Issues: Crime

Legislative Activity For May 10, 2010

The Senate Democratic Majority passed legislation today maintaining the services and operations of government, including funding for troopers, Medicaid services, and infrastructure projects, as well as bills which protect residents of public housing from sexual predators, and legislation mandating new standards of accountability of the Higher Education Services Corporation. Maintaining Services & Operations

May 11, 2010
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KEEPING SEX OFFENDERS OUT OF PUBLIC HOUSING

Senate Passes Klein Bill to Provide Housing Authorities Monthly Data on Registered Offenders

 

ALBANY, NY – State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeffrey D. Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced on Monday that the State Senate passed his legislation to help prevent registered sex offenders from moving into public housing. Last week, Klein unveiled the results from his most recent investigation showing nearly one hundred level 2 and 3 registered sex offenders are illegally living in public housing units in New York City.

 

May 10, 2010
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Senate Bill Bars Sex Offenders From Public Housing

Streamlines Communication & Coordination BetweenLaw Enforcement, Public Housing Administrators

May 10, 2010
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Senate Majority Works to Reform Antiquated Matrimonial Laws

Enhance the Integrity and Efficiency of Courtrooms, Facilitate  Equitable Settlements,

May 7, 2010
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Committee Meeting: Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Chair 12:30 PM, Monday, May 10, 2010 Room 612 LOB

May 10, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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Senator Hassell-Thompson to Hold Public Hearing Regarding No-Fault Divorce and Matrimonial Law Reform

Considering major reforms to New York’s matrimonial laws, Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson and Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson will hear testimony from leaders of New York’s Matrimonial Bar, State and local  Bar Associations, leading advocates for victims of domestic violence and the public regarding:

May 5, 2010
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May 4, 2010
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Senator Schneiderman, District Attorney Vance, Assemblyman Kellner Announce Major Reforms To Combat Public Corruption

On the eve of Reform Day in the Capitol, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., State Senator Eric Schneiderman and Assembly Member Micah Kellner today announced the introduction of the Public Corruption Prevention and Enforcement Act (S.7707), legislation to both prosecute and prevent public corruption in New York State.

May 4, 2010
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO PROPOSES LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN CHILD ENDANGERMENT LAWS

Legislation Would Create Felony Charges for Repeat Offenders & Cases Where Children Are Seriously

May 4, 2010
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News12: Officials put focus on gang violence

YONKERS - Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announced over the weekend she's working on several bills aimed specifically at dealing with the gang problem in Yonkers and the rest of New York State...

State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who joined Gillibrand to make the announcement in Yonkers, said she believes the combined efforts at the federal, state and local levels will allow local communities to get a handle on gang violence...

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April 29, 2010
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Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Discuss Gang And Gun Violence Prevention Efforts in the City of Yonkers

On Sunday, April 25th Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins joined Senator Kristen Gillibrand at the Yonkers YMCA to host a productive roundtable discussion with federal, State and County government officials, City Council Members and more than two dozen civic leaders, clergy members, community-based organization leaders, law enforcement officers and health and education professionals, on violent crime prevention through youth development and anti-gang initiatives in the City of Yonkers.

April 29, 2010
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After Rochester Man Is Cleared For Murder He Did Not Commit, Senator Schneiderman Renews Call For Wrongful Conviction Legislation

After Rochester Man Is Cleared For Murder He Did Not Commit, Senator Schneiderman Renews Call For Wrongful Conviction Legislation

NEW YORK – After 18 years in prison for a murder he did not commit, Frank Sterling was exonerated Wednesday. DNA evidence identified Mark Christie as the actual perpetrator of the 1988 murder of an elderly woman for which Sterling was convicted in 1992. According to the Innocence Project, Christie recently gave multiple detailed confessions that included facts that were not known to police or the public and have been backed up by prosecutors. Senator Eric Schneiderman, the Chair of the Codes Committee which oversees criminal justice policy, hailed the exoneration and renewed his push for wrongful conviction legislation that would preserve post-conviction DNA evidence and mandate electronic recording of entire interrogations. “Every time an innocent man is sent to prison, the real criminal is let off the hook. The exoneration of Frank Sterling is a wake up call to take action in order to prevent another wrongful conviction from happening again. Let’s not waste this opportunity to make New York’s criminal justice system more fair, reliable and just,” said Senator Eric Schneiderman. Last fall, Senator Schneiderman introduced the “Actual Innocence Act of 2009”  (S.5234). The bill creates a freestanding ground of “actual innocence” upon which a criminal court could grant a motion to vacate its prior conviction where a defendant is able to present “reliable and relevant” proof that “conclusively establishes” actual innocence of the crime of which he or she was convicted.

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April 29, 2010
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SENATOR STACHOWSKI SPONSORS RIGHT TO LIFE LOBBY DAY IN ALBANY

4/27/10

SENATOR STACHOWSKI SPONSORS RIGHT TO LIFE LOBBY DAY IN ALBANY

 Senator William T. Stachowski (D-C, Lake View), today sponsored the New York State Right To Life Committee’s 2010 Lobby For Life Day in Albany. 

 A bi-partisan, multi-faith and multi-cultural gathering of approximately 150 members of the statewide Right To Life Committee convened in Albany to listen to legislative leaders speak in support of the Committee’s positions before members proceeded to meet with state representatives.   

April 27, 2010
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Griffo Urges State AG to Probe Land Sale

(Albany) - Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-IP-C, Rome) today announced that he has written to State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo in support of an investigation into a recent Adirondack land purchase.

Griffo noted that in 2004, The Nature Conservancy bought a 20,000-acre tract of land for $6.3 million and sold the land to the state four years later for $9.8 million.

April 27, 2010
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Committee Meeting: Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Chair 12:30 PM, Monday, April 26, 2010 Room 612 LOB

The committee will consider the following nomination: Robert S. Kurtz, MD, as a Member of the Correction Medical Review Board.(re-appointment)

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April 26, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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A FASTER RESPONSE: MT. VERNON POLICE ENHANCE MOBILE COMMAND CENTER

 

Senator Klein, Mount Vernon Mayor and Mount Vernon Police Chief unveil newly upgraded Mobile Command Center to fight crime in Fleetwood

April 22, 2010
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Statement from Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson Regarding Shooting of Parole Officer

As Chairwoman of the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction, I was disturbed to hear of last Thursday's shooting incident in the downtown Brooklyn Office of the Division of Parole.  It is very alarming that anyone could enter the building without being scanned for a concealed weapon.

April 19, 2010
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