New York

Freeport, NY License Plate Readers Catch Criminals

Feb 8, 2016
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Freeport, N.Y., is sending a message to criminals coming into the village: enter at your own risk. The village’s mayor said that’s because of the success of its newly installed license plate reading system.

Mayor Robert Kennedy calls it a fiber-optic ring around the village. The village’s License Plate Reading system has resulted in the recovery of 16 stolen vehicles, 2,000-plus summonses, and 25 arrests over the last three months.

"One of the people that came into the Village of Freeport, with a stolen vehicle, was wanted for murder in Virginia," he said.

Some Lobbyists, as well as government reform groups, say a new rule approved by New York State’s ethics commission that would require them to report contact with the news media in some cases, violates first amendment rights and would have chilling effect. 

The proposal, by the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, would require public relations consultants to file periodic reports with the commission, detailing their calls to the news media, if the purpose of the call is to promote an issue or point of view from a paid client. 

(AP Photo/Mike Groll)

New York education commissioner Mary Ellen Elia spent nearly four hours before the legislative budget committees. Though there is a moment of calm as the state pulls back from some of the more controversial parts of the Common Core standards, her testimony revealed potential trouble later in the school year if the test boycotting movement continues.

(AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Tensions between upstate Senators and New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio were highlighted during a budget hearing on aid to local governments in Albany, when lawmakers questioned the mayor for more than five hours.

Karen Dewitt

It’s been more than 40 years since the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing a women’s right to choose an abortion, but advocates say New York lawmakers have yet to translate the provisions of the landmark Supreme Court decision into law in the state.

New York already has laws legalizing abortion rights, approved in 1970, but advocates say they’re outdated, and the legislation needs to be upgraded to protect women if the Supreme Court ever reverses the Roe v. Wade decision.