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  • Restore parolees’ voting rights permanently, and do it now

    New York Daily News

    For the first time in a decade, a clear path exists for New York State lawmakers to end the Jim Crow-era injustice preventing thousands of their fellow citizens from accessing the ballot box. Now is the moment for the state Senate and Assembly to pass S. 1931/A. 4987 to permanently restore voting rights to all formerly incarcerated New Yorkers upon their reentry from prison. I urge legislators to seize the opportunity before them this session to abolish felony disenfranchisement, an anti-democratic practice rooted in white supremacy.

  • White Supremacist Gets Life in Prison for Killing Black Man

    NY1

    James Jackson is the first person convicted of murder as a crime of terrorism in New York State.

    The self-proclaimed white supremacist will now spend the rest of his life in prison without parole.

    Timothy Caughman, a gentle 66-year-old who was well-liked by neighbors, was collecting recyclables two years ago when Jackson stabbed him to death on Ninth Avenue near West 36th Street with a large sword.

  • DA Vance Invests in Domestic Violence Intervention Program From Harlem to Houston

    Harlem World Magazine

    Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the award of a $1.475 million grant to Urban Resource Institute (URI), a leading provider of domestic violence programs and services in New York City, to plan and implement an abusive partner intervention program (APIP) from Harlem To Houston.

  • PAGV Co-Chairs to State Department: Block Release of Downloadable Blueprints for Do-It-Yourself, 3D-Printed Guns

    The Manhattan District Attorney

    In a matter of days, the State Department is preparing to allow unlimited online access to schematic designs that enable 3D printing of untraceable guns. In a complete reversal of longstanding regulatory oversight, the State Department has decided to provide a special exemption to a private company, Defense Distributed, to post its gun blueprints online.

  • Boss of firm in deadly construction worker fall pleads guilty

    New York Post

    The company overseeing a luxury Manhattan construction project where a worker fell 29 floors to his death pleaded guilty to manslaughter Friday — as the victim’s sister sobbed in the gallery.

    SSC High Rise admitted that its shoddy oversight created an unsafe environment and caused the death of worker Juan Chonillo Sept. 21, 2017, according to the Manhattan DA’s Office.

    The prosecutor read a letter written by the victim’s distraught sister, Angela Chonillo, as she tearfully looked on.