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.
New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) today called immediate action today on his legislation that would fix a dangerous problem with the soon to be enacted, so-called Rockefeller Drug Law reforms. Under a state budget measure which will take effect on June 8th, courts may seal criminal records of certain drug felons at the completion of drug court effectively leaving no criminal record and conviction when they apply for employment.
New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) and Community Prevention Alternatives for Families in Crisis will be partnering on Saturday May 30, 2009 to present a domestic violence awareness workshop.
The workshop will take place at the Poppenhusen Institute located at 114-04 14th Road in College Point from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm.
On Thursday, May 7th I had the opportunity to honor 40 teachers from throughout our community who excel in the classroom in preparing our children for their future. On behalf of the families, students and parents I extend our gratitude to each and every teacher in the classrooms throughout Northeast Queens and our congratulations to the 2009 Teachers of Distinction.
New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) announced today that he will be partnering with the American-Italian Cancer Foundation in providing no-cost mammography screenings to residents of Northeast Queens on Saturday May 30. The mobile mammography van will be outside of Senator Padavan’s District Office at 89-39 Gettysburg Street in Bellerose. There are no-out-of-pocket expenses and no copays for both insured and uninsured women.
New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) announced today that once again his Bellerose District office will be collecting used cell phones in order to recycle them and donate to victims of domestic violence.
Calling it the worst budget process he has ever seen, New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) voted against the 2009-2010 State Budget presented by Governor Paterson, Speaker Silver and Senate Majority Leader Smith.
New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) today blasted Senator Majority Leader Malcolm Smith, Speaker Silver and Governor Paterson for continuing to work in secret on the important issues facing our state, especially the 2009-2010 State Budget.