Issues: Domestic Violence

Kennedy, Peoples-Stokes, Wisniewski Family Call for GPS Stalking Bill, Known as Jackie’s Law, to be Signed into Law

Legislation Prompted by Jackie Wisniewski’s Story Now Awaits Governor’s Signature to Become Law.

Prior to her death, Jackie found a GPS device installed on her car, tracking her whereabouts. Legislation passed by Kennedy and Peoples-Stokes updates NY’s stalking laws to crackdown on GPS stalking.

This legislation aims to combat domestic violence – in 2012 over 6,300 Erie County residents became victims of domestic violence, and over 4,000 of those victims were women.

July 17, 2014
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Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014
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Senator Zeldin Strengthens Protections for Victims of Sexual Violence

June 16, 2014

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kara Cumoletti (518) 455-3570 cumolett@nysenate.gov

 

June 16, 2014
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Senator Parker Interviews Gwen Wright, Executive Director, NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo appointed Gwen Wright as the Executive Director of the state’s Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence in September 2013. 

Ms. Wright had been with the agency for 20 years at the time of her appointment, serving in many capacities, most recently as Director of Human Services and Prevention.

Senator Parker interviews Ms. Wright on the office's services, latest initiatives and how her office can form coalitions to further prevent domestic violence or support victims.

For more information, visit www.OPDV.ny.gov, or call 518-457-5800.

 

 

May 29, 2014
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Domestic Violence Victims See Delays in Pursuit of Permanent Housing

As reported by WNBC News:

Nearly one-third of New York City’s homeless population are victims of domestic violence who have made the difficult decision to walk away from a bad situation. But when they turn to the city for help, some say they’re facing risky, sometimes life-threatening red tape. Government Affairs Reporter Melissa Russo reports.

To view full video, click here.

May 27, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Meets with Representatives from Safe Homes of Orange County

Senator Bonacic met with representatives from Safe Homes of Orange County in Albany.  They discussed issues and legislation that concerns individuals and families affected by domestic violence. With the Senator are (l to r) Alex Bosell; Shelter Mananager, Jill Rothschild; Cynthia Hernandez; and Director of Programs and Services, Sarita Green

May 2, 2014
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Senator Valesky Wears White Ribbon to Raise Awareness about Domestic Violence

Senator David Valesky, with Senator John DeFrancisco, wears a white ribbon in support of Vera House and its campaign to raise awareness about domestic and sexual abuse.

April 2, 2014
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SENATOR VALESKY HAILS PASSAGE OF FOURTH CONSECUTIVE ON-TIME STATE BUDGET

ALBANY, NY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today lauded the passage of the state’s fourth and historic consecutive on-time budget. This has not been accomplished with the same Governor and legislative leaders in more than 40 years.

April 1, 2014
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Senator Stavisky Commends Governor Cuomo for Approving Expanded Powers to Family and Criminal Courts to Combat Domestic Violence

Flushing, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) commended Governor Cuomo for signing into law a bill which empowers family and criminal courts to order domestic abusers to return financial control and credit and debit cards to protected parties.

 

December 27, 2013
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AAMW Domestic Violence Workshop

On Saturday, December 7th, Senator Stewart-Cousins spoke at the African American Men of Westchester's Annual Domestic Violence workshop in White Plains. The Seminar brought about 75 young men from Westchester together to increase awareness about domestic violence, take part in confidence-building exercises and learn how to identify stereotypes of women and men. Senator Stewart-Cousins praised the participants for attending and encouraged them to act as ambassadors to their friends in order to help end the cycle of domestic violence.

December 10, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ENCOURAGES DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS TO REGISTER FOR LIFE-SAVING ALERTS

SAVIN System Notifies Victims When Orders of Protection are Served

October 23, 2013
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RITCHIE CUTS RIBBON ON NEW VICTIMS ASSISTANCE CENTER SHELTER

State Senator Patty Ritchie joined Victims Assistance Center of Jefferson County staff and board members as well as local community members recently to cut the ribbon on the organization’s new shelter.

Serving the community since 1979, the Victims Assistance Center assists and provides direct services to victims of violence and crime in Jefferson County. 

October 23, 2013
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An Important Message on Domestic Violence: "NO MORE!"

Since 1987, our nation has observed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  This year, a number of celebrities, athletes, corporate leaders, and concerned advocates have joined forces in the battle against domestic violence with a dramatic new series of public service announcements that feature the NO MORE symbol, the first unified branding symbol (like the pink breast cancer ribbon) related to this important issue.

Along with raising public awareness, I wanted to let you know what I'm doing here in New York to help protect women and families, and to ensure that domestic violence offenders are appropriately punished for their crimes.  

October 16, 2013
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'Wear Purple Day' on October 16th highlights state's annual 'Shine the Light' campaign to prevent domestic violence ~ Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes, Inc. holding awareness walk in downtown Penn Yan on Saturday, October 19th

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence is conducting New York's annual "Shine the Light on Domestic Violence" public awareness campaign, including today's "Wear Purple Day."

Find out more from the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence.

Read Senator O'Mara's weekly column for the week of October 14, 2013, "No More".

October 16, 2013
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Senator Kennedy: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month; Commitment to Domestic Violence Prevention Must Remain Strong Every Month, All Year.

To recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Senator Kennedy reiterates urgent need to pass Jackie’s Law and enact new initiatives to “break the cycle” of domestic violence.

October 11, 2013
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Senator O'Brien recognizes "Domestic Violence Awareness Month"

 

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Today, Senator Ted O’Brien joined Alternatives for Battered Women, the Rochester and Monroe County Domestic Violence Consortium and other local elected officials in recognizing October as “Domestic Violence Awareness Month.”

“Domestic and dating violence is a scourge that must be confronted and eliminated,” Senator O’Brien said. “Throughout their lifetimes, domestic and dating violence will affect 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men, and many incidents continue to go unreported. We must continue to insist that such violence will not be tolerated in our community.”

“I was proud to support the Domestic and Dating Violence Housing Rights law during my time in the Monroe County Legislature, and in the State Senate, fight for

October 8, 2013
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Strengthening Women's Rights in New York

For the second year in a row, I am proud to report that the New York State Senate passed its Women's Equality Agenda, a momentous package of bills to further protect and ensure the rights of women in New York.

These landmark measures will empower women and break down barriers that perpetuate violence, discrimination, and inequality.

Unbelievably though, the State Assembly left Albany without even bothering to vote on these important bills, and they can't become law until the Assembly acts. We need YOUR help to move the Assembly to action!

September 18, 2013
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