NEW YORK – Council Member Rory I. Lancman issued the following statement in response to a report issued by Katten Muchin Rosenman detailing the findings of its three-month investigation into cancellation of the Israel Independence Commemoration event at Queens Museum:
“This was an extraordinary abuse of not just Laura Raicovich’s administrative authority, but of her moral authority as well. READ MORE
NEW YORK – Council Member Rory I. Lancman, Chair of the Committee on the Justice System, issued the following statement in response to a landmark ruling by Dutchess County Supreme Court Justice Maria Rosa that setting cash bail without considering a defendant’s ability to pay is a violation of a person’s constitutional rights.
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NEW YORK – Council Member Rory I. Lancman, Chair of the Committee on the Justice System, issued the following statement after six of the Mayor’s nominees for interim Civil Court judgeships were sworn in this morning. The Mayor has now filled nine of the twelve interim Civil Court vacancies, after continued advocacy from Council Member Lancman.
“I’m pleased that the pace of the Mayor’s one-year appointments to the bench has quickened this year compared to last, putting the majority of the judges in place in early February as opposed to May. READ MORE
NEW YORK – Council Member Rory I. Lancman, Chair of the Committee on the Justice System and author of the law requiring the NYPD to report fare evasion arrest and summons data quarterly, issued the following statement in response to Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance’s decision to end prosecution of subway fare evasion cases:
“The decision by District Attorney Vance to no longer prosecute subway fare evasion is a critical step forward for our justice system. READ MORE
NEW YORK – Council Member Rory I. Lancman, chair of the Committee on the Justice System, issued the following statement in response to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget proposal:
“Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget will make our justice system fairer and more efficient by reforming our antiquated bail system and alleviating the speedy trial crisis plaguing our courts, and make critical strides to protect women and girls by criminalizing revenge porn statewide and keeping firearms out of the hands of domestic abusers. READ MORE
NEW YORK – Council Member Rory I. Lancman issued the following statement in response to Governor Cuomo’s criminal justice reform proposals that will be announced in his State of the State address today:
“I applaud Governor Cuomo for putting forward these important reforms to make New York State’s criminal justice system fairer and more efficient. Bail decisions that keep low-level, nonviolent defendants locked up for being poor, endless delays in giving both defendants and victims their days in court, and keeping critical information from defense counsel until trial are the scourges of the criminal justice system — READ MORE
NEW YORK – The New York City Council today voted unanimously to pass Intro. 1664, legislation that will require the NYPD to report the number of arrests and summonses issued for subway fare evasion on a quarterly basis. The legislation specifies that the data must be broken down into the following categories: subway station where the enforcement action took place, transit bureau district, and race, sex, and age group of the individual who was arrested or issued a TAB summons. READ MORE
NEW YORK – At today’s Fire and Criminal Justice committee hearing, Elizabeth Glazer, the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ), stated that the online bail payment system, which the Mayor claimed last year would be functional by spring 2017, is not expected to be up and running until April 2018. The disclosure marked the third time the City has failed to meet its own deadline for an online payment system. READ MORE
NEW YORK – The New York City Council today voted unanimously to pass Intro. 1267, landmark legislation that criminalizes “revenge porn” in New York City.
“Revenge porn” is a 21st century form of sexual assault used by perpetrators to embarrass or humiliate victims. According to the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, 38 states plus the District of Columbia currently have laws specifically to combat “revenge porn.” While the consequences of “revenge porn” can be devastating for victims, neither New York State nor New York City had laws on the books to protect New Yorkers or hold perpetrators accountable. READ MORE
NEW YORK – Council Member Rory I. Lancman and Choices Women’s Medical Center Founder Merle Hoffman hosted a Legislative Breakfast last week to allow legislators to learn about Choices and the important work the organization does for the local community. The Legislative Breakfast took place at Choices Women’s Medical Center located in Jamaica, Queens.
Choices is a woman-owned and operated medical facility that has provided quality healthcare to Queens residents for more than 45 years. READ MORE