Issues: Crime

Drug Dealers Protection Act Takes Hold

ONEONTA, 10/12/09 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) said today that thousands of drug felons are much closer to being set free and put back into our communities, as a result of drug law changes that senate Democrats pushed through as part of the 2009-10 state budget. 

October 12, 2009
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Padavan Calls For Immediate Repeal of Law That Allows Convicted Murders, Rapists, Sex Criminals To Petition For Non-Terminal Medical Release

New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) today called for the immediate repeal of a dangerous new law that allows convicted murderers, rapists and sex criminals currently serving life sentences to seek non-terminal medical release and be freed from prison.

Democrats slipped the provision into the State Budget at the eleventh hour after negotiating the spending plan in unprecedented secrecy and behind closed doors. Senate Republicans sharply criticized the change and voted against it during the floor debate on the budget, but Democrats rammed it through anyway.

October 8, 2009
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Rockefeller Drug Law Reforms Are In Effect

Today is a historic day for the state of New York as the Rockefeller drug law reforms finally go into effect. Now, the failed drug policies of the past are replaced with a smarter approach that will make our communities stronger and safer.

October 7, 2009
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Senator Valesky Joins Attorney General Andrew Cuomo in Announcing Arrests in CNY Narcotics Sweep

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today joined New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo in the announcement of narcotics trafficking charges being filed against 24 individuals who are alleged to have been involved in drug distribution networks in and around Central New York.

September 29, 2009
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Senator Nozzolio Visits Butler Correctional Facility

Senator Nozzolio recently met with the staff and administrators of the Butler Minimum Security Prison to celebrate the news that the Butler facility would not be closing on October 1st as originally planned.

Under New York State law that Senator Nozzolio authored and had enacted, the Department of Corrections cannot close a prison facility without a mandatory 12 month notification process and legislative oversight. Butler was one of seven facilities slated to close this October without the legally required 12 month notification process.

September 17, 2009
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Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz's letter to Attorney General Cuomo re: Village of Patchogue

September 9, 2009Andrew CuomoOffice of the Attorney GeneralThe CapitolAlbany, NY 12224-0341Dear Mr. Cuomo:  I am referring a matter to your attention for possible review and investigation. On Saturday, September 5, 2009, I participated in a demonstration in Patchogue, New York. This demonstration was organized after my review of a report released by the Southern Poverty Law Center and front page headlines about vandalism in the Iglesia Evangelical Refugio de Salvacion located in Patchogue.

September 9, 2009
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Statement by New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz

Saturday, September 5, 2009Patchogue, New York

This past Tuesday night, the Iglesia Evangelical Refugio de Salvacion was burglarized.  The criminals involved left a note on the altar of this church with anti-Hispanic comments.

This is not an isolated incident. 

While this church was being vandalized, the Southern Poverty Law Center released a report that documents what is a serious problem in Patchogue, is a growing national problem. 

September 5, 2009
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Timber Theft in New York

August 31, 2009
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Staff Report on the SFY 2008-09 Senate Budget

August 31, 2009
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Staff Analysis of the SFY 2008-09 Executive Budget

Analysis of the Executive Budget begins with a summary of the spending plan. It then examines an explanation of receipts and provides for Senate issues in focus. Finally, it examines appropriations and disbursements for each agency and program included in the budget. The report provides a comparison of the appropriations recommended this year with those approved last year, and an analysis of the Governor’s recommendations.

August 31, 2009
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Staff Analysis of the SFY 2009-10 Executive Budget Vols. I & II

This analysis of the Executive Budget begins with a summary of the spending plan. It then examines an explanation of receipts and provides for Senate issues in focus. Finally, it examines appropriations and disbursements for each agency and program included in the budget. The report provides a comparison of the appropriations recommended this year with those approved last year, and an analysis of the Governor’s recommendations.

August 31, 2009
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Staff Report on the SFY 2008-09 Adopted Budget

August 31, 2009
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Report of the Senate Finance Committee on the SFY 2008-09 Executive Budget

August 31, 2009
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Senator Klein Rallies For Sex Offender Notification Bill

 

You’ve Got Mail:

There’s a Sex Offender in the Neighborhood

Klein & Stachowski Urge Governor Paterson to Sign Bill that would Allow Residents to receive Instant E-mail Alerts when a Sex Offender moves into their Zip Code

More than 400 Registered Sex Offenders Live in Buffalo

 

August 25, 2009
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August 17, 2009
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CITY OF UTICA INCIDENT HIGHLIGHTS NEED FOR VIDEO VIOLENCE CRACKDOWN

Senator Griffo & Mayor Roefaro: Utica Incident Shows Need for Video Violence Crackdown

(Utica) - Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R,I,C-Rome) today called for adoption of legislation he has introduced to crack down on the alarming trend of recording criminal acts of violence with the intent of distributing them on the Internet for entertainment purposes.

Utica Mayor David R. Roefaro joined the Senator in support of the measure.

August 15, 2009
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Sen Adams Appears on "Road to City Hall" (Aug 13)

Click HERE for a brief clip of the Senator's extended interview on "Road to City Hall" on August 13, speaking about reforms needed in the wake of on-indictment in the Omar Edwards friendly-fire incident.

August 14, 2009
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