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Distracted Driving Awareness Month nears its end, but the issue is an every problem for all

Distracted Driving Awareness Month nears its end, but the issue is an every problem for all

By Marissa Shorenstein, New York President of AT&T and Anthony Spada, President-CEO, AAA Western and Central New York

When you’re driving and your phone makes that familiar “ding” sound, what do you do? Sadly, that’s a life or death question. Every day, nine Americans die from distracted driving such as texting and checking their phones. In New York State alone, there’s an 840 percent increase in tickets issued for texting while driving since 2011. How come? Because some drivers don’t believe It Can Wait.

It Can Wait is the name of AT&T’s campaign to educate motorists on the dangers of texting while driving. As New Yorkers mark another Distracted Driving Awareness Month, it’s a shame this dangerous behavior continues. Despite the number of crashes, life-altering injuries and preventable fatalities, drivers continue to put themselves and others at risk.

No Frills Buffalo Releases Crime Novel ‘Stay Away From Lions’

No Frills Buffalo Releases Crime Novel ‘Stay Away From Lions’

A petty thief, local mobsters and a parish priest who’s more sinner than saint come together in the gritty black-comedy crime novel “Stay Away from Lions,” the latest release from No Frills Buffalo. 

Written by Buffalo natives and St. Bonaventure University graduates J. Matthew Smith and Patrick Reynolds, “Stay Away from Lions” follows the poorly led life of Tommy Patton, a small-time South Buffalo crook who upon being sprung from his latest stint in the Erie County Jail learns he’s in debt to a ruthless mob boss as a result of a robbery gone wrong.

With the payback deadline looming, a two-faced henchman charged with collecting the debt goes behind his boss’s back and hatches a scheme designed to benefit all involved. But when that scheme unravels, unholy secrets are exposed costing people their lives.

An ACD is Not an Admission of Guilt in New York State

An ACD is Not an Admission of Guilt in New York State

 

An adjournment in contemplation of dismissal, commonly referred to as an ACD, is a sentence typically offered to a defendant when the crime charged is a misdemeanor and the defendant has no prior record. In sum, the case is put on hold for a specified amount of time (generally six months) and if the defendant has stayed out of trouble throughout that time period, the charges are dismissed. Under New York State law an ACD is not considered a criminal conviction nor involves a guilty plea. 

Grisanti To Sponsor Domestic Violence Roundtable

Grisanti To Sponsor Domestic Violence Roundtable

 

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) will sponsor a New York State Senate Roundtable,”Domestic Violence: Prevention Starts With You” on Friday, April 4th from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., at the Walter J. Mahoney Building, 65 Court Street in Buffalo, Senate Hearing Room 6.

Unfortunately, one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Surprisingly, only one in seven instances is reported.

Panelists include:

Tenth Street Gang Member Convicted under R.I.C.O.

Tenth Street Gang Member Convicted under R.I.C.O.

Buffalo, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Justin Augus, of Buffalo, N.Y., who was convicted of Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, was sentenced to 228 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.    

Senator Grisanti Continues Push for Stronger Animal Cruelty Laws by Urging Governor to Sign Bill Tha

Senator Grisanti Continues Push for Stronger Animal Cruelty Laws by Urging Governor to Sign Bill Tha

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I – Buffalo) today has renewed his call for a crack down on puppy mills by urging Governor Cuomo to sign into law Bill S.3753, which would allow forward-thinking local governments to regulate commercial pet breeders and pet stores.

The legislation addresses the ineffectiveness of New York’s “Pet Dealer” law, the proliferation of unregulated dog breeders in the state and the pet industry’s complicit support of inherently cruel, out-of-state puppy mills.

“New York State appears to be the only home-rule state in the country that explicitly prohibits its towns and cities from regulating commercial pet breeders and pet stores,” Grisanti said, backed by area leaders in the fight against pet abuse. ”I am calling on the Governor to pass this piece of legislation so that New York can effectively regulate puppy mills, and put an end to abusive breeding techniques.”

Senate Passes Kennedy-Cosponsored Bill to Ensure Parents Know of Sex Offenders Residing Near Schools

Senate Passes Kennedy-Cosponsored Bill to Ensure Parents Know of Sex Offenders Residing Near Schools

Kennedy-cosponsored legislation will require school districts to notify parents of sex offenders living within the district in an effort to help keep children and families safe from predators.

Now that the bill has passed through the Senate with bi-partisan support, Kennedy is urging his Assembly colleagues to pass the bill as well.

Kennedy: With nearly 1,300 sex offenders living in our community, this legislation ensures parents have the knowledge they need to help keep their children safe.

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, announced the Senate has passed legislation he cosponsored to help protect children from sex offenders who may live near their schools. Kennedy explained the bill would ensure school districts notify their students’ parents when they receive information about a sex offender residing within the district.