Issues: Miscellaneous

Senate Increases Penalties for DWI Recidivists

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said  today that the Senate passed a measure on June 16 that imposes mandatory jail time for individuals who choose to drive again under the influence of drugs or alcohol after having been previously convicted of such a crime. The bill (S.2597) is intended to increase the penalties for multiple DWI offenders.

“It is critical to the safety of motorists that we do our best to ensure that those who endanger the lives of others are kept off the road,” said Senator LaValle.  “This measure will protect the public from drunk drivers by giving law enforcement additional tools to effectively prosecute recidivist drunk drivers.”

Under the measure:

June 17, 2011
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Manhattan Times: Senator Espaillat recalls life under Trujillo

Fifty Years After His Death, Does Trujillo Still Matter?

By John Gutierrez

June 07, 2011

Santiago de los Caballeros is the Dominican Republic’s “second-city” and it was here that a soon-to-be seven-year-old boy named Adriano Espaillat learned that Trujillo had died. Looking back, Espaillat, now a New York State Senator, still remembers the planes that would fly over his town dropping propaganda leaflets extolling Trujillo.

June 17, 2011
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State Senate Passes Carlucci Priority Bill To Allow Schools/ Local Gov'ts to Pool Resources, Cut Costs

 

 The New York State Senate today passed priority legislation sponsored by Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) that will cut costs and lower burdens on taxpayers by streamlining the process for schools and other local governments to jointly consolidate healthcare-related and administrative operations.

“This legislation will give municipalities the tools that they need to cooperatively provide services and administer municipal employee benefits which are a major part of the cost of running local municipal governments,” Senator Carlucci said.  “Through common sense measures such as this we can save taxpayer dollars and provide quality services to employees.”

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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Chazz Palminteri Honored by New York State Senate

Recently, I had the opportunity to congratulate Chazz Palminteri for his commitment to preserving Italian American heritage. The New York State adopted a resolution earlier this month to honor Chazz at the Italian-American Day Celebration.

LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Chazz Palminteri for his commitment to

preserving Italian American heritage

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to pay tribute to

those individuals of true purpose and worthy accomplishment that provide

opportunities to celebrate their rich ethnic flavor and which strive to

preserve their cultural heritage; and

WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long

June 16, 2011
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Chazz Palminteri Honored by New York State Senate

Recently, I had the opportunity to congratulate Chazz Palminteri for his commitment to preserving Italian American heritage. The New York State adopted a resolution earlier this month to honor Chazz at the Italian-American Day Celebration.

LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Chazz Palminteri for his commitment to

preserving Italian American heritage

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to pay tribute to

those individuals of true purpose and worthy accomplishment that provide

opportunities to celebrate their rich ethnic flavor and which strive to

preserve their cultural heritage; and

WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long

June 16, 2011
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Sex and the City Star Cynthia Nixon Lobbies Lawmakers on Marriage Equality

 

Senator Montgomery is joined by Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon who traveled to the New York's State Capitol on Tuesday, June 14 to urge lawmakers to pass a marriage equality bill. The bill was approved by the Assembly that day.

Senator Montgomery, a long-time supporter of marriage equality noted that proponents of the bill have managed to close a vote gap in the Senate in a very short period of time but that the bill is still one vote shy of victory.

June 16, 2011
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SENATOR GOLDEN JOINS SENATE PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION THAT EXPANDS DNA DATABANK

All Felony and Misdemeanor Convictions Would Require Submission of DNA Sample

Albany- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today joined colleagues in the New York State Senate to support passage of legislation, (S.5560) that significantly expands the ability of law enforcement to solve crimes by requiring those convicted of all felonies and misdemeanors to submit DNA samples. The measure, sponsored by Senator Stephen Saland (R-I-C, Poughkeepsie), is supported by the District Attorneys across the state, crime victims’ advocates and Governor Andrew Cuomo.

June 16, 2011
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SENATE GIVES FINAL LEGISLATIVE APPROVAL TO BILLS LIMITING MILITARY FUNERAL PROTESTS

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative approval to two measures that offer additional buffers and restrictions for protests or demonstrations seeking to disrupt military funerals, burials or memorial services. The bills, sponsored by Senators Lee Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley) and Joseph Griffo (R-C, Rome), balance the constitutional right of free speech with the ability of families to respectfully mourn the individuals who gave their lives in service to our country. 

June 16, 2011
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SENATE GIVES FINAL PASSAGE OF “GOLD ALERT”

System Would Help Find Missing and Vulnerable Adults

The New York State Senate today gave final passage of legislation that expands an existing alert system to help locate missing vulnerable adults. The “Gold Alert” bill (S.3293B), sponsored by Senator John A/ DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse), creates a system to help authorities get proper notifications, coordinate resources, and investigate incidents where individuals, such as those with illnesses or disabilities, go missing.

 

June 16, 2011
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SENATE GIVES FINAL LEGISLATIVE APPROVAL TO BILL THAT PROTECTS NEW YORK’S WATER RESOURCES

The New York State Senate today passed a bill protecting protect New York’s environmental and economic future by improving management of water supplies and preventing over-consumption by large-scale users. The bill (S.3798), sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti (R, Buffalo), ensures that water supplies will be protected to meet the needs of New York’s residents, industry, agriculture and environment now and into the future.

 

June 16, 2011
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SENATE PASSES EXPANSION OF DNA DATABANK

All Felony and Misdemeanor Convictions Would Require Submission of DNA Sample

The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.5560) that significantly expands the ability of law enforcement to solve crimes by requiring those convicted of all felonies and misdemeanors to submit DNA samples. 

 

The measure, sponsored by Senator Stephen Saland (R-I-C, Poughkeepsie), is supported by the District Attorneys across the state, crime victims’ advocates and Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

 

June 16, 2011
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SENATE PASSES EXPANSION OF DNA DATABANK

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I – Port Jefferson) said the Senate passed a bill (S.5560) today that significantly expands the ability of law enforcement to solve crimes by requiring those convicted of all felonies and misdemeanors to submit DNA samples.

The measure is supported by the District Attorneys across the state, crime victims’ advocates and Governor Andrew Cuomo.

“This  bill would greatly enhance the DNA database and protect communities by keeping more criminals off the streets, while also reducing the financial costs and victims’ emotional strain by solving more crimes in an expeditious manner,” said LaValle,  “for New Yorkers throughout the state, this legislation will provide an additional layer of safety.”

June 16, 2011
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Senator Parker's 2011 Free Summer Mobile Series

Visit my District Office this summer for FREE health, quality of life, community & more services...beginning Friday, June 24th, through Friday, August 5th (excluding Friday, July 1st), from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at my District Office at 1300 Flatbush Avenue (entrance on Bedford & Foster Avenues)  For more info, please call my D.O. at 718-629-6401

June 24, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz along with Thousands of Evangelicals Will march in the Evangelical Children’s Parade

June 16, 2011

For Immediate Release

 

Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz along with Thousands of Evangelicals Will march in the Evangelical Children’s Parade

State Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz states that with more than 50 floats, marching bands, and displays of biblical passages, thousands of Evangelical Christians will march in The Evangelical Children’s Parade which will be held this Saturday, June 18 at 12:00 pm throughout Third Avenue, from 97th Street to 118th Street in “El Barrio”, the heart of the Hispanic community.

Men, women and children will march in support of their moral, traditional and family values.

June 16, 2011
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LaValle: Bill Enabling Discharge of Fire Commissioners For Unexcused Absences Passes Senate.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R, C, I-Port Jefferson) said today that his bill (S3101) enabling fire district commissioners who have excessive unexcused absences to be removed from office has passed the New York State Senate. The bill was passed on June 14. “Fire commissioners make most of the key decisions affecting fire and emergency medical service throughout New York State and sit on boards that have the authority to raise taxes and approve budgets to cover expenses including insurance,  payroll, pensions and the purchase of trucks, and other equipment,” LaValle said. Commission members, LaValle explained, set policy for fire districts, hire staff who maintain firehouses and dispatch calls.

June 16, 2011
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