District 24

Rory I. Lancman

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

NEW YORK – Council Member Rory I. Lancman, Chair of the Committee on the Justice System, issued the following statement in response to Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance’s new policy, which takes effect today, to decline to prosecute most marijuana possession and smoking cases:

“The police can’t police what prosecutors won’t prosecute. With his new marijuana policy today, District Attorney Vance is using his authority and discretion to make our justice system fairer, while preventing expensive and needless incarceration.

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NEW YORK – A federal court yesterday ruled against the State of New York in a suit brought on behalf of patients and staff of Choices Women’s Medical Center in Jamaica, Queens, who for years have endured a campaign of harassment, intimidation, and obstruction aimed at preventing women from obtaining healthcare services, including constitutionally protected abortion services. The suit, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, sought primarily to enforce the federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, the state New York Clinic Access Act,  and the New York City Clinic Access Act, which together essentially prohibit the actual or threatened use of force, obstruction, or harassment to injure, intimidate, or interfere with a person accessing reproductive health services.

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NEW YORK – Council Member Rory I. Lancman, chair of the Committee on the Justice System, issued the following statement in response to Mayor de Blasio’s new marijuana enforcement policy:

“The Mayor’s new marijuana enforcement policy is a marginal improvement, but a real missed opportunity to fundamentally change how the City polices marijuana possession and smoking.

“No one should be arrested for smoking marijuana, period.

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NEW YORK – The Committee on the Justice System will hold an oversight hearing to examine how the City’s District Attorneys are addressing the opioid crisis. The hearing will take place on Thursday, June 21 at 1:00pm.

The Committee hearing follows a recent New York Times report that outlined how District Attorneys around the country are increasingly treating opioid overdose deaths as homicides and, in turn, are prosecuting individuals who are not actually dealers, many of whom are addicts themselves.

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NEW YORK – Council Member Rory I. Lancman, Chair of the Committee on the Justice System, issued the following statement is response to a recent court case, reported by the New York Law Journal, where an immigrant New Yorker was detained for eight months while facing deportation after convictions for theft of services, more commonly known as fare evasion.

“It is a disgrace that an immigrant New Yorker would be held for eight months and face deportation, all for fare evasion convictions.

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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.

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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