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Op-Ed On The Military Commissions

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.

May 20, 2009
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Governor Paterson Announces $32.3 Million In Stimulus Funding For NYC Transportation Infrastructure

Sen. Schneiderman Hails Major Infrastructure Improvements Projects In District

May 19, 2009
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Senator Schneiderman Votes To Extend Unemployment Benefits For New Yorkers

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. 

May 18, 2009
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Statement From Sen. Schneiderman On Marriage Equality Vote In State Assembly

“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.”

 

May 12, 2009
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Effort to Revive Campaign Finance Reform Underway

By JAY GALLAGHER

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.

May 12, 2009
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State Senate Should Support Firearms Microstamping

A Newsday editorial backs my firearm microstamping bill, which gives law enforcement a new tool to solve crimes:

May 12, 2009
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Newsday Backs Firearm Microstamping Legislation

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.

May 11, 2009
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Senators Launch Push For Stronger Rent Laws

Sixteen State Senators stood today with rent regulated and Mitchell-Lama tenant allies to launch a full court press to pass stronger rent laws before the current legislative session ends in June.

May 11, 2009
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Senate Passes Schneiderman Bill To Prosecute Domestic Abusers For Destroying Property

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.

May 5, 2009
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May 5, 2009
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Top Judge Plans a Task Force on Wrongful Convictions

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.

April 30, 2009
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Senator Schneiderman With Mott Hall II Students

The Center for Arts Education presented me with a “Champion of Arts Education" award at Mott Hall II, a NYC public school that fosters an arts-friendly environment.

April 30, 2009
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Sen. Schneiderman Selected For Chief Judge's Task Force On Wrongful Convictions

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.

April 30, 2009
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Sen. Schneiderman And Assm. Schimel Lead Effort To Help Solve Gun Crimes

Bill Has Widespread Support From Law Enforcement Community

April 28, 2009
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Sen. Schneiderman On Senate's Anti-Crime Initiative

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.

April 28, 2009
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