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    By Judy L. Randall

    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Members of Staten Island’s Albany delegation this week pointed to legislation they authored or co-sponsored that has been signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

    A measure aimed at reducing animal cruelty supported by Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, which will increase penalties for participation in illegal animal fighting, was among the bills signed by Cuomo.

    “With this law, New York has taken an important step toward protecting defenseless animals,” said Ms. Malliotakis (R-East Shore/Brooklyn). “Organized fighting rings are seen all over the state [and are] an especially revolting form of animal cruelty. By strengthening our ability to prosecute and punish those involved with animal fighting, we will be able to deter future criminals from committing these atrocities.”

    Ms. Malliotakis is the owner of three dogs, including Peanut, a Chihuahua, who joined her in Albany recently during Animal Advocacy Day.

    Elsewhere, Cuomo signed into law a bill authored by state Sen. Andrew Lanza to require state-licensed telephone wagering call centers to be located in New York. Lanza said the legislation came about after he learned of the New York Racing Association’s new contract with an out-of-state telephone wagering company. The plan was later scrapped and a new call center will open in upstate Amherst, employing 60 people. (READ MORE)

    Publication date: 
    Monday, August 22, 2011 - 00:00