ALBANY – Imagine you’ve been beaten or sexually assaulted by an abuser. It may have been a spouse, significant other, or another relative that harmed you, maybe even repeatedly. Now, imagine how you would feel facing your abuser in court. Currently, New York State’s Criminal Procedure Law only permits children deemed “vulnerable” by a judge to testify by closed-circuit television. Now, thanks to a bill sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean), which has been passed in the state Senate, the law also would include “domestic violence victims” as “vulnerable” witnesses in criminal proceedings.
"Renee's Law" Helps Protect Staff and Youth in Residential Placements
The New York State Senate today passed a measure to protect the staff and youth in group homes and other youth residential facilities. “Renee’s Law” (S2625B), sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R-I-C, Olean), increases the criminal history and other information available to those involved in residential placements for violent youth offenders so that a thorough evaluation of the youth's rehabilitation and the risk they pose to the community can be performed.
Legislation would require registration for violent felony offenders, create a statewide database
OLEAN – Following a tragic fire this past weekend in Cuba, New York, that cut short the life of domestic violence survivor Shannon Pepper, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) and Assemblyman Joseph M. Giglio (R,C,I-Gowanda) are calling for the Assembly to pass Brittany’s Law.
Statement from Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) on the passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act:
“Today’s passage of the anti-human trafficking legislation by the Assembly is a positive step for the health and safety of all New York’s women. For nearly two years my Senate Republican colleagues and I have been calling on the Assembly’s downstate leadership to follow our lead and put progress ahead of politics. By finally doing what’s right for New York’s women, the new Assembly Speaker has shown a willingness to work together to get results on the critical issues before our state.
Millions of women across New York State are on the verge of winning an historic victory at the State Capitol, but we need YOUR help!
The State Senate recently approved approved a landmark new "Women's Equality Package," which includes a key reform to ensure that women receive equal pay for equal work.
I was proud to vote for this package in the Senate, but our job isn't done yet. That's why I'm launching a new petition drive designed to encourage the State Assembly to take final action on these bills without delay.