But in the rush to end today’s crisis, my office will not support a return to racially discriminatory “broken windows” policing strategies, which yield no reduction in violent crime. And we won’t roll back the progress we’ve made over the last decade, using the power of our discretion to massively reduce our criminal justice footprint and the inequities that underlie unnecessary prosecutions.
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. today called for the formation of a commission tasked with recommending holistic, evidence-based solutions to stop New York City’s sharp rise in violent crime over the past year.
SNL started in 2010, the same year Cy Vance assumed the role of Manhattan DA, when the office realized that the Police Athletic League Gym in West Harlem, which usually offered sports programming for young people, was closed on weekend nights, when crime rates tend to surge, so precisely when vulnerable teens needed to stay occupied. “That made no sense to us at all,” Vance says. So, in the first iteration of SNL, they brought in coaches from Pro Hoops to offer “world-class basketball programming” to kids ages 12 to 18, providing, Vance says, “a safe and positive place to be on Saturday nights.”
From a prosecutor’s standpoint, much like from a legislator’s standpoint, public safety is always of the utmost importance. Now – while the legislature is considering modernizing notarization laws to account for the application of technology – is the perfect time to likewise consider ways to enhance the notarization laws to further account for public safety.
D.A. Vance joins the Intergenerational Politics Podcast to discuss some of his proudest moments as District Attorney, the Harvey Weinstein case, and more.