Posted by Marianne Reilly on Friday, October 9th, 2009
Governor David A. Paterson today signed into law a bill to enhance protections for victims of domestic violence. The new legislation, a program bill introduced by the Governor last spring and whose terms were agreed upon between the Governor and legislative leaders, holds individuals more accountable for their abusive actions and improves upon the court system’s response to affected families.
Members of the NYS Conference of Black Senators sent messages of prayers and support today, to families and friends that have been affected by the tragic earthquake that took place south of Port-Au Prince, Haiti yesterday. “The Haitian community is a very vibrant and important part of our districts and we will do everything possible to aid them during this painful time”, Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson of the 36th District (Westchester and Bronx), Chairwoman of the NYS Conference of Black Senators (CBS).
** Information on finding family members, and conditions on Haiti, is being provided by calling the following number at the State Department: 1 (800) 407-4747For Donations:• American Red Cross International
Today, the New York State Senate voted to make our communities safer by passing Senate Bill 2923 which would require the Division of Criminal Justice Services to update sex offender information to victims, their families and the community if an offender is in violation of registration requirements.
Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Chair: Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson Public Hearing: Parole Supervision: Drug Testing and Graduated Sanctions for Parolees Place: State Capitol Building, Room 124, Albany, New York Time: 2:00 – 4:00 P.M. Contact: Jackie Jenkins-Cox (518) 455-2061 Media Contact: Marianne Reilly (518) 455-2061 ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY