Issues: Law

Senator Panepinto Responds to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Action

Panepinto: “His executive orders lay down the groundwork for creating a necessary long-term safety solution.”

Buffalo, N.Y. - “As a parent, I am deeply heartbroken by Saturday’s tragic incident. Thank you Governor Cuomo for your immediate action to such a terrible tragedy. As elected leaders, we have an obligation to ensure the safety of our citizens day in and day out. I commend Governor Cuomo for demonstrating his unwavering commitment to keeping New Yorkers safe. His executive orders lay down the groundwork for creating a necessary long-term public safety solution, and guarantee that the Scajaquada will no longer function as an expressway. Tonight, I ask that our community continue to pray for the victims of this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones at this time.”

May 31, 2015
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Senator Sets Forth Legislative Effort to Improve Child Protective Servcies

OCFS asked to review records for any calls prior to the death of Nayla Hodnett

 

ALBANY – With the perpetrator still at-large following a year-long investigation into the tragic passing of Nayla Hodnett, Senator Catharine M. Young (R,C,I-Olean) is doing her part to help raise awareness about the case and bring new details to light.

 

In a letter to the Acting Commissioner of the State’s Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), Senator Young has asked Commissioner Sheila Poole to review the records of the State’s Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment regarding allegations or incidents of possible abuse to Nayla prior to her passing.

 

May 22, 2015
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SENATOR BONACIC ATTENDS ORANGE COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT MEMORIAL CEREMONY

Senator Bonacic speaks with Major Patrick Regan, Troop F Commander, NY State Police, before the start of the ceremony.

 

 

May 13, 2015
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SENATE PASSES “TERESITA’S LAW” BY SENATOR BONACIC TO PROTECT PEDESTRIANS FROM ILLEGAL DRIVERS

(Albany, NY)-  Today the New York State Senate passed “Teresita’s Law,” (S.1600)  sponsored by Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope), which elevates the charge of causing the death of another, while negligently operating a motor vehicle with a suspended, revoked, or otherwise withdrawn license, from a misdemeanor to a Class E Felony.

May 12, 2015
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Abbagail’s Law Seeks to Close Impaired Driving Loophole

Senator Ortt Sponsors Bill Named for Orleans County Girl Killed in 2009 Car Accident  

A bill sponsored by State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) could now put certain car passengers under the influence of alcohol or drugs in the hot seat. The New York State Senate today passed “Abbagail’s Law,” which would close the legal loophole that lets impaired licensed drivers supervise, or ride in a vehicle operated by, someone with a learner’s permit.

“Abbagail’s Law will save lives and deter individuals from putting children and others in unnecessary danger,” said Sen. Ortt. “Those who are not sober and in charge of supervising someone learning to drive would no longer be able to escape punishment.”

May 12, 2015
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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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