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Andrew Lanza

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Andrew Joseph Lanza is an American lawyer and politician and is serving as a member of the New York State Senate, representing the 24th District which encompasses most of Staten Island. Lanza was elected State Senator in the November 2006 election.

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Petitioning Joseph Borelli

Maximum Punishment for Charlotte the Dog's Alleged Abuser

This petition is in reference to "Charlotte" (previously "Snowflake"), the tiny, 2lb, 3 month old puppy, who, at the hands of Ms. Alsu Ivanchenko, allegedly, was starved, had her skull crushed, and her bones broken. To add to this heinous act, Ms. Ivanchenko allegedly stuffed the puppy into a plastic bag, tied it at the top, and threw the bag out of a moving car against a fence, leaving the dog to suffer and die. Charlotte was found and is currently under veterinary care. Her injuries caused temporary blindness due to the head trauma she suffered.  Ms. Ivanchencko, in a statement to police, showing no remorse, simply (allegedly) stated "Just give me my misdemeanor so I can get out of here, it's just a dog", and then proceeded to purchase a new dog.  We, the petitioners, are asking for your help in changing the animal abuse laws. We are asking for the maximum penalty of two years in the case of Ms. Ivanchenko (Case number: 00204-2014) We, collectively feel that stronger animal abuse laws need to be in place. Animals are defenseless, and we need to be their voice. Animal abuse is cruel and evil, and should not be tolerated. A mere slap on the wrist will not prevent these heinous acts from occurring. Research has shown a correlation between animal abuse, family violence, and other forms of societal and community violence. Animal protection professionals have noted that abuse of animals is connected in a self-perpetuating cycle of violence.  We are the voice of helpless animals, and we will continue to be. We need to protect animals, and send the message that cruelty and abuse will NOT be tolerated in this society.  We hope you take this matter seriously. We need to see Justice for Charlotte, and justice for all that do not have a voice.  We want to see the maximum penalty of two years incarceration be handed to Ms. Ivanchenko. We want to be certain that animal abusers attain the maximum penalty for their crimes.

Lauren Buglino
243,817 supporters
Petitioning Mayor Bill de Blasio

Name a S.I. Ferry after Firefighter and hero John G. Chipura (USMC, FDNY, NYPD, BSA).

We recommend that one of the future Staten Island Ferries in the Michael Ollis Class be named after Firefighter John G. Chipura, a Staten Islander who sacrificed his life in response to the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001. We are blessed that we have a multitude of heroes in this great city who serve with distinction and honor. On 9/11 alone, we lost 343 members of the FDNY, 23 members of NYPD and 37 members of the Port Authority Police department - many of them from Staten Island. Any of these heroes deserves the honor of having a Ferry named after them, so what makes John G. Chipura uniquely deserving? John was a Staten Islander who lived a life of service and died a hero of this city, of this state and of this great nation.  In his name, John’s life of service continues after his death. John started his service at a very young age by joining the Boy Scouts of America - Troop 21.  John had a lifelong commitment to the Scouts, eventually became an Eagle Scout and Assistant Scout Master.                              John joined the United States Marine Corps. and was on active duty in Beirut, Lebanon when the Marine Corps. barracks was bombed on October 23, 1983.  Although knocked unconscious from the blast, John survived. John lost 241 "brothers" in that terrorist attack and remained steadfast in his duty and service to his country. The United States Marine Corps. Facebook page features a quote from John, "We Marines are truly blessed. We get to enjoy the sweet taste of freedom because we know its price." John was a proud member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Iwo Jima Association and the Beirut Veterans Memorial Association. He served two tours in this war-torn area before receiving an honorable discharge in 1984 and returned to Staten Island with a hardened resolve and an even stronger will to help people. John then joined the honored ranks of the New York City Police Department and proudly served as one of the "Finest". With great courage and distinction, John was highly decorated and rose to the rank of Detective in Brooklyn's 72nd Precinct, Brooklyn South Narcotics. Transferring to the New York City Fire Department,  John followed in the footsteps of his father Anthony Chipura, and his brother Capt. Gerard Chipura/ E164, as a member of the "Bravest." John continued his tradition of honor, service, and sacrifice as a firefighter with Engine 219/ Ladder 105 in Brooklyn. On 9/11/01, John answered the call and sacrificed his own life so that others might live. While John's life is over, his legacy continues through his foundation Through fundraising by the John G. Chipura Foundation, he still (posthumously) supports Scouts, Veterans, Firefighters and Police Officers in need.  Throughout the year, members of these groups and civilians from all walks of life, gather to honor John's memory and support the foundation in his name. This keeps the memory of John alive, as well as his duty of service to others. Additionally, an annual blood drive in John's name has saved the lives of countless New Yorkers over the past 14 years by collecting over 1,000 units of blood for the NY Blood Center. John Chipura's amazing life story represents the distinguished honor and dedication to this country that every member of service strives to achieve. Naming the Ferry in his honor will remind people from all over the world of the heroism John Chipura embodied in all walks of his service. From the Scouts, to the Marines, to the NYPD and the FDNY, John lived his life in service of his city, his state, and his country. It's hard to find a more fitting role model to bestow this honor on.  Thank you for signing.

John G. Chipura Foundation
14,140 supporters
Petitioning New York State Senate, New York State House, Andrew Cuomo, Joseph Lentol, John Flanagan, Carl Heastie, Andrew Lanza, Philip Boyle, Todd Kaminsky, Pamela Helming

New York Bills A2699 & S5593 the "Second Chance Law": Sealing/Expunging Criminal Convictions/Record

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John Franklin
3,742 supporters
Petitioning Bill de Blasio, Andrew Cuomo, New York State House, Charles Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand, Andrew Lanza

No More 1 Year Sentencing For Murder

The world is filled with people like. Michael Gallagher who tried to strangle his elderly Bella by tying plastic zip ties around her neck. Before putting Bella into a black plastic bag and beating her mercilessly with a shovel. Bella had blood and tissue coming out of her head. All Gallagher got was a slap on the wrist, 4 Months in community jail, plus five years probation and a ban on owning animals for two decades. Even if the judge gave the harshest punishment available, it would only be 2 years. It just goes to show that animal abuse isn't treated as seriously as it should be. What happened to Bella was murder plain and simple, had she been a human it would have easily been a life sentence. As a matter of fact, animal abuse punishment is unbelievably lenient. For example in the State of New York § 351 of the Agriculture & Markets Law States: A person directly involved in an animal fight or in training an animal for a fight, or who possesses a fighting animal at a fight, is guilty of an unclassified felony punishable by up to four years in jail and a $25,000 fine. The possession of a fighting animal, without regard to the time or place of possession, is an unclassified misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in jail and a $15,000 fine. § 353 of the Agriculture & Markets Law States: A person who overdrives, overloads, tortures or cruelly beats or unjustifiably injures, maims, mutilates or kills and animal, whether wild or tame, and whether belonging to himself or to another, or deprives any animal of necessary sustenance, food or drink, or unjustifiably injured, maimed, mutilated or killed, or to be deprived of necessary food or drink, is guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment for not more than 1 year, or by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars, or by both. Think about that, someone who starves, beats, tortures, maims, mutilates or kills an animal is only committing a misdemeanor. Which the max prison sentences are only 1 Year. That is not even the worst part, the abuser retained property rights over the abused animal. Legally the abuser could simply reclaim the seized animal from the local animal shelter. Let that sink in, an abuser who beats an animal within an inch of their life will only serve 1 year and once they are free, they could legally reclaim their "property". Enough is enough, it is time for a change. It is time for harsher punishment for animal abusers. No more 1-year sentencing or community service. Treat animal murder as what it is a felony. Please sign and share this petition to let justice prevail.

World Animal Rescue
3,673 supporters
Petitioning Joseph Robach, Joseph Morelle, Rich Funke, Pamela Helming, Patrick Gallivan, Michael Ranzenhofer, Robert Ortt, Harry Bronson, David Gantt, Mark Johns, Joseph Errigo, Peter Lawrence, Stephen Hawley,...

Improve New York State Early Intervention Reimbursement Rates

The Early Intervention Program and the Preschool programs administered by local counties and school districts, respectively, provide essential services and support to children with disabilities and developmental delays.  These services help to prepare children to enter school in a much better position.  There are many children who need these services and their families rely on them to help them navigate the challenges of raising a child with disabilities.   The providers that provide these services do a great service to our community; however, the reimbursement rates make it very challenging to maintain quality providers in these systems.  We have observed closures of agencies providing these services due to challenges relating to operating under the current fiscal structure of Early Intervention and Preschool systems.  Not only has there not been a rate increase in the rate provided for the state-funded Early Intervention providers since 2003 (and then only a small increase over 1993/1994 rates), there have actually been two rate decreases in 2010 and 2011. These rates make it very challenging to sustain a business and provide work-able and competitive salaries for service providers making essentially 1994-comparable rates.  As a result, we are urging NYS legislators to take a stand for the early childhood services that are so essential for our communities, the Early Intervention and Preschool services.  Funds need to be directed to provider reimbursement.  Please advocate for, draft and support legislation to at a minimum restore the Early Intervention provider reimbursement rates for these services to 2003 levels and fund an independent study to determine the true cost of services and determine appropriate future rates so that our children can receive services they need. 

Step by Step Developmental Services
2,430 supporters
Petitioning Daniel Donovan, Andrew Lanza, Diane Savino, Matthew Titone, Michael Cusick, Nicole Malliotakis, Andrew Cuomo

Help us Bring Wael Kassem Back to His Family

Our broken immigration and national security policies are destroying, yet another, thriving family, with American children. Please sign this petition and say you do not condone the new immigration agenda and racial profiling of people of color. Wasting taxpayer dollars on deporting persons with no criminal record, that work-hard, pay taxes and raise star students, makes no sense and has to stop. It is against our country’s interests and more importantly it is inhumane and runs against the sanctity of family. Wael Kassem, a model member of his community, father to three academically exceptional daughters and husband of a community leader and loving wife, faces unjust imminent deportation by ICE (Immigrations Customs Enforcement). He has never committed a crime, works legally, and pays taxes. He will leave behind 3 young children and a wife. The family will lose their sole breadwinner. In 2002, Wael complied with the notorious, racist and debunked NSEERS program (National Security Entry-Exit Registration). The flawed Bush-era anti-terrorism program that targeted largely Muslims, on pretextual national security grounds, without particularized suspicion, devastated countless innocent hard-working families and continues to devastate the Kassems. The government program generated not a single terrorist lead. Finally, NSEERS’s regulatory framework was dismantled under the Obama administration and is largely deemed a total failure. Despite the NSEERS program shut-down, it is what flagged Wael, blackballing him for final deportation today. By complying again with government order, Wael appeared, for a routine supervisory visit with ICE last Thursday. Today, he is set to be deported at any moment. Facing the unimaginable, the Kassem children and his wife, are devastated. Their lives have been turned completely upside-down because of Wael’s situation. The family and their community are simply inconsolable. As if that were not bad enough, the US government is returning him to Egypt, where his basic human rights will be denied.. There, he is very likely going to face persecution and severe political strife, in violation of our and international law, given the torture and detention his own father faced for years. NSEERS and our broken immigration system have failed this nation and this exceptional family. We cannot allow this to happen on our watch. Please sign this petition to put an end to these illegitimate immigration crackdowns and an end to unjust targeting of hardworking immigrants. #DadCantGoBack  

Hana Kassem
2,357 supporters
Petitioning Kathleen Marchione, Carl Heastie, Catherine Nolan, John Flanagan, Andrew Cuomo, George Amedore, Fred Thiele, Claudia Tenney, Edward Ra, Andrew Raia, Clifford Crouch, Ken Blankenbush, Adriano Espail...

EQUAL RIGHTS for Homeschoolers to Participate in Interscholastic Sports

Most people are unaware that in New York State, homeschooled students are sadly PROHIBITED from participating in interscholastic sports. This has got to change NOW!  We as parents know what is best for our children, NO ONE else.  We as parents know what kind of education our children need for a successful future.  We know what they need to grow and live as healthy and whole as possible. We as parents, and good taxpaying citizens, need to move along the bill that has been stagnant in our senate and assembly for way too long.  This bill will allow homeschooled children equal opportunities to participate in sports in their public school district.  It is nothing but discriminatory and unfair that a child would be cheated from opportunities and the camaraderie that school sports can provide, simply because homeschooling is a better fit for the child and their education.  Please join us in making this change for our children by signing this petition. They deserve what is rightfully theirs.

Sandra Dyer
1,701 supporters
Petitioning Michael Bloomberg

Stop the Co-Location at I.S. 2!!!

What is the RUSH??? The PEP intends to vote on our schools co-location on October 15, 2013.  SLOW DOWN and engage the parents, the school and the community in authentic dialogue to find solutions that work with our community school.  I.S. 2, The George L. Egbert School,  is a middle school on Staten Island.  We are a Title 1 school located in Midland Beach, a flood zone.  Our school was flooded and damaged during Hurricane Sandy and needed to relocate.  The boiler was destroyed, the electrical system was destroyed, the basement was flooded and everything located in the basement was destroyed. We have no working boiler and are still recovering.    We were alerted by the DoE to the proposed co-location a week before school ended. The DoE had not visited our school, nor were they aware we were impacted by the Hurricane prior to proposing co-location.  We have not had a PTA meeting yet after learning about the co-location.  Our Community Education Council held a meeting in July to seek out parent input. ALL parents were opposed to co-location.  Class size would remain large with the co-location at 30+ students.  All common spaces would be shared creating logistical problems.  These include the cafeteria, gymnasium, auditorium and school yard.  The DoE Impact Statement indicates that enrichment programs like art, music & chorus will likely be lost as a result of co-location. The DoE Impact Statement indicates that sports programs will likely be lost as a result of reduced enrollment.  We are a Title 1 school and have seen our budgets cut year after year having to work with less to help our students. 68% of whom are at the poverty level. We want SOLUTIONS like smaller class size which is  proven to help academic outcomes. There is NO DATA that Co-locations improve academic outcomes.  The DoE states the reason for this co-location is to improve performance and to give parents a choice. If that is true, engage the parents in meaningful conversation.  Parents have expressed they want SMALLER CLASS SIZES, not crowding two schools in one building and paying double the cost for two administrations with no money going to hire additional teachers to reduce class size.   Smaller class size WILL improve performance.  Help the STUDENTS and don't push your agenda on us with no data to show this works.  

PTA for George L.Egbert I.S. 2
1,098 supporters
Petitioning Martin Golden, Thomas O'Mara, Andrew Lanza, Terrence Murphy, Elaine Phillips

Pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) in New York State

In New York State, gender identity and expression IS NOT a protected class in the state’s human rights and hate crimes laws. The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) has passed in the State Assembly the last seven years but is always killed in the Senate.  GENDA is a proposed New York law which adds gender identity and expression as a protected class in the state's human rights and hate crimes laws, prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations and other areas, and providing enhanced penalties for bias-motivated crimes. The following active senators are AGAINST protecting Transgender and Gender Nonconforming (TGNC) individuals: Martin Golden - RepublicanNY State District 22Call: 718-228-6044 Andrew Lanza - RepublicanNY State District 24Call: 718-984-4073 Thomas O'Mara - RepublicanNY State District 58Call: 607-735-9671 Terrence Murphy - RepublicanNY State District 40Call: 914-962-2624 Elaine Philips- RepublicanNY State District 7Call: 516-746-5924 If your Senator is documented above, CALL THEM and demand they vote YES for GENDA!

New York Transgender Advocacy Group
235 supporters
Petitioning Andrew Cuomo, Patrick Gallivan, Robert Ortt, Joseph Addabbo, Fred Akshar, Marisol Alcantara, George Amedore, Tony Avella, Jamaal Bailey, John Bonacic, Philip Boyle, Neil Breslin, John Brooks, David...

Raise the Age of Criminal Responsibility in New York State

New York State is one of only two states in the U.S. that tries 16- and 17-year-olds as adults in the criminal justice system, despite scientific studies showing that adult prisons are an inappropriate place for our youth. Raise the Age New York is a broad based, statewide movement with the goal of changing the law. We demand that our governor and elected officials immediately take action to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18, providing 16- and 17-year-olds alternative solutions to the adult prison system. We, the undersigned, urge our leaders to amend the law immediately, in the following ways:● Raise the overall age of juvenile jurisdiction to 18, and stop the placement of youth who are 16 or 17 in an adult jail or prison.● Ensure parental notification upon the arrest of a minor under 18, and ensure all 16- and 17-year-olds are interviewed using age-appropriate procedures, including parental involvement prior to waiving Miranda rights.● Seal records for all convictions of youth under age 18 and expand Youthful Offender status to age 21.● Increase investments in the front-end diversion services that keep youth in their communities instead of prison.●Originate as many cases as possible involving minors in Family Court; create Youth Parts in adult court for remaining cases, and apply the Family Court Act to as many as possible, regardless of which courthouse the case is heard in.● Raise the lower age of juvenile delinquency from age 7 to age 12 (except for homicide offenses, which should be raised to 10). These alternatives to detention, placement, and incarceration are less expensive to implement and more effective at reducing recidivism. They also better address the collateral consequences of court involvement at a young age and help youth become successful adults.

Gamaliel WNY
115 supporters