Bill closes loophole after Court of Appeals ruling that it is not a crime
The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.7407), sponsored by Senator Martin Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), that would make the viewing of child pornography a felony crime. The bill amends current state law to say that a person is guilty of a crime when the person knowingly accesses child pornography with the intent to view.
The legislation comes after a state Court of Appeals ruling earlier this month that said viewing child pornography on the Internet is not a crime. This legislation closes that loophole.
Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a member of the State Senate Committee on Homeland Security, Military and Veteran Affairs, is announcing plans to honor local veterans at a Memorial Day breakfast and awards ceremony, to be held on Thursday, May 24, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. at the Bay Ridge Manor, located at 476-76th Street in Brooklyn.
Senator Golden will pay tribute to the sacrifices made by the men and women of our community in the name of the United States of America. The extraordinary service of Fort Hamilton Army Base Garrison Commander Colonel Michael J. Gould and Garrison Command Sergeant Major Sylvia P. Laughlin will be recognized at the event.
Albany- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a former small business owner and merchant leader, has issued the following statement following his appointment by New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos to the New York City Regional Economic Development Council:
“I thank Senator Majority Leader Dean Skelos for naming me to this Council, and I look forward to working with representatives of business, education, and labor, to help reinvigorate the economy of New York City and create jobs.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Albany, NY – The practice of “trial by ambush”, or loading a trial with experts and then revealing them the day before the trial begins has long been a problem in New York courts. Now, there may be some relief.
On Tuesday, May 1st, Assemblywoman Sandra Galef (D, Ossining) introduced legislation which would balance disclosure requirements for expert witnesses in lawsuits. Senator Martin Golden (R, Brooklyn) introduced the legislation in the Senate on April 13th.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs, is announcing that he has helped orchestrate, working with the New York City Parks Department, the replacement of the American and POW/MIA flags at Lieutenant William Coffey Square, located at 81st Street and Seventh Avenue.
Senator Golden had received an inquiry from a local resident who frequently walks past Lt. Coffey Square which pays tributes to our American veterans.
The resident was concerned that the American Flag and the POW/MIA flag were frayed and damaged, and asked Senator Golden to assist in getting replacements.
Albany- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), in the wake of yesterday’s New York State Court of Appeals decision in the case of People v. Kent, which dealt with the viewing of child pornography, has introduced legislation, S. 7407, to amend State law so to conform with federal regulations.
Senator Golden’s legislation seeks to amend the law, that currently makes it a crime to possess an obscene sexual performance by a child, to also include knowingly accessing such material with intent to view. The legislation was sparked by the Court of Appeals ruling that found viewing child pornography did not constitute a crime under current law.
Senator Martin Golden (R,C,I-Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C-Brooklyn/Staten Island) will be honoring employees of the Triborough Bridge & Tunnel Authority (TBTA) who rescued jumpers from the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge over the past two months. Officer Edward Grimm of the TBTA’s Special Operations Division rescued a man attempting to leap from the bridge on the evening of April 4th. A separate jumper was saved during the afternoon of May 1st by Lieutenant Cheryl DeSetto, Sergeant Michael Chiarelli Officers Joseph Dahl and Jared Reeves, and Giuseppe Bonamico, a civilian TBTA employee.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), is announcing that legislation he co-sponsored, S. 6338, which will increase the ability of law enforcement to prosecute crimes related to damaging property, or stealing religious items at any house of worship, has passed the New York State Senate.
Senator Golden is citing a recent incident on the grounds of Visitation Academy, that in addition to the school, also houses a Catholic Church and a Monastery, where religious statutes were desecrated in late March. The case is still pending and Senator Golden has posted a $1000 reward for any information leading to an arrest of these vandals.
New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos, Senate Insurance Committee Chairman Senator James L. Seward and Senator Martin Golden today joined law enforcement, insurance advocates, business groups, and victims to press for the Assembly’s passage of three auto insurance fraud prevention bills before the end of this year’s legislative session. Auto insurance fraud costs New Yorkers more than $1 billion a year and has led to injuries - even death - for innocent victims.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) has issued a letter to the Metropolitan Transit Authority asking that the S 93, that connects Bay Ridge to the College of Staten Island, be extended so it stops on the campus of the College of Staten Island, no longer leaving students and staff at the main gate left to walk a significant distance.
Senator Golden has received requests to ask the MTA/New York City Transit Authority to extend the S93 one additional stop, approximately ¼ of mile onto the campus, so to improve travel time and quality of service for those studying or working at the College.
The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.638), sponsored by Senator Martin Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), which allows local governments to authorize property tax exemptions for people who make improvements or changes to their homes to accommodate senior relatives or disabled people. The legislation means that homeowners are able to add on to their homes for this purpose without having to pay higher taxes resulting from increased property assessments.
Albany – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), after the Senate passage of S1828, sponsored by Senator Skelos, issued the following statement:
“Today I stand with my colleagues and proudly support this important legislation. There is no reason why any convicted sex offender should ever have their name removed from the registry. The sex offender registry was created so that parents could protect their children, and if someone can get a free pass, then the system doesn’t work as it should.
“I want to thank Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos for sponsoring this important piece of legislation, and call on my colleagues in the Assembly to pass this as quickly as possible.”
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is alerting local residents to two scam attempts brought to his attention which sought to obtain personal information for the purposes of fraud.
One resident yesterday reported a phone call from someone claiming to work for the Kings County Clerk’s Office threatening that failure to provide personal information would result in the termination of their Social Security benefits. Personal information requested included a marriage license, and when the local resident refused to give information, the person left a telephone number to return the call which was affiliated with the County Clerk’s office.
Albany - State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today joined his colleagues in the New York State Senate in approving legislation (S. 5650C) that would improve children’s school readiness by directing the New York State Commissioner of Education to evaluate and report on early childhood education in day care centers.
Senator Golden stated “I am proud to promote this legislation today because the millions of children in day care in our state deserve the best possible preparation for school. I hope the Assembly will pass this bill so that the Commissioner can prepare the study on how we can continue to improve on the great education of the students in New York”
Bill Would Require Offenders to Take a Motor Vehicle Accident Prevention Course
Albany - State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today joined his colleagues in the New York State Senate in approving legislation (S.4740C), that would require certain drivers convicted of drunk driving to take a motor vehicle accident prevention course.
The bill requires drivers convicted of a drunk driving offense to take the motor vehicle accident prevention course if they have previously been convicted of drunk driving, or refuse to take a chemical test, or have accumulated more than six points on their license.
Albany - Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today voted to approve a package of bills in the New York State Senate to help keep our children, our schools and our communities safe from dangerous sex offenders.
The bills, all of which passed the State Senate today, include legislation that would:
· Prevent individuals from being able to legally change their names in order to evade legal process or obligation;
· Make it a felony for certain sex offenders who fail to register or report a change of address;
· Require sex offenders to disclose whether their residence is within ½ mile to an elementary or secondary school;
The New York State Senate today passed legislation to criminalize the sale and possession of synthetic marijuana. The bill (S.6694), sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (R-C-I, East Northport), and co-sponsored by Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) would also criminalize the sale and possession of hallucinogenic chemicals deceptively called “bath salts.”
Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C, Brooklyn) today is announcing that he will be hosting his 9th Annual Asian Pacific Heritage Festival at McKinley Park on Sunday, May 6, 2012, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at McKinley Park, located at Bay Ridge Parkway and Fort Hamilton Parkway, and is inviting the community to join in this special event held in conjunction with the national celebration of Asian American Heritage which is the month of May.
The program will include ethnic dances including demonstration of Buddhist Monk Kung Fu, Korean dance, Malaysian dance, Burmese dance and Chinese dance. A wide variety of ethnic food, arts and crafts, and prizes will be available as well.
Low Cost Power Will Help Create and Retain Thousands of Jobs Across the State
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today announced that 517 businesses and not-for-profit organizations across New York State, including 19 in Brooklyn, will be awarded the first round of lower cost power allocations under his ReCharge New York (RNY) program, a major statewide initiative for retaining and creating jobs and spurring capital investments by making low cost power available to New York State companies.
Brooklyn - The St. Anselm Workforce Ministry, in partnership with Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow, invites you to our free event “Keys to an Effective Resume” which will be held on May 16th in the basement meeting room of St. Anselm Catholic School 365 83rd Street, Brooklyn. The evening will offer useful information for those looking to enter or re-enter the job market. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. start time.