Issues: Crime

Senate Codes Committee Votes Down Gun Safety Legislation

New York – Today the State Senate Codes Committee voted down the Children’s Weapon Accident Prevention Act (S.2491), sponsored by Senator Liz Krueger, along with Senators Avella, Gianaris, Hamilton, Hoylman and Parker.  The bill would have protected children from accidental harm and death by making it a crime to fail to store a firearm safely and securely.

April 28, 2015
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Statement form State Senator Gustavo Rivera on Bill That Would Grants Attorney General Jurisdiction to Prosecute Police Misconduct:

"For the second time in the last two weeks Senate Republicans have failed to move legislation out of committee that would reform how our criminal justice system prosecutes incidents involving law enforcement that result in the death or injury of a New Yorker. I am very disappointed that the Senate Committee on Investigations and Government Operations failed to recognize the need to advance a bill that would help remove doubt from the criminal justice process and restore the public's trust.

April 28, 2015
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Senate Passes Bill Targeting Professional Shoplifters and Other Organized Retail Criminals

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S3822) sponsored by Senator Michael Venditto (R-C-I, Massapequa) to crack down on criminals who try to avoid harsher penalties by committing retail thefts in multiple counties. The bill would allow any county in the state to prosecute someone who participates in a pattern of organized retail theft when at least one of the offenses occurs in a neighboring county.

April 27, 2015
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Senator Gallivan Introduces SRO Officer at Wheatland-Chili Central School District

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) met Friday, April 24, with Wheatland-Chili Central School Superintendent Deborah Leh, Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn and School Resource Officer Laura Michaels, a Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy. Funding secured by Gallivan in last year’s state budget made it possible for the school district to establish a School Resource Officer (SRO) program in February.  In collaboration with the County of Monroe and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, the program will continue through the end of the 2014-2015 school year.   

April 27, 2015
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SENATOR HOYLMAN FILES MOTION TO FORCE COMMITTEE VOTE ON ‘CHILD VICTIMS ACT’

Hoylman: “Survivors deserve their day in court. Plus, we must shine a light on abusers, some of whom still have contact with our kids.”

NEW YORK – State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) said: “Today, I filed a motion for committee consideration for the Child Victims Act in the Senate Codes Committee, which should force a committee vote on this legislation based on past Senate practice.

April 22, 2015
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Statement From Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Office of Special Investigation

“By voting down legislation to create the Office of Special Investigation, the Senate Republicans demonstrated that they do not believe reforms are needed to ensure all New Yorkers, regardless of age, race or gender, are treated with respect and equality. The fight to reform the state criminal justice system is not over, and we will continue our efforts to ensure every New Yorker feels safe, secure and protected.”

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April 22, 2015
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WARNING: NEW CREDIT CARD SCAM

Credit card scammers are continuously coming up with new ways to steal your information.

This new scam is particularly devious because the scammers actually provide YOU with information about your credit card, leading you to believe that they are a legitimate caller.

April 16, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Senator Patrick Gallivan, Chair 10:00 AM, Thursday, April 23, 2015 Room 123 CAP

April 23, 10:00 AM - 10:14 AM
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Monroe County/City of Rochester Crime Victims' Coalition

I joined the Monroe County/City of Rochester Coalition for Crime Victims to help kickoff National Crime Victims' Rights Week, which will take place from April 19 - April 25. National Crime Victims' Rights Week highlights the support crime victims need in their road to recovery. Many thanks to all of the local law enforcement officials and advocacy agencies in our community that help crime victims every day. 

April 16, 2015
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Senators Ortt, Young, Funke, and Croci Announce $4.6 Million in Additional Funding for Rape and Sexual Violence Programs

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, New York State Senators Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda), Catharine Young (R,I,C – Olean), Rich Funke (R,C,I – Fairport), 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 Senators led a bipartisan group of members from the Republican and Independent Democratic Conferences in efforts to secure a total of nearly $6.5 million in state funding for rape crisis services for victims and programs that prevent sexual assault.

April 14, 2015
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Senators Young, Funke, Ortt, and Croci Announce $4.6 Million in Additional Funding for Critical Programs to Help Victims of Rape and Sexual Violence

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

April 14, 2015
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STATE SENATE TO HOLD JOINT COMMITTEE HEARING ON CYBER SECURITY AND CYBER TERRORISM

                                         

April 7, 2015
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After Year-Long Fight, Kennedy Secures $300,000 In State Funding for Crisis Services, Reverses Catastrophic Cuts to Vital Support Programs

Kennedy: Crisis Services Too Important to Risk – New Funding Stream Will Ensure Victims Get Support They Need 

Albany Heard Voices Of Over 2,000 Who Signed Petition Demanding Restoration of Funding 

April 6, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS ANNOUNCES LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN PENALTIES FOR DRIVERS WHO KILL OR INJURE SOMEONE WHILE DRIVING WITH A SUSPENDED OR REVOKED LICENSE

     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. 

April 2, 2015
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Legislation Passed To Help Law Enforcement Keep Pace with Evolving Technology

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.

 

March 30, 2015
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Ortt’s Bill to Toughen Penalties for Unlawful Disposal of a Body Passes in Senate

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 30, 2015
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Senator Ken LaValle: Hold Drivers Who Flee Accidents Accountable

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.

March 25, 2015
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Senate Passes “Joanne’s Law” to Protect Employees in the Workplace

(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.

March 24, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS’ LEGISLATION RAISING PENALTIES FOR UNLICENSED DRIVERS PASSED BY SENATE

     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. 

March 23, 2015
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Senate Passes Alix's Law for the 4th Time

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.

March 23, 2015
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