New York Legislators Debate Partisan Crime Agendas


New York Republican legislators are pressing for anticrime bills during National Crime Victims' Rights Week, reports the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. Gov. George Pataki pushed for bills to eliminate the statutes of limitation on rapes and other violent felonies. Senate Republicans called for ending parole for some child killers. Assembly Republicans pressed for tougher penalties for hit-and-run accidents. Many of the 40 bills on the GOP agenda have passed the Republican-led Senate but stalled in the Democrat-dominated Assembly. “This bill's not going anywhere,” said Sen. Eric Schneiderman, D-Manhattan, of a measure to protect crime victims and witnesses from being sued by defendants. “Passing the same series of bills over and over again does not further the effort.”

Assembly Democrats will promote their anticrime proposals today, including bills to get faster assistance to victims through the state Crime Victims Board. Assembly Republicans said the penalties for hit-and-run need to be tougher. They noted the case of a 17-year-old Syracuse-area boy killed by a hit-and-run driver who was sentenced to one to three years in prison for leaving the scene of an accident.


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