Issues: Domestic Violence

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 6, 2012
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SUFFOLK COUNTY COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE THANKS SENATOR FUSCHILLO FOR SUPPORTING PROGRAMS TO ASSIST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS

     Photo caption: Suffolk County Coalition Against Domestic Violence Executive Director Jo Anne Mitidieri Sanders (center) and Co-President Eric Fishon (left) present Senator Fuschillo (right) with a picture drawn by one of the children who have been helped by the Coalition’s programs. The picture was presented to Senator Fuschillo as token of gratitude for helping fund the Coalition’s victim assistance programs.

     Members from the Suffolk County Coalition Against Domestic Violence recently met with Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) to thank him for supporting assistance programs for victims of domestic violence.

July 26, 2012
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SALAND SECURES DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FUNDS FOR DUTCHESS

County Executive, Legislature Chairman “grateful” for the Senator’s Commitment to Help Victims, Prosecute Offenders

Senator Stephen Saland (R,I - 41st District), working closely with Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro and Legislature Chairman Robert Rolison, was able to secure state funding in the 2012-13 budget that will be used to further address the epidemic of domestic violence.

July 11, 2012
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Local Domestic Violence Programs Receive State Grants

ALBANY, 07/05/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) announced today that local domestic violence programs would be receiving direct, unrestricted grants through the state senate.

“These community programs provide vital services for those in dire need,” said Senator Seward.  “The U.S. Surgeon General has identified domestic violence as the number one health problem affecting American women.  Providing help to vulnerable individuals, who often have nowhere else to turn, is essential.”

The funding was set aside in the 2012-2013 state budget.

Program - Funding Amount

July 5, 2012
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End of the 2012 Legislative Session

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: June 29, 2012Contact: Bryant G. Gaspard | gaspard@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

**PRESS RELEASE**

Senator Huntley Commemorates the End of the 2012 Legislative Session While Urging More Progressive Growth for the Future

As the 2012 Legislative Session came to a close last week, Senator Huntley (D-Jamaica) and the Democratic Conference highlighted some great accomplishments made this year while also emphasizing the essential work that still has left to be done.

June 29, 2012
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2012 Session - Solutions & Accountability

ALBANY, 06/21/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the close of the 2012 legislative session:

“Albany is results driven once again and for that reason there were plenty of notable accomplishments during the 2012 legislative session.  We focused on solutions and accountability.

 “For a second consecutive year we passed an on-time state budget that kept spending in check, rejected new taxes and fees, funds the reconstruction of our upstate roads and bridges and funnels additional education aid to our neediest rural schools. 

June 21, 2012
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June 19, 2012
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SENATOR HASSELL-THOMPSON URGES GOVERNOR TO SIGN BILL EXTENDING STAY AT DV SHELTERS

            A bill  passed by the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly would extend the length of stay for families seeking refuge in a domestic violence shelter to 180 days, an increase of 45 days over the current law.

June 18, 2012
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Senator Valesky Co-Sponsors Legislation to Strengthen Domestic Violence Legislation

The State Senate unanimously passed co-sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) to protect victims of domestic violence and increases penalties against abusers. 

June 13, 2012
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June 12, 2012
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SENATE PASSES DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LEGISLATION

Bill Represents Three-Way Agreement

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that will protect victims of domestic violence and establish stronger criminal penalties to punish individuals who commit acts of domestic violence.

The bill (S7638), sponsored by Senator Steve Saland (R-I-C, Poughkeepsie), Chairman of the Senate Codes Committee, and co-sponsored by Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) represents a three-way agreement among the Senate, Governor Cuomo and the Assembly. It includes several important provisions included in bills that have already passed the Senate this year, such as bail reforms and increased penalties for domestic violence crimes.

June 12, 2012
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Senate Passes Domestic Violence Legislation

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that will protect victims of domestic violence and establish stronger criminal penalties to punish individuals who commit acts of domestic violence. The bill (S7638), sponsored by Senator Steve Saland (R-I-C, Poughkeepsie), Chairman of the Senate Codes Committee, represents a three-way agreement among the Senate, Governor Cuomo and the Assembly.  It includes several important provisions included in bills that have already passed the Senate this year, such as bail reforms and increased penalties for domestic violence crimes.

June 12, 2012
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