Issues: Crime

Senate Passes Bill to End Criminals' Ability to Profit from Crime

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that protects the rights of victims by prohibiting criminals from profiting from crimes, regardless of their plea or conviction.  The bill (S.4393) sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (R-C-I, East Northport) closes a loophole in the original Son of Sam law which was designed to prevent the Son of Sam, David Berkowitz, from profiting from his crime.  

May 10, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO HELP JEFFERSON COUNTY

Will Allow District Attorney To Hire Stenographer

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced the Senate passed a bill (S4415) she sponsored to allow Jefferson County’s District Attorney to appoint, as needed, a stenographer who lives in St. Lawrence County or any county in the fifth judicial district.

"When Jefferson County District Attorney Cindy Intschert told me she needed my help, I made sure we got this bill moving through the Senate," Senator Ritchie said. "It is critical that our prosecutors have the resources they need."

May 10, 2011
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Senator Flanagan’s Legislation To Expand Crime Victim’s Rights Passes Senate

            Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that legislation he sponsored to protect the rights of crime victims has passed the New York State Senate.  The legislation would expand the State’s Son of Sam laws by prohibiting all persons who are held responsible for a crime from profiting from their crimes regardless of their plea or conviction.

May 10, 2011
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SENATE PASSES MICHELLE AND JORDAN'S LAW

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed legislation on May 9th to increase penalties for unlawful high-speed car racing which has caused numerous accidents across the state, including the deaths of a 17-year-old Staten Island girl and a 5-year-old Queens boy. Michelle and Jordan’s Law (S.2938A) stems from tragic crashes involving suspected drag racing at excessive speeds.

May 10, 2011
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Senator Owen H. Johnson Supported Passage of Stricter Texting-While-Driving Law

Senator Owen H. Johnson supported a bill (S.998B) that passed the Senate today making it easier for law enforcement to crack down on texting-while-driving offenses and prevent tragic accidents caused by drivers distracted by texting.The bill would make text messaging while driving a primary violation rather than a secondary violation.  Under the current law, a driver could only be cited for texting-while-driving if another violation, such as speeding, is also being cited.“Texting while driving is one of the most dangerous driver distractions today,” Senator Johnson said.  “The legislation we passed in the Senate sends the message that there will be consequences for those who continue to risk our lives with their careless conduct.” 

May 4, 2011
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Seward Continues Fight Against "Fraud Tax"

ALBANY, NY May 3, 2011 – Senator James L. Seward joined forces today with King County District Attorney Charles Hynes, Senator Martin Golden and Assemblyman Joseph Morelle in support of reforming New York’s no-fault auto insurance laws.

New Yorkers now pay the fourth highest premiums in the nation for auto insurance, due in large part to an outdated system that is rife with fraud and abuse.  In 2010, for the second consecutive year, no-fault fraud cost New Yorkers more than $200 million—this cost is a ‘Fraud Tax’ that is absorbed by all drivers across the state in the form of higher insurance premiums.

May 4, 2011
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LaValle: Senate Passes Legislation to Strengthen Law on Text Messaging While Driving

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today co-sponsored and voted for a bill (S.998B) that will make it easier for law enforcement to crack down on texting-while-driving offenses and prevent tragic accidents caused by drivers distracted by texting.

The bill would make text messaging while driving a primary violation rather than a secondary violation. Under the current law, a driver can only be cited for texting-while-driving if another violation, such as speeding, is also being cited.

 Federal data shows 16,000 deaths nationwide due to texting while driving.

May 4, 2011
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Senate Passes Legislation to Strengthen Law Against Texting While Driving

Safety advocate Kelly Cline applauds Senate, turns focus of Families Against Texting While Driving to getting the job done in Assembly

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced Tuesday the Senate passed legislation (S.998B | A.6174A) to strengthen state law against texting while driving, by a vote of 57-3. The bill – co-sponsored by Senator Kennedy – will make it a primary offense to text while operating a vehicle.

May 3, 2011
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO ANNOUNCES LEGISLATIVE MEASURES TO STOP BULLYING IN NEW YORK STATE

Continuing his efforts to ensure the safety of  students in New York’s schools,  State Senator Mike Nozzolio is co-sponsoring legislation to strictly prohibit school bullying in all forms. The legislation (S.4921) comprehensively defines bullying to ensure that all students are protected and addresses both conventional bullying and online cyber-bullying.

April 29, 2011
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO ANNOUNCES E-STOP LAW LEADS TO REMOVAL OF MORE THAN 24,000 ONLINE ACCOUNTS AND PROFILES LINKED TO REGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS

New York State Senate Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Chairman Mike Nozzolio has announced that the e-STOP Internet safety law has resulted in the removal of more than 24,000 accounts and online profiles linked to registered sex offenders. Senator Nozzolio led the fight in the State Senate to enact e-STOP when it was first established in 2008.

April 29, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Senator Michael F. Nozzolio, Chair 12 Noon, Tuesday, May 3, 2011 Room 411 LOB

May 3, 12:00 PM - 12:43 PM
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO ANNOUNCES SENATE HEARING INVESTIGATING ORGAN TRANSPLANTS TO PRISON INMATES

New York State Senate Crime Victims Crime & Correction Committee Chairman Mike Nozzolio has announced a special Senate hearing to examine the policies that allocate organ transplants to State prison inmates at taxpayers’ expense.

April 27, 2011
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Senate Honors Chief Christine Ziemba for Service to Community

Senator Kennedy sponsors resolution recognizing Chief Ziemba as trailblazer for women in law enforcement

ALBANY, N.Y. – When Christine Ziemba was hired by the Cheektowaga Police Department, she became the first female police officer in the town’s history. After joining the department, Ziemba started climbing the ranks, and in March 2002, the Cheektowaga Town Board named her Chief of Police, making her the first woman to ever lead a police force in Western New York.

April 26, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Honors Cheektowaga Police Chief Christine Ziemba in Senate Resolution, Remarks on Senate Floor

Cheektowaga Police Chief Christine Ziemba, the first woman to ever lead a police force in Western New York, recently retired after 34 years of service to the town of Cheektowaga and the greater Western New York community. The New York State Senate honored Chief Ziemba for her long and accomplished career protecting our neighborhoods with a resolution put forward by Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District. 

April 26, 2011
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NYS Senator Eric Adams Responds To NY1 News Report Of A Major Loophole In The IRS E-filing System By Introducing New Legislation To Protect Unsuspecting Tax Fraud Victims

 On April 12, 2011, NY1 reported a major loophole in the IRS e-filing system which allows identity thieves to steal the income tax refunds of unsuspecting taxpayers.  The current e-filing system only requires an individual to provide either a  Social Security Number (SSN) or Employer Identification Number (EIN) as proof of identity.  Unfortunately, many EIN numbers can be accessed online, affording Identity thieves the opportunity to illegally acquire an individual's  EIN number, input false data, and electronically file tax returns even before unsuspecting taxpayers receive their W-2 forms. 

April 25, 2011
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Keep Your Family Safe From Sex Offenders

There are a number of resources available to help you get information about sex offender activity in your community. 

April 20, 2011
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NYS Senator Eric Adams Discusses His Proposed Domestic Violence Registry Bill on PIX 11 Morning News

On Wednesday, April 20, 2011, New York State Senator Eric Adams stopped by PIX 11 Morning News to discuss his proposed domestic violence registry bill.

Watch the video here.

April 20, 2011
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Senate Passes Senator Flanagan’s Home Invasion And Sexual Abuse Legislation

            The New York State Senate recently passed several anti-crime bills to strengthen penalties and create new charges for offenses including two measures sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) that would expand the penalties for home invasions and sexual abuse.  The two bills were part of a package that included legislation dealing with bank robberies and driving irresponsibly.  The package will help deter criminals, hold violators accountable and create safer communities throughout the state.

April 19, 2011
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NYS Senator Eric Adams And Assemblywoman Vanessa Gibson Respond To The Murder Of Sarah Coit At The Hands Of Her Boyfriend Raul Barrera By Calling For NYS To Require Domestic Violence Offenders To Register Like Sex Crime Offenders

On Sunday, April 17, 2011, New York State Senator Eric Adams (D- Brooklyn)  held a press conference with Assemblywoman Vanessa Gibson and Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries to announce legislation to create a Domestic Violence Offender Registry.  The new law will require that the name of anyone convicted of domestic violence be listed in a statewide “Domestic Violence Offender Database.”  Individuals would be able to ascertain whether they are associated with persons having prior history of domestic abuse.

April 19, 2011
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Open Letter to Senate Majority Leader and President Pro-Tempore Dean Skelos

April 18, 2011

 

Senator Dean G. SkelosSenate Majority Leader and President Pro-Tempore 330 CAP Albany, New York 12247

Dear Majority Leader Skelos:

April 18, 2011
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