Actions – Week of May 7, 2019

May's Focus - Gun Violence Prevention The data on gun violence in our country is appalling for 2019 alone: (Source: https://www.gunviolencearchive.org/) In New York, so far in 2019 we've seen legislative improvements, including the passing of the Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) law, strength...
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Actions – Week of April 29, 2019

April's focus - Criminal Justice Reform As we wrap up April, we have one last action on Criminal Justice Reform.  New York State has been considering legislation S04572/A06653 - Close the "double jeopardy" loophole and enable prosecution in the event of certain Presidential pardons. Background: The Double Jeopardy Clause of the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits individuals from being prosecuted twice for the same offense. However, th...
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Actions – Week of April 22, 2019

April's focus - Criminal Justice Reform There are a lot of serious considerations around the question of impeachment, but the basic technicality is the Congress has a constitutional responsibility to investigate and pursue impeachment.  Starting from that obligation, I ask this week that you: 1 - Take the time to read the redacted Mueller report (link here).  I admit, I...
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Actions – Week of April 15, 2019

April's focus - Criminal Justice Reform While I'm still pleased with the criminal justice reforms passed in the most recent New York State budget, it's been well over two years that we've been waiting for the results of an investigation into racial bias in New York prisons.  The investigation ordered by Governor Cuomo was due to the reports of significantly higher punishments for Black and Latino prisoners.  We need to see the findings to get a better understanding of...
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Actions – Week of April 8, 2019

April's focus - Criminal Justice Reform Saratoga Springs added a much-needed Citizens Advisory Board in the past couple months.  Prompted by concerns of inconsistent answers from our city regarding the death of Daryl Mount, Jr., the board is a positive step forward to engage both city government and residents in discussing concerns over policing practices in Saratoga Springs. That said, the Citizen's Advisory Board is extremely limited in scope and impact, and we nee...
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