As part of the state Assembly’s Crime Victims Day, Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt (R,C,I-East Meadow) called on the Assembly Majority to bring to a vote legislation that would prevent crimes across the state, the Domestic Violence Prevention Act – Brittany’s Law (A.1833). The measure would create a searchable, online public database of convicted violent felons, similar to the existing sex offender database.
“Today we have the opportunity to continue making New York a safer place to call home, and the bills before us do a great deal to expand on existing protections for crime victims. But why aren’t we addressing legislation that would prevent crimes from happening in the first place? Brittany’s Law deserves a vote in this house and I strongly encourage the Assembly Majority to allow it to happen so that we may better ensure the safety and well-being of New Yorkers,” said McKevitt.
Brittany’s Law was named for 12-year-old Brittany Passalacqua and her mother, Helen Buchel, who were both brutally murdered by a violent felon in 2009. Their murderer had recently been paroled after being convicted of violently assaulting his infant daughter in 2003. This information was not known to Helen or Brittany. Creation of this database would allow New Yorkers to access this valuable information to better protect themselves and their families.
The measure has been passed numerous times in the state Senate, yet has not been allowed out for a vote in the Assembly. To encourage the Assembly Majority to bring the bill out for a vote, McKevitt was among state lawmakers who created a public petition last year. The petition has gained signatures from across the state, and McKevitt encourages New Yorkers who would like to see the bill passed to sign it on his official Assembly website at: http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Tom-McKevitt/story/63510/
McKevitt said, “I will continue working to prevent the victimization of New Yorkers with measures like Brittany’s Law. I was pleased to support the Crime Victims package today in order to expand the legal definition of rape, continue to make our state a leader in the fight against human trafficking, and guarantee existing protections to crime victims. However, I believe that if the Assembly would like to do something meaningful to protect the citizens we represent, we must pass Brittany’s Law and I hope to this legislative session.”
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