Senate, Assembly pass bill to strengthen courts’ ability to protect children by streamlining process required to revoke parental rights after severe or repeat abuse. Bill now heads to Governor to be signed into law.
Kennedy: After taking this important step to protect children, now it’s time to pass Jay J.’s Law and ensure those who hurt children end up behind bars for a long, long time.
With unanimous approval in Senate, pressure grows for the Assembly to act on Jay J’s Law this year.
Kennedy: Unanimous Senate approval of Jay J’s Law sends the message that the Assembly needs to act. This is an opportunity for the Assembly to show that they’re serious about protecting the vulnerable.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation Monday enacting Jay-J’s Law, which allows for tougher penalties against offenders who have been convicted of repeatedly abusing a child. Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, first authored the bill in late 2011, and since then, he has worked closely with Jay-J's family, the Retzer's, to push for final passage of the bill.
“Assaulting a child is a heinous crime that must be met with the strictest of punishments,” Governor Cuomo said. “By enacting Jay-J’s Law we are taking a step forward in safeguarding children across New York State, and immediately ensuring that repeat offenders are met with heightened penalties that match the seriousness of their actions.”