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flashl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-19-07 08:15 PM
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49. NY Senate dont think it is
Date: 10/22/2007
Office: Bruno
Title: SENATE PASSES BILL TO MAKE IT A FELONY TO DISPLAY A NOOSE ON PUBLIC OR PRIVATE PROPERTY

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, October 22, 2007
http://www.senate.state.ny.us

SENATE PASSES BILL TO MAKE IT A FELONY
TO DISPLAY A NOOSE ON PUBLIC OR PRIVATE PROPERTY

Measure protects residents from symbol of racism in wake of incidents in New York State

The New York State Senate Majority today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) to make it a felony to etch, paint, draw or otherwise place or display a noose on public or private property.

"This is a vile act that must be dealt with harshly," said New York State Senate Deputy Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos. "There is no place for racism and intimidation in America and this rash of incidents clearly demonstrates the need for tough new penalties. The Senate passed a bill today to make displaying a noose a felony and I encourage the Assembly to reconvene and pass this legislation as soon as possible."

This legislation recognizes that a noose continues to be a powerful symbol of racism and intimidation towards African Americans, and that it is solely meant to harass and threaten another person or a group of people. Today the Senate Majority took decisive action to protect all New Yorkers from the menacing and disturbing actions of a few, Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno said.

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The issue has also received national attention in the wake of the "Jena 6" case in Louisiana, in which a group of six black teenagers were charged with beating a white teenager at Jena High School in Jena, Louisiana. The beating followed a number of racially-charged incidents in the town, including an incident in which three white students hung nooses from a tree at Jena High school.


In 2006, in response to similar past incidents involving swastikas and burning crosses, the State Legislature supported and former Governor Pataki approved amending the States penal law to make the use of those symbols a crime.


The anti-noose legislation (S6499) amends New Yorks aggravated harassment statute to make it a class E felony to etch, paint, draw, place or display a noose with intent to threaten, intimidate or harass.


The bill was sent to the Assembly, where it is sponsored by Assemblyman Joe Lentol.
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