Senator Carlucci Presented a Check for $90,000 in State Funding to Legal Services of the Hudson Valley to Help Domestic Violence Survivors

October Is Domestic Violence Awareness Month!

(SPRING VALLEY, NY)  -- In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) presented Legal Services of the Hudson Valley (LSHV) with $90,000 in State funding to go towards legal services for domestic violence survivors. The funding was secured though the New York State 2019-2020 budget. LSHV’s CEO, Barbara Finkelstein said the funding is critical to LSHV, the sole provider of civil legal services, across seven counties, to those who cannot afford an attorney.

“Legal Services of the Hudson Valley provides critical services to survivors of domestic violence that can help them escape their abuser and build a life free from fear and instability," said Finkelstein. "As we observe National Domestic Violence Awareness Month this October, we are honored to partner with Senator Carlucci to advocate on behalf of domestic violence survivors in Rockland. We are grateful to the Senator for expanding this funding, so that we can assist more survivors who are facing civil legal matters but are unable to afford an attorney and have nowhere else to turn.”

The funding will allow LSHV’s Spring Valley office to hire another staff attorney to work on domestic violence cases. LSHV has seen an increase in the number of domestic violence cases in Rockland County, reaching almost 30% of their caseload in 2017. LSHV works with survivors in local family courts on custody, visitation, child support and divorce proceedings. 

"We know outcomes for domestic violence survivors are better when they have legal representation,” said Senator David Carlucci. “The statistics surrounding domestic violence are horrific, and we need to make sure victims are being helped to seek the justice they rightfully deserve. Legal Services of the Hudson Valley is helping victims and survivors who may otherwise not be able to afford an attorney."

Jordan Hollingsworth, a LSHV client, expressed his gratitude to the attorneys who helped him seek orders of protection against abusive family members.  

"I sought assistance with a name change because I no longer wished to be associated with my family name due to the abuse that I suffered throughout my life and that increased when I disclosed my sexual orientation," said Hollingsworth. "I was hesitant to share my story, but I hope in doing this, another person may come forward. I thank the Senator for securing this funding because now others can be helped by these dedicated staff attorneys."

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Founded in 1967, LSHV is the only provider in the Hudson Valley of free, comprehensive, legal services in civil matters (noncriminal) for individuals and families who cannot afford an attorney when their basic human needs are at stake. This includes urgent legal needs such as: domestic violence (orders of protection, child custody, etc.), housing emergencies (eviction and foreclosure prevention), healthcare, children's law and advocacy, disability and benefits, elder law, consumer fraud and more. In pursuit of this mission, LSHV maintains a staff of 136 individuals, including 82 attorneys and 27 paralegals working across nine offices throughout our service area.

For more information about Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, to volunteer, or contribute, please visit www.lshv.org, or contact Tom Gabriel, Chief Development Officer, at 914-949-1305 ext 160.

senate Bill S4062

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Relates to forfeiture of a beneficiary's right to benefits upon conviction of domestic violence offense

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Civil Service And Pensions Committee


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor

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Feb 26, 2019 referred to civil service and pensions

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S4062 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6841
Current Committee:
Senate Civil Service And Pensions
Law Section:
Retirement and Social Security Law
Laws Affected:
Add §111-b, R & SS L

S4062 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Imposes the forfeiture of a beneficiary's right to benefits upon conviction of domestic violence offense where the victim of such crime is the member for which he or she is a beneficiary.

S4062 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S4062 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  4062

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 26, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. CARLUCCI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Civil Service and Pensions

AN ACT to amend the retirement and social security law, in  relation  to
  forfeiture  of  a beneficiary's right to benefits upon conviction of a
  domestic violence offense

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

  Section 1. The retirement and social security law is amended by adding
a new section 111-b to read as follows:
  § 111-B. BENEFICIARY FORFEITURE. A. A BENEFICIARY CONVICTED OF HARASS-
MENT  IN  THE  FIRST DEGREE, HARASSMENT IN THE SECOND DEGREE, AGGRAVATED
HARASSMENT IN THE SECOND DEGREE, SEXUAL MISCONDUCT,  FORCIBLE  TOUCHING,
SEXUAL  ABUSE  IN THE THIRD DEGREE, SEXUAL ABUSE IN THE SECOND DEGREE AS
SET FORTH IN SUBDIVISION ONE OF SECTION 130.60 OF THE PENAL LAW,  STALK-
ING  IN THE FIRST DEGREE, STALKING IN THE SECOND DEGREE, STALKING IN THE
THIRD DEGREE, STALKING IN THE FOURTH DEGREE, CRIMINAL MISCHIEF, MENACING
IN THE SECOND DEGREE, MENACING IN THE THIRD DEGREE,  RECKLESS  ENDANGER-
MENT,  STRANGULATION  IN  THE  FIRST DEGREE, STRANGULATION IN THE SECOND
DEGREE, CRIMINAL OBSTRUCTION OF BREATHING OR BLOOD CIRCULATION,  ASSAULT
IN  THE  SECOND  DEGREE, ASSAULT IN THE THIRD DEGREE, ATTEMPTED ASSAULT,
COERCION IN THE THIRD DEGREE AS SET FORTH IN SUBDIVISIONS ONE,  TWO  AND
THREE  OF  SECTION  135.60  OF  THE PENAL LAW, EXCEPT IF SUCH INDIVIDUAL
WOULD NOT BE CRIMINALLY RESPONSIBLE BY REASON OF AGE PURSUANT TO SECTION
30.00 OF THE PENAL LAW, WHERE THE VICTIM OF SUCH CRIME IS THE MEMBER FOR
WHICH HE OR SHE IS A BENEFICIARY, SHALL BE SUBJECT TO FORFEITURE OF  ANY
BENEFITS UNDER THIS ARTICLE.
  B.  NOTWITHSTANDING  SUBDIVISION A OF THIS SECTION, A MEMBER MAY REIN-
STATE THE STATUS OF A  BENEFICIARY  SUBJECT  TO  FORFEITURE  UNDER  SUCH
SUBDIVISION  BY  FILING  A WRITTEN REQUEST TO THAT EFFECT WITH THE STATE
COMPTROLLER.
  § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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

senate Bill S6721

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Enacts "The Domestic Violence Protection Act - Brittany's Law" requiring registration of violent felony offenders

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Rules Committee


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor

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S6721 (ACTIVE) - Details

See other versions of this Bill:
A5889
, S4644
Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
Penal Law
Laws Affected:
Add §§195.03 & 195.04, Pen L; add Art 6-B §§162 - 167-q, Cor L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: S3134
2011-2012: S3645
2013-2014: S1850, A8916
2015-2016: S513, A1833
2017-2018: S1107, S7125, A404

S6721 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Enacts "The Domestic Violence Protection Act - Brittany's Law" requiring registration of violent felony offenders; sets forth duties of the division of criminal justice services; establishes a special telephone number; requires the division to maintain a subdirectory of violent predators.

S6721 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S6721 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  6721

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                           September 16, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. CARLUCCI, SKOUFIS, HELMING -- read twice and ordered
  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules

AN  ACT  to  amend  the penal law and the correction law, in relation to
  enacting "The Domestic Violence Protection Act - Brittany's Law"

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

  Section  1.  This act shall be known and may be cited as "The Domestic
Violence Protection Act - Brittany's Law".
  § 2. The penal law is amended by adding two new  sections  195.03  and
195.04 to read as follows:
§ 195.03 FAILURE  TO  REGISTER OR VERIFY AS A VIOLENT FELONY OFFENDER IN
           THE SECOND DEGREE.
  A PERSON IS GUILTY OF FAILURE TO REGISTER OR VERIFY AS A VIOLENT FELO-
NY OFFENDER IN THE SECOND DEGREE WHEN, BEING A VIOLENT  FELONY  OFFENDER
REQUIRED  TO  REGISTER  OR  VERIFY  PURSUANT  TO  ARTICLE  SIX-B  OF THE
CORRECTION LAW, HE OR SHE FAILS TO REGISTER OR VERIFY IN THE MANNER  AND
WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS PROVIDED FOR IN SUCH ARTICLE.
  FAILURE  TO  REGISTER  OR  VERIFY  AS A VIOLENT FELONY OFFENDER IN THE
SECOND DEGREE IS A CLASS E FELONY.
§ 195.04 FAILURE TO REGISTER OR VERIFY AS A VIOLENT FELONY  OFFENDER  IN
           THE FIRST DEGREE.
  A PERSON IS GUILTY OF FAILURE TO REGISTER OR VERIFY AS A VIOLENT FELO-
NY  OFFENDER  IN  THE  FIRST  DEGREE WHEN HE OR SHE COMMITS THE CRIME OF
FAILURE TO REGISTER OR VERIFY AS A VIOLENT FELONY OFFENDER IN THE SECOND
DEGREE AND HAS PREVIOUSLY BEEN CONVICTED OF FAILURE TO REGISTER OR VERI-
FY AS A VIOLENT FELONY OFFENDER IN  THE  SECOND  DEGREE  AS  DEFINED  IN
SECTION 195.03 OF THIS ARTICLE.
  FAILURE  TO  REGISTER  OR  VERIFY  AS A VIOLENT FELONY OFFENDER IN THE
FIRST DEGREE IS A CLASS D FELONY.
  § 3. The correction law is amended by adding a new article 6-B to read
as follows:

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

senate Bill S6723

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Relates to a training course and curriculum on the handling, investigation and response procedures concerning reports of domestic violence

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Rules Committee


  • Introduced
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S6723 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §837, Exec L

S6723 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to a training course and curriculum on the handling, investigation and response procedures concerning reports of domestic violence; requires law enforcement and judicial employees to participate in such training; makes related provisions.

S6723 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S6723 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  6723

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                           September 16, 2019
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to a training course  and
  curriculum  on  the  handling,  investigation  and response procedures
  concerning reports of domestic violence

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

  Section 1. Section 837 of the executive law is amended by adding a new
subdivision 22 to read as follows:
  22.  (A)  (I) THE DIVISION SHALL DEVELOP AND APPROVE A TRAINING COURSE
AND CURRICULUM ON THE HANDLING, INVESTIGATION  AND  RESPONSE  PROCEDURES
CONCERNING  REPORTS  OF  DOMESTIC  VIOLENCE.  THIS  TRAINING  COURSE AND
CURRICULUM SHALL BE REVIEWED AT LEAST EVERY TWO YEARS  AND  MODIFIED  BY
THE  DIVISION  FROM TIME TO TIME AS NEED MAY REQUIRE. THE DIVISION SHALL
DISTRIBUTE THE CURRICULUM TO ALL LOCAL POLICE AGENCIES.
  (II) THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ENSURING  THAT  ALL
LAW  ENFORCEMENT  OFFICERS ATTEND INITIAL TRAINING WITHIN NINETY DAYS OF
APPOINTMENT OR TRANSFER AND ANNUAL INSERVICE TRAINING OF AT  LEAST  FOUR
HOURS AS DESCRIBED IN THIS SECTION.
  (B)  (I)  THE  CHIEF  ADMINISTRATOR  OF  THE  COURTS SHALL DEVELOP AND
APPROVE A TRAINING COURSE AND A CURRICULUM  ON  THE  HANDLING,  INVESTI-
GATION  AND  RESPONSE  PROCEDURES  CONCERNING  ALLEGATIONS  OF  DOMESTIC
VIOLENCE. THIS TRAINING COURSE SHALL BE  REVIEWED  AT  LEAST  EVERY  TWO
YEARS  AND  MODIFIED  BY  THE  CHIEF JUDGE FROM TIME TO TIME AS NEED MAY
REQUIRE.
  (II) THE CHIEF ADMINISTRATOR OF THE COURTS SHALL  BE  RESPONSIBLE  FOR
ENSURING  THAT ALL JUDGES AND JUDICIAL PERSONNEL ATTEND INITIAL TRAINING
WITHIN NINETY DAYS OF  APPOINTMENT  OR  TRANSFER  AND  ANNUAL  INSERVICE
TRAINING AS DESCRIBED IN THIS SECTION.
  (III)  THE  DIVISION  AND  THE CHIEF ADMINISTRATOR OF THE COURTS SHALL
PROVIDE THAT ALL TRAINING ON THE HANDLING OF DOMESTIC  VIOLENCE  MATTERS

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

senate Bill S6736

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Relates to factoring domestic violence convictions into family court decisions regarding visitation, custody and parental rights

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Rules Committee


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor

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Sep 20, 2019 referred to rules

S6736 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
Family Court Act
Laws Affected:
Amd §1046, add §842-b, Fam Ct Act

S6736 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to factoring domestic violence convictions into family court decisions regarding visitation, custody and parental rights; establishes the batterer intervention program where the court may order the defendant to receive professional domestic violence counseling from either a private source or a source appointed by the court and require the defendant to provide the court with documentation of attendance.

S6736 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S6736 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  6736

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                           September 20, 2019
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the family court act, in relation to factoring  domestic
  violence convictions into family court decisions regarding visitation,
  custody and parental rights and establishing the batterer intervention
  program

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

  Section 1. Paragraphs (vii) and (viii) of subdivision (a)  of  section
1046  of the family court act, paragraph (vii) as amended by chapter 432
of the laws of 1993, paragraph (viii) as added by chapter  1015  of  the
laws  of  1972, are amended and a new paragraph (ix) is added to read as
follows:
  (vii) neither the privilege attaching to  confidential  communications
between husband and wife, as set forth in section forty-five hundred two
of  the  civil  practice  law  and  rules, nor the physician-patient and
related privileges, as set forth in section forty-five hundred  four  of
the civil practice law and rules, nor the psychologist-client privilege,
as  set  forth in section forty-five hundred seven of the civil practice
law and rules, nor the social worker-client privilege, as set  forth  in
section  forty-five  hundred  eight of the civil practice law and rules,
nor the rape crisis counselor-client privilege, as set forth in  section
forty-five  hundred  ten of the civil practice law and rules, shall be a
ground for excluding evidence which otherwise  would  be  admissible[.];
AND
  (viii) proof of the "impairment of emotional health" or "impairment of
mental  or  emotional  condition"  as  a  result of the unwillingness or
inability of the respondent to exercise a minimum degree of care  toward
a  child  may  include  competent  opinion  or  expert testimony and may
include proof that such impairment lessened during  a  period  when  the

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13826-01-9