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 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.

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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 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.

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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 —

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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NEW YORK – Council Member Rory I. Lancman, Chair of the Committee on Courts & Legal Services, and representatives from legal services providers and labor unions held a press conference today to call for increased city funding to support low-wage workers facing wage-theft, discrimination and other workplace violations. The press conference took place prior to a Committee on Courts &

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NEW YORK – Council Member Rory I. Lancman today announced new legislation, Int. 1701, at the Jamaica Branch NAACP to require the NYPD to obtain parental consent before using any non-suspect minor as a “filler” in a police lineup. Lancman’s bill specifies that, before a minor can participate as a filler in a lineup, a parent or legal guardian must sign a consent form containing the following information: the description of the lineup, where and when the lineup will be held, the name of the supervising officer, and notification if the teenager’s image will be used in any other identification procedures.

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