops

Bronx, NY - Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF-Bronx) hosted his first in a series of public safety workshops in partnership with STEPS to End Family Violence on the issue of Bullying and Cyber Bullying. Parents, teenagers and community leaders attended the workshop to share stories of bullying and ways to prevent and address cyber-bullying and bullying in schools.

May 8, 2012
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Senator Rivera Launches Series of Public Safety Workshops

Bronx, NY - Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF-Bronx) hosted his first in a series of public safety workshops in partnership with STEPS to End Family Violence on the issue of Bullying and Cyber Bullying. Parents, teenagers and community leaders attended the workshop to share stories of bullying and ways to prevent and address cyber-bullying and bullying in schools.

May 8, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN SUPPORT LEGISLATION TO PERMANENTLY ACCOUNT FOR CONVICTED SEX OFFENDERS

Albany – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), after the Senate passage of S1828, sponsored by Senator Skelos, issued the following statement:

“Today I stand with my colleagues and proudly support this important legislation. There is no reason why any convicted sex offender should ever have their name removed from the registry. The sex offender registry was created so that parents could protect their children, and if someone can get a free pass, then the system doesn’t work as it should.

“I want to thank Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos for sponsoring this important piece of legislation, and call on my colleagues in the Assembly to pass this as quickly as possible.”

May 7, 2012
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Jay J. Visits Albany, Progress Made Toward Jay J.’s Law

Jay J. and his family secure the commitments of several key lawmakers

ALBANY, N.Y. – The push for Jay J.’s Law continued this week, when Jay J. and his family visited Albany to lobby lawmakers for support. Jay J., his grandparents, Joseph and Tabitha Retzer, and Uncle Kevin and Aunt Chris Retzer secured commitments from several state legislators whose support will be critical to passing Jay J.’s Law.

May 4, 2012
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Osborne Association Members Lobby Lawmakers, Ask for Support of Montgomery Bills

Representatives of the Osborne Association came to Albany to ask lawmakers to support Senator Montgomery's legislation that was introduced to addresses concerns raised by three young people whose parents are in prison. The bills are:

S 6044-A: Directs the commissioner of corrections and community supervision to establish and maintain a public website that provides information concerning specific visitation rules, regulations, policies and procedures for all correctional facilities.

May 4, 2012
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Please make the pledge NOT to text and drive! 109 tickets were issued for texting while driving in Suffolk County from April 23 to April 29, 2012.

GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES MORE THAN 3,000 TICKETS ISSUED DURING SECOND OPERATION HANG-UPSecond Enhanced Enforcement Campaign Continues To Crack Down on Motorists that Illegally Use a Hand-Held DeviceGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the New York State Police issued 3,172 tickets for texting-while-driving violations during the second Operation Hang Up campaign held from April 23 to April 29, 2012.

May 4, 2012
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Griffo Says State Senate Continues Fight to Ban Designer Drugs

Griffo: Senate Action Continues Efforts To Ban Harmful Drugs

May 3, 2012
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