senate Bill S3570A

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Creates a state commission to investigate patterns and practices of unlawful or inappropriate conduct on the part of members of law enforcement personnel in New York state

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 04, 2012 referred to finance
Nov 14, 2011 print number 3570a
amend (t) and recommit to finance
Feb 25, 2011 referred to finance

S3570 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2647A
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Commissions
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S7085, A10199

S3570 - Summary

Creates a state commission to investigate patterns and practices of unlawful or inappropriate conduct on the part of members of law enforcement personnel in NYS; provides that the commission shall consist of 9 members including 5 members appointed by chief judge of the court of appeals and 4 members appointed by legislative leaders.

S3570 - Sponsor Memo

S3570 - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  3570

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 25, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  ADAMS  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance

AN ACT creating a state commission to investigate patterns and practices
  of unlawful or inappropriate conduct on the part of members of the New
  York state police; and providing for the  repeal  of  such  provisions
  upon expiration thereof

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The legislature hereby finds and declares as follows:
  The legislation is necessitated by a troubling  pattern  and  practice
throughout  at  least  three  different gubernatorial administrations of
inappropriate and possibly unlawful  behavior  by  elements  within  the
state police, largely emanating from the Executive Services Detail. Most
recently,  this  behavior  took  the  form of possible intimidation of a
female victim involved in a domestic violence dispute with a high  rank-
ing  member of the Paterson administration. While this specific incident
is being investigated, under the administrations  of  the  two  previous
governors,  there were several documented instances where state troopers
were also subject to improper political influence and used in ways  that
undermine the very fabric of our democracy.
  By  way of example, in 2007, a scandal erupted involving former Gover-
nor Eliot Spitzer's use of state troopers to monitor and  gather  travel
information  about  former  Senate  Majority  Leader  Joseph  Bruno  for
purposes of trying to discredit a political adversary. Under the  Pataki
administration,  the  state  police  were  found  to have electronically
cleansed a domestic dispute complaint involving  a  political  ally  and
former  Congressmember  John Sweeney, in order to shield him from public
scrutiny and embarrassment. These are just two  of  several  occurrences
that  have  already  been documented by the Office of the New York State
Attorney General. It is the intent of this legislation  to  provide  for
the  independent  and  comprehensive  investigation  of this pattern and

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04652-01-1

S3570A (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2647A
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Commissions
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S7085, A10199

S3570A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Creates a state commission to investigate patterns and practices of unlawful or inappropriate conduct on the part of members of law enforcement personnel in NYS; provides that the commission shall consist of 9 members including 5 members appointed by chief judge of the court of appeals and 4 members appointed by legislative leaders.

S3570A (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S3570A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 3570--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 25, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  ADAMS  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to  the  Committee  on  Finance  --  committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee

AN ACT creating a state commission to investigate patterns and practices
  of  unlawful  or  inappropriate  conduct on the part of members of law
  enforcement personnel in New York state

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The legislature hereby finds and declares as follows:
  The  legislation  is  necessitated by a troubling pattern and practice
throughout at least three  different  gubernatorial  administrations  of
inappropriate  and possibly unlawful behavior by law enforcement person-
nel in New York state, largely emanating  from  the  Executive  Services
Detail  of  the state police. Most recently, this behavior took the form
of possible intimidation of a  female  victim  involved  in  a  domestic
violence  dispute  with  a  high ranking member of the Paterson adminis-
tration. While this specific incident is being investigated,  under  the
administrations  of the two previous governors, there were several docu-
mented instances where state troopers  were  also  subject  to  improper
political  influence  and used in ways that undermine the very fabric of
our democracy.
  By way of example, in 2007, a scandal erupted involving former  Gover-
nor  Eliot  Spitzer's use of state troopers to monitor and gather travel
information  about  former  Senate  Majority  Leader  Joseph  Bruno  for
purposes  of trying to discredit a political adversary. Under the Pataki
administration, the state  police  were  found  to  have  electronically
cleansed  a  domestic  dispute  complaint involving a political ally and
former Congressmember John Sweeney, in order to shield him  from  public
scrutiny  and  embarrassment.  These are just two of several occurrences
that have already been documented by the Office of the  New  York  State

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04652-02-1

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