Issues: Miscellaneous

SENATE PASSES BILL TO INCREASE PENALTIES FOR STALKING

The New York State Senate today passed a bill that would increase the penalties for stalking (S. 924A). An estimated 3.4 million people are victims of stalking in the United States each year.

February 13, 2012
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SENATE PASSES “TIFFANY’S LAW”

 

Bill Would, For the First Time, Link Convictions for Operating Different Vehicles While Intoxicated

The New York State Senate today passed “Tiffany’s Law” (S.2860A), sponsored by Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-C-I, Syracuse). The bill would require all prior convictions of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, whether it be an automobile (DWI), snowmobile (SWI), or all-terrain vehicle, be considered during sentencing of a subsequent Boating While Intoxicated (BWI) conviction. In turn, any person convicted of BWI would have that charge considered during any subsequent DWI, SWI or ATV offense.

February 13, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO RESTORE STATE’S COMMUTER TAX BENEFIT

Legislation Would Ensure that Commuters Receive $240 a Month State Tax Benefit to Help Offset Mass-Transit Costs

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), to fully restore the State’s pre-tax commuter benefit to provide savings to commuters who use the Long Island Rail Road and other mass transit.

February 13, 2012
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GOLDEN: SENATE PASSES BILL PREVENTING CRIMINAL NAME CHANGE

Albany – The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S. 1746) introduced by Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a former New York City Police Officer, that would prevent convicted felons currently confined as an inmate in any correctional facility, on parole, or on probation, from being able to legally change their name.

The legislation is a result of a 2000 civil rights law amendment that established a process for violent felons so to petition for a legal name change that includes crime victim and community notification. The process gives victims a chance to voice their opposition to such name changes.

February 13, 2012
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Muslims open Astoria center

The Times Ledger reports on the opening of the Muslim American Society's community center. Senator Gianaris spoke at the event and he believes these community centers are important for the future immigrant generations moving to the neighborhood.

Astoria has long been defined by its ethnic groups — first it was the Italians, then the Greeks — and last week the neighborhood’s Muslims took a large step toward establishing themselves with the grand opening of the Muslim American Society’s community center on Steinway Street.

 

MAS is a nationwide, nonprofit, religious, social and cultural organization, and for years the Queens chapter operated out of the Dar Al-Dawah mosque at 35-13 23rd Ave.

 

February 13, 2012
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Senate Passes Bills to Curb Illegal Prescription Drug Abuse

With the abuse of illegally-obtained prescription narcotics growing rapidly, the New York State Senate today passed several bills to curb the black market in prescription painkillers said New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I – Port Jefferson)

LaValle said the Senate approval of the bills followed a roundtable discussion on the issue of abuse of prescription painkillers held today by Senator Hannon and Senator Jeff Klein, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Alcohol and Substance Abuse.  This was a second in a series of public meetings discussing legislation to combat prescription drug abuse and to examine improving New York’s prescription reporting system.

February 13, 2012
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SENATE PASSES TOUGH SENTENCES FOR SEX OFFENDERS

Legislation Would Require Consecutive Sentences for Each Act of Rape

The New York State Senate today passed a bill, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, that would ensure significantly longer prison sentences for serial rapists.

 

Under current law, it is possible for a judge to issue concurrent sentences for multiple counts arising from separate and distinct acts of rape. The legislation (S.1826) would require consecutive prison sentences for each separate count of first degree rape when an individual is convicted of multiple counts.

February 13, 2012
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SENATE PASSES TOUGH SENTENCES FOR SEX OFFENDERS

Legislation Would Require Consecutive Sentences for Each Act of Rape

The New York State Senate today passed a bill, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, that would ensure significantly longer prison sentences for serial rapists.

Under current law, it is possible for a judge to issue concurrent sentences for multiple counts arising from separate and distinct acts of rape. The legislation (S.1826) would require consecutive prison sentences for each separate count of first degree rape when an individual is convicted of multiple counts.  

February 13, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO INCREASE PENALTIES FOR STALKING

The New York State Senate today passed a bill, sponsored by Senator Carl L. Marcellino, that would increase the penalties for stalking (S. 924A). An estimated 3.4 million people are victims of stalking in the United States each year.

"The obsessive nature of stalkers is unimaginable until you have suffered as the target of their endless pursuit,” said Senator Marcellino. “Stalking is a serious and potentially life-threatening crime. It changes the lives of the people who are victimized forever. This heinous behavior often proves lethal and the punishment must fit the crime.”

February 13, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILLS TO CURB ILLEGAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE

Series of bills aimed at controlling abuse of prescription painkillers

With the abuse of illegally-obtained prescription narcotics growing rapidly, the New York State Senate today passed several bills to curb the black market in prescription painkillers.

February 13, 2012
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Hizzoner Honors ‘Gossip Girl’

The Queens Tribune editorial covers Mayor Bloomberg's celebration of Gossip Girl's 100th episode, where he proclaimed January 26, 2012 as "Gossip Girl" Day in honor of the success of the show and the positive impact of the film industry on the local economy.

Did you hear the one about the mayor?

 

In a star-studded press conference at Long Island City icon Silvercup Studios, Mayor Mike Bloomberg proclaimed Thursday, Jan. 26, as “Gossip Girl” Day in honor of the show’s 100th episode, while highlighting the success of the film and TV industry in the City and its impact on the local economy.

 

February 13, 2012
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Eight Queens high schools could lose up to half of their staff under city plan

An editorial by the New York Daily News reports on the proposal by New York City's Deptartment of Education to overhaul struggling schools. Under the plan, schools face options that range from having to replace 50% of their staff to having to shut down completely.

The future of eight large Queens high schools — and the hundreds of educators who work there — are in jeopardy as the city plans to overhaul the struggling institutions.

 

The schools could lose up to half of their staff and receive a new principal and name this fall after the city and teachers union failed to reach an agreement on teacher evaluations.

 

The move could help the city get up to $60 million in federal funds.

 

February 13, 2012
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Bloomy gabs with Gossip Girl in LIC for show’s 100th episode

The Times Ledger editorial reports on Mayor Bloomberg's celebration of Gossip Girl's 100th episode. Senator Gianaris commends Mayor Bloomberg for promoting the film industry in New York City, which has created jobs and contributed $ billions to the local economy.

Before “Gossip Girl” fans tuned in to see if Blair Waldorf would marry Prince Louis Grimaldi of Monaco or return to her old flame, Chuck Bass, Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivered an early wedding present to the cast.

 

February 13, 2012
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The Stanley Cup

THE STANLEY CUP--The National Hockey League's (NHL) Stanley Cup recently made a stop at the State Capitol in Albany.  Last year's NHL champion Boston Bruins are owned by Buffalo, New York native Jeremy Jacobs.  Mr. Jacobs is also the CEO of Delware North Companies, a  Buffalo-based fod services company.

February 13, 2012
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Senator Malcolm A. Smith Proposes Reparation Legislation For Victimized Homeowners

(St. Albans, NY)-  In a move to address the wide-spread taint of the foreclosure process Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D-St. Albans) has proposed legislation that enhances the efforts of Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s recent success in preliminary settlement recovery efforts. The State reached a settlement for $136 million with the nation's five largest mortgage services over foreclosure abuse.

February 13, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN AND ASSEMBLYWOMAN MALLIOTAKIS DINE ON MENU OF LOBSTER, CLAM CHOWDER AND BOSTON CREAM PIE COURTESY OF NEW YORK GIANTS SUPER BOWL WIN

Senator Martin Golden (R,C,I-Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C-Brooklyn, Staten Island) this past Friday dined on a New England Feast.

 

The New York Legislators had made a friendly Super Bowl wager with Massachusetts State Representative F. Jay Barrows, from the 1st Bristol District, which includes Gillette Stadium, the Patriots home playing field in Foxborough.

 

As the New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots, Golden and Malliotakis received a New England style dinner for two, that included Two 1.25 lb-1.50 lb live Legal Lobsters, one quart of New England Clam Chowder, two individual Boston Cream Pies and oyster crackers.

 

February 13, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of February 13, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 was a pivotal year in New York.  But with the new year underway, the challenges remain great and a heavy workload still faces the Legislature. Senator O'Mara will continue to offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues throughout 2012, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column "From the Capitol..."

February 13, 2012
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