Issues: Judiciary

Qns. bridge shops sue city after multiple crashes

The New York Post reports on a lawsuit filed against the city by two store front owners who claim that faulty traffic planning has resulted in multiple incidents of cars plowing into their storefronts.

Two Queens shops shuttered after out-of-control cars plowed into their storefronts not once but twice — and within just nine days of each other — have filed a $1 million lawsuit, blaming a 59th Street Bridge exit ramp.

Espinal Caribbean Restaurant II had been open four years in Long Island City when the first crash happened in March 2011.

“It was a major setback and years of work evaporated,’’ owner Tony Espinal said. “But then the second crash!

May 2, 2012
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SENATE PASSES SEX ABUSE PREVENTION BILLS

Measures Increase Penalties, Enhance Community Notification and Protection

 The New York State Senate today passed a package of eight bills to prevent sexual predators from obtaining access to potential victims and help law enforcement and communities keep track of their whereabouts. The bills will help increase the amount of information available about convicted sex offenders and seeks to prevent them from obtaining access to vulnerable individuals.

May 1, 2012
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Village Voice: Courts Will Stop Selling Information that Landlords Use in 'Tenant Blacklists'

 

Working with a coalition of fellow elected officials and tenants' advocates, Liz announced a victory in the fight against tenant blacklisting this week.

April 27, 2012
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Victory for Tenants: Sen. Krueger Announces Courts to End Electronic Sale of Housing Court Data Used in “Tenant Blacklists”

New York State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) today announced that the New York State Office of Court Administration will take a key step to end the practice known as “tenant blacklisting.” In a letter, Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti confirmed to Sen. Krueger that the names of individuals named as parties in housing court actions will no longer be sold in electronic form by the New York State Unified Court System as of June 1, 2012. Information regarding individual cases will continue to be available through the Unified Civil Courts’ eCourts website and in the Housing Court clerks’ offices. 

April 26, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Judiciary Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Judiciary Senator John J. Bonacic, Chair 9:30 AM, Tuesday, May 1, 2012 Room 510 LOB

May 1, 9:30 AM - 9:34 AM
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Albany, land of legal scandals

The New York Daily News talks about the lawsuit challenging the Senate Republicans' proposal to add a 63rd state Senate seat and describes how the addition of a seat is flagrantly biased. Although a Manhattan Supreme Court Justice called the Senate Republicans' proposal "disturbing," he declared there was not enough evidence to prove that the scheme was illegal. Senator Gianaris says that State Democrats maintain the proposal is unconstitutional, which is why they have appealed the judges ruling.

Congratulations to Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Richard Braun for boiling everything that’s wrong with New York’s poisonous politics down to the essence.

 

April 18, 2012
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Sex Attack Suspect Sought

The Queens Gazette investigates the recent attack on a 30-year old woman in Sunnyside by a man who is suspected to be involved in similar attacks in Jackson Heights.

Queens detectives are trying to determine if a man who stalked and groped a 30-year-old Sunnyside woman early Sunday morning, is the same suspect sought in connection with a series of recent attacks in Jackson Heights.

 

The victim in the Easter Sunday attack told investigators the man followed her when she exited a nearby No. 7 train at about 5:45 a.m. on April 8.

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April 18, 2012
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Governor Cuomo in Syracuse to Discuss Budget

I was pleased to join Governor Cuomo in discussing budget accomplishments for Central New York. Click the link for more details.

File: 
Gov Cuomo CNY Budget Presentation.pdf

April 5, 2012
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Senator Gallivan Addresses 2012 State Budget In Video Message

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) speaks to the taxpayers and families of Western New York concerning the just enacted 2012 State Budget.

April 4, 2012
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State Passes Fiscally Responsible Budget That Respects Taxpayers

Budget Comes Early, Controls Spending and Holds The Line On Taxes

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan hailed the 2012 state budget today as lawmakers approved the spending plan ahead of the April 1st deadline, marking the second consecutive year New York State will enact an on-time budget.

“Passing a second on-time budget in as many years is indicative of the larger progress we’ve seen lately in Albany. Just as late budgets were once a symbol of dysfunction, on-time budgets are symbolic of continued progress,” the Senator said. “Even more important than passing an on-time budget, is that we passed a fiscally responsible budget that respects New York’s taxpayers and keeps the State moving forward.”

April 3, 2012
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Judge set to hear suit on extra Senate seat

The Queens Campaigner reports on the lawsuit filed by citizens and state Senator Martin Dilan, which disputes the addition of a 63rd state Senate seat. Senator Gianaris is optimisitc that the lawsuit will succeed and that we will have one more chance at fair and transparent district lines.

Queens politicians expect a lawsuit challenging the creation of a 63rd state Senate seat to be decided next month, and state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) will then decide in which district she will run.

The suit was filed in January by a group of citizens and state Sen. Martin Dilan (D-Brooklyn), and if State Supreme Court Judge Richard Braun rules next month that creating an extra seat violates the state Constitution, then the lines might have to be redrawn.

March 30, 2012
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Astoria dissected by Albany redistricting: Gianaris

An article by Times Ledger discusses the new state Senate and congressional district lines, which have met criticism from lawmakers.

Astoria lawmakers said they were disappointed by the new congressional and state Senate district lines, which splits the neighborhood across two districts.

 

“The maps are horrible,” said Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria). “They divide communities that should not be divided, including Astoria.”

 

Both of the new maps slice off part of the north section of Astoria above Ditmars Boulevard.

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March 30, 2012
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Governor Cuomo and Legislative Leaders Announce Agreement on 2012-13 State Budget

Governor Cuomo released the following announcement on March 27, 2012:

The Budget continues the Governor’s commitment to fiscal responsibility while creating jobs and strengthening communities across the state. It closes a multi-billion dollar deficit with no new taxes, fees or gimmicks, limits spending growth to two percent or below for the second year in a row, and launches the New York Works Task Force to invest billions of dollars to rebuild the state's roads, bridges, parks, and other infrastructure and create tens of thousands of jobs.

March 29, 2012
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Gianaris Bill Opposes Police Quotas

The Queens Gazette reports on a new bill proposed by Senator Gianaris, which opposes Police Department quota requirements.

Addressing a very sensitive area of police-public relations, state Senator Michael Gianaris has proposed a bill opposing Police Department quota requirements.

 

“The use of quotas puts undue pressure on our police force and results in too many unwarranted arrests and tickets,” Gianaris explained as he released the legislation.

 

“Raising the penalty for the imposition of quotas would deter the practice and ensure that police activity is conducted for public safety first and foremost,” the Astoria lawmaker added.

 

March 28, 2012
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Gallivan Introduces "Scaffold Law" Reform Bill At Albany Press Conference

Joined By Supporters, Gallivan Seeks To Make New York Friendlier to Job Creation and Economic Growth

March 27, 2012
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3/18/12 Ch.7 Up Close with Diana Williams

This is a YouTube video of Senator Gianaris' interview with Assemblymember Jeffries on Up Close with Diana Williams, which aired on Sunday.

Watch the video here.

March 22, 2012
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Senator Gianaris Speaks on Bill Establishing New District Lines

This is a YouTube video of Senator Gianaris speaking on the Senate floor on the bill establishing new district lines. 

Watch the video here

March 22, 2012
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State Lawmakers, Government Watchdog Discuss Albany All-Nighter

NY1 posted a video that features Senator Gianaris and his discussion of the "Albany All-Nighter."

Watch the video here

March 19, 2012
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Grading the Redistricting Amendment

Politicker wrote an editorial about Professor Gerry Benjamin, expert on the mechanisms of government, and the C- grade he gave to the new Redistricting Amendment.

Professor Gerry Benjamin, an expert on the mechanisms of government at State University of New York at New Paltz, was asked by Citizens’ Committee for an Effective Constitution to take a look at Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature’s much-touted redistricting amendment and grade it point-by-point against what a truly independent amendment would look like.

 

Unsurprisingly, he found it wanting. He gave the amendment a ‘C-’ overall on an ‘A’ through ‘F’ scale.

 

March 19, 2012
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Gianaris Shove It

This video captures Senator Gianaris' closing remarks during Senate session, in which the agreed-upon redistricting maps were under dispute. 

Watch the video here

March 19, 2012
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