District 24

Rory I. Lancman

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

Lancman and Rosenthal Announce PS 164 Officially Designated as a Poll Site

NEW YORK – Council Member Rory I. Lancman and Assembly Member Daniel Rosenthal announced that the Board of Elections has officially designated P.S. 164 in Kew Gardens Hills as a poll site, and will be open for the June 2019 primary election.

P.S. 164 has not been used as a polling site since 2012 because the school was not in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act. READ MORE

Lancman Introduces Legislation to Require NYPD to Report Precinct-Level Data on Clearance Rates of Index Crimes

NEW YORK – Council Member Rory I. Lancman, chair of the Committee on the Justice System, today introduced legislation requiring the NYPD to submit quarterly reports on the clearance rates of index crimes broken down by precinct. The bill also requires the NYPD to continually update previous clearance reports to reflect any crimes in which arrests were made following original publication. READ MORE

Lancman Statement on the Passing of Richard Brown

NEW YORK – Council Member Rory I. Lancman issued the following statement on the passing of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown:

“I am saddened to learn of Judge Brown’s passing. Judge Brown dedicated his life to public service, and he was deeply committed to the people of Queens. My thoughts are with Judge Brown’s family and friends at this difficult time.”

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Data Confirms Queens is the Misdemeanor Incarceration Capital of New York City

Queens Sends More Pre-trial Misdemeanor Defendants to Rikers Island Than Any Other Borough, and More Defendants on Bail Less Than $1,000

New York Daily News: Queens leads the city in lockups for minor criminal infractions, city data shows

NEW YORK – Council Member Rory I. Lancman, chair of the Committee on the Justice System, issued the following statement in response to new City data, required by Local Law 86 of 2015, showing that in the final six months of 2018, Queens sent more individuals awaiting trial on misdemeanor offenses to City jails than any other borough. READ MORE

Lancman Statement on Antisemitic Protest Outside Long Island Synagogue Targeting Glendale Property Owner

NEW YORK – Council Member Rory I. Lancman issued the following statement after the so-called “Glendale Middle Village Coalition” protested outside the Long Island synagogue of Michael Wilner, the synagogue’s president, who owns property in Glendale that the Coalition demands be developed into a school, according to the Queens Courier.

“Protesting outside a person’s synagogue on the Sabbath because they might not develop their private property the way you want is a grotesque act of antisemitism and fully deserves our unqualified condemnation. READ MORE

Rosenthal and Lancman Host E-Waste Recycling Drop Off Event

KEW GARDENS HILLS – Assembly Member Daniel Rosenthal, Council Member Rory Lancman, and the Lower East Side Ecology Center (LESEC) hosted an electronic waste recycling event at Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills earlier this week. Hundreds of Queens residents dropped off over 10,000 pounds of old electronics, including computers, televisions, printers, keyboards, and more, to be recycled.

The 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

City Council Passes Lancman Bill to Create $1 Bail Notification System

NEW YORK – The New York City Council today passed Council Member Lancman’s legislation, Intro. 944, to require the Department of Correction (DOC) to notify eligible incarcerated individuals and their legal representatives when such individuals are detained solely because of $1 bail, or a total bail amount lower than $10.

Lancman’s legislation mandates that DOC produce a list of incarcerated individuals who are held solely due to a bail amount lower than $10 once before noon and once after noon every day of the week. READ MORE

Lancman Statement on Two-Year Anniversary of Spectrum Strike

NEW YORK – Council Member Rory I. Lancman issued the following statement today to mark the two-year anniversary of the Spectrum Strike. IBEW Local 3, which represents 1,800 Spectrum workers and is headquartered in Council Member Lancman’s District, went on strike against Charter Communications on March 28, 2017 after the company refused to offer its workers a fair contract.

“I am proud to support IBEW Local 3 today and every day as they fight for their families and their livelihoods. READ MORE

Lancman Commends State Legislature for Passage of Legislation to Criminalize ‘Revenge Porn’

NEW YORK – Council Member Rory I. Lancman, chair of the Committee on the Justice System and the author of legislation that made ‘revenge porn’ a crime in New York City, issued the following statement after the State Legislature today passed Assemblyman Ed Braunstein’s legislation to criminalize ‘revenge porn’ in New York State.

“I commend Senator Martinez, Assemblyman Braunstein, and the State Legislature for taking action today to make ‘revenge porn’ a crime in New York State and sending a strong message that this vile behavior will not be tolerated. READ MORE

Lancman Praises Appointment of Nine Interim Civil Court Judges, Urges Mayor to Fill Future Vacancies On Time

NEW YORK – Council Member Rory I. Lancman, chair of the Committee on the Justice System, issued the following statement after Mayor de Blasio’s nine nominees for interim Civil Court judgeships were sworn in this morning. Following sustained advocacy from Council Member Lancman, nearly all of the interim Civil Court judicial vacancies are now filled.

“The appointment of nine interim Civil Court judges, almost all of whom will be assigned to Criminal Court, is great news for our justice system and ongoing efforts to reduce case backlog in our criminal justice system. READ MORE