Issues: Police

March 26, 2012
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Senator Carlucci Introduces Law Enforcement Bill to Protect K-9 Cops

New City (March 23, 2012) – Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) today joined with Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski (D-Rockland), seven police departments spanning Rockland and Westchester Counties, as well as their K-9 companions to call for passage of legislation (S.6244) that seeks to exempt police dogs from confinement and observation in the event that an individual is bitten in the course of their official duty. The senator had originally introduced the bill back in January.

March 23, 2012
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR GOLDEN ON 68TH PRECINCT ARRESTS MADE IN CONNECTION WITH RECENT TIRE SLASHINGS

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) has issued the following statement regarding arrests made by the 68th Precinct in connection with the recent tire slashings in the community:

“The 68th Precinct continues to make sure that we live in one of the safest communities in the City of New York, and those who proudly wear the uniform deserve to be thanked for this arrest. We will not tolerate acts that impede upon our quality of life such as tire slashings. To find your car with damaged tires is not only a personal nuisance and financial expense, but it causes concern for all residents on the blocks where it is happening.

March 13, 2012
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SENATE PASSES 2012-13 BUDGET RESOLUTION

Gallivan: “Senate Plan Cuts Taxes, Reforms Medicaid, Protects Seniors and Schools.”

The New York State Senate voted to approve its 2012-13 Senate Budget resolution, continuing its focus on state spending, job creation, and structural reform to government.

The Senate budget, at just under $132.5 billion, keeps the total state spending increase below two percent, and spends less than the Executive Budget. The budget closes a $2 billion budget deficit and builds on last year’s successes in putting the state’s fiscal house in order.

March 13, 2012
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Pol bid to halt cop-tix quotas

The New York Post wrote an article about a new law, proposed by Senator Gianaris, that would outlaw police quotas for arrests and tickets.

Police brass pushing arrest and ticket quotas could find themselves in jail for up to a year under a bill that state Sen. Michael Gianaris plans to introduce tomorrow.

Backed by the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, the bill would make it illegal for supervisors to require cops to make a certain number of arrests over a specified period.

Noting that good officers are being punished, Gianaris (D-Queens) said, “This bill would increase the penalties when quotas are used to evaluate performance.”

March 12, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND'S STATEMENT ON AID FOR RECENT TORNADO VICTIMS

Recent tornadoes have caused extensive damage throughout the heartland of America. Five states (Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Alabama, and Georgia) have reported deaths, totaling at least 38 victims. Many local governments and voluntary agencies are providing shelter for disaster survivors displaced by the storms, but the road to recovery will be a long one and further assistance is always welcome.

March 5, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND ANNOUNCES RECIPIENT OF THE EDWARD BYRNE JUSTICE ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAM

Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C – Poughkeepsie) today announced that the Columbia County Sheriff’s Department has received a grant under the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program in the amount of $25,000.

March 1, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS OF THE EDWARD BYRNE JUSTICE ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAM

6 Projects to Receive $175,000 Total Funding in Dutchess County

Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C – Poughkeepsie) today announced that law enforcement agencies in Dutchess County have received grants under the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program totaling $175,000.

“Law enforcement agencies play a critical role in protecting our state, yet like many entities, they operate within tight budgetary constraints,” said Senator Saland. “These grants will provide much needed funding to better equip Dutchess County law enforcement agencies, thereby bolstering the safety of our community without burdening the local property taxpayers.”

February 23, 2012
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Increase Penaltties for Sale of Drugs

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: February 16, 2012Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

*PRESS RELEASE*

Senator Shirley L. Huntley Passes Legislation to Better Protect Minors from Drug Abuse

Law would increase penalty for criminal sale of control substance to minors under age of 14

February 16, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Commends Distracted-Driving Crackdown, Praises Effective Enforcement of New Law

Especially proficient enforcement in Western New York, as police officials in Erie County wrote about 17 percent of all texting-while-driving tickets issued outside of New York City

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, commended State Police and local law enforcement agencies for cracking down on distracted driving and effectively enforcing the state’s new texting-while-driving law – which the Legislature passed and Governor Andrew Cuomo signed last summer.

February 14, 2012
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SQUADRON, KAVANAGH ANNOUNCE NEW LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN HAYLEY AND DIEGO’S LAW AND CRACK DOWN ON CARELESS DRIVING

New Bill Gives Law Enforcement Tools to Better Enforce Law and Hold Careless Drivers Accountable

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh announced new legislation to give law enforcement better tools to crack down on careless drivers who injure pedestrians and bicyclists. The bill strengthens “Hayley and Diego’s Law” (Vehicle & Traffic Law 1146), which was introduced after the tragic deaths of Hayley Ng, 4, and Diego Martinez, 3, who were killed in 2009 in Chinatown when a delivery van that was left in reverse jumped the curb and hit the children.

February 10, 2012
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Griffo Wants Counterfeits to Go to Good Cause

Griffo: Don’t Destroy Merchandise, Help The Poor Instead

February 9, 2012
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Senator Montgomery Announces NYSABPRL's 41st Annual Legislative Conference Workshop & Event Schedule

The 41st Annual Legislative Conference of the NYS Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators will convene on Friday, February 17th and conclude on Sunday, February 19th, 2012. The theme of this year’s conference is “Open Doors to Employment, Opens Doors to Empowerment."

The Conference schedule of educational workshops and weekend-long events is included here in a pdf format that can be downloaded.  More information on the Legislative Conference may be obtained by visiting www.nysabprl.org.

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February 9, 2012
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Gallivan Introduces Bill To Help Laid-Off NFTA Police Officers Get Back To Work

Eliminates Bureaucratic Red-Tape Preventing Experienced Cops From Landing New Jobs

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) introduced legislation today to allow the 20 recently laid-off Niagara Transportation Authority (NFTA) police officers to transfer to law enforcement job openings that may exist with nearby departments.

February 3, 2012
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CrimeStoppers Announcing Fundraising Initiative

On Tuesday, February 2nd, I had the privilege to speak at a press conference where CrimeStoppers announced a new fundraising initiative and their partnership with local law enforcement agencies. For more information on the work CrimeStoppers does in our community, visit their website at www.roccrimestoppers.com.

February 2, 2012
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Senator Maziarz introduces local deputies to the Chamber as State Deputies of the Year

During session on January 30, 2012 Senator Maziarz introduced two Niagara County Sheriff's Department deputies to the chamber as they were selected by the State as Deputies of the Year.  Deputy Sheriff Jonathan Andres and Deputy Sheriff Shawn Grapes, both of the Niagara County Sheriff's Department were honored with this year's award for the action they took in rescuing fellow deputy Allen Gerhardt who crashed during a hot pursuit.  

January 31, 2012
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Leandra's Legacy

Senator Dilan is presented an award by the Lewis Henry Morgan Institute for his work with Lenny Rosado on the passage of Leandra's Law. The law strengthens penalties on those convicted of driving while intoxicated with child passengers.The law is named after 11-year-old Leandra Rosado, Lenny's daughter, who tragically died in 2009 when the car she was riding in crashed. The driver was intoxicated.

January 25, 2012
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