Senator Montgomery expresses outrage over the Senate Majority Budget Resolution which does not address Raise the Age yet calls for enhanced penalties for gang activity, unsealing previously sealed records of juveniles and youth, and criminalizes graffiti as a hate crime. The budget also would codify harmful regulations impacting child care providers in New York State without providing an opportunity for appeal; eliminates $18 million in funding for the My Brother's Keeper initiative and cuts $5 million in funding for Early College programs.
The Majority's budget would severly impact public transportation in NYC by supporting the Executive's proposal for a $65 million reduction from the MTA related to 2011 Payroll Tax changes, and accepts $121.5 million sweep from downstate transit assistance; continues to underfund public education, and supports the Executive's proposal to cut Opportunity Programs (HEOP, EOP) for college students. To learn more about the SFY 2017-18 Senate One-House Budget, download the attached Executive Summary and Superhighlights analysis.
The Senate Democratic Conference have outlined their progressive budget priorities that would assist working families in New York State and enact meaningful Raise the Age reform. Activists, advocates and concerned parents all stood with the Senate Democrats as we unveiled our ‘raise the age’ proposal. These advocate organizations created a list of principles that any bill which seeks to ‘raise the age’ must address, and only the Senate Democratic option achieves all of these goals. The principles that determine if legislation would really ‘raise the age’ or not include:
- Raise the age for nonviolent youth offenders to 18 years old on January 1, 2018;
- Require the State to reimburse 100% of expenses incurred by localities in implementing Raise the Age legislation;
- Ensure that all youth charged as juvenile delinquents are placed in non-institutionalized settings as close to their homes as possible;
- Raise the lowest age of juvenile delinquency from 7 to 12, or 10 in the case of the most serious crimes;
- Codify the prohibition on youth placement in adult correctional facilities;
- Ensure that parents are notified of their 16- and 17-year-old’s arrest, and protect youth's Constitutional rights by requiring parental involvement when waiving Miranda rights;
- Maximize the number of cases that originate in Family Court, and ensure that cases heard in a Youth Part of an adult court are handled by judges trained to handle the intricacies of juvenile offender cases;
- Ensure enhanced investments to diversion services and alternatives to lower incarceration rates; and
- Provide a one-year wait for youth offenders with misdemeanors to have their records sealed and 3 years for felonies
For more information about the Senate Democratic Conference's budget priorities, download the attached letter.