Issues: Judiciary

Public Protection Budget Ensures Equal Justice For All New Yorkers

Majority adopts Interest On Lawyer Account funding in legislation

(Albany, NY) Recognizing the need to give all New Yorkers equal access to our justice system, the Senate Democratic Majority passed budget legislation on June 21, 2010 that fully funds the $15 million Judiciary appropriation for civil legal services for poor New Yorkers.

Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Mt. Vernon), Chair of the Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction and Conference Chairwoman said, “We needed to stabilize Civil Legal Services in New York State and we did. Now New Yorkers who need legal assistance to stop foreclosure actions, to fight for unemployment benefits, to fight against housing evictions, debt collection and scores of other actions will have access to competent counsel.”

June 22, 2010
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Public Protection Budget Ensures Equal Justice For All New Yorkers

Majority adopts Interest On Lawyer Account funding in legislation

June 22, 2010
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Empowering Law Enforcement, Public Protection Budget Makes Sensible Cuts, Enhances Community Safety & Streamlines Services

In Difficult Economy, Focus on Crime Reduction, Legal Services for Poor New Yorkers

June 22, 2010
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LARKIN SPONSORS BILL TO ALLOW GANG COURTS IN ORANGE COUNTY

 


Response To Increased Law Enforcement Activity


    Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) has introduced legislation, along with Senator Brian Foley of Suffolk County, to establish a pilot program for gang courts in both Orange and Suffolk counties.

June 18, 2010
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Legislative Activity June 17, 2010: Senate Passes Legislation Protecting Communities From Pollution And More

The Senate Democratic Majority passed legislation today to cut greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the use of sulfur in our current heating practices. Additionally, the Senate stood by survivors of domestic violence by increasing the time they have in shelters as they seek permanent refuge from their attackers.

Reducing Sulfur to Promote Environmentally Friendly Heating

June 17, 2010
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Legislative Activity June 17, 2010: Senate Passes Legislation Protecting Communities From Pollution And More

The Senate Democratic Majority passed legislation today to cut greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the use of sulfur in our current heating practices. Additionally, the Senate stood by survivors of domestic violence by increasing the time they have in shelters as they seek permanent refuge from their attackers.

June 17, 2010
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MAJORITY BRINGS MARRIAGE LAW INTO 21st CENTURY

Package ends NY’s status as only state lacking no-fault divorce, guarantees significant protections for women

(Albany, NY) The Senate Democratic Majority passed a legislative package which fundamentally restructures matrimonial law to improve the process and outcome of divorce for all New Yorkers, particularly women and children who are often the most vulnerable when marriages are dissolved.

The requirement under current law to determine who is at fault for causing the divorce has significant financial and emotional costs, and unnecessarily forces couples in deteriorating relationships to rehash the bitter, painful and embarrassing reasons for divorce.

June 16, 2010
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SENATOR KRUEGER & SENATE DEMOCRATS PASS LAWS RESTRUCTURING OUTDATED MATRIMONIAL LAWS INCLUDING NO FAULT DIVORCE

For Immediate Release | June 15, 2010

Katie Kincaid | kincaid.nysenate@gmail.com | 646-784-0485

(Albany – NY) The New York State Senate has just passed legislation that would allow for No Fault Divorce, a bill that fundamentally restructures matrimonial law to improve the process of divorce for all New Yorkers. This legislation, along with two other bills having to do with matrimonial law, was co-sponsored, and fiercely advocated for, by State Senator Liz Krueger, who represents Midtown and the East Side of Manhattan.

June 16, 2010
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Committee Meeting: Judiciary Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Judiciary Senator John Sampson, Chair 10:00 AM, Tuesday, May 18, 2010 Room 124 CAP

May 18, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Senate Majority Works to Reform Antiquated Matrimonial Laws

Enhance the Integrity and Efficiency of Courtrooms, Facilitate  Equitable Settlements,

May 7, 2010
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Senator Hassell-Thompson to Hold Public Hearing Regarding No-Fault Divorce and Matrimonial Law Reform

Considering major reforms to New York’s matrimonial laws, Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson and Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson will hear testimony from leaders of New York’s Matrimonial Bar, State and local  Bar Associations, leading advocates for victims of domestic violence and the public regarding:

May 5, 2010
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SENATOR SCHNEIDERMAN, DISTRICT ATTORNEY VANCE, ASSEMBLY MEMBER KELLNER ANNOUNCE MAJOR REFORMS TO COMBAT PUBLIC CORRUPTION

                      

SENATOR SCHNEIDERMAN, DISTRICT ATTORNEY VANCE, ASSEMBLY MEMBER KELLNER ANNOUNCE MAJOR REFORMS TO COMBAT PUBLIC CORRUPTION

May 4, 2010
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Griffo Urges State AG to Probe Land Sale

(Albany) - Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-IP-C, Rome) today announced that he has written to State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo in support of an investigation into a recent Adirondack land purchase.

Griffo noted that in 2004, The Nature Conservancy bought a 20,000-acre tract of land for $6.3 million and sold the land to the state four years later for $9.8 million.

April 27, 2010
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Griffo: Late State Budget Shows Need for Reform Convention

Utica - Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-IP-C, Rome) today voiced outrage that New York State is starting its 2010-2011 fiscal year without a budget in place.

April 1, 2010
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New York State Senate Judiciary Committee 2009 Annual Report

Please click on the PDF link below to view the 2009 Judiciary Committee Annual Report

File: 
2009 Judiciary Committee Annual Report

February 25, 2010
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Espada: Time to Stop Holding Judicial Pay Raise Political Hostage

Press Contact: Steve Mangione (cellular) 914-403-4072

ALBANY–State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. today said that wage increases for state judges should not be held political hostage to whether lawmakers receive a pay raise.

Sen. Espada said he agreed with today’s 5-1 Court of Appeals ruling that chastises the Governor and state legislature for violating the Constitution by linking judicial salary to other non-related issues.

February 23, 2010
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Statement From Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson

The Senate Majority has long supported fair and equitable salaries for our judiciary to ensure New Yorkers have the highest quality court system in the nation.  Encouraging our best and brightest to become and remain judges in New York is essential to protecting the peoples’ right to a sound system of justice.”

February 23, 2010
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Senator Farley Supports Moving the Terror Trials Out of New York

The New York State Senate overwhelmingly approved a resolution today (February 9th) calling on President Obama and the U.S. Attorney General to move the trials of terrorists involved in the 9/11 attacks.State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) was one of several Senators on both sides of the aisle to speak in support of this resolution.The federal government has been planning to hold these trials in New York City.

February 9, 2010
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