Thursday, January 16, 2014

New Square And Andrew Cuomo Push For Dangerous Bill

Gov. Andrew Cuomo today during the state of the state backed a push to raise the minimum age at which teens can be tried and charged as adults—one of a host of initiatives rolled out in the last State of the State address of his first term.

“Our juvenile justice laws are "outdated",” said the governor in his speech, pointing to rules that allow 16- and 17-year-olds to be tried and charged as adults in New York.

Only one other state in the nation has the same rules, Mr. Cuomo said: North Carolina.

“It’s not right. It’s not "fair". We must raise the age,” he said, proposing a new commission on youth public safety and justice to push through the changes in the next year.

The Bill's lead sponsor is the homosexual Daniel O'Donnell (main sponsor of the same gender "marriage" law), the bill's only co-sponsor is Ellen Jaffe (who represents New Square and parts of Monsey).

They Both also sponsored a bill that would raise the eligibility rate for how old someone can be to be allowed to be tried as a child (from 19 to 22) (no word yet if the governor also supports this bill)

These bills will endanger the lives of many New Yorkers because those tried as juveniles are more likley to return to the street.

Ellen Jaffe continues to get the support of the "Godfather of New Square" (95+% NS voted for her) despite being a co-sponsor of the same gender "marriage" bill. 

Cuomo aims to hike age of teens tried as adults as GOP balks, prosecutor praises

ALBANY — Gov. Cuomo’s plan to raise the age at which New York teens can be tried as adults received a lukewarm reaction from GOP lawmakers Thursday but won the support of a top prosecutor.

Senate Deputy GOP leader Thomas Libous (R-Binghamton) said in a radio interview he was open to Cuomo’s proposal but noted it was a sensitive issue for lawmakers because of the violent nature of some youth crimes.

Some of the most heinous crimes are committed by kids who are 16 and 17,” Brooklyn Sen. Martin Golden, another Republican and a former New York City cop, told the Daily News.

Cuomo, in his State of the State address Wednesday, said New York was one of only two states that treat 16-year-olds as adults in criminal court. He called for a special commission to draft plans to increase the age, but did not say by how much.

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, head of the state District Attorneys Association, hailed Cuomo’s announcement.

“What we are doing by treating these kids as adults is putting them in a potential cycle of recidivism,” said Rice, who stressed the association has yet to take a position on the issue.

Nearly 50,000 16- and 17-year-olds are arrested each year and charged as adults, advocates said. Most are charged with "minor" offenses like shoplifting and pot possession.

Rice and other advocates said treating 16- and 17-year-olds as adults denies them the programs they "need" to turn their lives around.

“It’s a "myth" that prosecuting kids as adults promotes public safety,” said Gabrielle Horowitz-Prisco of the Correctional Association of New York.

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