State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed legislation on May 9th to increase penalties for unlawful high-speed car racing which has caused numerous accidents across the state, including the deaths of a 17-year-old Staten Island girl and a 5-year-old Queens boy. Michelle and Jordan’s Law (S.2938A) stems from tragic crashes involving suspected drag racing at excessive speeds.
Senator Owen H. Johnson supported a bill (S.998B) that passed the Senate today making it easier for law enforcement to crack down on texting-while-driving offenses and prevent tragic accidents caused by drivers distracted by texting.The bill would make text messaging while driving a primary violation rather than a secondary violation. Under the current law, a driver could only be cited for texting-while-driving if another violation, such as speeding, is also being cited.“Texting while driving is one of the most dangerous driver distractions today,” Senator Johnson said. “The legislation we passed in the Senate sends the message that there will be consequences for those who continue to risk our lives with their careless conduct.”
ALBANY, NY May 3, 2011 – Senator James L. Seward joined forces today with King County District Attorney Charles Hynes, Senator Martin Golden and Assemblyman Joseph Morelle in support of reforming New York’s no-fault auto insurance laws.
New Yorkers now pay the fourth highest premiums in the nation for auto insurance, due in large part to an outdated system that is rife with fraud and abuse. In 2010, for the second consecutive year, no-fault fraud cost New Yorkers more than $200 million—this cost is a ‘Fraud Tax’ that is absorbed by all drivers across the state in the form of higher insurance premiums.
New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today co-sponsored and voted for a bill (S.998B) that will make it easier for law enforcement to crack down on texting-while-driving offenses and prevent tragic accidents caused by drivers distracted by texting.
The bill would make text messaging while driving a primary violation rather than a secondary violation. Under the current law, a driver can only be cited for texting-while-driving if another violation, such as speeding, is also being cited.
Federal data shows 16,000 deaths nationwide due to texting while driving.
Safety advocate Kelly Cline applauds Senate, turns focus of Families Against Texting While Driving to getting the job done in Assembly
ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced Tuesday the Senate passed legislation (S.998B | A.6174A) to strengthen state law against texting while driving, by a vote of 57-3. The bill – co-sponsored by Senator Kennedy – will make it a primary offense to text while operating a vehicle.
Continuing his efforts to ensure the safety of students in New York’s schools, State Senator Mike Nozzolio is co-sponsoring legislation to strictly prohibit school bullying in all forms. The legislation (S.4921) comprehensively defines bullying to ensure that all students are protected and addresses both conventional bullying and online cyber-bullying.
New York State Senate Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Chairman Mike Nozzolio has announced that the e-STOP Internet safety law has resulted in the removal of more than 24,000 accounts and online profiles linked to registered sex offenders. Senator Nozzolio led the fight in the State Senate to enact e-STOP when it was first established in 2008.
New York State Senate Crime Victims Crime & Correction Committee Chairman Mike Nozzolio has announced a special Senate hearing to examine the policies that allocate organ transplants to State prison inmates at taxpayers’ expense.
Senator Kennedy sponsors resolution recognizing Chief Ziemba as trailblazer for women in law enforcement
ALBANY, N.Y. – When Christine Ziemba was hired by the Cheektowaga Police Department, she became the first female police officer in the town’s history. After joining the department, Ziemba started climbing the ranks, and in March 2002, the Cheektowaga Town Board named her Chief of Police, making her the first woman to ever lead a police force in Western New York.
Cheektowaga Police Chief Christine Ziemba, the first woman to ever lead a police force in Western New York, recently retired after 34 years of service to the town of Cheektowaga and the greater Western New York community. The New York State Senate honored Chief Ziemba for her long and accomplished career protecting our neighborhoods with a resolution put forward by Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District.
On April 12, 2011, NY1 reported a major loophole in the IRS e-filing system which allows identity thieves to steal the income tax refunds of unsuspecting taxpayers. The current e-filing system only requires an individual to provide either a Social Security Number (SSN) or Employer Identification Number (EIN) as proof of identity. Unfortunately, many EIN numbers can be accessed online, affording Identity thieves the opportunity to illegally acquire an individual's EIN number, input false data, and electronically file tax returns even before unsuspecting taxpayers receive their W-2 forms.
The New York State Senate recently passed several anti-crime bills to strengthen penalties and create new charges for offenses including two measures sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) that would expand the penalties for home invasions and sexual abuse. The two bills were part of a package that included legislation dealing with bank robberies and driving irresponsibly. The package will help deter criminals, hold violators accountable and create safer communities throughout the state.
On Sunday, April 17, 2011, New York State Senator Eric Adams (D- Brooklyn) held a press conference with Assemblywoman Vanessa Gibson and Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries to announce legislation to create a Domestic Violence Offender Registry. The new law will require that the name of anyone convicted of domestic violence be listed in a statewide “Domestic Violence Offender Database.” Individuals would be able to ascertain whether they are associated with persons having prior history of domestic abuse.
On Saturday, April 16th, Senator Robach joined Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and officials from the City of Rochester during an event for the 27th Annual Crime Victims Rights Week Walk. For more information, visit http://www.4victims.org/.
WASHINGTON- Senator Malcolm A. Smith is in Washington, D.C. today fighting for federal funds for violence prevention programs modeled after CeaseFire Chicago. This visit is crucial, as it is National Crime Victims Rights Week. “It was particularly important for me to come to Washington to fight for funding for a program that I truly believe in. The only way to combat crime is to tackle it head-on. We cannot do that without the proper funding. I secured USD $4 million in critical funding through a Legislative initiative in the 2009-2010 State Budget, with a re-appropriation of the original allocation in the FY 2011-2012 State Budget, for Operation SNUG. That, however, is not sufficient.