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Attorney Steven Getman reports that New York State has enacted legislation to enhance the criminal penalties for assaulting employees of a county social services district while in performance of their duties.

On Friday, August 17, 2012, Governor Cuomo signed A.4672-S.7720 and it became Chap. 434 of the Laws of 2012.

The new law extends the penalties provided for assaults against other public employees (such as, police offers and school employees) to cover the safety of government workers who deliver social services. This law makes assaulting an employee of any local social services district while performing duties directly related to his or her job, a Class D felony, punishable by up to seven years in prison

Supporters of the law hope that elevating the current penalty from a misdemeanor to a felony will help serve as a deterrent to those that would use physical force against those who work to protect children and seniors.

The law goes into effect on Nov. 1, 2012.

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Attorney Steven Getman reports that Chesapeake Appalachia, L.L.C. will allow over 4,400 landowners who were locked into potentially unfavorable natural gas leases the opportunity to renegotiate with the energy company as part of a June 14 agreement with the State of New York.

Attorney Steven Getman reports that New York State residents may soon have new safeguards against intrusive telemarketing calls.

The New York State Senate gave final legislative passage on Wednesday (June 13) to a bill that protects New Yorkers from unwanted telemarketing practices. The bill regulates all telemarketers who do business in New York, wherever they may be located, and adds new consumer protections from telemarketers’ robocalls. The legislation has also passed the state assembly.

The bill creates new regulations for out of state telemarketers who call New York residents. Previously, out of state telemarketers could continue to do business in the state and not be subject to civil and criminal penalties established for violations of the state’s existing law.

The legislation would also prohibit prerecorded telemarketing calls, also known as robocalls, without the recipient’s express written consent, and require that prerecorded calls provide an opt-out mechanism to allow recipients to automatically add their phone number to the telemarketer’s do-not-call list and then terminate the call.

The bill will be sent to Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The New York State Court of Appeals has issued a number of new decisions this week on several important issues in civil and criminal law.

The Village of Interlaken is the latest community in upstate New York to ban so-called “puppy mills.”   The law was drafted by local attorney Steven Getman.