New law can seal felons' records

Legislators, DAs are contesting reforms made to drug laws

By Don Lehmandlehman@poststar.comWednesday, June 3, 2009 9:15 AM EDT

Local district attorneys and legislators are among a group calling for a change to a recently passed state law that would allow criminals to have up to four drug-related convictions wiped from their criminal records.

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A Rocky Reform Loophole

New York Post, Editorial

June 3, 2009

 Weakening New York's supposedly "draconian" Rockefeller-era drug laws was always a risky proposition. At best, the reforms to the drug code signed by Gov. Paterson in April -- which go into effect next week -- symbolized a worrisome retreat from a no-nonsense criminal-justice mentality.

At worst, the legislation, which abolished mandatory minimums for most drug crimes, threatens to turn loose scores of dangerous criminals.

Turns out, New Yorkers had no idea.

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Statement from Senator Hassell-Thompson

As Chairwoman of the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction, I was very disturbed to hear of last Wednesday's shooting incident in the Dutchess County Sheriff's Office. My colleagues and I will be taking a close look at the 2007 law that allowed certain sex offenders, such as Ken-Tweal Catts, to be released from civil confinement. Recent criticism following last week's attack has focused on the provision of the 2007 civil confinement law that allowed juries the ability to grant freedom to sex offenders.

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NYS Senators Urge All to Be Counted in the Upcoming 2010 Census

Senator  Reverend  Ruben  Diaz,  Chair  of the New York State Senate Puerto Rican  /Latino  Caucus and fellow Caucus members, Senator Hiram Monserrate, Senator  Pedro  Espada  and Senator Martin Malavé Dilan, are calling upon  community leaders and ministers to encourage all people who reside in the  United  States  –  whether legally or illegally – to be counted in the upcoming United States 2010 Census.

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Senate Elections Committee Holds Albany Hearing On Campaign Finance Reform

(Albany, NY)- Wednesday, the Senate Elections Committee, Chaired by Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), held a public hearing in Albany to solicit public comment on proposed campaign finance reforms to reinvigorate participatory democracy. Along with last week’s hearing in Rochester this concludes the third set in a series of five hearings that will continue in September and November. 

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Senator Parker Announces Legislation Increasing Oversight of Gas and Electric Company Stock Transfers Passes Senate

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For Immediate Release: Monday, June 1, 2009

 Senator Parker Announces Legislation Increasing Oversight of Gas and Electric Company Stock Transfers Passes Senate

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State hopes group will draw, keep young professionals

By JESSICA COLLIER, Enterprise Staff Writer POSTED: June 3, 2009

Efforts are under way to attract young professionals to upstate New York and to keep them here, but not everyone believes that such efforts will be enough to make the area livable for many young people.

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Talk whirls about candidates to replace McHugh (3rd update)

By NATHAN BROWN and JESSICA COLLIER, Enterprise Staff Writers and JON HOCHSCHARTNER, Enterprise Intern POSTED: June 3, 2009 

If the U.S. Senate confirms Rep. John McHugh as Army secretary, the governor will probably call a special election to fill his seat for New York's 23rd Congressional District. The speculation on who will run is in full bloom.

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