Albany—State Senator Michael F. Nozzolio (R-Fayette) has been reappointed to serve as Chairman of the Senate Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Committee and has again been named to the Public Protection Budget Conference Committee.
“It is an honor for me to be given the opportunity to continue to serve as Chairman of the Senate Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Committee. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the committee to further improve our State’s correctional system, support our brave corrections officers, and enhance workplace safety for the dedicated men and women who work in our correctional facilities,” said Senator Nozzolio.
“I am also extremely pleased to represent the Senate on the Public Protection Budget Conference Committee, which will determine vitally important spending priorities for the State Police, Correctional Services, Judiciary, and all other aspects related to our criminal justice system and homeland security," continued Senator Nozzolio.
Senator Nozzolio has been a staunch and outspoken proponent of criminal justice reform and victims' rights throughout his tenure. His accomplishments as Senate Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Chairman include the passage of tougher sentencing guidelines for violent criminals, an end to work release for dangerous felons, the passage of Megan's Law, the Sex Offender Reform Act, the Domestic Violence Prevention and Family Protection Act and Jenna's Law, as well as the establishment of the revolutionary Willard Drug Treatment Campus and the opening of a new 750 cell maximum security prison at the former Seneca Army Depot.
Senator Nozzolio has been honored for his commitment to bettering the State's criminal justice system and correctional system and was named Legislator of the Year by the New York State Parole Officers Association. He has been Chairman of the Crime Victims, Crime and Correction committee since 1995.
Senator Nozzolio also holds the position of Commander in the Naval Militia and is helping to oversee State homeland security as the Liaison Officer to the New York State Canal Corporation and Special Advisor on Security Affairs in New York State. In addition, he serves as a member on the Senate Majority Task Force on World Trade Center Recovery.
The Public Protection Budget Conference Committee is responsible for all aspects of the criminal justice and homeland security budgets for the Senate. It is one of nine conference committees negotiating various aspects of the State Budget. The other committees are: Education; Higher Education and Arts; General Government/Local Assistance; Health; Mental Health; Human Services; Taxes/Economic Development; and Transportation, Environment, Agriculture and Housing.