District 24

Rory I. Lancman

Kew Gardens Hills, Pomonok, Electchester, Fresh Meadows, Hillcrest, Jamaica Estates, Briarwood, Parkway Village, Jamaica Hills, Jamaica

Lancman tries again on youth lineup bill
Queens Chronicle, February 15, 2018

Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) this week told the Chronicle that he will reintroduce a bill that would prohibit the NYPD from using minors as fillers in criminal identification lineups without parental permission.

“It’s the same bill as last year,” Lancman said, referring to a measure he introduced last fall that simply ran out of time before the election of a new City Council.

Lancman said the bill will do nothing more than codify what already is NYPD policy. He introduced the original measure last year after detectives in the 105th Precinct did include a minor in a lineup that included a teenage burglary suspect.

City Council hopes to grill DAs on ‘Wild West’ evidence-sharing
NY Daily News, February 9, 2018

The city’s five district attorneys are being asked for a big reveal on their discovery practices. Members of a City Council committee are examining how the DAs share evidence with defendants, and borough prosecutors have been asked to testify at Feb. 27 hearing, the Daily News has learned.

State law requires prosecutors to turn over vital records on the eve of trial. Councilman Rory Lancman said that “over time the DAs’ offices have tried to address” unfairness created by the current law “to different degrees by adopting their own voluntary open discovery processes and some of those have been more open than others.”

“Right now it seems like a combination of the Wild West and a hodgepodge of different policies and procedures which we’re not sure add up to a fair and transparent justice system,” the Queens Democrat said.

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De Blasio Fills 8 Vacancies on City’s Civil, Family Courts
NY Law Journal, February 9, 2018

With the new addition of six judges to the Civil Court, the mayor has filled nine of 12 vacancies on the bench, said New York City Councilman Rory Lancman, who chairs the council’s Committee on Courts and Legal Services, in a news release applauding the appointments. Lancman has recently been critical of de Blasio for leaving interim Civil Court seats open, which he said exacerbates delays in processing cases.

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Manhattan DA Says He Won’t Prosecute Most Turnstile Jumpers
CBS2, February 2, 2018

Councilman Rory Lancman, Chair of the Council Committee on the Criminal Justice System, applauded the move.

“It is a crime, an offense of poverty. It shouldn’t be, ‘now you’ve got a criminal record, potentially going to jail,” he said, “We really need to re-calibrate our criminal justice system, focus on people doing really bad things.”

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Manhattan DA to end prosecution for most fare beaters
NY1, February 2, 2018

In a statement, City Councilmember Rory Lancman supported the decision, saying: “New York City can hold people accountable for fare evasion without running them through the criminal justice system, I applaud DA Vance for implementing this smart policy.”

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Lancman Op-Ed: My committee will work to ensure justice for all
Queens Chronicle, February 1, 2018

An equitable and efficient justice system is the cornerstone of civil society. Now more than ever the city’s criminal and civil legal operations deserve close scrutiny and serious reform.

As the Council begins its new term, I am excited to serve as the chair of the new Committee on the Justice System. We are empowered with a broad mandate to overhaul New Yorkers’ access to justice.

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Lancman takes over Council’s justice committee
Times Ledger, January 23, 2018

Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) is the new chairman of the Committee on the Justice System, which will oversee criminal and civil justice in New York City.

The committee’s jurisdiction includes that of the Committee on Courts and Legal Services, of which Lancman previously was the chairman. It also includes all publicly funded criminal defense and civil legal service organizations, the five district attorneys and the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice.

Lancman said he plans on building on the accomplishments of the Committee on Courts and Legal Services. As chairman, he tackled ICE enforcement activity in the courts, legal services available to low-wage workers, the process of mayoral judicial appointments, bail reform and the speedy-trial crisis.

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With new justice committee, Lancman plans to push online bail among other reforms
Politico, January 22, 2018

The chairman of the City Council’s new justice committee said that paying bail in New York is a “Kafkaesque” process and criticized the de Blasio administration for missing self-set deadlines for a modernized, online bail system.

“It’s an all day adventure, where [if there’s] the slightest glitch … the whole day is wasted,” committee Chairman Rory Lancman said in a recent interview. “You have to go to one of the jails, you have to have the exact money. … Faxes go back and forth.”

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With new justice committee, Lancman plans to push online bail among other reforms
Politico, January 22, 2018

The chairman of the City Council’s new justice committee said that paying bail in New York is a “Kafkaesque” process and criticized the de Blasio administration for missing self-set deadlines for a modernized, online bail system.

“It’s an all day adventure, where [if there’s] the slightest glitch … the whole day is wasted,” committee Chairman Rory Lancman said in a recent interview. “You have to go to one of the jails, you have to have the exact money. … Faxes go back and forth.”

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Still Too High? Marijuana Arrests Barely Budge in NYC
WNYC, January 16, 2018

Queens Councilman Rory Lancman, who chairs the justice committee, also expressed disappointment that arrests hadn’t declined more in the last year. “We need clarity to determine if this policy is sufficient and what changes must be made,” he said.

“In 2014 the Mayor pledged to fundamentally change the City’s criminal justice policy by treating most low-level marijuana possession as a violation instead of a misdemeanor. However, these numbers indicate that the policy is not having the impact we hoped and too many individuals still wind up in the criminal justice system, draining District Attorneys’ resources and clogging our courts.”

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Revenge porn bill unanimously approved by city council
New York Post, November 16, 2017

The city council voted unanimously to criminalize revenge porn Thursday afternoon, making it punishable by up to a year in prison.

Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Queens) wrote the bill. He said district attorneys in the city will now have the tools they need to prosecute the people who commit these “abhorrent acts.”

“With passage of this landmark legislation, New York City finally calls revenge porn exactly what it is: a crime,” Lancman said after the vote.

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Councilman expects ‘overwhelming support’ for revenge porn bill
New York Post, November 14, 2017

The City Council on Thursday will vote on a proposed “revenge porn” law that would allow the NYPD to arrest people on charges of distributing explicit nonconsensual photography online, The Post has learned.

Violators would be charged with a misdemeanor and face up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $1,000 under the legislation, which was introduced by Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Queens).

“We’re at a place where we’re going to be able to protect women [and men] from this disgusting, abusive conduct,” Lancman told The Post on Tuesday. “I expect overwhelming support for it . . . you don’t want to be on the wrong side of a revenge-porn vote.”

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New Yorkers Still Waiting for Online Bail-Payment System
Wall Street Journal, October 29, 2017

Queens City Council member Rory Lancman, chairman of the Committee on Courts and Legal Services, said the city’s delay is inexcusable at a time when a teenager easily can create an e-commerce site and New Yorkers can pay parking tickets and property taxes online.

“There are an appalling number of people who spend some amount of time on Rikers Island because the process of paying bail is so onerous and difficult for their family members that they’re just trapped,” Mr. Lancman said.

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To Shrink Jail Population, a Bail Program Is Expanding
New York Times, August 29, 2017

For its part, the City Council passed legislation in June increasing the length of the hold the Criminal Justice Agency can request from two hours up to 12 hours. Rory I. Lancman, one of sponsors of the bill, said it was necessary to help people work through a bail system that is “Kafkaesque.”

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For Manhattan Fare Beaters, One-Way Ticket to Court May Be Over
New York Times, June 30, 2017

“For too long, prosecution of fare evasion as a crime has disproportionately impacted people of color, bogged down our courts, and even put immigrants at risk of deportation,” said Councilman Rory I. Lancman of Queens, the chairman of the Court and Legal Services Committee and who has led an effort to subsidize fares. ”Diverting fare evasion cases away from the criminal justice system is a smart and sensible policy.”

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Thousands are locked up in NYC jails because they can’t afford bail
New York Times, May 18, 2017

“It confirms that the vast majority of people are on Rikers Island because they can’t afford bail, they’re overwhelmingly black and brown, many of them are there for nonviolent, low-level offenses — and all of this is at enormous expense to taxpayers,” said City Councilman Rory Lancman ­(D-Queens), who requested the review.

Lancman said the data should spur the city to speed up its 10-year timeline for shuttering Rikers Island, an initiative that depends on cutting the jails population in half — in part through bail reform.

Lancman called on the city to expand its supervised-release programs — an alternative to pretrial detention — which the city tripled in size in 2015 to cover 3,000 people.

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