Crime is down in the area and the High Street subway station is manned every day on every tour of duty, transit officials and cops told a packed town hall meeting of Concord Village residents recently.
With the end of the legislative session approaching, Sen. Daniel Squadron, D-Carroll Gardens, and Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, D-Manhattan, are stepping up efforts to pass legislation they introduced in January (S.1510/A.1986) that would toughen domestic violence laws by creating a new felony charge of "aggravated domestic violence" for repeat offenders who might only face a low-level misdemeanor charge under the existing statutes.
NEW YORK, June 3 (Reuters) - Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. threw his support Friday behind a proposal that would create a new felony charge in New York state for repeat domestic abusers.
The legislation, sponsored by state senators Martin Golden and Daniel Squadron and state Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, would subject abusers who commit two or more misdemeanor domestic violence crimes within five years to a class E felony charge, the lowest level of felony in New York.
According to the New York Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence, 38 percent of domestic violence victims are abused again within six months, Vance said. Last year, police responded to nearly 250,000 domestic violence incidents in the city.
NEW YORK (WCBS 880) - Albany is looking to put some teeth into the state’s domestic violence law. Lawmakers want to put repeat offenders behind bars before they cause serious harm to other potential victims.
Posted by Amy Spitalnick on Thursday, August 4th, 2011
NEW YORK -- Following the report in today's Daily News that domestic violence cases have jumped 12.3% in New York City, State Senator Daniel Squadron (Brooklyn, Lower Manhattan) renewed his call for passage of legislation to increase penalties for repeat domestic violence offenders:
Today's report on rising domestic violence must be a call to action: Give law enforcement the tools they need to protect victims and families from this horrific trend now.
Abusers are able to rack up domestic violence offenses while their victims are not protected. This bill will elevate repeat offenses to a felony and protect victims. In my district, Officer Alain Schaberger was killed by a repeat domestic violence offender. We must act for the sake of Officer Schaberger and all victims across New York.
Posted by Amy Spitalnick on Tuesday, August 9th, 2011
By Georgia Kral
State Senator Daniel Squadron cited statistics released today - that show a more than 12 percent increase in domestic violence cases in New York City - in his call for action on a recently introduced domestic violence bill.
"Today's report on rising domestic violence must be a call to action," he said.
The bill, introduced by Squadron in the State Senate in June, would strengthen the current domestic violence laws by establishing "aggravated domestic violence" as a felony crime for abusers who commit two or more offenses within five years.
"Give law enforcement the tools they need to protect victims and families from this horrific trend now," said Squadron.