June 17, 2014
Contacts — Coalition Co-Chairs:
Stephanie Gendell: (646) 232-6721 firstname.lastname@example.org
Denise Kronstadt: (845) 664-0200 email@example.com
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.
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