Issues: Crime

Senator Kennedy Announces Operation IMPACT Funds To Fight Violent Crime

Kennedy says state will direct $1,467,600 in Operation IMPACT funds to support a multiagency effort to fight violent crime in Buffalo and Erie County.

June 27, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION TO CREATE REGISTRY OF CONVICTED ANIMAL ABUSERS

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the New York State Senate recently passed legislation that would create a statewide registry of convicted animal abusers who violate Buster’s Law.

     “An animal is not just a piece of property; they are loving, feeling creatures who become part of your family. Heartless and sick people who cruelly abuse and torture animals should never, ever be allowed to own a pet again. Creating a statewide registry of convicted animal abusers would help prevent these individuals from adopting or owning a pet again and protect innocent animals who cannot protect themselves,” said Senator Fuschillo, who supported the legislation.

June 27, 2013
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Summary of 2013 Senate Legislative Action

 

2013-2014 NEW YORK STATE BUDGET

 

The New York State Senate approved the 2013-14 state budget that delivers on priorities outlined by the Senate Republican Conference to provide much-needed tax relief for middle-class families, help businesses create jobs, and, for the third consecutive year, the budget keeps spending growth below two percent, which is consistent with the local spending cap that applies to school districts and local governments.  It was also the third consecutive budget approved prior to the April 1 deadline.

 

June 24, 2013
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Senate Gives Final Passage to Bill Strengthening Leandra's Law

The New York State Senate today gave final passage to legislation to keep convicted drunk drivers from evading ignition interlock device usage. The bill (S5859), sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr.

June 22, 2013
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Senate Approves Women Equality Agenda

The New York State Senate passed an historic package of bills today that would ensure equal pay for women, strengthen laws against human trafficking, provide greater support and protection for victims of domestic violence, stop sexual harassment, and end discrimination of women in the workplace related to gender, pregnancy, and family status. 

June 21, 2013
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New York State Senate Promoting Public Assistance Integrity Act

The New York State Senate will act today on the “Public Assistance Integrity Act,” sponsored by Senator Tom Libous (R-C-I, Binghamton) and Co-sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti (R,I, Buffalo)  that would help cut down on the flagrant abuse of EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) cards by prohibiting welfare recipients from using cash assistance to purchase tobacco, alcoholic beverages, lottery tickets or to gamble.

 

June 21, 2013
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SENATE PASSES THE NEW YORK STATE CRIMINAL STREET GANG ACT

ALBANY— Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R,C,I—Shirley) announced today that the State Senate passed the Criminal Street Gang Act (S. 4444-A) legislation which he sponsored along with Senator Martin Golden to take direct action to prevent criminal gang violence.

This legislation comes on the heels of an awareness campaign driven by community leaders in Brentwood and Central Islip, family members of gang violence victims and State and local officials who sought to unite communities affected by gang violence through prayer and peace rallies over the past weeks.

June 21, 2013
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Our Town Downtown: Getting to the Root of Hate Crimes

June 19, 2013 by Alissa FleckRash of anti-gay violence in the City prompts senate hearing to assess efficacy of hate crimes law and rehabilitative optionsFormer senator Tom Duane sat before elected officials and members of the community at a senate forum and talked about the time in 1983 when he was brutally beaten outside a bar because of his sexual orientation.“It was a matter of life or death,” said Duane. “A few weeks later I called the [District Attorney] and the police department which took the report and asked when the trial was and they told me it had been adjudicated—classified as a misdemeanor.”

June 20, 2013
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ZELDIN BILL TO PROTECT CONSUMERS AGAINST COUNTERFEIT AIRBAGS PASSES SENATE AND ASSEMBLY

ALBANY- Chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee, Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley), today announced that the State Senate has passed his legislation, the Counterfeit Airbag Prevention Act (S. 5037-B), to protect unsuspecting consumers from the installation of potentially fatal counterfeit airbags.

Since 2010, when U.S. customs intercepted over 300 counterfeit airbags manufactured at Guangzhou Global Auto parts, and bearing the logos of Honda, BMW, Lexus, and Audi, the US has become aware of a growing proliferation of counterfeit automobile parts.

June 20, 2013
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VIDEO: Senator Mark Grisanti's Comments On Welfare Fraud

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti's comments from June 18, 2013 on welfare fraud.

June 19, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Senator Patrick Gallivan, Chair 12 Noon, Wednesday, June 19, 2013 Room 124 CAP

June 19, 12:00 PM - 12:49 PM
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RITCHIE BILL TO MAKE ELECTRONIC MONITOR TAMPERING A CRIME PASSES SENATE

Bipartisan Legislation Sparked by Horrific Crime in CNY

State Senator Patty Ritchie’s bill to make it a crime to tamper with electronic monitoring devices, like the ankle bracelet that was supposed to helping law enforcement keep an eye on accused killer-child rapist David Renz.

Under Senate Bill 5422-A, which is cosponsored in the Senate by Senator John DeFrancisco and Senator David Valesky, it would be a felony—adding up to four years of additional prison time—if an orrdener tampered with a device and committed another violent crime, and up to one year in jail if no other crime is involved. 

Currently, tampering with an electronic monitoring device can be a violation of parole or pre-sentencing release, but it is not a separate crime.

June 18, 2013
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Public Assistance Integrity Act Passes Senate

ALBANY, 06/18/13 – The New York State Senate today passed the “Public Assistance Integrity Act” to crack down on welfare fraud and prohibit welfare recipients from using Cash Assistance for the purchase of cigarettes, alcoholic beverages, lottery tickets or for casino gambling. 

June 18, 2013
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Pot Arrests in NY Vary By Race (Source: Democrat & Chronicle)

Source: Democrat & Chronicle

Albany, NY - Black New Yorkers are nearly five times more likely to be arrested on low-level marijuana possession charges than whites, and the disparity is much wider in the state’s most populous counties, a report Thursday found.

June 17, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Senator Patrick Gallivan, Chair Monday, June 17, 2013 OFF THE FLOOR

*This meeting will be called OFF THE FLOOR*

June 17, 3:14 PM - 3:46 PM
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SQUADRON, CAMARA, DRUG POLICY ALLIANCE, NYCLU, VOCAL-NY URGE SENATE PASSAGE OF MARIJUANA REFORM

New Data Finds NY Leads the Nation in Marijuana Arrests

Across State, Black New Yorkers 4.5 Times More Likely to Be Arrested as White New Yorkers; Disparity is 9-to-1 in Brooklyn and Manhattan

ALBANY -- With new data highlighting dramatic racial disparities in low-level marijuana arrests around New York, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblymember Karim Camara, members of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus, the Drug Policy Alliance, the New York Civil Liberties Union, VOCAL-NY, and community members made an end-of-session push for Senate passage of legislation to bring consistency and fairness to marijuana arrests.

June 13, 2013
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GALLIVAN, SENATE PASS NEW PENALTIES FOR AGGRAVATED VEHICULAR HOMICIDE

Legislation Responds To Tragically Similar Cases In Buffalo, Rochester Areas

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, 59th District), Chair of the Senate’s Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections Committee, announced today that the New York State Senate passed legislation (S.4772) to increase penalties for those who commit vehicular manslaughter and have a history of serially driving under the influence.                                          

June 13, 2013
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Senate Measure Improves Safety in Residential Youth Facilities

The New York State Senate today passed a measure to protect the staff and occupants in group homes and other youth residential facilities.

June 12, 2013
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