Issues: Law

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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STARS Programs for Children Provides Community With Blue Ribbons to Support Local Police

“I want to thank Fran Scarantino and STARS Programs for Children for providing my Howard Beach office with blue ribbons for any resident who wants to show their support for our local police officers and the NYPD throughout the city,” said State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr.  

January 30, 2015
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ADDABBO WELCOMES NEW OFFICERS TO 106TH PRECINCT

“Each year, when the future of our city’s finest graduate the Police Academy and become rookie officers, they are bestowed a badge. This badge shows they are our community’s protectors and allies, and we the public become their priority,” said State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr. Jobs like that are one of a kind, and I sincerely commend these young officers for joining the NYPD and wish them nothing but the best on what is hopefully a safe and productive journey.

January 30, 2015
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Senator Robert Ortt introduces legislation requiring state to maintain canal lift bridges without loopholes

New York State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I-North  Tonawanda) has introduced legislation to amend the current canal law that’s meant to preserve and rehabilitate canal infrastructure.

By law, New York State is required to maintain canal lift bridges, however certain loopholes in the law often result in the deterioration and closure of the bridges. As the law currently stands, the state can choose whether or not to repair a canal lift bridge as long as there is an alternate transportation route. Many times, rundown lift bridges are restricted to vehicles, including tractor trailers, school buses, and other large trucks exceeding a certain weight limit.   

January 29, 2015
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Senator Serrano & the Urban Justice Center's Domestic Violence Project are providing a FREE Legal Clinic

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. 

WHEN:

Thursday, January 29th

January 29, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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TWC News: State Senate to Hold Hearings on police Safety

By: TWC News Staff12/30/2014 09:45 AM

January 9, 2015
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Important New Laws Taking Effect January 1, 2015

As we rapidly approach the New Year, I just wanted to touch base to let you know that a number of new laws will be taking effect on January 1, 2015. These include:

Hire a Veteran Tax Credit – Starting next year, businesses can receive a tax credit for hiring and employing a qualified veteran. The credit is equal to 10 percent of the total amount of wages paid to the qualified veteran during their first full year of employment. If the veteran is disabled, the credit amount is increased to 15 percent. The credit is capped at $5,000 per veteran or $15,000 per disabled veteran. Any unused credit may be carried forward to the following three years.

December 29, 2014
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Senator Catharine Young Urging Governor Cuomo to Sign S.7818 So That Mentally Ill Released From Prison Like Ismaaiyl Brinsley Receive Treatment

For Release: Immediate, December 22, 2014

“Police Officers Particularly Are Targets Of Former Inmates Who Have Axes To Grind”

 

December 22, 2014
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Statement from NYS Senator Kathy Marchione: Build a statewide culture of trust, respect and appreciation for our courageous men and women of law enforcement

                                 Statement from NYS Senator Kathy Marchione (R,C,I-Halfmoon):

December 22, 2014
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Chanukah is the celebration of Miracles!

"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said.  "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land.  After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps.  But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.

December 17, 2014
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Statement From State Senator Jose Peralta, Lead Sponsor Of The NYS DREAM Act, On President Obama's Executive Order

"The good news is that millions of upstanding, hardworking undocumented immigrants will now be able to continue contributing to our economy without having to live and work in fear of deportation.

"The bad news is that millions of other upstanding, hardworking undocumented immigrants will remain in the shadows of our economy and society.

"President Obama is to be applauded for taking a strong first step toward long-overdue reform of our broken immigration system.  Like the president, we in New York should not wait on Congress to make additional necessary repairs.

"The DREAM Act is sensible, compassionate public policy.  It is the law in Texas, a red state, California, a blue state, and New Mexico, a purple state.  Here, the New York DREAM Act is supported by editorial boards throughout the state, including those at newspapers as different as the New York Post, The New York Times and the Daily News.

"Let’s follow the bipartisan example of the five states that have already passed a DREAM Act.  Let's collaborate in New York on making an investment in our young people, our economy and our state’s future that will pay for itself several times over."

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November 21, 2014
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Nyack Skatepark Projected to be Completed in Summer of 2015

Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) visited skateboarding lessons that have been organized by the community group Nyack Needs a Skatepark this week in the municipal lot in the Village of Nyack. The group has worked diligently to raise funds and awareness for the need to build a skatepark in Nyack.

Working with Senator Carlucci, the group received $100,000 in state funding which completed their fundraising goal for the park.

Senator Carlucci said, “Working with my colleagues in the Senate, we were able to secure a grant that will finally let the Village of Nyack complete this project. I want to thank the community for working from the ground up to make this vision a reality."

October 21, 2014
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Griffo Secures $60,000 for Utica Police Department

UTICA –  Utica police officers will soon be wearing body cameras, thanks to a $60,000 grant secured by Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, R-Rome.

August 28, 2014
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Senator Ted O'Brien's statement on the Bank of America settlement

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Senator Ted O’Brien released the following statement on the Bank of America settlement that will bring $300 million to New York State:

“The $300 million New York will receive from the Bank of America settlement should go towards upstate property tax relief by reducing the cost burden on local school districts which have been devastated by the Gap Elimination Adjustment. We cannot afford to continue balancing school district budgets on the backs of local property tax payers, and must take action immediately to give hardworking families and small businesses the property tax relief they need.”

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August 22, 2014
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August 13, 2014
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Senator Carlucci Passes Internet Privacy Bill in Legislature

NEW CITY,  NY – Standing beside Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe, Police Chief Sullivan of the Clarkstown Police Department, VCS INC. and the Center for Safety and Change, Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) expressed the urgent need to have legislation signed into law that will ensure people who have had their image broadcasted without their consent will have a course of action under the law.

July 22, 2014
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Senator Carlucci & Rockland Sheriff Lou Falco Tackle Drunk Driving

Under current law the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles may restore driving privileges after five years, no matter how many DUIs (Driving Under the Influence) a driver receives.

Senator Carlucci joined Rockland Sheriff Lou Falco to support a piece of legislation that will close this dangerous loophole.

Senator Carlucci said, "This sends the wrong message to persistent offenders and to the public at large. We need to make sure that people who are repeat offenders, who have reckless disregard for the safety of pedestrians and other drivers by continuing to drive under the influence after their second DUI conviction, are taken off the roads permanently."

July 7, 2014
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