On Saturday, April 16th, Senator Robach joined Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and officials from the City of Rochester during an event for the 27th Annual Crime Victims Rights Week Walk. For more information, visit http://www.4victims.org/.
On Tuesday, May 17th, the New York State passed Brittany's Law (S.3645B), a bill that would establish a statewide violent felony offender registry by requiring offenders to register with the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services upon release from prison. The law is intended to increase the safety of all New Yorkers by providing access to the list of convicted violent offenders.
On Friday, May 20th, Senator Robach attended a ceremony at the Public Safety Building to honor local police officers and survivors of domestic violence. SAFER, or Survivors Advocating for Effective Reform held the ceremony as a part of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Week. Police officers from Greece, Rochester, Gates and Fairport were recognized, along with the county sheriff and probation departments.
On Wednesday, October 5th, Senator Robach had the privilege to attend a press conference in commemoration of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The press conference, hosted by Alternatives for Battered Women, was held at the Crime Victims' Resource Center, in Rochester. I have been happy to work with advocates, law enforcement, and victims to sponsor legislation, which has strengthened domestic violence laws. For more information on ABW, visit their website here, http://www.abwrochester.org/.
Recently, I had the privilege to take part in the March Against Violence. The march was organized by Bridges to Wellness, which is a community health initiative in northeast Rochester that engages residents to bring about positive changes to their community. The march was put on by Bonita Blocker, whose brother was murdered and Jesse Knoth, who is the reisdent organizer/youth coordinator for Bridges to Wellness.
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:
Eleven years ago, our Nation was attacked, and our way of life was changed forever. Terrorists killed thousands of innocent victims in New York City, at the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Today, we remember all of those who perished on that terrible day. I hope that you and your family will spend some time together, thinking about those who lost their lives and the families they left behind. There are a number of community events today and tonight that people can attend to reflect and remember. Not only on this anniversary, but continually, we shall Never Forget.
On Tuesday morning, September 11th, I had the honor to attend the Ridge Road Fire District's Remembrance Ceremony for the victims of the terrorist attacks 11 years ago today. A wreath was planted at the Ridge Road Fire District 9/11 Memorial, flags were lowered to half-staff, and a bell was rung at 8:46 a.m., which marks the time that the first plane hit the World Trade Center on 9/11/01.