Issues: Crime

SENATE PASSES “TIFFANY’S LAW”

Bill Would, For the First Time, Link Convictions for Operating Different Vehicles While Intoxicated

The New York State Senate today passed “Tiffany’s Law” (S.2860A).  The bill would require all prior convictions of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, whether it be an automobile (DWI), snowmobile (SWI), or all-terrain vehicle, be considered during sentencing of a subsequent Boating While Intoxicated (BWI) conviction. In turn, any person convicted of BWI would have that charge considered during any subsequent DWI, SWI or ATV offense.

February 14, 2012
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Sen. Farley Reports NYS Senate Passes Legislation to Crack Down on Illegal Prescription Drug Abuse

With the abuse of illegally-obtained prescription narcotics growing rapidly, the New York State Senate has recently passed several bills to curb the black market in prescription pain killer.

This legislation includes calling for greater controls on Hydrocodone and Tramadol, highly addictive prescription pain medications, and increasing criminal penalties for physicians and pharmacists who illegally divert prescription drugs. It also calls for criminalizing the illegal sale of a controlled substance by a practitioner or pharmacist to address practitioners operating "mills," which fuel the black market for controlled substance medication, and it would also criminalize the first-degree illegal sale of a controlled substance to a minor under the age of 14.

February 14, 2012
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Senate Targets Illegal Prescription Drug Abuse

ALBANY, 02/13/12 – With the abuse of illegally-obtained prescription narcotics growing rapidly, the New York State Senate today passed several bills to curb the black market in prescription painkillers.

Senate approval of the bills followed a roundtable discussion on the issue of abuse of prescription painkillers.  This was a second in a series of public meetings discussing legislation to combat prescription drug abuse and to examine improving New York’s prescription reporting system.

February 14, 2012
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GUN VIOLENCE VICTIMS, ADVOCATES, LAW ENFORCEMENT, ELECTEDS URGE SENATE TO INCLUDE MICROSTAMPING IN BUDGET

Governor’s Budget Proposal Repeals CoBIS, Leaving Gap in Crime Detection

ALBANY – Today, family members who have lost loved ones to gun violence, along with advocates and law enforcement joined Senators and Assemblymembers at the State Capitol to urge the State Senate to include microstamping in its budget proposal. Microstamping, which connects shell casings from crime scenes to the first purchaser of a weapon, would provide law enforcement with a critical tool to solve gun crimes. Microstamping has passed the Assembly several times, but so far the Senate has been unwilling to approve it.

February 14, 2012
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Senate Aims to Fight Illegal Prescription Abuse

Senate Passes Bills to Curb Illehal Prescription Drug AbuseSeries of bills aimed at controlling abuse of prescription painkillers

February 14, 2012
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Senator Lee Zeldin comments on prescription drug abuse in New York State

Feb 13, 2012 -- Senator Lee Zeldin comments on prescription drug abuse in New York State.

February 13, 2012
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Senator Lee Zeldin Applauds Passage of Legislation to Curb Prescription Drug Abuse

“The recent wave of prescription drug abuse has become not only dangerous, but violent and deadly,” said State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley). “The horrific shooting at Haven Drugs in Medford last June was a tragedy that should have never occurred. The legislation we passed in the Senate today is an important step in our efforts to curb this growing epidemic and help insure that what happened in Medford never happens again. These bills, which I was proud to co-sponsor, will place tighter controls on prescription drugs such as Hydrocodone and Tramadol; they will also create new penalties, and increase existing penalties, for those who contribute to the black market sale of these dangerous substances.

February 13, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND’S “VICTIMS’ VOICES FOR JUSTICE ACT” PASSES THE SENATE

Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C - Poughkeepsie) today announced that the Senate has passed his “Victims’ Voices for Justice Act” which expands the number of victim’s family members who may speak at the sentencing of a defendant (S.4092).

February 13, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Announces Actions Taken to Advance Fight Against Prescription Drug Abuse

Albany forum brings various perspectives together, Legislation against Rx abuse passes Senate.

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced that progress is being made in the fight against prescription drug abuse. At the State Capitol Monday morning, a roundtable forum brought various perspectives together to discuss actions that must be taken to address the growing epidemic. Later in the day, the Senate passed legislation to crackdown on drug dealers and pill mills.

February 13, 2012
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SENATE PASSES TOUGH SENTENCES FOR SEX OFFENDERS

Legislation Would Require Consecutive Sentences for Each Act of Rape

The New York State Senate today passed a bill that would ensure significantly longer prison sentences for serial rapists.  Under current law, it is possible for a judge to issue concurrent sentences for multiple counts arising from separate and distinct acts of rape. The legislation (S.1826) would require consecutive prison sentences for each separate count of first degree rape when an individual is convicted of multiple counts.

The bill was sent to the assembly.

February 13, 2012
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Senate Passes Bills to Curb Illegal Prescription Drug Abuse

With the abuse of illegally-obtained prescription narcotics growing rapidly, the New York State Senate today passed several bills to curb the black market in prescription painkillers said New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I – Port Jefferson)

LaValle said the Senate approval of the bills followed a roundtable discussion on the issue of abuse of prescription painkillers held today by Senator Hannon and Senator Jeff Klein, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Alcohol and Substance Abuse.  This was a second in a series of public meetings discussing legislation to combat prescription drug abuse and to examine improving New York’s prescription reporting system.

February 13, 2012
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SENATE PASSES TOUGH SENTENCES FOR SEX OFFENDERS

SENATE PASSES TOUGH SENTENCES FOR SEX OFFENDERSLegislation Would Require Consecutive Sentences for Each Act of Rape    The New York State Senate today passed a bill, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, that would ensure significantly longer prison sentences for serial rapists.    Under current law, it is possible for a judge to issue concurrent sentences for multiple counts arising from separate and distinct acts of rape. The legislation (S.1826) would require consecutive prison sentences for each separate count of first degree rape when an individual is convicted of multiple counts. 

February 13, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO INCREASE PENALTIES FOR STALKING

SENATE PASSES BILL TO INCREASE PENALTIES FOR STALKING    The New York State Senate today passed a bill, sponsored by Senator Carl L. Marcellino, that would increase the penalties for stalking (S. 924A). An estimated 3.4 million people are victims of stalking in the United States each year.    "The obsessive nature of stalkers is unimaginable until you have suffered as the target of their endless pursuit,” said Senator Marcellino. “Stalking is a serious and potentially life-threatening crime. It changes the lives of the people who are victimized forever. This heinous behavior often proves lethal and the punishment must fit the crime.”

February 13, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill to Increase Penalties for Sex Offenders

The New York State Senate today passed a bill, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, that would ensure significantly longer prison sentences for serial rapists. Under current law, it is possible for a judge to issue concurrent sentences for multiple counts arising from separate and distinct acts of rape. The legislation (S.1826) would require consecutive prison sentences for each separate count of first degree rape when an individual is convicted of multiple counts.  

February 13, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill to Increase Penalties for Stalking

The New York State Senate today passed a bill, sponsored by Senator Carl L. Marcellino, that would increase the penalties for stalking (S. 924A). An estimated 3.4 million people are victims of stalking in the United States each year. "The obsessive nature of stalkers is unimaginable until you have suffered as the target of their endless pursuit,” said Senator Marcellino. “Stalking is a serious and potentially life-threatening crime. It changes the lives of the people who are victimized forever. This heinous behavior often proves lethal and the punishment must fit the crime.”

February 13, 2012
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SQUADRON, KAVANAGH ANNOUNCE NEW LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN HAYLEY AND DIEGO’S LAW AND CRACK DOWN ON CARELESS DRIVING

New Bill Gives Law Enforcement Tools to Better Enforce Law and Hold Careless Drivers Accountable

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh announced new legislation to give law enforcement better tools to crack down on careless drivers who injure pedestrians and bicyclists. The bill strengthens “Hayley and Diego’s Law” (Vehicle & Traffic Law 1146), which was introduced after the tragic deaths of Hayley Ng, 4, and Diego Martinez, 3, who were killed in 2009 in Chinatown when a delivery van that was left in reverse jumped the curb and hit the children.

February 10, 2012
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Senator Montgomery Announces NYSABPRL's 41st Annual Legislative Conference Workshop & Event Schedule

The 41st Annual Legislative Conference of the NYS Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators will convene on Friday, February 17th and conclude on Sunday, February 19th, 2012. The theme of this year’s conference is “Open Doors to Employment, Opens Doors to Empowerment."

The Conference schedule of educational workshops and weekend-long events is included here in a pdf format that can be downloaded.  More information on the Legislative Conference may be obtained by visiting www.nysabprl.org.

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February 9, 2012
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SENATOR CARLUCCI JOINS WITH LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR ROBERT DUFFY TO URGE PASSAGE OF DNA DATABANK

Ramapo, NY – (February 9, 2012) – On Wednesday, Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) joined Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy, Rockland County Sheriff Lou Falco, District Attorney Tom Zugibe, and other state and local officials at the Rockland Fire Training Center in Ramapo to urge passage of expanding the DNA database that would mandate that people convicted of all crimes provide a DNA sample.  Currently, just about half of the people convicted of a felony and certain misdemeanor crimes are included in a database.  State and local officials have said that the expansion is necessary to improve and update law enforcement tools that would help go after criminals.

February 9, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Pushes for DNA Databank Expansion On Your Voice

The New York Senate recently passed the DNA Databank Expansion Bill. On this week's episode of the television program, Your Voice, in Albany, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco explains how the measure could improve the safety in your community, solve more crimes, and help exonerate the innocent.

February 8, 2012
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