A Queens minor was forcibly touched in a library. CBS 2 did a story on the incident and mentions legislation ISenator Gianaris is introducing, along with Assemblymember Simotas, which increases the penalty for those who forcibly touch minors.
Twice as many texting-while-driving tickets handed out this year than last year.
Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris praised the effectiveness of a recently enacted driving law, which has led to double the number of drivers ticketed for texting while driving in August 2011 than in August 2010.
The Distracted Driving Bill makes the use of portable devices while driving a primary offense. Previously, using these devices while behind the wheel was a secondary offense and police could only stop motorists if they were committing another, primary offense – such as speeding or running a red light.
Queens Gazette wrote about the effectiveness of the Distracted Driving Bill:
State Senator Michael Gianaris (D–Astoria) has praised the effectiveness of a new law, enacted recently, which has led to double the number of drivers ticketed for texting while driving in August 2011 than in August 2010.
The Distracted Driving Bill makes the use of portable devices while driving a primary offense, said Gianaris. But “previously using these devices while behind the wheel was a secondary offense and police could only stop motorists if they were committing another, primary offense—such as speeding or running another red light,” said Gianaris.
The Queens Courier reported on the recent attacks on several Queens women. Senator Gianaris was present at the public conference to alert the community about the recent attackers. The senator's bill requiring the act of groping to be counted as a felony is just one way to attempt to reduce such dangers to our community.
For the past month, women in Sunnyside and Woodside have been looking over their shoulders for a predator on pedals.
With incidents of sexual assault rising across the five boroughs, the neighboring communities are the most recent areas to experience repeated sexual attacks on women.
The Queens Gazette wrote about the series of groping incidents that have taken place in Queens recently. Senator Gianaris, whose legislation makes groping a child a felony, warns the community against such dangers.
Local leaders protest recent area crimes and introduce initiatives to make the neighborhood safer.
Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and Council Member Peter Vallone, Jr. today held an anti-crime rally to protest the concentrated number of criminal activities that have occurred in the neighborhood recently. The elected officials, as well as community leaders and activists, also announced new crime-fighting initiatives to increase safety in the neighborhood.
New York Times wrote about Senator Gianaris' initatives that aim to improve public safety by enforcing stricter laws that limit gun trafficing and stockpiling of ammunition.
In the wake of mass shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin and an uptick in gun violence in New York City, lawmakers are planning a new push in Albany to win approval of tighter gun laws in New York State.