Issues: Law

Senator Serrano is Providing a FREE Legal Clinic on Family Law issues including Domestic Violence

Senator Serrano and the Urban Justice Center's Domestic Violence Project are providing a FREE legal clinic on family law issues, including domestic violence. Learn more about the law and how it protects victims of domestic violence. 

May 21, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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SENATOR SQUADRON STATEMENT ON SENATE CODES CMTE VOTE ON .50-CALIBER RIFLE BILL

ALBANY – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement regarding the vote on his bill, the “.50 Caliber Threat Reduction Act” (S.2050), at today's Senate Codes Committee meeting:

April 28, 2015
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Senate to Celebrate Earth Week With a Package of Bills to Protect the Environment, Increase Green Jobs, and Boost Recreation

The New York State Senate will be celebrating Earth Week by acting upon an extensive package of 27 bills that would create new protections for natural resources, promote energy conservation, help create green jobs, and increase tourism through enhanced recreational opportunities. Senate Majority Leader Dean G.

April 20, 2015
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April 17, 2015
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Ortt Supports Legalizing MMA

New York State is the only state where professional mixed martial arts is not legalized. Senator Ortt supports passing a bill that would legalize the MMA sport. “Legalizing MMA should be as simple as a one-two punch,” said Sen. Ortt. Read the full article from the Niagara Gazette.  

April 9, 2015
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Seward Bill Key Part Of Senate Package To Protect New York's Motorists

ALBANY, 03/23/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced senate passage of a comprehensive package of legislation to improve safety on New York’s highways.  The package included a bill sponsored by Senator Seward (S.3511) which targets criminals who capitalize on vulnerable motorists in attempts to profit from insurance claims.

March 23, 2015
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Action to Combat Human Trafficking -- A Big Step Forward for Women’s Equality

My colleagues and I in the New York State Senate kicked off the 2015 Session by approving our Women's Equality Agenda -- a vitally important series of bills designed to ensure greater equality and opportunities for women throughout our state.

March 16, 2015
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ADDABBO JOINS SENATE COLLEAGUES IN APPROVING PACKAGE OF LEGISLATION TO PROTECT CHILDREN, SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIMS AND OTHERS FROM HIGH-RISK SEX OFFENDERS

Queens, NY (March 6, 2015) – State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr. recently joined his Senate colleagues to approve a series of bills designed to better protect children, victims of sexual assault and other New Yorkers from potentially dangerous convicted sex offenders. 

March 6, 2015
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ADDABBO CO-SPONSORS AND PASSES LEGISLATION TO CREATE NEW FELONY OFFENSE FOR DESECRATING THE GRAVES OR OTHER FINAL RESTING PLACES OF VETERANS

Queens, NY (March 5, 2015) – State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr. recently joined his Senate colleagues in approving a bill (S.2207) he co-sponsors to create a new felony offense for criminals who desecrate cemetery plots and other burial places where veterans have been laid to rest after serving their country.   

March 5, 2015
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Ortt Co-Sponsors Legislation Restricting Where Sex Offenders Can Live

A news release was sent out to the media regarding Senator Ortt’s support for legislation that would allow local governments to restrict where a convicted sex offender can live. It would prohibit level 2 and level 3 sex offenders from living within 1,500 feet of their victim, a school, or from attending school events. Click the link to view the full release printed in Niagara Frontier Publications.

 

March 5, 2015
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'Residency' Sex Offender Bill Passes in Senate

A bill sponsored by Senator Ortt passed in the Senate Thursday. It redefines what substitutes as a residency and fixes a loophole that essentially allows sex offenders to spend a considerable amount of at a residence other than the primary one registered with the state. Read more from the Lockport Journal

February 27, 2015
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Senate Approves Measures to Protect Our Children From Sex Offenders

I’m proud to report that I’ve just voted to approve several pieces of legislation designed to help keep our local communities, families and children safe from convicted sex offenders.

Specifically, these bills would:

February 26, 2015
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Senate Passes Nine Bills to Close Loopholes in Sex Offender Laws

Ortt: Legislation Will Help Keep Children and Communities Safe 

The New York State Senate today passed a total of nine bills that would close dangerous loopholes in sex offender laws. Legislation would better protect children and create safer communities. Not only would the measures address safety concerns, but would also address issues raised by a recent state Court of Appeals ruling that does not give local governments the authority to restrict where sex offenders can live.

February 26, 2015
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February 26, 2015
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Senate Passes Bills to Keep Children Safe From Sex Offenders

On Thursday, the New York State Senate passed 9 bills that close dangerous loopholes in the laws protecting kids and communities from convicted sex offenders. Sen. Rob Ortt sponsored legislation that amends registration requirements to include any location at which the offender spends more than two days a week.   

 

February 26, 2015
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Murphy authors and passes first bill, victim safety zones

ALBANY, NY - While discussion of so-called "child safety zone" legislation has recently shot to the forefront after a state appellate court decision striking down municipal laws to enact residency requirements for sex offenders, those who have been involved in the issue for years today celebrated a significant legislative victory in Albany.

The Senate passed two bills, one co-prime sponsored by Senator Terrence Murphy that would allow a municipal local option to restrict residency for sex offenders, as well as a bill authored by Murphy that makes it unlawful for a convicted sex offender to reside near their victim.

February 26, 2015
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SENATOR JEFF KLEIN, ASSEMBLYMAN MARCOS CRESPO, SOUNDVIEW HOMEOWNERS & ATTORNEY SUSAN CHANA LASK ANNOUNCE $8 MILLION FEDERAL LAWSUIT AGAINST UNSCRUPULOUS CONTRACTORS & NYC DEPARTMENT OF BUILDINGS

NYC Department of Buildings, Contractors Allegedly Duped Bronx Homeowners Into Spending Life Savings on Unsafe, Uninhabitable Homes

NEW YORK, NY – An unscrupulous contractor and the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) swindled Bronx homeowners out of millions of dollars by constructing substandard homes and failing to provide new homeowners with valid certificates of occupancy upon closing, alleges an $8 million federal lawsuit announced today by State Senator Jeff Klein (D Bronx/Westchester), Assemblyman Marcos Crespo (D-Bronx), the Soundview Homeowners and Attorney at Law Susan Chana Lask.

February 24, 2015
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Ortt: Protect Victims, Schools From Sexual Predators

NY Court of Appeals Says Localities Can’t Prohibit Where Sex Offenders Live

State Senator Robert Ortt (R,C,I-North Tonawanda) today announced legislation (S.2609) that will prohibit convicted sex offenders from living near schools or in close proximity to their victims. Ortt said this legislation, which he is co-sponsoring, is even more critical after the New York State Court of Appeals ruled this week that local governments do not have the authority to restrict where sex offenders can live.

February 22, 2015
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