Good afternoon, Chairs Lancman and Rosenthal, and members of both committees. My name is Audrey Moore and I am an Executive Assistant District Attorney and Chief of the Special Victims Bureau at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. I am joined by my colleague Maggie Wolk who is the Chief of Strategic Planning and Policy. On behalf of District Attorney Vance, we thank you for the opportunity to testify before you today.
"We’re here today at a moment in time when, overall, our City and State have never been safer. But at this moment when other types of crime are dropping to historic lows across New York, we are experiencing an epidemic of vehicular violence that has killed 28 of our Manhattan neighbors year-to-date, and injured thousands more. A New Yorker today is more likely to be killed by a car than with a knife or a gun."
But today isn’t just about public policy. It’s about you. As you join the ranks of esteemed college graduates who came before you, I hope that this is milestone is only the beginning of the investments you make in yourselves, your families, and your communities going forward..
“The people in this room will lead the fight to protect public safety, government infrastructure, and capital markets against new threats in our high-speed world in the years to come.”
Senator Bailey and members of the committee, thank you for holding this hearing on the implementation of pre-trial discovery reform. It is important to have this discussion to adequately prepare for the sweeping changes that will take effect on January 1, 2020.
“New York State criminal procedure laws, as they exist in 2019, do not help district attorneys root out corruption; they prevent us from doing so.”