Senate Passes Senator Croci’s Bill To Include The Murder Of Military Personnel To The First Degree Murder Statute

Media Contacts:                                                  
Christine Geed, Communications Specialist or (631) 398-8044
Jennifer Romero, Press Secretary or (631) 513-5657


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

For Immediate Release

Albany, NY – The New York State Senate has passed Senator Tom Croci’s (R-C-I, Sayville) bill to include the murder of a member of the military or reserves to the first degree murder statute. 

The legislation (S4520B) seeks to amend the state penal law to add the killing of a member of the military or the reserves, who at the time of the murder was engaged in the course of performing their duties, to the first degree murder statute. The first degree murder statute already includes the killings of police officers, peace officers, firefighters, emergency medical personnel, state correctional officers, witnesses to a crime, and judges. 

This is a new bill and would be effective immediately if passed by the Assembly and signed by the Governor.

All media inquiries should be directed to Senator Croci’s Communications Specialist, Christine Geed at (631) 398-8044 (call or text) or via email at  Inquiries for additional information should be directed to Senator Croci’s Press Secretary, Jennifer Romero at (631) 513-5657 or via email at


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