Tag Archive: legislation

Feb 29 2012

Lancman Bill To Deter Fanatical Nazis

Assemblyman Rory Lancman center with Congregation Ohr Natan in Rego Park flanked by Rabbi Nahum Kaziyev, and the archetype for political corruption Toby Stavisky (D-Queens), Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz (D-Queens), Assemblyman Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove) plus members of Congregation Ohr Natan.

Lancman’s new bill will help protect houses of worship by increasing the penalties for hate crimes perpetrated by klansmen and neo-nazis. Ok, on a serious note, if the bill becomes law it should deter criminals from violently expressing religious intolerance while restoring a sense of security to shaken congregations. 

The specifics:

  • Increase the penalty for theft or the intentional damage to a scroll, vessel or any other item used in connection with religious worship in any house of worship, to a maximum of seven years in prison from four by classifying these crimes as third-degree grand larceny and second-degree criminal mischief, both Class D Felonies. Currently, these charges would only apply in cases where items worth more than $3,000 have been stolen, or where items have sustained more than $1,500 in damages.
  • Increase the penalty for theft of any scroll, religious vessel or any other item valued at more than $250 used in connection with religious worship in any house of worship to a maximum of fifteen years in prison from seven by classifying these crimes as second-degree grand larceny, which is a Class C felony.
  • Increase the penalty for any intentional damage to house of worship-owned property to a maximum of four years in prison from one year, by making it a Class E felony. Currently, this penalty applies only where the damage is worth more than $250.

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Nov 02 2011

Comrie Fed Up With Overpriced Tickets for The Lion King

City Councilman Leroy Comrie says you shouldn't have to pay so much to see the Lion King.

In a press release, City Council Member Leroy Comrie explains the latest developments in a hearing regarding a piece of legislation that will increase the availability of show tickets for ordinary consumers.

In an age where software can purchase all of the tickets for a show in advance, then turn around and sell them at a mind boggling price on websites like Stubhub, Comrie’s legislation will help ordinary consumers by reserving tickets for the public.

Comrie hopes to increase public disclosure of tickets available for purchase and to inform the public of how many of the tickets will be reserved for promoters and VIP’s. Perhaps these measures will put an end to the practice.

In an unrelated note, Comrie is said to be one of the nicest guys in City Government. He also was influential in renaming Baisley Blvd. in Jamaica after NYPD officer John Scarengella who died in the line of duty. Comrie is well respected in political circles and has a very popular reputation amongst the Blue Knights International Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club (my Uncle Sal Salamone is a Chapter Vice President) for his support in the street renaming.

The following is a statement from Council Member Leroy Comrie regarding the Consumer Affairs Committee hearing that took place Friday October, 28th. The Committee discussed Mr. Comrie’s legislation which requires 15 percent of seats to be reserved for individual consumers at the box office, disclose how many tickets will be made available for public purchase, and inform the public how many tickets will be held for promoters and VIP’s.

“This was a good first step in holding ticket distributors, brokers, venue owners, and artists accountable to consumers. Divergent points of view were presented at the hearing which gave us a basis to discuss changes that may be necessary to protect the consumer, particularly on issues of transparency and the number of tickets that will actually be available to the public. During the course of the hearing another important point that was discussed was restrictive paperless ticketing. I and committee members will continue to look into ways to ensure there are methods of fair transferability for consumers. As the dialogue continues I will work to see that there is truth in advertising when it comes to ticket sales.”

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