Issues: Police

Ortt Announces $500,000 for Niagara Falls Air Base

Senator Says Funds Will Help Procure Emergency Management Hub  

Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) today announced $500,000 in state funding to establish an emergency management hub at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS). The funds were secured by Senator Ortt in the 2015-16 State Budget (Empire State Development Corporation, Aid to Localities, S. 2003-C) to help base retention efforts for NFARS. Ortt, flanked by local and county officials, believes the $500,000 will help retain the base while expanding emergency services across Western New  York.

June 29, 2015
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Statement from Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan

The 23 days since two prisoners escaped from a Dannemora prison have been a tense and difficult period for all New Yorkers, especially those residents of the North Country where the escape took place.

During that time, hundreds of state and local law enforcement officials have scoured local communities, tirelessly following every lead and putting their own lives and safety on the line to bring these two brutal convicts to justice.

June 28, 2015
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Senator Rev Rubén Díaz and the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization welcome NYPD Commissioner William J. Bratton on June 11, 2015

Senator Rev Rubén Díaz and the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization welcome NYPD Commissioner William J. Bratton on June 11, 2015

June 16, 2015
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SENATOR JEFF KLEIN HONORS COMMUNITY LEADERS AT 41ST PRECINCT FELLOWSHIP BREAKFAST

BRONX, NY  - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) today honored local ‘Cop of the Month’ recipients, civic leaders and students for their outstanding contributions to the Hunts Point community at the 41st Precinct Community Council Fellowship breakfast.

June 12, 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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SENATE OK’S RITCHIE BILL TO HELP NOTIFY FAMILY MEMBERS AND LOVED ONES MORE QUICKLY IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS

Measure Would Create Online “Next-of-Kin” Registry for Law Enforcement

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced her bipartisan legislation to help law enforcement more quickly find family members or loved ones of victims following accidents or other emergencies has passed the Senate.

Under Senate bill 2396, the Department of Motor Vehicles would be directed to create an optional “Next-of Kin Registry,” where motorists could add information—such as phone numbers and addresses—of key people to be contacted in the event of an emergency.

“When an accident or medical emergency occurs, often times life or death decisions need to be made and loved ones need to be notified as quickly as possible,” said Senator Ritchie.

June 2, 2015
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Ortt Introduces Legislation That Strengthens Criminal Penalties for Work Zone Crashes

Bill to Create New Crimes of Vehicular Assault and Manslaughter in Work Zones Passes in Senate

State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) has introduced critical measures to help protect workers in active work zones and deter erratic and distracted driving in these zones. Recently passed in the Senate, the bill (S2975) would strengthen criminal penalties for motorists driving recklessly in work zones.

June 1, 2015
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Senator Valesky’s Legislation to Enhance “Move Over” Penalties Passes Senate

 ALBANY, N.Y.—The State Senate unanimously passed legislation (S.640) sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that will increase the penalties in the “move over” law, which requires drivers approaching emergency vehicles to move one lane away. Currently, the law does not provide for increased penalties for killing or seriously injuring someone as a result of violating the law.

“The ‘move over’ law has increased safety for police and first responders, but violators may only be charged with a misdemeanor, even if their actions cause serious injury or death,” Senator Valesky said. “This legislation changes the penalty to a felony for individuals who disregard the law and operate a vehicle recklessly.”

May 29, 2015
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SENATE PASSES SENATOR MARTINS’ LEGISLATION HONORING FALLEN NASSAU COUNTY POLICE OFFICER

 

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate passed legislation he sponsored in memory of Nassau County Police Officer Arthur Lopez, who was killed in the line of duty.

     “Arthur Lopez was a true hero who loved helping others. He died tragically while protecting our communities. Renaming this section of road in his honor is a fitting way to ensure that his heroism and memory are never forgotten. I’m hopeful that the Assembly will join the Senate in approving this legislation and paying tribute to a man who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the residents of Nassau County,” said Senator Martins.

May 28, 2015
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Senator Valesky Hosts Community Resources Fair

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) is hosting a Community Resources Fair on Thursday, June 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to raise awareness of the many community services available through various governmental and nonprofit organizations. The agencies listed below will have tables at the fair and provide important information on health care and health insurance, financial planning for college, emergency preparedness and fire safety, family planning, housing, voting, small business development, veterans services, and more, as well as offer giveaways. A representative from the Office of the State Comptroller will assist attendees with Unclaimed Funds searches.

May 28, 2015
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Senator Bonacic Attends Troop F Memorial Day Service

Senator Bonacic joined local elected officials, distinguished guests and members of the New York State Police at Troop F’s Memorial Day Service in Middletown this morning. The ceremony honors the men and women of Troop F who have died in the line of duty.

Pictured are the members of Troop F’s Honor Guard at the Memorial Day Service.

May 22, 2015
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SENATOR MARTY GOLDEN AND ASSEMBLYWOMAN NICOLE MALLIOTAKIS APPLAUD NATIONAL BLUE ALERT SYSTEM TO PROTECT POLICE

NEW YORK – Today, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-Brooklyn, Staten Island) and Sen. Martin Golden (R,C,I-Brooklyn) commended the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives for passing, and President Barack Obama for signing, the Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act of 2015 into law.  The measure would create a nationwide alert system to assist in the apprehension of anyone who hurts, kills, or legitimately threatens police officers.

For the past five years, Malliotakis and Golden have introduced a similar piece of legislation in the New York State Legislature.

May 21, 2015
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Senator Hamilton on Governor Cuomo's Criminal Justice Proposals

(Brooklyn, NY - May 20, 2015) Senator Hamilton's comments on Governor Cuomo's proposed criminal justice reforms were highlighted by Kings County Politics today: Hamilton Reacts To Cuomo’s Take It Or Leave It Justice Reform Initiative.

May 20, 2015
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Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Highlights Teachers of Excellence and Women of Distinction and Discusses Public Safety Issues on Your Voice

On this Your Voice program, recorded on May 18, 2015, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses his 2015 Teachers of Excellence, his 2015 Women of Distinction honoree, West Point Day, the Officer Brian Moore Resolution, Court of Claims, and ticket scalping legislation.

May 19, 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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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Remember

     Exasperated is the only word that can describe how I felt as Long Island buried yet another of her heroes, New York City Police Officer Brian Moore. He was the fifth NYPD officer shot in as many months and the third to be killed since December.

May 13, 2015
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SENATOR BONACIC SPEAKS AT THE ORANGE COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT MEMORIAL SERVICE

Senator Bonacic joined local elected officials, law enforcement personnel, and other dignitaries to honor fallen police officers and their families at the annual Orange County Law Enforcement Memorial Service this past Friday in Goshen. The ceremony is held every year to memorialize Orange County police officers who have heroically given their lives in the line of duty. This year, the name of NY State Trooper Winston Martindale was added to the memorial wall. Martindale passed away in July of 2013 after succumbing to injuries he sustained responding to a plane crash in the Town of Wawayanda in 2011.

 

May 11, 2015
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Police officers from across New York State will be on Long Island today, where NYC Police Officer Brian Moore will be laid to rest

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends, neighbors and fellows officers -- from throughout New York State and across the nation -- of New York City Police Officer Brian Moore, who will be laid to rest today on Long Island.

From the New York Times, "Long lines of mourners pay tribute to Officer Brian Moore"

May 8, 2015
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Senator Jesse Hamilton and Panelists at All Lives Matter Criminal Justice Town Hall

(Left to Right) Judge Evelyn LaPorte, Supreme Court Justice, Kings County; Amanda Jack, Criminal Defense Attorney, Brooklyn Defender Services; Senator Jesse Hamilton; Charles F. Coleman Jr., Trial Attorney at the United States EEOC; Norman Siegel, Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Attorney, Siegel Teitelbaum & Evans, LLP; and Pastor Whitehead

May 7, 2015
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SENATOR BONACIC APPLAUDS THE WORK OF THE BRAVE FIRST RESPONDERS BATTLING THE SHAWANGUNK RIDGE WILDFIRE

SENATOR BONACIC APPLAUDS THE WORK OF THE BRAVE FIRST RESPONDERS BATTLING THE SHAWANGUNK RIDGE WILDFIRE

May 7, 2015
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