Friday, May 29, 2015

Cuomo Falters

What has been a relatively smooth trip as New York Governor for Andrew Cuomo now gets interrupted. When I heard about this the other day, I uttered to someone "Guess he's no longer interested in running for the White House." I wondered how long before the criticism would begin. Now it has.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Coxsackie at 11 a.m. May 28 at the Greene Correctional Facility meeting with Corrections Officers and juvenile inmates about his proposal to raise the age of being tried as an adult to 18. On May 27, Cuomo penned an editorial in The New York Daily News calling for legislators to raise the age, saying New York and North Carolina are the only states that still prosecute 16- and 17-year-olds as adults. Cuomo also announced hiring more than 100 new correctional officers at the press conference at the prison. Click here to listen to Andrew Cuomo’s statement May 28 at the Greene Correctional Facility


Brooklyn, NY - The Conservative Party sent the following legislative memo to each legislative member urging them to vote against another unfunded state mandate and one that sends the wrong message. The memo on A 7642/S 5642 follows:

Purpose: An act to amend the criminal procedure law, the executive law, the family court act and the penal law, in relation to raising the age of criminal responsibility, and to repeal certain provisions of the criminal procedure law, relating thereto.

Party Position: No one wants to see young teens in jail or prison, but raising the age of adult criminal responsibility from 16 to 18 in New York sends the wrong message and is an unfunded mandate that counties cannot afford.

While it is understandable to want to help youngsters turn away from a life of crime by providing alternative solutions to sending 16 and 17 year olds to prison, the fact remains that unless it is a heinous crime, most young first time criminals are not sent directly to prison.

By raising the age of criminal responsibility to 18, these imprudent children, are provided -- by the government -- the opportunity to scam the system. Crime "lords" seek to have young people commit crimes because the courts are traditionally lenient with younger defendants. By raising the age, we send the wrong message to the criminal world.

This bill will cost counties by having them provide additional services they are ill prepared to pay. Counties are already burdened by far too many unfunded mandates that are driving taxpayers from New York State.

We urge you to reject this proposed bill.

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