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.
Kennedy announces Senate approval of legislation he cosponsored to restore state budget cuts to vital services for people with developmental disabilities. Assembly approved it Monday.
Kennedy: The bill we passed restores critical funding that represents a vital lifeline to the most vulnerable among us. Congratulations to all of the families and advocates, and thank you for your passionate persistence.
After years of work, the Geary family of Depew finally celebrates the completion of renovation work that makes their home more accessible to serve the needs of their twin daughters with cerebral palsy.
Senator Kennedy partnered with the family to generate widespread community support, and pushed state bureaucracy to be more responsive to their call for help.
Kennedy: This is a uniquely Western New York story. Our community came together to help a neighbor in need.
Five-year-old Eain Clayton Brooks was murdered last week on Buffalo’s West Side. Family members say they reported abuse to CPS on several occasions, but apparently no actions were taken after they determined the complaints were unfounded.
Kennedy called on the state Office of Children and Family Services to investigate Erie County CPS.
Public hearing, to be held November 14 at Buffalo City Hall, will examine the practices of Child Protective Services in Erie County and explore issues facing protective services across the state.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, both Democrats from Buffalo, today announced an important public hearing that will examine the practices of Child Protective Services in Erie County. At the public hearing November 14 at Buffalo City Hall, the state lawmakers aim to uncover any potential problems that currently exist within Child Protective Services and identify improvements that can be made to the system.
In September, Western New York was once again rocked by the tragic loss of a young child. Five-year-old Eain Clayton Brooks suffered repeated, brutal beatings allegedly at the hands of his mother’s live-in boyfriend. Eain’s life was taken as a result of this senseless abuse.
As the father of three young children, I was deeply saddened by Eain’s death. Our entire community has mourned his loss, and I cannot imagine the immense pain that Eain’s family has endured. My thoughts and prayers remain with them.
Eain’s death is an intolerable and heartbreaking tragedy, and we must do all we can to prevent anything like this from ever happening again.
With Governor’s signature, Jay-J’s bill will officially become Jay-J’s Law.
The bill has been delivered to the Governor; under state law he now has until the end of the month to sign it.
CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy is urging Governor Cuomo to sign Jay-J’s Law – which the State Legislature approved last month. The bill has been delivered to the Governor, and it is now waiting for his signature to become law. The Governor has 10 days – not counting Sundays – from July 19, the day the bill was delivered, to sign it into law, giving him until the end of the month.