senate Bill S1243

Relates to reports on certain criminal offenses on public transportation

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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION

Summary

Relates to reports on certain criminal offenses on public transportation.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1062
Versions:
S1243
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Transportation
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง397-c, V & T L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S1364, A1484
2009-2010: S7741, A11024

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BILL NUMBER:S1243

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to reports on certain
criminal offenses on public transportation

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
This bill amends section 397-c of the vehicle and traffic law by
requiring municipal, town and village police departments in villages,
towns and cities with less than one million residents to prepare,
annually, a report detailing the total number of criminal complaints
and arrests, categorized by class of crime where the conduct occurs
on bus routes operated by such villages, town or municipality or its
transit authority.

Specifically the report shall detail the following criminal activity:

-- section 70.02 of the penal law such as murder, kidnapping,
manslaughter, aggravated sexual abuse, sexual conduct against a
child, criminal-use or sale of a firearm, etc.;

-- assault and related offenses as defined in article one hundred twenty
of the penal law such as intent to cause physical injury to another;

-- sex offenses as defined in article one hundred thirty of the penal law
such as sexual misconduct, rape, and criminal sexual acts;

-- disorderly conduct as defined in section 240.20 of the penal law
such as intent to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or
recklessness, by engaging in fighting or threatening behavior,
unreasonable noisemaking, use of abusive or obscene language or
gestures;

-- harassment as defined in section 240.25 and 240.26 of the penal law
such as intentionally following or by engaging in a course of conduct
or by repeatedly committing acts which places such person in
reasonable fear of physical injury, with intent to annoy or
alarm-another-person by subjecting such person to physical contact,
or attempts or threatens to do the same follows a person;

-- aggravated harassment as defined in section 240.30 and 240.31 of the
penal law such as intent to harass, annoy, threaten or alarm another
person either by communicating with a person, attempting to contact,
subjecting another person to physical contact, or threatening to do
the same because of a belief or perception.

The report shall contain a separate tabulation for employees of the
authority, passengers and other non-employees.

Such statistics shall be tabulated on a monthly basis and on an annual
basis and shall be maintained and transmitted in an electronic format
to the department of records and information services, or its
successor's and be made available to the public via the Internet.

JUSTIFICATION:


This bill will provide the public with information on the location of
criminal activity, including sexual harassment; while providing the
police department data that will allow them to focus their resources
on areas most in need of protection: By requiring that these
statistics be updated on a monthly basis, and posted on the Internet,
the public will be able to monitor the progress in reducing crime on
our transit systems.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2011-12: S.1364 - Referred to Transportation
2009-10: S.7741 - Referred to Transportation

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS TO STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT:
None to the State

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Immediately, with the first posting of the required information 90
following enactment.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  1243

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. PERKINS, ADDABBO -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation

AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to  reports  on
  certain criminal offenses on public transportation

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The vehicle and traffic law is  amended  by  adding  a  new
section 397-c to read as follows:
  S  397-C.   REPORTS OF CERTAIN CRIMINAL ACTS ON PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION.
MUNICIPAL, TOWN AND VILLAGE POLICE DEPARTMENTS IN  VILLAGES,  TOWNS  AND
CITIES  WITH  LESS THAN ONE MILLION RESIDENTS SHALL PREPARE, ANNUALLY, A
REPORT DETAILING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CRIMINAL  COMPLAINTS  AND  ARRESTS,
CATEGORIZED BY CLASS OF CRIME, FOR VIOLENT FELONY OFFENSES AS DEFINED IN
SECTION  70.02 OF THE PENAL LAW, ASSAULT AND RELATED OFFENSES AS DEFINED
IN ARTICLE ONE HUNDRED TWENTY OF THE PENAL LAW, SEX OFFENSES AS  DEFINED
IN  ARTICLE  ONE  HUNDRED THIRTY OF THE PENAL LAW, DISORDERLY CONDUCT AS
DEFINED IN SECTION 240.20 OF THE PENAL LAW,  HARASSMENT  AS  DEFINED  IN
SECTIONS  240.25  AND 240.26 OF THE PENAL LAW, AND AGGRAVATED HARASSMENT
AS DEFINED IN SECTIONS 240.30 AND 240.31 OF THE  PENAL  LAW,  WHERE  THE
CONDUCT  OCCURS  ON BUS ROUTES OPERATED BY SUCH VILLAGE, TOWN OR MUNICI-
PALITY OR ITS TRANSIT AUTHORITY, SPECIFYING WHERE SUCH CRIMINAL  CONDUCT
HAS  OCCURRED  BY BUS ROUTE.  SUCH REPORT SHALL CONTAIN A SEPARATE TABU-
LATION FOR EMPLOYEES OF THE AUTHORITY, PASSENGERS AND OTHER  NON-EMPLOY-
EES.    SUCH  STATISTICS SHALL BE TABULATED ON A MONTHLY BASIS AND ON AN
ANNUAL BASIS AND SHALL BE MAINTAINED AND TRANSMITTED  IN  AN  ELECTRONIC
FORMAT  TO  THE  DEPARTMENT  OF RECORDS AND INFORMATION SERVICES, OR ITS
SUCCESSOR AGENCY, AND BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC ON OR THROUGH  THE
DEPARTMENT  OF RECORDS AND INFORMATION SERVICES' WEBSITE, OR ITS SUCCES-
SOR'S WEBSITE. SUCH STATISTICS SHALL BE FIRST  MADE  AVAILABLE  ON  SUCH
WEBSITE  NINETY  DAYS AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION AND SHALL
BE UPDATED ON AT LEAST A MONTHLY BASIS THEREAFTER.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02235-01-3

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