Issues: Crime

Senator Young and Assemblymember O'Donnell Call on Governor to Sign Legislation in Wake of Latest Subway Murder

For Release: Immediate, December 2, 2014

Bills Passed by Legislature This Year Would Require Stronger Public Protections and Better Treatment for Released Inmates with Mental Illness

ALBANY - In wake of yet another subway murder allegedly committed this November by a violent felon recently released from prison, Senator Catharine Young and Assembly Member Daniel O’Donnell are urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign their bipartisan bill that would ensure mentally ill inmates are not freed without proper evaluation and treatment.

December 2, 2014
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Children of pregnant woman killed outside Queens apartment still do not know of her death: family

As reported by the Daily News:   

They still don’t know what happened to their mommy.

Three days after a gunman blasted away at a pregnant Brandee Massey — killing both her and the baby girl — her children haven’t been told of her death, family supporters said Friday.

“I don’t know how to explain it to my children,” state Sen. Jose Peralta said Massey’s grief-stricken husband, Joseph, told him.

“He is very distraught,” Peralta (D-Queens) said Friday.

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December 1, 2014
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Husband of pregnant woman killed outside Queens apartment wants justice for his family

As reported by the Daily News:   

The heartbroken husband of a pregnant mother of four killed by a callous gunman sat down to an agonizing Thanksgiving dinner with one thing on his mind: justice.

“I’m devastated beyond words. I want justice for my wife and for our children,” Joseph Massey said a day after Brandee Massey was gunned down as she walked along the 15th-floor hallway to her Queens apartment building in LeFrak City.

The 27-year-old was six months pregnant.

Doctors delivered her baby, but the newborn girl died four hours later.

As Joseph and his children struggled with the unspeakable loss, officials advised they not stay in their apartment for a second day due to fears the shooter might return to the scene of the crime.

Investigators suspect that Brandee’s uncle, with whom she’d been recently feuding, may have pulled the trigger, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said.

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December 1, 2014
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Reward Offered in Pregnant Woman's Death

As reported by NY1:   

The reward grows for any information about the shooting death of a pregnant woman in Queens.

Anastasia Massey, 27, was shot and killed Wednesday outside her apartment in Corona.

Police say she was six months pregnant, but attempts to save her baby were unsuccessful.

Sources say the shooting may have involved a family member.

They say they want answers and are pushing forward on the investigation.

The reward for information leading to his arrest is $6,000.

"What happened here two days ago destroyed many, many lives and hurt a community. And instead of Mr. Massey celebrating Thanksgiving Day yesterday like so many of us did right next to their loved ones, Mr. Massey was worrying about how and when he was going to explain to their children what happened to their mother. And for that, this individual has to pay a hefty price," said State Senator Jose Peralta.

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December 1, 2014
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Reward Tripled to $6K to Find Killer of Pregnant Mom in LeFrak City

As reported by DNA Info:   

CORONA — The reward to help solve the brutal murder of a pregnant mom — who was gunned down in front of her LeFrak City apartment — has been tripled to $6,000 with donations from a local politician and the building's management company, officials announced Friday.

Brandee-Anastasia Massey, 27, was shot to death at 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 26 in the 15th floor hallway of 98-15 Horace Harding Expressway.

Police sources say investigators want to talk to her ex-con uncle because she had information about a domestic violence case he was involved in.

Her baby died hours after doctors at Elmhurst Hospital delivered her, officials said.

The NYPD offered a $2,000 reward for information about the suspect, and on Friday Sen. Jose Peralta announced an additional $2,000, which was then matched by the LeFrak City management company, bringing the total to $6,000.

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December 1, 2014
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Officials Announce $6,000 Reward For Info On LeFrak City Shooting

As reported by the Queens Tribune:  

Following the fatal shooting of a pregnant mother and her child at LeFrak City on Wednesday, community leaders have galvanized to spur investigations into the killer.

Brandee Anastasia Massey, a 27-year-old who leaves a husband and four young children behind her, was shot in the chest and arm outside of her home at LeFrak City according to police.

Massey was about six months pregnant when she was killed. Her child was delivered at Elmhurst Hospital, but did not survive.

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) joined district leaders, LeFrak City Tenants’ League coordinator Jim Galloway and local clergy Friday morning to announce that he is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Massey’s killer.

The LeFrak City Organization will match the senator’s donation, while police are also offering $2,000, bringing the total reward to $6,000.

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December 1, 2014
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$6K reward offered for info on shooting of pregnant woman in LeFrak City

As reported by the Queens Courier:

Instead of coming together with his family to celebrate Thanksgiving, Joseph Massey had to spend his holiday trying to figure out a way to tell his four children that their mother would never be coming home.

Massey’s wife, 27-year-old Brandee Anastasia Massey, was gunned down outside of her apartment at LeFrak City at 98-15 Horace Harding Expwy. in Corona on Wednesday morning, police said. She was about six months pregnant and had been returning from dropping three of her four kids off at school, according to authorities.

The stay at home mom was shot in the chest and arm and taken to Elmhurst Hospital where she was pronounced dead. Doctors were able to deliver her baby, however several hours later the child died, according to police.

“As this community mourns a horrific tragedy, we come together to provide however much support and comfort we can to a grieving husband and devastated family,” Peralta said. “But the most important thing we can do for them right now is to help police and law enforcement bring Brandee’s killer to justice and make whoever is responsible pay for this brutal crime.”

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December 1, 2014
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Pregnant woman shot, killed outside her Queens apartment after dropping kids at school

As reported by the Daily News:

For four hours, she was a miracle — a tiny girl born prematurely after her pregnant mom was fatally shot in the chest. But that miracle was short-lived, spiraling into unimaginable tragedy when the baby also died.

Now cops want to talk to the 27-year-old dead woman’s uncle, who may have had a beef with the victim because she had possible knowledge of criminal activity involving him, a police source said.

Brandee Anastasia Massey, who was just over six months pregnant, was walking in the 15th-floor hallway to her apartment in LeFrak City after dropping three of her children off at school around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. A gunman crept up on the mother of four and started blasting away.

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December 1, 2014
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Statement From State Senator Jose Peralta, Lead Sponsor Of The NYS DREAM Act, On President Obama's Executive Order

"The good news is that millions of upstanding, hardworking undocumented immigrants will now be able to continue contributing to our economy without having to live and work in fear of deportation.

"The bad news is that millions of other upstanding, hardworking undocumented immigrants will remain in the shadows of our economy and society.

"President Obama is to be applauded for taking a strong first step toward long-overdue reform of our broken immigration system.  Like the president, we in New York should not wait on Congress to make additional necessary repairs.

"The DREAM Act is sensible, compassionate public policy.  It is the law in Texas, a red state, California, a blue state, and New Mexico, a purple state.  Here, the New York DREAM Act is supported by editorial boards throughout the state, including those at newspapers as different as the New York Post, The New York Times and the Daily News.

"Let’s follow the bipartisan example of the five states that have already passed a DREAM Act.  Let's collaborate in New York on making an investment in our young people, our economy and our state’s future that will pay for itself several times over."

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November 21, 2014
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Statements from Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Senate Higher Education Committee Ranker Toby Ann Stavisky

Albany, NY - In response to recent statements and reports that the Senate Republican Conference does not support common sense initiatives to confront the sexual assault epidemic impacting college campuses in New York, Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Senate Higher Education Committee Ranking Member Toby Ann Stavisky issued the following statements:

November 12, 2014
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Buffalo News: Thirteen school districts to receive funding for resource officers

Thirteen Western New York school districts will receive money to support new and existing school resource officer programs.

November 10, 2014
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SENATOR GALLIVAN ANNOUNCES STATE FUNDING TO SUPPORT SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS

SRO PROGRAMS PROMOTE POSITIVE RELATIONS BETWEEN STUDENTS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES  

November 10, 2014
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Senator Griffo Announces Crisis Intervention Funding for Utica PD

Law enforcement will be trained to handle incidents involving people with mental illness

UTICA – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo today announced that the City of Utica will be fully reimbursed for special training that will help law enforcement officers learn how to safely and more effectively handle situations involving individuals with psychiatric disabilities.

October 28, 2014
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The LCN: Gallivan applauds new law to protect young victims of human trafficking

State Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-Elma) says a new state law will protect young victims of human trafficking by ensuring they receive the help and treatment they need.

Gallivan says he supports the law (S.6804/A.8749-A) signed this week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, but says a more comprehensive bill passed by the Senate should also become law.

October 22, 2014
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WHEC Rochester: Sen. Gallivan calls for tougher penalties for human trafficking

Updated: 10/21/2014 10:46 PMCreated: 10/21/2014 10:44 PM WHEC.com

State Senator Patrick Gallivan says he supports a new law signed recently by Governor Andrew Cuomo to help victims of human trafficking, but wants the government to do more.

He wants the legislature to pass a more comprehensive bill approved by the state Senate.

October 22, 2014
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SENATOR GALLIVAN APPLAUDS NEW STATE LAW TO PROTECT YOUNG VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING

BUT MORE MUST BE DONE TO HOLD TRAFFICKERS RESPONSIBLE  

 

October 20, 2014
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Griffo Secures $10,000 to Address Domestic Violence in Lewis County

LOWVILLE - Sen. Joseph A. Griffo today announced that he has secured $10,000 for Lewis County Opportunities to use toward services that directly help victims of domestic violence.

"During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, it's important that we recognize agencies that are helping victims by giving them the tools they need to regain control of their lives," said Griffo, R-Rome. "Lewis County Opportunities provides confidential help free of charge and, in doing so, have become an indispensible community resource."

October 20, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #36: Tips for Addressing Domestic Violence

Recent national headlines have put a spotlight on a growing menace to society’s well-being: domestic violence.

Sadly, our area is not immune. Last year, police agencies in the counties I represent – Oneida, Lewis and St. Lawrence – reported 2,308 victims of domestic violence. The overwhelming majority involved physical abuse.

Domestic violence impacts every demographic: women and men; young and old; poor and rich; rural and city. It rips apart families and the emotional scars left behind never heal as fast as the physical wounds.

October 16, 2014
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Statement From State Senator Jose Peralta On NYCHA’s Handling Of Domestic Violence Victims’ Petitions For Emergency Housing

“Published reports and a City Council hearing today are shining a long overdue light on NYCHA’s broken system for providing emergency shelter to victims of domestic violence.

“It is a travesty to require women to risk their lives to produce the paperwork needed to qualify for emergency housing—and then not provide that housing.

“The expansion of the list of crimes that would not require a second documented instance of abuse is a welcome change, but more needs to be done to protect those who are unable to go to the police in the first place.”

 “I have introduced a bill that would enable domestic violence victims to be considered for emergency NYCHA housing without having to first contact authorities and put themselves in danger of retribution from their batterers.

“What my bill can’t do is make NYCHA cut wait times of as long as 10 years.  That is something NYCHA needs to address.

 “The many advocates for domestic violence victims who support my bill do so because  the lack of safe, affordable, permanent housing is one of the biggest impediments victims face in their effort to escape an abusive environment.  NYCHA has taken a small first step toward cutting red tape for victims, but much, much more needs to be done to fix the system.”

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October 14, 2014
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October Marks Domestic Violence Awareness

October is also National Domestic Violence Awareness Month Domestic violence is a crime that rips apart the very fabric of families.  It can afflict every segment of society and knows no economic, ethnic or geographic boundaries.  During National Domestic Violence Awareness Month,  we are encouraged to not only acknowledge the progress made in reducing these shameful crimes, but to also recognize that more work must be done.

October 10, 2014
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