Measures Increase Penalties, Enhance Community Notification and Protection
The New York State Senate today passed a package of eight bills to prevent sexual predators from obtaining access to potential victims and help law enforcement and communities keep track of their whereabouts. The bills will help increase the amount of information available about convicted sex offenders and seeks to prevent them from obtaining access to vulnerable individuals.
The New York State Senate today passed legislation that will protect victims of domestic violence and establish stronger criminal penalties to punish individuals who commit acts of domestic violence.
The bill (S7638), sponsored by Senator Steve Saland (R-I-C, Poughkeepsie), Chairman of the Senate Codes Committee, represents a three-way agreement among the Senate, Governor Cuomo and the Assembly. It includes several important provisions included in bills that have already passed the Senate this year, such as bail reforms and increased penalties for domestic violence crimes.
Highlights of the domestic violence legislation include the following:
(Rochester, NY) - Last night, I had the privilege to take part in a number of the celebrations around our community to mark National Night Out. Greece, Charlotte, and the Maplewood area were just some of the communities that hosted family-oriented events to take a stand against crime.
Last Thursday afternoon, I had the privilege to speak to, and meet with, graduates of the Town of Greece Citizens Police Academy. This was the 16th Annual Picnic to celebrate the accomplishments of residents and past graduates who have gone through this program. Thank you to all of you who help make our community safe.
Earlier this afternoon, I had the privilege to present the 2012 Human Service Courage Award to City of Rochester Police Officer Anthony DiPonzio. I also had the honor of nominating Anthony for the award for his dedication to our community and his amazing recovery and return to work after being shot in the line of duty in 2009. Congratulations to all of this year's award winners!
On Sunday morning, I had the privilege to visit with participants at the Push Yourself 5k at Ellison Park. This was the third year of the event, which was held to benefit the Rochester Area CrimeStoppers and the Lymphoma/Leukemia Society. Rochester homicide victim Paul Vasconcellos II was remembered during the 5k. He was killed two years ago, and his case remains unsolved. His father Paul Vasconcellos Sr. was on hand for the event. Also, funds were raised for Dan Prinzi, a teacher in Webster, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Nearly 500 runners took place in the Push Yourself 5k. For more information on Push Yourself, visit their website at http://pushyourself.com/Home.aspx.
On Thursday, I had the privilege to visit the 9th Annual Rochester Area Crime Stopper's Phone-A-Thon and take phone calls during the lunch hour. To read more about this great organization and the work they do to keep our community safe, visit their website at www.roccrimestoppers.com.
Last Thursday morning, I had the privilege to attend the Monroe County Domestic Violence Consortium Legislative Breakfast on Domestic Violence. Here I am with Town of Greece Police Chief Todd Baxter and Town of Gates Police Chief David DiCaro.
The New York State Senate today passed a package of bills cracking down on rapists and sex offenders by creating new crimes and increasing penalties.
Legislation (S.1459) sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos (R, Rockville Centre) ensures significantly longer prison sentences for serial rapists. Under current law, it is possible for a judge to issue concurrent sentences for multiple counts arising from separate and distinct acts of rape. The legislation would require consecutive prison sentences for each separate count of first-degree rape when an individual is convicted of multiple counts, keeping dangerous felons off the streets for as long as possible.