Issues: Domestic Violence

SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES NEW LAW TO TOUGHEN PENALTIES FOR CHILD ABUSERS

New Law Increases the Look-Back Period to Elevate Penalties for Assault on a Child Younger Than 11 Years Old

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently announced that legislation he supported enacting Jay-J’s Law, which allows for tougher penalties against offenders who have been convicted of repeatedly abusing a child, has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

July 31, 2013
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Senator O'Brien fixes loophole in sex offender registry

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Last week, Senator Ted O'Brien’s bill making it a felony for a convicted sex offender to provide a false address or other identifying information to law enforcement for the sex offender registry was passed. The bill received unanimous support in the New York State Senate.

June 28, 2013
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Senate Approves Women Equality Agenda

The New York State Senate passed an historic package of bills today that would ensure equal pay for women, strengthen laws against human trafficking, provide greater support and protection for victims of domestic violence, stop sexual harassment, and end discrimination of women in the workplace related to gender, pregnancy, and family status. 

June 21, 2013
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Video: "There Are No Excuses" for Failure to Vote on Gov. Cuomo's Women's Equality Act

Sen. Krueger joined colleagues from both houses to demand a vote on Gov. Cuomo's 10-point Women's Equality Act at a large rally held at the state capitol by the Women's Equality Coalition.

June 10, 2013
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Domestic Violence Women’s Rights and Criminal Justice Advocates to Hold Press Conference about Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act in Albany on June 5th

What:

Over 100 advocates from across the state will join in Albany on Wednesday, June 5th to lobby legislators to enact the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act (A.4314-B and S.3337-B), which would establish more compassionate sentencing for survivors convicted of crimes directly related to the abuse they suffered.

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June 4, 2013
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Senator Kennedy, Family of Jackie Wisniewski Push for Jackie’s Law

Jackie’s Law will make it a criminal offense to install a GPS tracking device with the intent to stalk or constantly follow the location or movement of another person. 

Prior to her death, Jackie found a GPS device installed on her car, tracking her whereabouts. 

Kennedy: Jackie’s Law will ensure anyone who uses a GPS device to stalk their victim ends up behind bars. Survivors of domestic violence are in dire need of this protection.

May 28, 2013
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Senate Passes Klein Bill Toughening Child Pornography Laws

ALBANY, NEW YORK – On Thursday, the New York State Senate passed legislation to impose harsher penalties against child pornographers, including increased prison time by way of consecutive sentences, as well as changing punishments from felonies to first degree crimes. The bill also extends protections to all children under the age of 18. Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) is the prime sponsor of the legislation.

The legislation (S2266), would amend current law with the following measures:

1) Ensure that criminals face longer periods in prison when charged with multiple crimes by imposing consecutive sentences;

2) Provide additional protection to minors by increasing the age benchmark of a child from 16 to 18 and;

May 22, 2013
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Senator Stavisky and Assemblymember Titus Present Domestic Violence Resolution to Advocates

(Queens , NY)  Senator Toby Ann Stavisky and Assemblymember Michele Titus stood on the steps of Queens Borough Hall and presented advocates for victims of domestic violence with a recently passed New York State Legislative Resolution. This resolution, A313/S1322, made April 22nd “Domestic Violence Awareness Day” in the State of New York, and as a part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

May 3, 2013
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Senator Michael Gianaris Pushes Women’s Equality Agenda

Senator Michael Gianaris stood with the National Organization for Women and his Democratic colleagues to voice support for the Women’s Equality Agenda, a 10-point proposal offered by Governor Cuomo. The Women’s Equality Agenda aims to protect women’s rights and end discrimination based on gender. Senator Gianaris believes its passage is essential as New York continues to lead the way forward on the issue of women’s rights.

“New York has a great history as a progressive leader when it comes to women's rights and it is imperative that we continue to lead the nation on this critical issue,” said Senator Gianaris.

“Attempts to roll back hard-fought victories for women's equality are sweeping the country and have proven that this fight is far from over. Passing the Women's Equality Agenda would enshrine in law a woman's right to control her own health care decisions and would be a signal that the women's equality effort continues to move forward, with New York State leading the way.”

April 25, 2013
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Department of Financial Services to Speek Resolution of Insurance Claims in Areas Affected by SANDY

The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.

February 27, 2013
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Sign Up to Support the Women's Equality Act Agenda

Governor Cuomo has proposed a comprehensive Women’s Equality Act, bringing together a number of key measures that have failed to move in Albany in the past, including protecting women's reproductive choice, achieving pay equity, stopping sexual harassment, and ending family status, source-of-income, and pregnancy discrimination.

This is a comprehensive and compelling agenda, but it needs your support.  Anti-choice advocates have mobilized in opposition to the reproductive health provisions of the governor’s proposal, and many other aspects of the proposal have long been obstructed by the business lobby.

Please sign up to support the Women's Equality Act agenda.Your support is vital to passing this long-overdue legislation and advancing the cause of equality in New York State.

February 6, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013
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Senator Dilan Announces Passage of Common Sense Gun Laws

Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) today announced that the New York State Senate has passed the most comprehensive gun control legislation in the country. The NY Safe Act was passed with unanimous support from the Democratic Conference and included multiple pieces of legislation previously sponsored by Democratic Senators.

“Following the recent tragedies in Webster, New York and Newtown, Connecticut, New Yorkers made it clear that the time to enact common-sense gun measures had come. With the passage of this comprehensive legislative package, New York is now the national standard in the continued fight to protect the public from the scourge of gun violence,” said Senator Dilan.

January 15, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Strengthening New York’s Domestic Violence Laws

A robust package of legislation was signed into law this week to improve the criminal justice system’s response to domestic violence while at the same time provide survivors with enhanced protections so they can more safely sever ties with their abusers.

The bill package addresses the recidivist nature of domestic violence by holding serial offenders more accountable for their behavior with the creation of a new crime and new considerations when determining bail, and creates a state-level Fatality Review Team to find new ways to prevent intimate partner homicides.

October 26, 2012
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State Senator Jose Peralta homes in on helping victims of domestic abuse

As reported by the New York Daily News:

ALBANY — A Queens state senator wants to make it easier for domestic violence victims to find affordable, permanent housing.

Sen. Jose Peralta introduced a bill Friday requiring the New York City Housing Authority to give priority for emergency housing to a wider range of victims.

Under NYCHA’s current program, priority is given to those who can prove through police, court or hospital documents that they were abused on at least two occasions.

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October 2, 2012
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KINGS COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY CHARLES J. HYNES RECEIVES A $103 THOUSAND GRANT FROM BROOKLYN STATE SENATOR MARTIN J. GOLDEN TO ENHANCE PROGRAMS FOR AT-RISK YOUTHS AND VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

 

Brooklyn, September 19, 2012 – Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes has received $103,000 in public protection funds from Brooklyn State Senator Martin J. Golden that will provide support the District Attorney’s existing alternative to incarceration programs for at-risk youths and to victims of domestic violence cases pending in Brooklyn’s Domestic Violence Court parts.

 

“Brooklyn is the only county in New York State with two separate Integrated Domestic Violence Courts,” said DA Hynes. “Thanks to this generous grant, for the first time, we will have one dedicated social worker who will not only assist victims in the two courtrooms, but will also form the bridge connecting the court parts to the Brooklyn Family Justice Center.”

 

September 19, 2012
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Senator to introduce new gun laws

New York Now wrote about the recently introduced gun laws that intend to reduce the amount of gun purchases and gun related crimes in New York.

August 9, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO SECURES STATE FUNDING FOR AMITYVILLE & FREEPORT POLICE DEPARTMENTS TO PROVIDE ENHANCED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TRAINING TO OFFICERS

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that he has secured state funding for the Amityville and Freeport Police Departments to provide enhanced domestic violence training to their officers.

     “Domestic violence affects families all across Long Island. It’s a serious crime which can leave both physical and emotional scars on its victims. Through this funding, the Amityville and Freeport Police Departments will be able to provide their officers with enhanced training dealing specifically with domestic violence, so that they can better protect victims and put domestic abusers behind bars,” said Senator Fuschillo.

August 7, 2012
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SENATOR GIANARIS AIMS TO MAKE NEW YORK TOUGHEST STATE ON GUNS

Introduces proposals strengthening state’s gun control laws

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris is working to improve public safety and better protect New Yorkers from gun violence by introducing a series of bills to strengthen the state’s gun control laws. His package of bills are based on criteria established by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence which ranks each state according to the strength of its gun control laws. Currently, New York ranks fourth in the country. The passage of Senator Gianaris’s package of bills, however, would make New York first in the nation for having the toughest gun control laws.

August 5, 2012
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