Issues: Judiciary

Dems Hopeful Court Ruling Will Favor Them During Redistricting

Senator Gianaris was on YNN’s Capital Tonight with Liz Benjamin to discuss Nassau County’s redistricted lines, which were recently overturned by the Court of Appeals.

September 2, 2011
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GOP gets slammed in LI redistricting

Capitol Confidential wrote about Nassau's overruled district lines, which exemplifies New York's need for a bipartisan redistricting process.

Senate Democrats are already hailing this as a precursor for the broader statewide redistricting battle. That remains to be seen, but today’s Court of Appeals ruling against the Republican-dominated plan for redistricting the Nassau County legislature is a defeat for the GOP.

Dems also note that this is quite a defeat for the GOP’s election lawyer, John Ciampoli.

More than a half million Nassau Co. residents would have been in new districts, they noted.

Senate Democratic spokesman Mike Murphy issued the following statement. Below that is the opinion.

August 30, 2011
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Court Of Appeals Rejects Nassau County Lines

State of Politics wrote about a Court of Appeals rejection of Nassau county district lines. Legislative district lines must not be drawn in a manipulated, partisan manner.

A Court of Appeals decision for Nassau County could have statewide implications for the redrawing of legislatively boundaries next year.

Or, at least that’s what Senate Democrats hope.

The Court of Appeals ruled 7-2 7-0, with two judges dissenting in part (whoops!), this morning rejected boundaries drawn by the Nassau County Legislature, which the judges claim ignored a three-step process as laid out in a county charter.

August 30, 2011
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Public Hearing: To discuss the potential of a constitutional amendment relating to casino gaming in New York State

Sept. 7 Joint - Senate Standing Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering Chair: Senator John J. Bonacic and Senate Standing Committee on Judiciary Chair: Senator John J. Bonacic Public Hearing: To discuss the potential of a constitutional amendment relating to casino gaming in New York State Place: Van Buren Hearing Room B, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New York Time: 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Contact: Langdon Chapman (845) 344-3311 Media Contact: Jillian Deuel (518) 455-3181 ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

September 7, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Public Hearing: To discuss the potential of a constitutional amendment relating to casino gaming in New York State

Sept. 7 Joint - Senate Standing Committee on Racing, Gaming and WageringChair: Senator John J. Bonacicand Senate Standing Committee on JudiciaryChair: Senator John J. BonacicPublic Hearing: To discuss the potential of a constitutional amendment relating to casino gaming in New York StatePlace: Van Buren Hearing Room B, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.Contact: Langdon Chapman (845) 344-3311Media Contact: Jillian Deuel (518) 455-3181ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

September 7, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Oppenheimer and Galef Applaud Cuomo's Signing of Local Court Consolidation Bill

Today, Governor Cuomo signed a bill (Chapter 146) that allows for a new, more efficient court system to begin in Ossining. Assemblywoman Sandy Galef and State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer, have championed the bill, which permits the consolidation of the Town and Village of Ossining courts to serve the municipalities as one, while improving court efficiency and saving taxpayer dollars.

July 21, 2011
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BONACIC PLANS HEARINGS ON CASINO DEVELOPMENT AND RACING INDUSTRY IN NEW YORK

Chairman of Both Senate Judiciary Committee and Senate Racing, Wagering and Gaming Committee Plans Effort to offer Constitutional Amendment on Casino Gaming; and Legislation to Enhance the Racing Industry 

July 8, 2011
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Oppenheimer and Galef Hail Passage of Local Court Consolidation Bills

Legislation Would Allow Village and Town of Ossining to Merge Services, Improve Court Efficiencies, and Save Taxpayer Dollars

Monday, June 20, 2011

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef and State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer announced today the passage of legislation that will allow the Town and Village of Ossining courts to consolidate into one more efficient, safer, and less expensive court that will serve both municipalities. 

June 21, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Judiciary Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Judiciary Senator John J. Bonacic, Chair Tuesday, June 21, 2011

June 21, 11:30 AM - 11:38 AM
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Family Members Seek Justice For The Wrongfully Convicted

Senator Gianaris for years has been advocating for a "Peace Commission" to review the cases of potentially wrongfully convicted individuals in order to decrease the number of cases of wrongful conviction in New York.

Dozens of family members stood on the steps of City Hall Thursday, shouting the names of related prisoners that they say have been locked up for no reason.

"I know he is innocent, and that's what hurts," said Louis Holmes, father of a current inmate.

Family members and activists say Albany leaders need to form what they called an "Innocence Commission," a panel with subpoena powers to investigate the cases of inmates who claim they're not guilty and should be set free.

June 17, 2011
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Senator Michael Gianaris Session Remarks on Federal Terrorism Trials in NYC

Senator Gianaris on the Senate floor discusses the importance of ensuring that New York City residents receive the proper homeland security protection.

June 15, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Judiciary Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Judiciary Senator John J. Bonacic, Chair 11:30 AM, Tuesday, June 7, 2011 Room 123 CAP

June 7, 11:30 AM - 11:42 AM
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Committee Meeting: Judiciary Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Judiciary Senator John J. Bonacic, Chair 1:00 PM, Wednesday, June 1, 2011 Room 510 LOB

June 1, 1:00 PM - 1:25 PM
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Ranzenhofer, Graber announce passage of legislation that allows courts to suspend driver’s license when a person fails to comply with the court

Batavia, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer and Darien Town Justice Gary Graber announced passage of legislation in the State Senate that grants courts the authority to suspend a driver’s license – in cases of underage possession of alcohol and unlawful possession of marijuana – when a person fails to appear before the court or comply with the sentence of the court.

If a person does not comply with the court’s sentencing or appear before the court, there is nothing the court can do and the court cannot issue a warrant since jail time is not a possible sentence.

May 26, 2011
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Senator Parker Speaks on Shariah at NYC Bar

(Brooklyn, NY)  On May 18, 2011, Senator Parker addressed the New York City Bar Association, on the topic of, “Islam and Democracy in the U.S. – A Legislator’s Perspective.”  The New York City Bar Association founded in 1870, is a voluntary association of lawyers and law students.  Today the City Bar has over 23,000 members.  

May 19, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Judiciary Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Judiciary Senator John J. Bonacic, Chair 11:30 AM, Tuesday, May 17, 2011 Room 123 CAP

May 17, 11:30 AM - 11:39 AM
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Committee Meeting: Judiciary Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Judiciary Senator John J. Bonacic, Chair 11:30 AM, Tuesday, May 3, 2011 Room 510 LOB

May 3, 11:30 AM - 11:39 AM
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Committee Meeting: Judiciary Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Judiciary Senator John J. Bonacic, Chair 11:30 AM, Tuesday, April 12, 2011 Room 510 LOB

April 12, 11:30 AM - 11:42 AM
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