“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.”
“Today, we are announcing a bill which fixes laws that are fundamentally broken, so that more drivers who injure or kill can be held accountable. The Vehicular Violence Accountability Act is our effort to make sure that on the criminal justice side, we are doing all that we can to support survivors and ensure that dangerous drivers face accountability.”
“We need to invest in the people returning from prison, and the communities to which they will return. This groundbreaking investment will help West Harlem continue to heal through trauma-informed services with the help of credible messengers and mentors.”
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.
“We hope that Attorney General Barr and other national leaders will understand what facts, data and lessons learned from the past have taught us as we work to wisely use limited criminal justice resources to promote safer and stronger communities.”