Issues: Crime

Seward Joins Task Force To Fight Rising Heroin Epidemic

ALBANY, 03/17/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced that he was named to the newly created Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. The task force will examine the rise in use of heroin and other opioids in New York State and develop recommendations for treating and preventing addiction. 

“Heroin use has reached epidemic proportions,” said Senator Seward. “Law enforcement resources are being stretched thin, public health costs are skyrocketing, and lives are being lost. Heroin is infiltrating all social, economic, and geographic sectors of our state and we need to take definitive action to halt this ugly trend.” 

March 17, 2014
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Senate Majority Coalition Announces Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction

Senate Majority Coalition Co-Leaders Dean Skelos and Jeffrey Klein today announced the creation of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction to examine the rise in use of heroin and other opioids in New York State and develop recommendations for treating and preventing addiction.

March 17, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Toughen Carjacking Penalties When a Child is Inside the Vehicle

The New York State Senate this week passed legislation, sponsored by Senate Majority Coalition Co-Leader Dean Skelos, that would increase criminal penalties for carjacking when a child under the age of 16 is present in the vehicle. The bill (S1905), would make it a class B felony, punishable by up to 25 years in prison.   

March 14, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Announces Senate Approval of Bill to Toughen Carjacking Penalties When Child is Inside Vehicle

Bill cosponsored by Kennedy to strengthen penalties for carjacking vehicles when a child is inside passes Senate just weeks after Buffalo incident when SUV was stolen with 11-year-old boy in back seat.

March 13, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction  Senator Patrick Gallivan, Chair  10:00 AM, Wednesday, March 26, 2014  Room 946A LOB

March 26, 10:00 AM - 10:07 AM
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Public Hearing: Joint Budget Legislative General Conference Committee: Topic "Public Protection"

Public Protection / Criminal Justice / JudiciaryHearing Room A

March 17, 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
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SENATE PASSES AVELLA SEXUAL PREDATOR BILL

This time, allowing the Assembly plenty of time to pass the bill prior to end of session

March 12, 2014
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Senator Marchione stands up for public safety

During a press conference held in Albany today, Senator Kathy Marchione again stood with the public safety professionals of NYSCOPBA and continued her call to keep Mt. McGregor Correctional Facility open. Since July of 2013, Senator Marchione has publicly advocated for keeping Mt. McGregor open to ensure public safety and proect local jobs.

March 11, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Prevent Drug Dealers From Preying on Children

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to increase penalties for drug dealers who sell to children.

March 5, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Help Prevent Environmental Crimes

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would prosecute those who intentionally or recklessly damage the environment while committing another crime.

March 5, 2014
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Senator Montgomery Commends Reverend Vivian Nixon for Her Outstanding Leadership in Higher Education

LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commending Reverend Vivian Nixon upon the occasion of being honored in conjunction with Women's History Month 2014 in the State of New York

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize and pay tribute to those women of achievement within the Empire State who have made strong contributions to their communities and who inspire others through their model citizenship; and

WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its longstanding traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to commend Reverend Vivian Nixon upon the occasion of being honored in conjunction with Women's History Month 2014 in the State of New York; and

March 5, 2014
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Senator Montgomery Honors Outstanding Contributions of Elizabeth Gaynes During Women's History Month 2014

LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commending Elizabeth Gaynes upon the occasion of being honored in conjunction with Women's History Month 2014 in the State of New York

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize and pay tribute to those women of achievement within the Empire State who have made strong contributions to their communities and who inspire others through their model citizenship; and

WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to commend Elizabeth Gaynes upon the occasion of being honored in conjunction with Women's History Month 2014 in the State of New York; and

March 5, 2014
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Senator Griffo Column #9: No Taxpayer Dollars For Free College Educations For Inmates

Gov. Cuomo’s proposal to use taxpayer dollars to provide a college education to state prisoners has provoked a lot of passionate responses from my constituents.

I don’t support the proposal and my reasoning is two-fold.

First, it’s not appropriate to offer a benefit to an inmate that we don’t also offer to every law-abiding student who is eligible for college. I don’t support initiatives that make prison more attractive to criminals, because people shouldn’t be rewarded for breaking the law.

February 27, 2014
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Griffo Opposes Free College Education for Inmates

UTICA – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo today reiterated his opposition to state prisoners receiving “extreme amenities,” which includes Gov. Cuomo’s proposal to use state funds to educate prisoners at no cost to the recipient.

“Prison is supposed to be a punishment for wrongdoing, not a Club Med where your family can visit anytime and your health issues and education are taken care of at zero cost,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “I have opposed measures that provide perks to prisoners – some of which ordinary New Yorkers don’t even receive – and will continue to do so in the future.”

February 24, 2014
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Senator Parker Applauds Gov. Cuomo’s Initiative to Reduce Recidivism

(Brooklyn, NY)  - “I believe Governor Cuomo’s progressive move to dramatically reduce New York State’s 40 percent prison recidivism rate is exactly the type of forward thinking move New York needs,” said Senator Kevin Parker. “Resurrecting New York’s historic policy of providing incarcerated individuals with the opportunity to earn a college degree in prisons across New York is a good investment in reducing recidivism and creates a pathway away from crime for prison inmates.“

February 20, 2014
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NO Free College For Prisoners

ONEONTA, 02/20/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today voiced his opposition to Governor Cuomo’s proposal to provide free college educations for prison inmates:

“I talk to parents and high school students on a regular basis and one of their top concerns is college. Our young people study, stress over test scores, and work extremely hard just to gain entrance to the schools of their choice. Meanwhile, their parents scrimp, save, sacrifice, and, in many cases, take on extra jobs and loads to help with tuition bills. I can’t imagine telling these hard-working families that while they are doing everything right, a criminal sitting in a jail cell is being handed an opportunity their children don’t have.

February 20, 2014
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Four Year Old Shooting Victim, Luisito Oyola Jr., Stands with Senate Co-Leader Klein and Assemblyman Sepulveda to Announce “Luisito’s Law,” New Legislation Aimed at Curbing Gun Violence Across New York

Vidalia Park, Bronx, NY -- Six months after a gunman’s bullet shot through the arm of toddler Luis “Luisito” Oyola Jr., the brave young Bronxite and his family returned to scene of shooting with Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and Assemblyman Luis Sepulvelda (D-Bronx) to announce new anti-gun violence legislation named in his honor.

February 19, 2014
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Statement from State Senator Gustavo Rivera on Governor Cuomo's Proposal to Fund College Degree Programs for Prisoners

"In my time as an elected official, I have strongly advocated that our state's incarcerated population - as part of their rehabilitation -  has the resources and tools necessary to successfully re-enter into society," said State Senator Gustavo Rivera. "Investing in education, particularly for those New Yorkers in the penal system, lays the groundwork for a better future, increased work opportunities, lowers recidivism and will not only decrease crime in our communities, but will cost the taxpayers less money.

February 18, 2014
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SENATOR GALLIVAN WORKING WITH LOCAL SUPERVISORS TO IMPROVE SEX OFFENDER NOTIFICATION LAWS

"Protecting citizens, especially our most vulnerable, is a basic requirement of government at every level. After having spoken with town supervisors and local law enforcement extensively, I share their concerns that placing level 2 and 3 sex offenders in state operated residential group homes jeopardizes the quality of life for West Seneca, Scottsville and other western New York residents, and the safety of area children, while violating the spirit of New York’s sex offender notification laws, if not their letter."

February 13, 2014
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