Please be sure to check out an op-ed I wrote with Sen. Eric Adams for CBS News about the Obama administration's decision to revive the military commissions to prosecute Guantanamo detainees. We believe the time has come to end, not mend, this substandard judicial system.
ALBANY – State Senator Eric T. Schneiderman voted today to pass critical legislation (S.4110-A) that will provide an additional 13 weeks of unemployment insurance benefits to nearly 120,000 New Yorkers who have lost their jobs.
“By voting for marriage equality, the Assembly has made history once again. Legislators transcended party lines to give everyone in New York the right to the legal benefits that come with a marriage license. Now, with all eyes on the Senate, I am hopeful that we can get the votes needed to ensure that every New Yorker’s civil rights are protected. From a legal and moral standpoint, this is the right thing to do.”
ALBANY -- With attempts to overhaul state campaign-finance laws apparently stalled, a Democratic assemblyman Wednesday introduced a bill to lower donation limits, close loopholes and improve enforcement.
An editorial in today’s Newsday calls on the State Senate to pass my legislation requiring firearm microstamping in New York State. Microstamping ensures that when a gun is fired, information identifying the make, model and serial number of the gun is stamped onto the cartridge as numbers and letters.
ALBANY -- The state Senate today overwhelmingly passed a bill (S4306) that strengthens the punishment for domestic abusers who engage in violence against a victim's property. Under current law, a person is not criminally liable for damaging shared property if he or she has either a right to do so or believes that right exists. That means if an individual destroys the property of a spouse or domestic partner, he or she could not be held criminally liable. The bill passed today, sponsored by Codes Committee Chair Sen. Eric T.
NEW YORK – Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, announced today the creation of a task force that will examine ways to prevent wrongful convictions. The panel, which will include lawmakers, prosecutors, defense attorneys and scientists, is permanent and will continually recommend improvements in court practices, legislation, and training for attorneys, judges and police.
ALBANY — In one of his first major initiatives as the state’s top jurist, Jonathan Lippman, the chief judge of New York’s Court of Appeals, said he would create a permanent task force to examine wrongful convictions and recommend ways to minimize them.
Members of the task force, who are being selected by Judge Lippman, will include prosecutors, defense lawyers, scientists and lawmakers. They will have a broad mandate to examine police procedures, court rules and other issues involved in wrongful convictions.
In an effort to cut down on illegal guns and gang violence that plagues communities across the State of New York, the Senate Majority announced a new initiative, Operation SNUG, that will provide local law enforcement and anti-violence community groups with innovative tools to steer at-risk New Yorkers away from the culture of gangs and illegal guns.