Recently, the New York State Senate took a tremendous step forward in adopting a tougher stance against violent crime by enacting “Domestic Violence Prevention Act - Brittany's Law” (S.513), legislation I sponsored to create a statewide registry tracking violent felony offenders.
Brittany’s Law is named for 12-year-old Brittany Passalacqua, who was brutally and savagely murdered along with her mother, Helen Buchel, at their home in Geneva, Ne wYork in November 2009. The perpetrator was John Edward Brown, a violent convicted felon who had been released from prison early after serving only 2 ½ years for assaulting his infant daughter in 2003.
By putting measures in place for law enforcement to track violent offenders and keeping our communities informed of their whereabouts, Brittany’s Law will save lives and prevent future tragedy from occurring. All we need now for the violent offender registry to become a reality is for the State Assembly to join the Senate in adopting Brittany’s Law. In the Assembly, the bill has already received bi-partisan support.
Please sign the petition below and join the fight to ensure New Yorkers have the right to know when violent offenders are living in our communities.