Issues: Law

A statement from Sen. Griffo commending law enforcement, calling for review of policies after Dannemora prison break

Every day the two despicable inmates from the Dannemora prison facility were on the run brought yet another day of fears that the worst was yet to come from these violent and desperate individuals. Yet, more than three weeks later, it is with great relief and satisfaction that the bitter fates of these two escaped prisoners brought no further bloodshed than their own.

July 2, 2015
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Sen. Ortt Discusses Reforms Made to SAFE Act

Earlier this week, in an effort to restore our 2nd Amendment Rights, the Senate passed a series of reforms to the SAFE Act. Senator Ortt discusses how this is a major step forward, and is hopeful for a full repeal of the law. In the clip, Sen. Ortt outlines the changes made to the SAFE Act.  

June 12, 2015
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Sen. Ortt Talks About the Senate Passage of Amanda Lynn’s Law

The Senate has once again passed Amanda Lynn’s Law, this time with amendments to the bill. Senator Rob Ortt, who sponsored the bill in the Senate, announces the Assembly has agreed on the changes. Robin Schimminger is sponsoring the bill in the Assembly and hopes to pass it during the last week of session. Sen. Ortt is hoping the bill will become law later this year.   

June 12, 2015
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Senate Approves SAFE Act Reforms

Like many New Yorkers, I strongly oppose the so-called SAFE Act, because I believe it is an unjust, unfair and unconstitutional infringement of our Second Amendment rights.

June 10, 2015
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Griffo Joins Senate in Passing Legislation To Confront Rising Crisis In Heroin, Opioid Abuse

 

ALBANY -- State Senator Joseph Griffo joined the New York State Senate on Tuesday in passing a package of proposed legislation that would help prevent heroin deaths and put more drug dealers behind bars for peddling dangerous opioids.

June 10, 2015
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Senate Passes Griffo's Co-Sponsored NY-SAFE Act Reforms

ALBANY – The State Senate on Monday passed legislation co-sponsored by Sen. Joseph Griffo that would repeal certain aspects of the so-called NY SAFE Act.

Sen. Griffo has always shared a strong belief with many constituents across his district in Oneida, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties that the Governor’s SAFE Act is a flawed and overreaching policy that was rushed into implementation in 2013 without any input from law-abiding gun owners. The law was tasked with certain authorities without knowing relevant facts at the time, and therefore Sen. Griffo believes the Senate’s vote to revise the SAFE Act is a step toward addressing some of the most egregious provisions.

June 8, 2015
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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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