New York State Coalition for More Family Court Judges

Press Releases

June 17, 2014

Contacts — Coalition Co-Chairs:

Stephanie Gendell: (646) 232-6721

Denise Kronstadt: (845) 664-0200

Senate and Assembly Introduce Bills

Adding 25 Family Court Judges

Coalition of Over 110 Organizations Hopeful This Deal Will

Soon Pass the Legislature

With time running out this legislative session, both the Senate and the Assembly introduced the same bill last night, adding 25 more Family Court Judges statewide.  This gives the bill time to age and be voted on before session ends on Thursday.  The over 110 members of the New York State Coalition for More Family Court Judges are extremely grateful that this agreement was reached and look forward to seeing the bill pass this week and then be signed into law by Governor Cuomo.

The bill (S7883/A10139) adds 20 Family Court Judges starting January 2015:  9 in New York City (at least one per borough) and 1 Judge in the counties of Albany, Broome, Chautauqua, Franklin, Nassau, Oneida, Oswego, Schenectady, Suffolk, Ulster and Westchester.  The bill adds 5 more Family Court Judges to begin January 1, 2016 with one additional Judge in Delaware, Dutchess, Erie, Monroe and Warren Counties.

“The most vulnerable children, women and families depend on Family Court Judges to make critical decisions about how to keep them safe, where they will live, and when they will have visits with their parents, siblings and children. Despite the best efforts made every day throughout the state, there are just not enough Judges to be able to make these decisions timely.  Adding 25 additional Family Court Judges over the next 2 years will bring much-needed relief to families throughout New York State,” said Stephanie Gendell, Co-Chair of the New York State Coalition for More Family Court Judges and Associate Executive Director for Policy and Government Relations at Citizens’ Committee for Children.

“New York’s families and children have waited far too long. The legislation to add 25 new Family Court Judges is essential to take on the serious challenge of addressing the current backlog that has led to long delays for families, victims of violence, and children– and has effectively closed the doors to justice for those who need the courts the most. The Coalition is grateful to the Legislature for agreeing to a bill to add 25 more Family Court Judges, and we look forward to the Legislature’s vote on the bill and the Governor’s support,” said Denise Kronstadt, Co-Chair of the New York State Coalition for More Family Court Judges and Deputy Executive Director/Director of Advocacy at the Fund for Modern Courts.

The New York State Coalition for More Family Court Judges thanks Judiciary Chairs Senator John Bonacic and Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein, as well as leaders of the Senate and Assembly, for their leadership in securing the introduction of the same bill in both houses.

The New York State Coalition for More Family Court Judges is a coalition of over 100 organizations from all across New York State that has come together to ensure that New York State provides for more resources for Family Courts, including at least 20 more Family Court Judges statewide to provide justice for families.

New York State Coalition for More Family Court Judges

  1. Vivian Fox, President, 1199 Child Care Corporation
  2. Assigned Counsel/Attorney for Children Panel, Kings County Family Court
  3. Association of the Assigned Counsel of Queens Family Court
  4. Bronx County Bar Association
  5. Bronx Defenders
  6. Bronx Family Court Bar Association
  7. Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project
  8. Brooklyn Defender Services
  9. CASA of Rockland County, Inc.
  10. CASA of the Southern Tier, Inc.
  11. CASA-NYC
  12. CASA-NYS
  13. Center for Community Justice
  14. Center for Family Representation
  15. Child & Family Services
  16. Child and Family Services Haven House
  17. Children’s Defense Fund – New York
  18. The Children’s Law Center
  19. Child Welfare Organizing Project
  20. Child Welfare Services, Westchester Institute for Human Development
  21. The Children’s Agenda
  22. The Children’s Aid Society
  23. Children’s Rights
  24. Citizens’ Committee for Children
  25. Committee for Hispanic Children and Families
  26. The Committee for Modern Courts
  27. Correctional Association of New York
  28. Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies
  29. Courts in Crisis
  30. Day One
  31. The Door
  32. Empire Justice Center
  33. Episcopal Social Services of New York
  34. Equinox
  35. Erie County Coalition Against Family Violence
  36. Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies
  37. Forestdale, Inc.
  38. Good Shepherd Services
  39. Graham Windham
  40. Haitian American Lawyers Association of New York, Inc. (HALANY)
  41. Her Justice
  42. Hiscock Legal Aid Society
  43. Hope’s Door
  44. Human Services Council
  45. Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services
  46. Jewish Child Care Association
  47. Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York
  48. Lawyers For Children
  49. League of Women Voters of Broome and Tioga Counties
  50. League of Women Voters of the City of New York
  51. League of Women Voters of New York State (LWVNYS)
  52. League of Women Voters of Schenectady County
  53. League of Women Voters of Smithtown (Suffolk County)
  54. Leake and Watts
  55. The Legal Aid Society of New York
  56. Legal Information for Families Today
  57. The Legal Project
  58. Legal Services for the Elderly, Disabled or Disadvantaged of Western NY, Inc.
  59. The Lineage Project
  60. Long Islanders for Youth (LIFY)
  61. Mediation Matters
  62. MercyFirst
  63. MFY Legal Services
  64. National Center for Access to Justice
  65. The Network of Bar Leaders
  66. New York Asian Women’s Center
  67. New York Center for Juvenile Justice
  68. New York City Anti-Violence Project
  69. New York City Council General Welfare Chair, Stephen Levin
  70. New York Foundling
  71. New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG)
  72. New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NYSCADV)
  73. New York State Court Officers Association
  74. New York State LGBTQ Domestic Violence Network
  75. New York State Permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for Children
  76. Northern Manhattan Improvement Corp.
  77. NYU Family Defense Clinic
  78. The Osborne Association
  79. Pace Women’s Justice Center
  81. RISE – Broome County
  82. Safe Horizon
  83. Safe Space NYC
  84. St. Catherine’s Center for Children
  85. The Safe Center LI, Inc.
  86. Sanctuary for Families
  87. Sauti Yetu Center for African Women
  88. Schenectady Community Action Program, Inc.
  89. Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy (SCAA)
  90. Sepa Mujer
  91. Staten Island Women’s Bar Association
  92. United Neighborhood Houses
  93. Unity House of Troy, Inc.
  94. Urban Justice Center, Domestic Violence Project
  95. Treat Me Right, Inc.
  96. Vanderheyden
  97. Vera House, Inc.
  98. VIBS Family Violence & Rape Crisis Center
  99. Violence Intervention Program, Inc.
  100. Voices of Women Organizing Project (VOW)
  101. Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County, Inc.
  102. Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County, Inc.
  103. The Washbourne House
  104. Westchester Children’s Association
  105. Western New York Law Center
  106. Worker Justice Center of New York, Inc.
  107. You Gotta Believe!
  108. Youth Represent
  109. YWCA of Northeastern New York



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