Issues: Police

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

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


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

June 1, 2011


Asks Friends, Family Of Emergency Workers To Go To Website At 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 and to ask their families and friends to support the measure.

May 27, 2011

5/23/2011: Session


S. 2322 GriffoAdd § 240.33 Penal L. Establishes the crime of aggravated harassment of a police officer or peace officer; provides for such an offense to be a class E felony:CRIMINAL SANCTION IMPACT.

A person is guilty of aggravated harassment of a police officer or peace officer when, with the intent to harass, annoy, threaten or alarm a person whom he or she knows or reasonably should know to be  a  police officer or peace officer engaged in the course of performing his or her official duties, he or she strikes, shoves, kicks or otherwise subjects such person to physical contact.

May 25, 2011

SAFER Recognizes Domestic Violence Survivors, Local Police Officers

On Friday, May 20th, Senator Robach attended a ceremony at the Public Safety Building to honor local police officers and survivors of domestic violence. SAFER, or Survivors Advocating for Effective Reform held the ceremony as a part of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Week. Police officers from Greece, Rochester, Gates and Fairport were recognized, along with the county sheriff and probation departments.

May 23, 2011

5/23/2011: Session

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: May 27, 2011Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | | (518) 455-3531


On May 23rd, the Republican Senate Majority passed an ill-conceived bill that will disproportionately affect minority communities. Senate bill 2322 by Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-Oneida County) seeks to establish the crime of aggravated harassment of a police officer or peace officer and make such crime a class E felony.

May 22, 2011

Senate Passes Boater Safety Bill

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said the Senate has passed an important bill (S.2903B) requiring boat operators, regardless of age, who have been convicted of boating while intoxicated (BWI) to take a boating safety course before operating a boat again.

“Long Island’s peak boating season is fast approaching,” LaValle said. “Educating those who have been convicted of BWI, may prevent future tragedies,” LaValle said.

The state already requires those age 21 and over and who are convicted of boating while intoxicated to obtain a boating safety certificate before operating a vehicle. The bill passed today expands upon that law by requiring those under 21 and convicted of an alcohol-related boating offense to obtain a certificate as well.

May 18, 2011

Senator Lee Zeldin Honors the Late NYPD Officer Robert Anthony Zane, Jr. of Sayville

State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I – Shirley) recently attended the annual Remembrance Ceremony at the New York State Police Officers Memorial, located at the Empire State Plaza in Albany.  Senator Zeldin (above left) is pictured here with Tracy Zane (above right) and her young daughter, whose husband, the late NYPD Officer Robert Anthony Zane, Jr. of Sayville, was added to the Memorial wall for his heroic efforts on 9/11.

May 12, 2011

Senator Robach Introduces Legislation to Strengthen Law on Texting While Driving

New law would elevate text messaging while driving violation to a primary offense


The New York State Senate today will act on a bill (S.998) that will make it easier for law enforcement to crack down on texting-while-driving offenses and prevent tragic accidents caused by drivers distracted by texting. Action on the bill was announced today at a news conference by the bill sponsors, Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R-Syosset), Senator James Alesi (R-C-I, Perinton), and Senator Joseph Robach (R-C-I, Rochester).


May 3, 2011


Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) honored police officers from the 68th Precinct of the New York City Police Department and Firefighters from Engine 241/Ladder 109 with certificates from the New York State Senate yesterday at a ceremony held at his district office.


The Police and Fire personnel were honored for their response to a March 20th apartment fire that took place at 7116-5th Avenue.


April 29, 2011

Senate Honors Chief Christine Ziemba for Service to Community

Senator Kennedy sponsors resolution recognizing Chief Ziemba as trailblazer for women in law enforcement

ALBANY, N.Y. – When Christine Ziemba was hired by the Cheektowaga Police Department, she became the first female police officer in the town’s history. After joining the department, Ziemba started climbing the ranks, and in March 2002, the Cheektowaga Town Board named her Chief of Police, making her the first woman to ever lead a police force in Western New York.

April 26, 2011

Senator Kennedy Honors Cheektowaga Police Chief Christine Ziemba in Senate Resolution, Remarks on Senate Floor

Cheektowaga Police Chief Christine Ziemba, the first woman to ever lead a police force in Western New York, recently retired after 34 years of service to the town of Cheektowaga and the greater Western New York community. The New York State Senate honored Chief Ziemba for her long and accomplished career protecting our neighborhoods with a resolution put forward by Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District. 

April 26, 2011

NYS Senator Eric Adams Joins The Parents Of Slain NYPD Detective Russel Timoshenko To Announce The Second Annual Bridging The Gap Basketball Scholarship Tournament In Memory Of Detective Timoshenko’s Life, Which Was Taken In The Line Of Duty In July 2007.

On Friday, April 8, 2011, NYS Senator Eric Adams joined the parents of slain NYPD Detective Russel Timoshenko to announce the second annual Bridging the Gap Basketball Scholarship Tournament in memory of slain NYPD Detective Russel Timoshenko.  The tournament, was hosted by the Student Government Association in collaboration with the 71st Precinct Detectives Unit.  The money raised will benefit the Detective Russel Timoshenko Scholarship Fund for tuition assistance to Medgar Evers College students.

April 19, 2011

Senator Robach Speaks at Press Conference Regarding Emergency Responders Legislation

On Friday, April 15th, Senator Robach had the opportunity to attend, and speak at, a press conference held by United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Senator Gillibrand supports federal legislation to create a wireless broadband network to enable emergency responders to better communicate with one another during an emergency. The legislation was one of the recommendations made by the 9/11 Commission following the 2001 terrorist attacks.

April 18, 2011

Kelly Cline and Senator Kennedy Launch Families Against Texting While Driving

Click here to join Families Against Texting While Driving

Advocacy group will first focus on making texting while driving a primary offense statewide

April 14, 2011

Families Against Texting While Driving: Click here to join the cause

Kelly Cline and Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, officially launched a new advocacy and awareness group called Families Against Texting While Driving Thursday at the West Seneca West Senior High School.

Families Against Texting While Driving is coming together as one strong voice to send a message to Albany: New Yorkers believe in safety first.

April 14, 2011

Senator Ritchie recognizes Fulton PD Chief Orlo Green. The department recently won a AAA Platinum Traffic Safety Award.

State Senator Patty Ritchie presented the City of Fulton's Police Chief Orlo Green with a certificate on Friday for earning the American Automobile Association's (AAA) Platinum Award for its traffic-safety program. This is the fourth year in a row that the Fulton Police Department has earned the award. AAA's Community Traffic Safety Program is an awards and recognition program open to communities of all sizes nationwide for earning the AAA Platinum Award for the Fulton Police Department's traffic safety program.

April 11, 2011

Senator Farley Announces March 11th Is Blue Friday in NYS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) welcomed law enforcement officials and staff from WGNA radio station to the Senate on March 8th for passage of his annual resolution recognizing "Blue Friday" in New York State.

"The first year we started doing this was in 2005, and I worked with radio station WGNA in creating this official State day to salute fallen law enforcement officers, and to support the families of fallen officers," Senator Farley said.

March 10, 2011
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