Issues: Law

State Senate Passes Serrano's Dog License Legislation

(Albany, NY) - The New York State Senate passed Senator José M. Serrano's bill S5048, whichallows New York City to set its own dog licensing fee in order to better protect the animals that call this city home.

June 20, 2014
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Senate Passes Legislation Allowing Community Benefit Projects to Receive Help From Prison Work Release Programs

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S2204A), sponsored by Senator Cathy Young (R-I-C, Olean), that would expand work release programs to allow eligible inmates, deemed not to be dangerous, to help with not-for-pro

June 16, 2014
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Senator Serrano Meets with Advocates from Compassionate Care NY

(Albany, NY)- Senator Serrano met with advocates from Compassionate Care NY, who traveled to Albany in support of the passage of medical marijuana. Compassionate Care NY is a group of patients, providers and organizations advocating in support of legalizing medical marijuana in New York State for the thousands of people suffering from serious illnesses. 

June 11, 2014
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Valesky-Sponsored Legislation Combating Methamphetamine Production Passes Senate

ALBANY, N.Y.—Legislation sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) assisting law enforcement in combating the threat to public health and safety surrounding methamphetamine production passed the Senate today. The growing use and manufacture of the illegal and highly addictive drug methamphetamine is particularly pervasive in rural counties in Upstate New York.

June 9, 2014
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SENATOR VALESKY, MEMBERS OF SENATE’S JOINT TASK FORCE ON HEROIN AND OPIOID ADDICTION RELEASE REPORT AND LEGISLATIVE RECOMMENDATIONS

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), a member of the Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction today joined colleagues in releasing a report summarizing the findings of statewide forums held to examine the issues surrounding the increase in drug abuse, addiction and drug-related crimes in New York. The report includes a comprehensive package of bills recommended for action this legislative session that target prevention, treatment, and enforcement issues raised during extensive testimony provided by dozens of experts, parents, and concerned New Yorkers. 

May 28, 2014
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Organizations Representing More Than 200,000 NYS Veterans Urge Passage of Griffo, Brindisi Bill

Bill Creates Criminal Justice Framework to Ensure Veterans with Untreated Mental Health Conditions Receive Treatment & Fair Process

May 20, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #19: Honoring Our Police & First Responders

The second full week in May is National Police Week and the following week is National EMS week, providing us a great opportunity to recognize the important work done by these two groups in our communities.

It’s also a time for reflection on those we’ve lost. Hundreds of officers gathered at the State Capitol recently to memorialize those killed in the line of duty, including our officers: Utica Police Department Officer Thomas Lindsey; Oneida County Sheriff’s Deputy Kurt Wyman and New Hartford Police Department Officer Joe Corr.

A similar, but larger, gathering will take soon take place in Washington, D.C. There will be 268 names added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial this year, including the late Patrick J. Fogarty of Lowville.

May 8, 2014
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Senator Dilan Introduces Measure to Make Sabotage of Regulated Rentals a Criminal Act

In response to the recent spate of rent regulated building owners  intentionally destroying units in attempts to drive tenants out,   Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Bushwick) and Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol (D-North Brooklyn) have introduced new legislation making the practice a criminal act.

S. 6941 would expand tenant protections by establishing the crime of Sabotage of Rent Regulated Accommodations, a class D felony. Existing tenant protections  prohibit the harassment of rent regulated tenants in an attempt to drive them out. However, the recent rise in intentional destruction of regulated units, and the severity of the damage, are well beyond the scope of current law.

April 14, 2014
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SENATOR VALESKY HAILS PASSAGE OF FOURTH CONSECUTIVE ON-TIME STATE BUDGET

ALBANY, NY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today lauded the passage of the state’s fourth and historic consecutive on-time budget. This has not been accomplished with the same Governor and legislative leaders in more than 40 years.

April 1, 2014
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Forum/Town Hall: New York State Senator Gustavo Rivera Launches Legal Clinics - HOUSING COURT: Tenant Rights Legal Clinic

State Senator Gustavo Rivera is launching a series of legal clinics in the 33rd Senate District. The clinics, which will be held at least once a month in different locations across the district, will provide individuals with the opportunity to receive free legal advice on a number of topics.

February 26, 2014
6:00 PM -7:30 PM
HOUSING COURT: Tenant Rights Legal Clinic
Presented by: Michael Leonard, POTS
2311 Southern Blvd.
Bronx, NY 10460

RSVP REQUIRED: Please send your name, address and telephone number to RSVPSenatorRivera@gmail.com. For more information, please call Latoya Matthew at Senator Rivera’s office at (718) 933- 2034.

February 26, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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Forum/Town Hall: New York Senator Gustavo Rivera Launches Legal Clinics - KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: Focus on Stop and Frisk Legal Clinic

State Senator Gustavo Rivera is launching a series of legal clinics in the 33rd Senate District. The clinics, which will be held at least once a month in different locations across the district, will provide individuals with the opportunity to receive free legal advice on a number of topics.

February 21, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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Senator O'Brien applauds $281,600 grant for violence prevention programming in the City of Rochester

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Senator Ted O’Brien praised a $281,600 state grant announced today that will enable Rochester’s Action for a Better Community (A.B.C.) to work with local law enforcement and youth to encourage nonviolent conflict resolution and discourage gang violence.  A state Division of Criminal Justice Services researcher will be working with A.B.C.

February 5, 2014
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AS INSTANCES OF SCHOOL VIOLENCE CONTINUE, GALLIVAN CALLS FOR MORE SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS

Senator Cites Recent Incidents in Colorado and New Mexico As Evidence Of SROs’ Effectiveness

ERIE COUNTY - State Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announced today that he is proposing a new school voucher program to provide funds to school districts to be used exclusively for the hiring of School Resource Officers (SRO).

January 16, 2014
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New Laws to Take Effect on Wednesday, January 1, 2014

As we depart 2013 and head into 2014, the New York State Senate continues to focus on ways to reduce spending, cut taxes and help businesses create new jobs. In fact, my colleagues and I recently released a report in November outlining how taxes need to be reformed. We also gave recommendations that would create jobs. We look forward to working with the Governor and the Assembly in 2014 on these recommendations. (Click on the link to view the report: http://www.nysenate.gov/news/senator-farley-discusses-report-tax-reform)

In the meantime, starting the New Year, on January 1st, the following new laws will take effect that already support the focus of reducing taxes:

December 31, 2013
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Senator Farley Wishes a Safe and Happy Holiday Season

As we enter the Christmas and New Year’s holiday weeks, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) wishes constituents a happy and safe season.

“I wish you a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year to you and your loved ones,” Senator Farley said. “Please also take caution when driving to and from celebrations.”

Senator Farley reminds people that New York State has tough DWI laws, including, Leandra’s Law, which was strengthened earlier this year to provide new safeguards to keep drunken drivers off New York’s roads.

December 20, 2013
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Sen. Klein, Joined by Dozens of Victimized Bronx Homeowners, Announce Filing of Class Action Lawsuit Against Deceptive Contractors

BRONX, NY– Standing on the steps of the Bronx County Supreme Court, Senator Klein, joined by dozens of Bronx homeowners and Assemblyman Marcos Crespo (D-Bronx), announced that a lawsuit charging fraud, conspiracy, breach of contract and negligence had been filed against members of an elaborate scheme targeting first time, minority homeowners. Homeowners allege that the defendants, working in concert, (referenced to as the “Tota-Kash Group” in the complaint), bilked them for millions of dollars by inducing them to purchase homes in the Bronx without valid certificates of occupancy and with shoddy workmanship.

December 20, 2013
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SQUADRON, MOSLEY ANNOUNCE RETAIL ANTI-PROFILING ACT

Legislation Would Open Black Box of NYPD Policing at Private Businesses, Including Use of Racial Profiling

Squadron-Mosley Bill Would Also End MOU Requiring NYCHA to Pay $74 Million a Year for "Additional Police Services"

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblyman Walter Mosley announced the Retail Anti-Profiling Act, which would require transparency on additional policing provided to private businesses by the New York City Police Department -- such as the NYPD's role in potential racial profiling at Barneys and Macy's -- and end the 1994 MOU under which the New York City Housing Authority is charged for "additional police services."

November 26, 2013
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GALLIVAN SPONSORS LEGISLATION TO SHINE LIGHT ON PAY-TO-PLAY IN ALBANY

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announced today that he is sponsoring legislation aimed at addressing the alleged pay-to-play culture that exists between private contractors vying for procurement and service contracts and state government. “New Yorkers deserve a state government they can trust and one that strives to serve the people, not secondary interests,” said Gallivan. “This bill will help ensure that companies receiving contracts for public works are being awarded based on their ability to do the job effectively and efficiently on behalf of the taxpayers, not as part of any quid-pro-quo.”

October 25, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Marks Law Enforcement Day at the New York State Fair

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped to honor law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty, during a ceremony held at the New York State Fairgrounds on August 23, 2013.  Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with various elected officials and law enforcement officers from around New York State. 

August 23, 2013
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