In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, New York State Senators Catharine Young (R-C-I, Olean), Rich Funke (R-C-I, Fairport), Robert Ortt (R-C-I, North Tonawanda), and Thomas Croci (R, Sayville) today announced that they succeeded in securing an additional $4.6 million in funding in the 2015-16 State Budget to help victims of rape and sexual violence. The S
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) today announced new legislation he is sponsoring to strengthen penalties for individuals who kill or injure someone while driving with a suspended or revoked license.
Bill would protect against predatory surveillance and distribution of obscene images
ALBANY – The Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean), that will help combat against sexual predators capitalizing on new technology to distribute obscene images.
With constantly evolving technology, pedophiles and other predators are increasingly finding new ways to broadcast obscene images of individuals, often taken without the person’s knowledge or consent, across the internet.
Senator Introduced the Bill Named for Amanda Lynn Wienckowski
A bill introduced by state Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I–North Tonawanda), that would toughen laws for improperly disposing a body, passed today in the Senate. The bill (S2957) would create Amanda Lynn’s Law, named after Amanda Lynn Wienckowski whose body was found in a Buffalo garbage tote in January of 2009. The law would change the crime from a misdemeanor to a Class D Felony.
Amanda Lynn’s Law addresses the issue of tampering with potential crime scene evidence. The bill relates to a person knowingly moving, or concealing a human corpse as a way to hinder the discovery of a death.
March 25, 2015 – Senator Ken LaValle reports that the Senate has passed legislation that would close a legal loophole and hold drivers and drunk drivers that leave the scene of an accident more accountable for their actions. The bill would clarify and strengthen the law regarding the obligations of those that are involved in an accident where there is a reasonable presumption of damage and/or injury.
(Albany, NY)- Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) is pleased to announce that the New York State Senate passed his bill, S.1677. The bill, also known as “Joanne’s Law”, would require employers and workplaces to be notified if a former employee with a criminal record in that workplace is released from prison or violates parole. In 2005 an incident occurred where an employee who had been fired from his job and later sentenced to 10 years’ probation returned to the office of his former employer and shot three of his managers.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate passed legislation he sponsored to increase penalties for drivers who operate a vehicle without a driver’s license. The legislation would address an inequity in current law which people who drive with a suspended license face a far stronger penalty than someone who drives with no license at all. Right now, driving with a suspended license is a crime – a misdemeanor – while driving without ever having had a license is a traffic infraction.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announces the New York State Senate has once again approved Alix’s Law, which makes it illegal to leave the scene of an accident while intoxicated. This is the fourth consecutive year that the Senate has approved the bill and sent it to the Assembly, where it has stalled in the past. The final vote in the Senate was 56-0.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announces the Senate has approved legislation that would prohibit registered sex offenders from living in a community residence that also houses individuals with developmental disabilities. The bill (S.2885), which was co-sponsored by Senator Gallivan, would prevent those who have committed a sex crime from living in facilities operated or licensed by the state through the Office of Mental Health or the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities.
I commend Speaker Heastie for bringing long-stalled, anti-human trafficking legislation to the floor of the State Assembly as a standalone bill, as Senate Republicans have been calling on the Assembly to do for the better part of two years now.
By doing so, the Speaker has signaled the importance of putting progress ahead of politics, and shown that this Legislature can work together to get a result on issues important to the women of this state.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) and his colleagues in the New York State Senate gave final passage to legislation that would expedite access to critical information in missing child cases. The bill (S3520A) is in response to a recent tragic child abuse case in Albany County and would help provide child abuse and maltreatment records to law enforcement agencies when that information is needed to find a missing child.
In December 2014, five-year-old Kenneth White was reported missing by his older cousin, who was watching him at the time. She claimed two masked men entered the house where Kenneth and his two siblings lived with their custodial aunt and abducted the boy.
Law Would Give Authorities Immediate Access to Child Protective Records
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced legislation she cosponsors that would give law enforcement immediate access to child protective records in the event of a kidnapping has passed the Senate. Under current state law, authorities are often stalled in their investigations when trying to obtain records from child protective services.
The measure (S.3520-A) was sparked by a recent case in the Albany region, where 5 year-old Kenneth White was reported missing and later found dead. While investigating the case, authorities were stopped from accessing Kenneth’s child protective records, which could have provided them with additional persons of interest. A cousin was later arrested and charged with the crime.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) is pleased to report final legislative passage of important legislation in protecting the victims of human trafficking. The Senate passed the bill in 2013 and 2014, as well as this year, and it finally passed the Assembly this week. The legislation toughens penalties against those who buy and sell young women, men, and children and reduces the stigma defendants may face when they are victims of the massive $32 billion sex trafficking industry.
The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would prohibit registered sex offenders from living with individuals with developmental disabilities in community residences operated or licensed by the state. The bill (S2885), sponsored by Senator Michael Ranzenhofer (R-C-I, Amherst), strengthens current protections and helps ensure that individuals with developmental disabilities are living in a safe environment.
The New York State Senate today gave final passage to legislation that would expedite access to critical information in missing child cases. The bill (S3520A), sponsored by Senator George A. Amedore, Jr.
ALBANY, NY - The Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York gave testimony this week that New York has become the nation's number one heroin trafficking hub. The co-chairs of the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, State Senators Terrence Murphy, George Amedore and Robert Ortt, were alarmed by the news from prosecutor Bridgett Brennan.