Issues: Crime

SENATE PASSES BILL IMPOSING JAIL TIME ON MULTIPLE DWI OFFENDERS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed a measure on June 16th that would impose mandatory jail time for individuals who chose to drive again under the influence of drugs or alcohol after having been previously convicted of such a crime. The bill (S.2597) is intended to increase the penalties for multiple DWI offenders.

Under the measure:

* Drunk drivers convicted of two DWI crimes within ten years would be guilty of a Class E felony, face up to four years in jail and/or a fine between $1,000-$5,000, and receive a mandatory minimum jail sentence of 30 days.

June 17, 2011
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Legislative Gazette: Legislators Want to Come Down Hard on Serial Domestic Abusers

With the end of the legislative session approaching, Sen. Daniel Squadron, D-Carroll Gardens, and Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, D-Manhattan, are stepping up efforts to pass legislation they introduced in January (S.1510/A.1986) that would toughen domestic violence laws by creating a new felony charge of "aggravated domestic violence" for repeat offenders who might only face a low-level misdemeanor charge under the existing statutes.

June 17, 2011
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SENATE PASSES EXPANSION OF DNA DATABANK

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed a bill (S.5560) on June 16th that significantly expands the ability of law enforcement to solve crimes by requiring those convicted of all felonies and misdemeanors to submit DNA samples.

The bill would greatly enhance the DNA database to protect communities by keeping more criminals off the streets, while also reducing the financial costs and victims’ emotional strain by solving more crimes in an expeditious manner.

June 17, 2011
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Senate Passes Bill Creating Crime of Environmental Damage

-Senator Robach's Legislation in Response to Crime at RG&E's Russell Station in 2010 -

Late last year, you might remember the theft of copper and releasing oil from a spare transformer at Rochester Gas and Electric’s Russell Station property. Not only was there 4,800 gallons of oil drained at this location, but there was also hundreds of thousands of dollars in clean up costs associated. Shortly after this crime, I introduced legislation that would criminalize intentional or reckless damage to the environment done in the course of committing another crime. Late last night, the New York State Senate passed this legislation, bill S702A. You can read the summary of the bill below:

BILL NUMBER: S702A

 

SPONSOR: ROBACH

June 17, 2011
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GALLIVAN, SENATE PASS EXPANSION OF DNA DATABANK

All Criminal Convictions Would Require Submission of DNA Sample

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan announced yesterday that State Senate has taken another definitive step towards making our communities safer, passing legislation (S.5560) that significantly expands the ability of law enforcement to solve crimes by requiring those convicted of all felonies and misdemeanors to submit DNA samples.

The bill would greatly enhance the DNA database, protecting communities by keeping more criminals off the streets, while also reducing the financial costs and victims’ emotional strain by solving crimes more expeditiously.

June 17, 2011
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Senate Increases Penalties for DWI Recidivists

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said  today that the Senate passed a measure on June 16 that imposes mandatory jail time for individuals who choose to drive again under the influence of drugs or alcohol after having been previously convicted of such a crime. The bill (S.2597) is intended to increase the penalties for multiple DWI offenders.

“It is critical to the safety of motorists that we do our best to ensure that those who endanger the lives of others are kept off the road,” said Senator LaValle.  “This measure will protect the public from drunk drivers by giving law enforcement additional tools to effectively prosecute recidivist drunk drivers.”

Under the measure:

June 17, 2011
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Family Members Seek Justice For The Wrongfully Convicted

Senator Gianaris for years has been advocating for a "Peace Commission" to review the cases of potentially wrongfully convicted individuals in order to decrease the number of cases of wrongful conviction in New York.

Dozens of family members stood on the steps of City Hall Thursday, shouting the names of related prisoners that they say have been locked up for no reason.

"I know he is innocent, and that's what hurts," said Louis Holmes, father of a current inmate.

Family members and activists say Albany leaders need to form what they called an "Innocence Commission," a panel with subpoena powers to investigate the cases of inmates who claim they're not guilty and should be set free.

June 17, 2011
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Senate Passes Bill Imposing Jail Time on Multiple DWI Offenders

The New York State Senate today passed a measure that would impose mandatory jail time for individuals who chose to drive again under the influence of drugs or alcohol after having been previously convicted of such a crime. The bill (S.2597) is sponsored by Senator Charles Fuschillo (R- Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, and is intended to increase the penalties for multiple DWI offenders.

June 16, 2011
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SENATE PASSES EXPANSION OF DNA DATABANK

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I – Port Jefferson) said the Senate passed a bill (S.5560) today that significantly expands the ability of law enforcement to solve crimes by requiring those convicted of all felonies and misdemeanors to submit DNA samples.

The measure is supported by the District Attorneys across the state, crime victims’ advocates and Governor Andrew Cuomo.

“This  bill would greatly enhance the DNA database and protect communities by keeping more criminals off the streets, while also reducing the financial costs and victims’ emotional strain by solving more crimes in an expeditious manner,” said LaValle,  “for New Yorkers throughout the state, this legislation will provide an additional layer of safety.”

June 16, 2011
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Senate Passes Expansion of DNA Databank

The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.5560) that significantly expands the ability of law enforcement to solve crimes by requiring those convicted of all felonies and misdemeanors to submit DNA samples. The measure, sponsored by Senator Stephen Saland (R-I-C, Poughkeepsie), is supported by the District Attorneys across the state, crime victims’ advocates and Governor Andrew Cuomo. The bill would greatly enhance the DNA database to protect communities by keeping more criminals off the streets, while also reducing the financial costs and victims’ emotional strain by solving more crimes in an expeditious manner.

June 16, 2011
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Senate Passes Renee's Law

The New York State Senate today passed “Renee’s Law,” which would help protect staff of the state’s youth residential programs and ensure appropriate placement of youth based on their criminal history. The bill (S.5565), co-sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C – Olean) and Senator George Maziarz (R,C – Newfane), was prompted by the brutal 2009 murder of Renee Greco committed by youth in her care. Renee Greco was only 24-years-old when she was bludgeoned to death while supervising troubled teenagers at a group home in Lockport, Niagara County.  

June 15, 2011
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NYS Senator Eric Adams' Safety Video Is Used To Assist Parents Outside Of NY State

Due to recent violent events in Atlantic County, a series of town-hall meetings will be held in hopes to combat violence with help from the public.  Read the article here.

June 15, 2011
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN LAW ON TEXT MESSAGING WHILE DRIVING

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C – Port Jefferson) said the Senate today passed a bill (S.5643) 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 represents an agreement with the State Assembly which is also expected to act on the legislation today. 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.

June 14, 2011
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LaValle: Senate Toughens Sex Offender Laws

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C, - Port Jefferson) said the Senate today passed additional restrictions for sex offenders to help protect children and families. The four bills strengthen the penalties for not registering as a sex offender or following other post-release conditions, expand the current registry to include certain criminals serving sentences after committing a sex offense as a result of mental disease or defect, and prevent sex offenders from preying upon mental health workers and patrons in library settings.

June 14, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO PROTECT COMMUNITIES FROM SEX OFFENDERS

    The New York State Senate today passed additional restrictions for sex offenders to help protect children and families. The four bills strengthen the penalties for not registering as a sex offender or following other post-release conditions, expand the current registry to include certain criminals serving sentences after committing a sex offense as a result of mental disease or defect, and prevent sex offenders from preying upon mental health workers and patrons in library settings.

June 14, 2011
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June 14, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Announces Passage of Comprehensive Ethics Reform Legislation

Kennedy co-sponsors legislation, bill passes Senate by a vote of 61-0

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced the New York State Senate has passed comprehensive ethics reform legislation, which takes steps to finally bring real change to Albany.

The Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011 – which Senator Kennedy co-sponsored – unanimously passed the Senate by a vote of 61-0. The Assembly also passed the legislation, which now awaits the Governor’s signature to become law.

June 13, 2011
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SENATORS ADVOCATE FOR CRIMINALIZING IMPROPER TRANSFER AND INAPPROPRIATE POSSESSION OF NON-CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES

Health Chair Senator Kemp Hannon, and Codes Chair Senator Stephen Saland joined with drug enforcement investigators and prosecutors today during a public hearing to discuss proposed legislation (S. 5260-A Hannon) which would criminalize the improper transfer and inappropriate possession of non-controlled substances and the subsequent effects on Medicaid expenditures and public health.

June 9, 2011
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