senate Bill S37

Increases the penalties for criminal impersonation in the first and second degrees

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 07 / Jan / 2009
    • REFERRED TO CODES
  • 06 / Jan / 2010
    • REFERRED TO CODES

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2502
Versions:
S37
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010
Current Committee:
Senate Codes
Law Section:
Penal Law

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER: S37

TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the penal law, in relation to increasing the penalties
for criminal impersonation in the first and second degrees


PURPOSE :
Relates to increasing the penalties for the crime for criminal
impersonation in both the first and second degrees.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :
The bill changes the designation of second degree criminal
impersonation from a class A misdemeanor to a class E felony. In
addition, criminal impersonation in the first degree, currently a
class E felony, would be reclassified as a class D felony.

JUSTIFICATION :
Criminal impersonation is a heinous crime in which an individual poses
as a law enforcement officer, a physician, or any such person of
authority in order to gain the trust and acquiescence of the victim.
Recently, Nassau County Police arrested a police impersonator who shot
and killed a Long Island bank manager during a motor vehicle stop.
This incident was preceded by several Nassau County robberies by
police impersonators, in which managers of stores were followed and
pulled over by an armed police impersonator. In the interest of
granting the authorities greater prosecutorial power and that of
enhancing overall public safety, this bill raises the penalties for
offenders convicted of criminal impersonation in either the first or
second degree.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
2005 Passed Senate, 2006 Codes Committee (S.2471/A.4692)
2007-2008: Passed the Senate (S.1532/A.3456)

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
This act shall take effect on the first of November next succeeding
the date on which it shall have become a law.
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