Saturday, September 8, 2012
Cuomo: "This New Law Stops Criminals Who Have Been Able to Escape Prosecution and Punishment for Too Long"
The new law amends New York's Penal Law to prohibit individuals from knowingly accessing with the intent of viewing child pornography on the internet.
As a result of this new law, child pornography can never be legally possessed in New York State.
“With the strengthening of these laws, we eliminate any loophole to better protect our children from predators,” said Governor Cuomo.
“Viewing child pornography is a deplorable act. This new law closes a legal loophole that never should have existed in the first place by imposing tough new criminal penalties on people who view or possess child pornography,” said Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver stated, "In prohibiting Internet access of child pornography, we are placing one more safeguard between our children and heinous predators. The protection of New York’s children has always been a top priority for the Assembly Majority and I thank the Governor and our other partners in government for their support of this legislation.”
“New York and our nation were shocked and offended when they learned of a loophole that prevents the appropriate prosecution of individuals who view child pornography,” added Senator Marty Golden, a former New York City police officer and senate sponsor of the bill.
Assemblyman Joe Lentol, co-sponsor of the bill, said, "This legislation closes a crucial loophole that endangered the safety and protection of our children. The signing of this legislation is something all New Yorkers can applaud.”
In 1996, New York state enacted a law prohibiting the possession of child pornography. However, in a case decided on May 8, 2012, the New York Court of Appeals held that existing law did not prohibit “accessing and viewing” child pornography on the internet.
Friday, September 7, 2012
A Special Guest Commentary by Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Les Payne
Breakdown of the Employment Situation in August
Thursday, September 6, 2012
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Wednesday, September 5, 2012
The New Law Expands the Ban on Smoking on School Grounds
The new laws include measures to prohibit smoking within 100 feet of the entrances or exits of any public or private schools (A.10141-B / S.6854-B), as well as prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes to individuals under the age of 18 (A.9044-B /S.2926-B).
"Cigarette smoking – as well as exposure to secondhand smoke – is dangerous, particularly for our children," Governor Cuomo said.
Prohibiting Smoking Outside School Entrances
There are tens of thousands of deaths each year in New York related to tobacco use. In addition to smoking, exposure to secondhand smoke may cause various illnesses and is known to be particularly detrimental to the health of children who are in their early years of physical development.
The new law expands the ban on smoking on school grounds to prohibit smoking within 100 feet of the entrances, exits or outdoor areas of public and private schools. Residences or residential property within the 100 foot perimeter would be excluded from the new law's smoking ban.
This new law takes effect immediately.
"I want to thank Governor Cuomo for signing this important piece of legislation into law that will make our communities healthier by extending the ban on smoking to within 100 feet of school entrances and exits,” said Senator Gustavo Rivera.
Assembly Member Jeff Dinowitz added, "The scourge of smoking is a terrible public health issue for all New Yorkers, especially our children. This new law will make sure that hazardous smoke is kept at a reasonable distance from our public or private educational institutions, providing a great relief for many parents who worry about poisonous carcinogens sickening their children. I applaud Governor Cuomo for supporting this measure and signing it into law."
Prohibiting Sale of Electronic Cigarettes to Minors
The majority of Americans who use tobacco products become addicted to the nicotine in those products before reaching the age of 18 years. Electronic cigarettes, often known as “e-cigarettes”, are battery-powered devices that allow users to inhale a vaporized liquid nicotine solution instead of tobacco smoke.
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Group Cites Senator's Dedication to Protecting Women’s Rights as Key Reason for its Support
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Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Spec. Kyle R. Rookey of Oswego died in a non-combat related incident. He was a member of the 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion of the 4th Infantry Division's 4th Brigade Combat Team. The division is based at Fort Carson, Colorado.
"On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my condolences to the friends, family and fellow soldiers of Specialist Rookey," Governor Cuomo said.
Posted by The G-Man at Tuesday, September 04, 2012
Statement by Press Secretary Jay Carney
Posted by The G-Man at Tuesday, September 04, 2012