Ball & Tedisco: “It Should Be a Felony to Callously Leave Dogs Out in the Freezing Cold with No Place to Stay Warm”
Legislators who co-sponsor annual NYS Animal Advocacy Day announce strong new legislation to prevent puppy mills like the one in Montgomery County from leaving dogs out in extreme cold where they could face death; Tedisco and Ball also announce that 4th Annual NYS Animal Advocacy Day will be held in Albany on May 28, 2014
Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville) and Senator Greg Ball (R,C,I-Patterson) today called for tough new legislation to protect our companion animals from being left outside in the freezing cold all day and night like what was occurring in the puppy mill in the town of Sprakers in Montgomery County.
The new legislation, which is being drafted, will make it a felony for intentionally failing to provide adequate shelter for a dog. The owner of the puppy farm in Sprakers was only charged with a violation of the state’s Agriculture and Markets Law, which caries a maximum fine of $100.
Ball and Tedisco’s legislation will make state law on this fall into line with the punishment for Buster’s Law which is punishable with up to two years in prison and a $5,000 fine.Read more
Statement from Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville) on Gov. Cuomo’s Signing of New Law to Enable Local Governments to Regulate Puppy Mills & Pet Dealers
“The people did it! Thanks to the hundreds of thousands of animal advocates, the Governor has signed into law legislation (A.740A/S3753A) to enable local governments to stop puppy mills and pet dealers like the one in Sprakers that are operating in immoral and unethical ways. This truly illustrates that the most powerful voices in our representative democracy aren’t on the Second Floor of the Capitol or in the Assembly and Senate Chambers; they are in the homes of the people we represent. And those voices of our animal advocates spoke loudly for those who will have no voice on Election Day.”
Tedisco, Lyall Family, DeCrescente Distributing say demand for Coasters for Hope is huge; drink coasters with info on 7 local missing persons expanding from 5,000 to 50,000 coasters
Demand from local restaurants and taverns for the new “Coasters for Hope” to help find Capital Region missing persons is so large that the print-run for the drink coasters is being immediately increased from 5,000 to full implementation of 50,000 according to program partners Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville), Doug and Mary Lyall of the Center for Hope, and DeCrescente Distributing Company.
Coasters for Hope, which launched this past Thursday, features pictures and information about seven local missing persons that are being printed and distributed by DeCrescente to restaurants and taverns across the Capital Region.
Each drink coaster has a number where people can anonymously call or text a tip to law enforcement about a missing person’s case. A key way to jogging people’s memories in these cases to keep information about missing persons in the public eye.
“The overwhelming demand for the Coaster for Hope is a testament to how many caring and compassionate small businesses owners we have in the Capital Region. Now that we are able to fully expand to 50,000 coasters, there will be 10 times as many opportunities to help generate tips that could lead to a major breakthrough in these cold cases and help find a missing person,” said Tedisco.
“We are overwhelmed by the tremendous support from the restaurants and taverns in the Capital District wanting to display the Coasters for HOPE. This support and the support from DeCresente Beverages may be the catalyst to helping families and friends get the answers to finding their missing loved one,” said Mary Lyall of the Center for Hope, whose daughter Suzanne Lyall, a UAlbany student, has been missing since 1998.
Tedisco, Lyall Family, DeCrescente Distributing to Launch New “Coasters for Hope” to Find Capital Region Missing Persons
Assemblyman partners with parents of Suzanne Lyall and leading Saratoga County-based beverage distributor on pilot program to generate tips on location of 7 local missing persons
Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville) today joined with Doug and Mary Lyall of the Center for Hope, and DeCrescente Distributing Company, to announce a new pilot program, “Coasters for Hope”, to help find Capital Region missing persons.
Starting December 16th, more than 5,000 “Coasters for Hope” drink coasters featuring pictures and information about seven local missing persons will be printed and distributed by DeCrescente to restaurants and taverns across the Capital Region.
The public-private partnership to create and distribute drink coasters to help find missing persons is the first of its kind in the Northeast.
Each drink coaster will have a number where people can anonymously call or text a tip to law enforcement about a missing person’s case. A crucial tool in solving these cases is keeping information about missing persons in the public eye.
Just this year, three Cleveland women who had been missing for over 10 years were freed from captivity. Jaycee Dugard was kidnapped outside her California home when she was 11 years-old in 1991 and didn’t escape captivity until 2009.
“To be in the dark about the fate of a loved one who has gone missing can lead families to a quiet desperation of anger, frustration and deep sadness. What we’ve seen time and again with missing persons cases is that there is always hope for answers and the possibility that a loved one, however improbable, could one day come home. If someone sees one of these Coasters for Hope at their neighborhood restaurant or tavern then they may know something that could help solve a missing persons case,” said Tedisco.Read more
Tedisco On NYS Tax Relief Commission Report: “Governor & Legislative Leaders Must ‘Walk the Walk’ on Tax Relief or Taxpayers Will Make Them Walk the Plank in November”
Statement from Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville)
“The very good recommendations in the New York State Tax Relief Commission’s report including freezing property taxes, fast-tracking the elimination of the 18A energy tax and cutting the Estate and job-killing Corporate Franchise Tax could bode well for our state’s beleaguered taxpayers but we’ve seen a lot of talk from commissions before and little real action at the state Capitol.”
“New Yorkers pay some of the highest property taxes in the nation and the EmpireState has the second latest Tax Freedom Day in the United States for when taxpayers pay off all their tax obligations and start pocketing their hard-earned money. A good report with some happy quotes is not going to change that. The fortitude from our leaders to follow through with the report’s recommendations and cut taxes and continue to reign in spending will.”
“The taxpayers are sick of commissions and tax relief promises that are never fulfilled. If the Governor and Legislative Leaders are going to talk the talk about tax reform they better walk the walk with results or taxpayers will make them walk the plank in the deep waters of the 2014 election with the heavy burden of failing to fulfill the promise of significant tax relief!”
State Legislators seek 1st in nation law to ensure “knockout game thugs” get up to 25 years in prison regardless of their age for sucker-punching and assaulting innocent bystanders
Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville) today announced that Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C,I-Niskayuna) will be the lead Majority sponsor in the New York State Senate of the “Knockout Game Deterrent Act” – a first in the nation law to protect innocent bystanders from being sucker-punched and assaulted by gangs of thugs, who in many cases are juveniles.
Tedisco and Farley’s bill, which is being drafted and is expected to be filed next week, will make any person regardless of their age who is convicted of Knockout Game individual assault or gang assault will be subject to 25 years in prison (currently it’s between 4-15 years depending on the age of the defendant). The legislation would ensure that juveniles who “play the Knockout Game” are sentenced as adults.Read more
Assemblyman seeks law to ensure that gangs of “punks” who are convicted of brutally sucker-punching and assaulting innocent bystanders face stiff jail time and are tried as adults
Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville) today announced he is introducing new legislation, the “Knockout Assault Deterrent Act”, to protect innocent bystanders from being victimized by the so-called “Knockout Game” – a brutal new trend whereby gangs of youths target unsuspecting people and sucker-punch them in an attempt to make them unconscious – in some cases causing serious injury and even death.
Tedisco’s bill, which is being drafted, would amend New York State’s penal law to make any person regardless of their age who is convicted of knock out game individual assault or gang assault to face up to 25 years in prison (currently it’s between 4-15 years depending on the age of the defendant). The legislation would ensure that youth who “play the Knockout Game” are sentenced as adults. Those who are there and take part in the action also would be held liable.
Lawmakers unveil new transparency bill which would require legislative vote to protect Wilton’s Mt. McGregor and prevent governors from closing state prisons by fiat
Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville), Senator Kathleen A. Marchione (R,C-Halfmoon) and Assemblyman Tony Jordan (R,C,I-Jackson) today announced new transparency legislation to protect Mt. McGregor state correctional facility in Wilton and three others that are slated for closure by requiring the state legislature to debate and vote on any prison closure plan submitted by the governor.
The public safety bill, which is being drafted, requires the executive to submit any prison closure plan a year in advance to the legislature for ratification or amendment. Mt.McGregor houses about 450 inmates and employees 320 public safety professionals and is scheduled to close by executive fiat in July 2014.
“This prison closure plan is yet another example of covert government in action. Last I checked New YorkState was still a representative democracy with three branches of government: the executive, legislative and judicial. Any prison closure plan should be brought before the legislature for a full and open public debate and a vote and not crafted in secret and handed down by fiat from the administration,” said Tedisco.Read more
McLaughlin, Tedisco, Fitzpatrick to Introduce New Law Banning State Employeesfrom Personally Benefiting From Official Travel Perks And Any Other Financial Gain
Assemblymen want to stop elected officials and state employees from cashing in on frequent flier travel miles, free hotel stays gained as a result of taxpayer-funded official state travel
Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Melrose), Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville) and Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown) today announced new legislation to prohibit New York’s elected officials and other state employees from pocketing free airfare and luxurious hotel stays as a result of frequent flier/travel reward points gained from taxpayer-funded travel.
McLaughlin, Tedisco and Fitzpatrick’s legislation, which is being drafted, would require all benefits gained by state employees from conducting official duties, such as frequent flier points, hotel travel rewards, and car rental discounts, to be banked to reduce future taxpayer costs for state travel and not for personal gain.
It’s been reported that NYS Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) may have earned up to 205,000 frequent flier miles – enough for a trip around the world – from his weekly commute from Albany back to New York City, via air travel to Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia.
Tedisco: Governor Signing “Ape’s Law” Will Protect Police Animals and All Members of Law Enforcement
Assemblyman who was driving force behind Buster’s Law applauds Governor Cuomo’s signing of legislation Tedisco sponsored to increase penalties for killing police animals
Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville) today announced that Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law legislation that was on the agenda for Tedisco’s NYS Animal Advocacy Day on June 4th to make the killing of a police dog or a police horse while it is performing its duties a class E felony. It is currently a Class A misdemeanor. The new law takes effect on November 1, 2013.
Tedisco was a co-sponsor of the bill (A.2596A/S.1079A), known as “Ape’s Law” and named after a K-9 that lost its life in Herkimer County protecting others. Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski (D-Rockland County) was the main sponsor in the Assembly and Senator George D. Maziarz (R-Niagara County) carried the bill in the Senate.