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August 2, 2:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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WFUV: Sen. Espaillat calls on community to maintain order in preparation of the Dominican Day Parade

Every year thousands of New Yorkers attend the annual Dominican Day Parade in Midtown West.

By Claudia Morell Friday, August 12, 2011 - 3:49pm

As the city prepares for the annual Dominican Day Parade on Sunday, lawmakers are urging parade-goers to keep celebrations tame.

August 12, 2011
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NY1 News: Sen. Espaillat and law enforcement officials call for cooperation ahead of the Dominican Day parade

Officials Issue Warning Ahead Of Dominican Day Parade

Police and elected leaders are issuing a warning to revelers ahead of this weekend's Dominican Day Parade, saying the law will be enforced.

They say last year celebrations turned violent in Washington Heights.

"Thousands primarily of young people, many of them consuming illegal nutcracker, and some of them threw bottles at police officers. There were some arrests. And we're getting ahead of the curve. And we're saying this year, it will not be tolerated," said State Senator Adriano Espaillat.

August 12, 2011
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Law Enforcement Officials and Community Leaders Call for Cooperation in Maintaining Law and Order During Upcoming Dominican Day Parade

(New York, NY) – Today, Senator Adriano Espaillat (D – Manhattan/Bronx) was joined by fellow elected officials and local law enforcement representatives in calling for cooperation from the Northern Manhattan community in maintaining law and order following the upcoming Dominican Day Parade.

August 12, 2011
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GOVERNOR APPROVES FUSCHILLO BILL TO RENAME BRIDGE AFTER FALLEN NASSAU POLICE OFFICER

    Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that Governor Andrew Cuomo has approved legislation he sponsors to rename a bridge after fallen Nassau County Police Officer Michael Califano.    “Michael Califano, like all police officers, put himself in harm’s way to keep us safe every single day. We must never forget the ultimate sacrifice he made in the line of duty. Renaming this bridge in Officer Califano’s honor will ensure that his heroism, sacrifice, and devoted service will always be remembered,” said Senator Fuschillo, Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee.

August 4, 2011
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Texting while driving ban shows the power of grassroots advocacy; Bee News Guest Column

Originally published July 28, 2011, Bee News Group  New York State has taken an important step forward in our fight against distracted driving.

August 1, 2011
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR DAVID J. VALESKY ON GOVERNOR SIGNING MISSING VULNERABLE ADULT ALERT SYSTEM INTO LAW

I am very pleased that Governor Cuomo has signed this bill into law. It is a fact that the longer vulnerable adults are missing, the more likely they are to be injured or killed. This law, which many of us have worked on for years, will enable families and law enforcement to get the word out about missing people faster, and therefore increase the likelihood of finding them unharmed.

July 25, 2011
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SENATOR VALESKY CO-SPONSORS PROTECT OUR CHILDREN ACT

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) is the co-sponsor of newly introduced legislation that would strengthen penalties for harming or killing a child and for obstructing law enforcement in investigations of those cases.

“As a father and a legislator, I am fully in support of legislation that protects children and punishes those who harm them. We’ve seen too many cases locally and nationally where egregious offenses have been committed against children with insufficient penalties. This legislation gives law enforcement the tools they need to appropriately charge and prosecute anyone who abuses or kills a child.”

July 22, 2011
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114th Precinct Cops Honored, Hidden Auto Compartments Outlawed

Queens Gazette wrote about the passage of Senator Gianaris' concealed vehicular compartment legislation, sponsored in the Assembly by Aravella Simotas. Senator Gianaris and Assemblymember Simotas announced the bill's passage at the 114th Precinct Community Council meeting.

Police Officers Peter Predescu and Mubashir Tohfafarosh were honored as Cops of the Month at the June 28 meeting of the 114th Precinct Community Council.

July 6, 2011
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NY Daily News: Sen. Espaillat and Upper Manhattan Elected Officials Call for More Police In Parks

More Police Needed to Keep Upper Manhattan Residents Safe After Rash of Sexual Attacks

By Albor Ruiz

June 15, 2011

These days a walk in the park is no walk in the park for residents of northern Manhattan, especially women.

In what seems like a throwback to the bad old days, violent crime has made a comeback, spreading fear in the Washington Heights and Inwood communities.

Three sexual assaults took place in as many days in the area, last Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Two of the women were attacked in the Bennett Ave. area, a short distance from the 34th Precinct stationhouse. The third was assaulted in Inwood Hill Park, where three other women have also been victims of sexual predators in the last 16 months.

Residents are rightfully alarmed and, along with elected officials, have mobilized to combat this crime wave in which women have become the targets of choice. They are calling on the NYPD to do whatever it takes to restore safety to their community.

"We will not simply sit back and watch crime return to northern Manhattan," said state Senator Adriano Espaillat.

June 17, 2011
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION CO-SPONSORED BY SENATOR VALESKY TO ASSIST IN LOCATING MISSING VULNERABLE ADULTS

 ALBANY, N.Y.— Legislation co-sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that will create a clearinghouse for information and alert system to find missing and vulnerable adults passed the State Senate today. “This is a significant piece of legislation, because it has the potential to save lives,” Senator Valesky, who serves as Chair of the Senate Aging Committee, said. “The faster families and law enforcement can act in disseminating information about missing vulnerable adults, the faster resources can be dispatched and loved ones can be located.”  The legislation (S.3293b) would build upon the previously established statewide Amber Alert system used by law enforcement to alert the public to missing children.

June 16, 2011
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Statement from Senator O'Mara on Chemung County Sheriff's Deputy Jeffrey Alexander

Albany, N.Y., June 15—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today released the following statement on Chemung County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeffrey Alexander, whose memorial service will be held later today and funeral tomorrow morning in Elmira:

June 15, 2011
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Senator Michael Gianaris Session Remarks on Federal Terrorism Trials in NYC

Senator Gianaris on the Senate floor discusses the importance of ensuring that New York City residents receive the proper homeland security protection.

June 15, 2011
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Senator Kennedy, Kelly Cline Applaud Governor’s Distracted Driving Bill

Cline, Kennedy formed Families Against Texting While Driving to push issue forward

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, and Kelly Cline, a West Seneca mother and relentless safety advocate, commended Governor Andrew Cuomo for introducing a program bill on distracted driving. Cline also announced Families Against Texting While Driving – the advocacy group that she formed with Senator Kennedy earlier this year – will actively support the Governor’s bill.

June 10, 2011
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SENATE PASSES FUSCHILLO BILL TO HELP POLICE POSITIVELY IDENTIFY SUSPECTS

Legislation Would Allow Police Officers to Have Routine Access to an Individual’s Driver License Photo When Performing Their Duties 

June 1, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE ASKS FIREFIGHTERS TO BACK MARK'S LAW

Asks Friends, Family Of Emergency Workers To Go To Website At www.ritchie.nysenate.gov To Sign On-Line Petition

State Senator Patty Ritchie asked Watertown firefighters on Thursday to sign her on-line petition in support of "Mark's Law," (S4717) a measure that would impose the state's maximum criminal penalty for anyone who kills firefighters or emergency workers.

The bill was named for the late Mark Davis who was shot to death while responding to an emergency in Cape Vincent.

Senator Ritchie asked the firefighters sign her on-line petition on her Senate website at www.ritchie.nysenate.gov and to ask their families and friends to support the measure.

May 27, 2011
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