Thank You Governor Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke this morning about prioritizing my domestic violence gun bill. I am very grateful for his interest in this issue. I issued the following statement as a response.

While we lead in New York with some of the strictest gun laws in the nation and the lowest firearm homicide rates, domestic violence victims in our state are still in grave danger because legal protections for their safety come up short.

Here in New York, a gray area in between state and federal laws allows some convicted domestic violence offenders to retain access to firearms. While federal law stipulates that someone found guilty of a misdemeanor domestic abuse charge cannot possess any firearms, state law is not consistent.

In other words, a person who is found guilty of a crime that results in him not being able to buy or own a gun under federal law can keep the one he already possessed under New York law.

My legislation would outline an unambiguous legal procedure, provide uniformity in the courts, and ensure that abusers cannot keep the guns they are prohibited from possessing.

As a result of the most recent shootings in California, Las Vegas and Texas, we have come to face the fact that no New Yorker is safe from the lethal rage of an armed domestic abuser, even those with no relationship to his victims.

We must work together to find ways to combat domestic violence and reduce the danger that perpetrators pose to victims and communities alike by enacting common-sense solutions that will save lives.

I want to thank Governor Cuomo for prioritizing my legislation and working towards protecting all New Yorkers from the epidemic of gun violence.

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A Big Selection Of Events From Which To Choose This Weekend In The 88th Assembly District

Dear friends and neighbors,

Music, movies and group discussions will highlight this weekend in the 88th Assembly District. There are also book-club meetings, school musicals and much more in the cities, towns and villages of our district.

Here’s a closer look at some of the events that are taking place in the 88th. Have a good weekend and remember that if you have an event you’d like me to include in the coming weeks, send the information to Paulina@NYAssembly.gov.

THURSDAY

  • The Scarsdale Forum will meet at Scarsdale Village Hall (1001 Post Road, Scarsdale) at 8 p.m. Visit scarsdaleforum.com for more information.rosenwald
  • The Bronxville Library (201 Pondfield Avenue, Bronxville) will show the film Café Society, written and directed by Woody Allen, as part of its Thursday matinee series at 1:30 p.m. Visit bronxvillelibrary.org for more information.
  • The JCC of Mid-Westchester (999 Wilmot Avenue, Scarsdale) will show the documentary “Rosenwald”, the story of an immigrant peddler’s son who didn’t finish high school but became the President of Sears, at 10:30 a.m. Visit jccmw.org for more information.
  • The Pelham Middle School Drama Club will perform “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” at Pelham High (575 Colonial Avenue, Pelham) at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and again at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are available at the door.

 FRIDAY

  • The Bronxville Women’s Club (135 Midland Avenue, Bronxville) will continue its Coffee House music series with an 8 p.m. performance by Marc Black and Ian Flanigan. Visit bronxvillewomensclub.org for more informatiexpaton.
  • The New Rochelle League of Women Voters Coffee and Conversation Series will continue at the New Rochelle Library (1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle) at 9:30 a.m. with New Rochelle City Councilman Albert Tarantino. Visit nrpl.org for more information.
  • The Bronxville Library (201 Pondfield Road, Bronxville) will present “The 10 Signs of Alzheimer’s” at 11 a.m. Learn about the risk factors, the warning signs and how to receive support for the disease. Visit bronxvillelibrary.org for more information.
  • The Tuckahoe Library (71 Columbus Avenue, Tuckahoe) Book Club will meet at 2 p.m. to discuss The Expatriates by Janice Y.K. Lee. Visit tuckahoe.com/library for more information.
  • The Eastchester Library (11 Oakridge Place, Eastchester) will continue its EPL Film Series when it shows “Girl on a Train”, starring Emily Blunt, at 1:30 p.m. The film will be shown again Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Visit eastchesterlibrary.org for more information.
  • The Scarsdale High Drama Club will present “Almost Maine”, a romantic comedy, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at the Scarsdale High School Theater (1057 Post Road, Scarsdale). Tickets can be purchased at eventbrite.com or at the door.

 SATURDAY

  • I have chartered three buses that will travel to Washington D.C. for the Women’s March on Washington. The buses will leave from The Vernon Hills Shopping Center in Scarsdale at 5 a.m. Call my office at 914-725-1115 for more information.
  • The Westchester Reform Temple (255 Mamaroneck Road, Scarsdale) has also chartered a bus and will be heading to Washington. That bus is scheduled to leave in the 4 a.m. hour. Visit wrtemple.org for more information.
  • The Pelham Picture House (175 Wolfs Lane, Pelham) will show “They Call Us Monsters”, the story of violent California juveniles tried as adults, at 4 p.m. There will also be a post-screening discussion with director Ben Lear. Visit thepicturehouse.org for more information.
  • The Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (895 Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park) will host Windowsill Gardening, a workshop centering on growing herbs indoors during the winter, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Visit bartowpellmansionmuseum.org for more information.
  • The Playgroup Theatre (One North Broadway, White Plains) will present “Hairspray”, the big and bold Broadway musical that won eight Tony Awards, at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 2 p.m. Visit playgroup.org for more information.
  • The Maccabeats, the Jewish music and a cappella phenomenon, will perform at The White Plains Performing Arts Center (11 City Place, White Plains) at 8 p.m. Visit wppac.com for more information.

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  • The Westchester Italian Cultural Center (One Generoso Pope Place, Tuckahoe) will host The First Battle of Lasagna from 2:30-5 p.m. Visit wiccny.org for more information.
  • The New Choral Society will perform at Hitchcock Presbyterian Church (6 Greenacres Avenue, Scarsdale) at 8 p.m. Visit newchoralsociety.org for more information.
  • Anthony Wooden and the Bokandeye African Dance and Drum Troupe will conduct a free African Dance workshop at the New Rochelle Library (1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle) at 11 a.m. Visit nrpl.org for more information.
  • The Scarsdale Library (54 Olmstead Road, Scarsdale) will host “Meet and Greet A Dog”, giving you the chance to pet and play with friendly dogs from The Good Dog Foundation, at 3 p.m. Visit scarsdalelibrary.org for more information.
  • The New York Strongest Man and Woman Competition will take place at The Westchester County Center in White Plains from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit unitedstatesstrongman.com/upcoming-events for more information.

 SUNDAY

  • Writer and teacher Robert Cole will be at The Reformed Church of Bronxville (180 Pondfield Road, Bronxville) to discuss his near-fatal illness and how it impacted his life at 2 p.m. Visit reformedchurch.org for more information.
  • The Scarsdale Forum speaker series will continue at The Scarsdale Women’s Club (37 Drake Road, Scarsdale) with a 3 p.m. presentation entitled “What is Alzheimer’s Disease & What Can You Do About”. Visit scarsdaleforum.com for more information.
  • Classical guitarist Stuart Weber will perform at The New Rochelle Public Library (1 Library Plaza, New thegraduateRochelle) at 3 p.m. Visit nrpl.org for more information.
  • Jazz ensemble Trio Shalva will perform at The Bronxville Library (201 Pondfield Road, Bronxville) at 3 p.m. Visit bronxvillelibrary.org for more information.
  • The Eastchester Library (11 Oakridge Place, Eastchester) will continue its EPL Film Series when it shows “The Graduate”, starring Dustin Hoffman, at 1:30 p.m. Visit eastchesterlibrary.org for more information.
  • The Pelham Jewish Center (451 Esplanade, Pelham) will present a staged reading of “Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat” at 1 p.m. The PJC is also accepting clothing donations as part of the production. Visit thepjc.org for more information.

For information about these and other events in our area, please visit http://www.burbio.com/lists/district-88-events.

 

 

 

Continuing The Fight Against Human Trafficking

I am proud to announce that Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation (Chapter 408) I authored into law on Friday. The law requires hospitals, public health centers, diagnostic centers, treatment centers and outpatient departments to establish and implement written policies and procedures for the identification, assessment and treatment/referral of persons suspected as human trafficking victims. Additionally, the law requires that specified personnel in the service units of these facilities complete training regarding these policies and procedures.

According to Dr. Douglas Chin, director of outreach for Physicians Against the Trafficking of Humans (PATH), 87 percent of trafficking victims have had contact with a healthcare provider while being trafficked. Nevertheless, fewer than 10 percent of doctors recognize trafficking victims and fewer than three percent of ER doctors have received training in recognition and action. ff54a7fdac723e5b09b936d18c3c868b

With appropriate training, the doctors, nurses and other health care professionals who are the most likely to come in contact with a potential victim will be able to recognize the signs that indicate the person seeking treatment may be a human trafficking victim. They will also be able to refer the victim so that she can get specialized services and escape her life of violence and enslavement. Human trafficking is a $32 billion industry and nearly 300,000 children, some as young as ages 11 and 12, are at risk of becoming sexually exploited. This is happening right here, in our state, in our backyards.  We need to continue to do all that we can to help bring an end to this deplorable practice of selling people, particularly children, for sex.

The Polaris Project, a nonprofit, non-governmental organization that works to combat and prevent modern-day slavery and human trafficking, used data collected by the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline and determined that between 2001 and 2012 New York, California, Texas and Florida received the most potential reports of human trafficking. New York City was identified as a hub for human trafficking.