New York State Senate

Tony Avella joins NY State Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference
Tony Avella joins NY State Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference
Northeast Melissa Chan 2/26/2014 at 1:29PM

State Senator Tony Avella is joining the New York State Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference (IDC), he announced Wednesday. He will be the fifth member of the breakaway faction of Senate Democrats — led by Jeffrey Klein of the Bronx — who share majority control of the chamber with Republicans.

10 years after deadly staged accident, family wants Alice’s Law passed
10 years after deadly staged accident, family wants Alice’s Law passed
Northeast Melissa Chan 5/24/2013 at 10:28AM

The family of the 71-year-old Queens woman killed 10 years ago in a staged car accident said bureaucratic delays have held up justice — and a proposed law to stiffen penalties in such cases. “It should have passed,” said Daniel Ross, 56, of Bayside. “I don’t want another family to go through what we went [...]

State Senator Peralta goes on the record on Huntley wiretap
State Senator Peralta goes on the record on Huntley wiretap
Politics Terence M. Cullen 5/16/2013 at 3:10PM

State Senator Jose Peralta says he did not have any illegal discussions with his former colleague, Shirley Huntley, when she secretly recorded him last year. “I was as surprised as anybody to have my name on this list,” Peralta told The Queens Courier. “I did no wrong-doing whatsoever. I know that nothing on these tapes [...]

Emanuel Gold, former Queens State Senator, author of ‘Son of Sam’ law, dies at 77
News Cristabelle Tumola 1/25/2013 at 3:08PM

Former Queens politician Emanuel Gold, who served in the New York State Senate from 1971-1998, passed away Thursday at the age of 77. “His contribution to Queens and to New York itself was tremendous,” said Heskel Elias, a friend and previous client of Gold, who practiced law in Forest Hills. “He was liked on both sides of the [...]

Bill would stiffen sex offender penalties
News Michael Pantelidis 3/06/2012 at 9:07AM

In an effort to keep the public safe from sexual abuse, the New York State Senate has passed a bill increasing the penalty for repeat offenders. The Senate has approved legislation introduced by Senator Michael Gianaris which excludes time spent in prison from the 10-year period during which the actions of a repeat sex offender [...]

Redistricting battle: Court steps in
News Michael Pantelidis 2/15/2012 at 3:30PM

Inaction by lawmakers has prompted a federal judge to recommend court intervention in New York’s redistricting process. Judge Dora Irizarry said on February 13 that federal courts should be placed in charge of ensuring the state’s election process for Senate, Assembly and Congressional districts adheres to state and federal law, and suggested a special master [...]