Issues: Crime

WNY Delegation Continues Efforts To Enact Laura Cummings Law

Legislative progress is being made in Albany to protect victims of violence 

Members of the Western New York Legislative Delegation gathered Monday morning to provide key updates on their collaborative efforts to enact Laura Cummings Law, a bill named in honor of the young developmentally disabled Erie County woman who was murdered by her mother in January 2010 after years of abuse and mistreatment. 

August 22, 2011
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WNY Delegation pushing for Laura Cummings Law

Members of the Western New York Legislative Delegation gathered Monday morning to provide key updates on their collaborative efforts to enact Laura Cummings Law, a bill named in honor of the young developmentally disabled Erie County woman who was murdered by her mother in January 2010 after years of abuse and mistreatment.

August 22, 2011
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Secure Communities making our communities insecure and unsecure

Thursday, August 18, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 3:50 pm, Wed Aug 17, 2011.

August 18, 2011
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Cuomo Signs Gianaris-Simotas Bill

Queens Gazette wrote about joint-legislation, sponsored by Senator Gianaris and Assemblymember Simotas, that Governor Cuomo signed into law. The bill further protects law enforcement personnel during investigations.

State Senator Michael Gianaris and Assemblymember Aravella Simotas announced that Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill they sponsored cracking down on criminals who attempt to impede felony investigations through the use or installation of explosive devices and other hazardous materials.

August 17, 2011
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LEGISLATIVE GAZETTE: NY TAKES STEPS TO END ‘BARBARIC CRUELTY’ TO ANIMALS

 

By Carol Moran

Spectators caught attending animal fights will now face stiffer punishments in New York.

August 16, 2011
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Gianaris-Simotas Bill Signed By Governor

New law protects law enforcement officials from “hidden dangers”

QUEENS, N.Y. – Senator Michael Gianaris and Assemblymember Aravella Simotas announced that Governor Cuomo has signed a bill they sponsored cracking down on criminals who attempt to impede felony investigations through the use or installation of explosive devices and other hazardous materials.

The law takes effect amid a nationwide surge in felons – specifically narco-traffickers – “booby-trapping” the transport and storage locations of illegal goods. This practice endangers law enforcement personnel seeking to prevent the spread of contraband in our communities.

August 15, 2011
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Daily News: Let's crack down on repeat domestic violence offenders, Squadron & Golden say

By Kenneth Lovett

Two state senators on Thursday called for stiffer penalties for repeat domestic violence offenders.

The calls came after a Daily News report showed that reported domestic violence cases in the city skyrocketed 12.3% last year. Attacks on women "intimate partners" went up even more - 17.3%.

"[The Daily News'] report on rising domestic violence must be a call to action: Give law enforcement the tools they need to protect victims and families from this horrific trend now," said Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Manhattan).

Squadron and Sen. Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn) introduced legislation this year that would create a felony charge of "aggravated" domestic violence for those convicted of attacking their partners or family members two or more times within five years.

August 9, 2011
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Carroll Gardens Patch: Senator Squadron Encourages Passage of Domestic Violence Bill

By Georgia Kral

State Senator Daniel Squadron cited statistics released today - that show a more than 12 percent increase in domestic violence cases in New York City - in his call for action on a recently introduced domestic violence bill.

"Today's report on rising domestic violence must be a call to action," he said.

The bill, introduced by Squadron in the State Senate in June, would strengthen the current domestic violence laws by establishing "aggravated domestic violence" as a felony crime for abusers who commit two or more offenses within five years.

"Give law enforcement the tools they need to protect victims and families from this horrific trend now," said Squadron.

August 9, 2011
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CAPITOL CONFIDENTIAL: LAWMAKERS CHEER ANTI DOG, COCK FIGHTING BILLS

by Rick Karlin, Capitol bureau

From the Humane Society on a bill signed recently, strengthening laws against dog fighting and cock fighting:

August 4, 2011
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Senator Squadron: Pass Law to Crack Down on Repeat Domestic Violence Offenders in Wake of Report on Skyrocketing DV

 

NEW YORK -- Following the report in today's Daily News that domestic violence cases have jumped 12.3% in New York City, State Senator Daniel Squadron (Brooklyn, Lower Manhattan) renewed his call for passage of legislation to increase penalties for repeat domestic violence offenders:

Today's report on rising domestic violence must be a call to action: Give law enforcement the tools they need to protect victims and families from this horrific trend now. 

Abusers are able to rack up domestic violence offenses while their victims are not protected. This bill will elevate repeat offenses to a felony and protect victims. In my district, Officer Alain Schaberger was killed by a repeat domestic violence offender.  We must act for the sake of Officer Schaberger and all victims across New York.

August 4, 2011
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2011 National Night Out Against Crime

Here are a list of some of the events taking place on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 to celebrate National Night Out Against Crime.

5:00-8:00 p.m.

2011 National Night Out Against Crime at the Dewey Avenue Family Festival, Parking lots behind the Barnard Fire Department and Bethany Presbyterian Church at 3000 Dewey Avenue (near Stone Road). Food, music, and fun for families!

5:00-8:00 p.m.

17th Annual Southwest Sector 4 National Night Out Against Crime Motorcade. The motorcade starts at Wilson High School and contiues to Genesee Valley Park / Canalside Shelter.

5:30-8:00 p.m.

August 1, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Gets GSA To Improve Homeland Security

Procedures for Transporting U.S. License Plates Strengthened After Inquiry from Senator 

Queens, NY – Due to Senator Michael Gianaris’ concern for Americans’ safety following a serious mishandling of official United States Government license plates, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has revised and strengthened its procedures for transporting federal license plates. 

The procedure will require official government license plates to be hand-delivered after Senator Gianaris discovered a mishap where more than 30 license plates were mailed to a wrong location in Astoria rather than their intended destination of Montrose, New York. 

July 28, 2011
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August 20, 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
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SENATOR YOUNG BACKS "PROTECT OUR CHILDREN ACT" INTRODUCED IN WAKE OF CAYLEE ANTHONY TRAGEDY

ALBANY – The outrage over the Casey Anthony verdict is having a ripple effect across New York State and lawmakers have responded by introducing legislation that would better protect children from neglect, repeated abuse and murder, according to one of the bill’s sponsors Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C – Olean).

July 27, 2011
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New law makes prostitution near a school a felony in New York City

NY DAILY NEWS

New law makes prostitution near a school a felony in New York City

BY Sarah Armaghan

DAILY NEWS WRITER

Wednesday, July 27th 2011, 4:00 AM

State Sen. Ruben Diaz held a rally against prostitution near West Farms Schools in January. He called a law making sex work near the school a felony "a big step in protecting our children".

Harsher penalties for selling sex near school grounds are now in place, thanks to legislation authored by a Bronx senator and signed into law by Gov. Cuomo last week.

State Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. first proposed the bill that will now slap pimps, prostitutes and johns caught plying their illicit trade within 1,000 feet of a school with automatic felony charges.

July 27, 2011
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LOHUD: SENATE GOP INTRODUCES “PROTECT OUR CHILDREN ACT”

Posted by: Jon Campbell

Following the brutal murder of a 8-year-old Brooklyn boy and the high-profile Casey Anthony trial, Senate Republicans introduced a bill today that would create a new crime punishing people who kill a child with life behind bars.

July 22, 2011
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SENATOR VALESKY CO-SPONSORS PROTECT OUR CHILDREN ACT

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) is the co-sponsor of newly introduced legislation that would strengthen penalties for harming or killing a child and for obstructing law enforcement in investigations of those cases.

“As a father and a legislator, I am fully in support of legislation that protects children and punishes those who harm them. We’ve seen too many cases locally and nationally where egregious offenses have been committed against children with insufficient penalties. This legislation gives law enforcement the tools they need to appropriately charge and prosecute anyone who abuses or kills a child.”

July 22, 2011
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