NEW YORK – Council Member Rory I. Lancman, chair of the Committee on the Justice System, issued the following statement after Manhattan DA Cy Vance and Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez announced forthcoming policy changes with respect to marijuana prosecution:
“I commend DA Vance and DA Gonzalez for taking this important step to combat the unjust racial disparities with marijuana enforcement and prosecution, and look forward to seeing the new policies in their final form. READ MORE
“Yesterday’s New York Times analysis of NYPD data elicited from a Council hearing held in February draws the same conclusion as analyses by the Daily News and Politico: marijuana enforcement is not correlated to community complaints, but rather to the race and ethnicity of those arrested, and blacks and Latinos are arrested at rates far higher than whites. The city’s enforcement practices unfairly target people of color and divert essential resources away from combating serious crime. READ MORE
NEW YORK – Council Member Rory I. Lancman today introduced legislation to require the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ) to make reasonable efforts to work with the New York State Office of Court Administration to ensure the installation of ATMs in all criminal courthouses where arraignments take place.
“It is mind-boggling that the de Blasio administration could not do something as simple as install ATMs in every criminal criminal courthouse,” said Council Member Rory I. READ MORE
NEW YORK – Council Member Rory I. Lancman today announced that he will be hosting Family Days at nine parks and playgrounds throughout the 24th Council District. Lancman’s Family Day events are held in partnership with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation and are free for children and families to attend.
Lancman allocated nearly $60,000 in the FY18 budget specifically for Family Day events that feature an assortment of fun and entertainment for the entire family. READ MORE
NEW YORK – Council Member Rory I. Lancman, Chair of the Committee on the Justice System, issued the following statement in response to the Lippman Commission’s One-Year Progress Report on Closing Rikers Island:
“This report confirms that Rikers Island can be shut down in less than ten years — but only if the de Blasio administration commits to vastly expanding supervised release, improving the mechanics of paying bail (including completing the much delayed online bail payment system), and investing in the criminal justice reforms proposed by both our public defenders and district attorneys. READ MORE
NEW YORK – On March 28, 2017 IBEW Local 3 went on strike against Charter Communications, after the company refused to offer its workers a fair contract with benefits. IBEW Local 3, which is based in Council Member Lancman’s District, represents 1,800 Charter employees.
To mark the one-year anniversary of the strike, Council Member Rory I. Lancman issued the following statement:
“Local 3 workers have spent the past year fighting for their families and their livelihoods, in the face of relentless corporate greed from Charter Communications. READ MORE
Assembly Member Daniel Rosenthal, Council Member Rory Lancman, and the Lower East Side Ecology Center touted the success of yesterday’s electronic waste recycling event at Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills, where Queens residents recycled more than 23,000 pounds of old electronics, including computers, printers, monitors, and more.
The second annual E-Waste Recycling event was organized in response to a 2015 New York State law, which prohibits electronic waste from being included with normal curbside collection. READ MORE
NEW YORK – At yesterday’s Committee on the Justice System hearing, the Bronx and Staten Island DAs announced plans to enhance their criminal discovery procedures. The Staten Island DA’s office has finalized its Early Action Discovery policy for felony cases, in which prosecutors will provide evidence, including police reports, witness statements, and search warrants, without first requiring a request, and within 21 days of Supreme Court arraignment. READ MORE
NEW YORK – Council Members Rory Lancman, Chair of the Committee on the Justice System, and Donovan Richards, Chair of the Committee on Public Safety, issued the following statement in response to the NYPD’s failure to produce 311 and 911 call data on marijuana use at today’s New York City Council hearing:
“It is incomprehensible that the NYPD failed to produce 311 and 911 call data on marijuana complaints to Committee members, as requested, given that the Department consistently cites this information as its rationale for current marijuana enforcement. READ MORE
NEW YORK – The Department of City Planning today formally certified the Parks Department’s application to acquire Brinckerhoff Cemetery, a critical step required for the City to officially purchase and renovate the cemetery. The project will now enter the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), where it will be reviewed by the Community Board and Borough President Melinda Katz, and formally approved by the City Council. READ MORE