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Friday, August 14, 2015

Bill Clinton Disavows His Anti-Crime Legislation

Can you serve hard time for a minor crime?

In 1994, responding to fears of increasing crime and the danger it presented to American society, Former President Bill Clinton enacted a law that was instrumental in lengthening criminal sentences and ushering in what, his wife, Hillary Clinton now refers to as "the incarceration generation." Designed to keep citizens safer, Bill Clinton's anti-crime legislation resulted in the imprisonment of those convicted of even minor crimes, for what he now admits was "way too long." He now expresses regret that the legislation has led to skewed, overly lengthy criminal sentences.

In recent years, it has become achingly apparent that the criminal justice system in this country needs a major overhaul and Mr. Clinton is now pushing for reforms promised by Hillary in her campaign for President.

Mr. Clinton now admits that he went overboard in his attempt to be tough on crime and to promote a compromise with the Republicans, who were adamant about lowering crime rates. The steps Mr. Clinton took in his landmark legislation included:

• Putting 100,000 more police officers on the street
• Banning the use of certain assault rifles
• Enacting background checks for many gun purchases
• Allocating increased resources to fight violence against women
Though crime rates did come down after the legislation was enacted, representing the sharpest drop and the first eight-year decline in crime history, reducing a wave of gang violence that had been terrifying communities, longer prison sentences under both state and federal law resulted. According to Bill Clinton himself, too many low-level criminals were incarcerated for extended periods of time. In his admission, he stated that, "I signed a bill that made the problem worse."

In 2015, there is nearly twice the number of prisoners in this country than there was when Mr. Clinton took office. The 2.2 million people now behind bars in the United States represent a widely skewed percentage of Americans compared to prison populations in other countries. Although this country contains only 5 percent of the world’s population, it has 20 percent of the world's prison population. There is a groundswell of liberal and conservative support for the creation of bipartisan legislation to reduce imprisonment of nonviolent offenders in the United States.

If you or a member of your family is dealing with an issue of arrest or imprisonment, the capable and compassionate criminal defense attorneys of Ianniello Anderson are available to assist you. Serving clients in the Albany, Clifton Park, Glens Falls, Saratoga Springs, Troy, and the entire Northeastern NY areas at (518) 350.7755.   


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Tenant Issues: When Your Neighbor Is a Hoarder

How to deal with a hoarding neighbor?

While there are some clear benefits to being a tenant, including less investment in property and lack of responsibility for most home services and repairs, situations arise do in which the tenant feels trapped and unempowered byhis or her status. Dealing with hoarders is one such situation.

With surprising frequency, tenants are confronted with neighbors who collect and save not only treasured items,but also large quantities of useless objects and materials, debris and even garbage. Such behavior interferes with the quality of life of any people living in close proximity. Beyond creating an unsightly and malodorous environment, hoarding can present serious health hazards by filling the environment with microscopic pathogens and by attracting vermin.

Scientific research has shown that hoarders suffer from serious psychiatric illness, but this insight does not make the condition any easier for neighbors to deal with.  While one may feel human concern for the hoarder, it is still necessary to intervene so that the adjacent tenants are not harmed by his or her pathology.

Although hoarding cases are known to be difficult to resolve legally, since the courts are reluctant to evict people with this disorder, there are several methods of dealing with hoarding issues, including reporting the matter to:

• The co-op board or management team;
• The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
• The Adult Protective Services Program

The co-op board and management team are obligated to enforce both the warrant of habitability clause of your lease and all building regulations; the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is required to maintain public health and safety as it is threatened by mental illness; Adult Protective Services is required to investigate cases in which adults are unable to take care of themselves and is obligated to appoint the hoarder a guardian if this is deemed necessary. Sometimes just the threat of mandatory treatment or eviction is enough to push the hoarder to control, at least to a degree, his or her troubling behavior.

Tenant issues, of which hoarding neighbors are just one example, can present serious difficulties. If your life as a renter is troubled by a hoarder, noise or other environmental intrusion that disturbs your quality of life, please contact the capable real estate attorneys of Ianniello Anderson, serving clients in the Albany, Clifton Park, Glens Falls, Saratoga Springs, Troy, and the entire Northeastern NY areas at (518) 350.7755.                  


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Best Practices

Albany, NY, NY Ianniello Anderson, P.C., a law firm with four offices throughout the Capital Region and with lawyers licensed to practice in New York, California, Florida and Maryland, and its affiliate, Northway Title Agency, Inc., recently received certifications for compliance with the Best Practices Program of the American Land Title Association’s (ALTA) Best Practices. Ianniello Anderson, P.C. and Northway Title Agency, Inc. are among the first firms in the nation and currently the first and only firm in the State of New York to receive the unqualified certifications for compliance with ALTA’s Best Practices.


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Monday, October 28, 2013

Ianniello Anderson, P.C. Gets Recognized

Ianniello Anderson, P.C. is recognized throughout the Capital District for providing a full range of legal services, with offices throughout Upstate NY and the Tech Valley Region.


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