Author: MARIA ENEA, Gazette staff writer

Child welfare groups speak out against funding cuts in proposed budget
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Child welfare groups speak out against funding cuts in proposed budget

Child welfare advocacy groups are criticizing the governor for proposing to defund the Close to Home juvenile justice placement program and cap New York City’s child welfare services funding stream. The New York State Child Welfare Coalition (NYSCWC) views these potential policy changes, proposed in the Executive Budget, as a considerable step backwards. […]

Assemblyman Ortiz looks to save lives by lowering permissible BAC level
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Assemblyman Ortiz looks to save lives by lowering permissible BAC level

The National Transportation Safety Board has recently issued a recommendation to states to lower the blood alcohol content that constitutes drunk driving. Assistant Assembly Speaker Felix Ortiz, D-Brooklyn, has introduced legislation (A.2302-a) to lower a driver’s blood alcohol concentration level from .08 percent to .05 percent when determining if the […]

Coalition is focused on bill that would take guns away from dangerous individuals
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Coalition is focused on bill that would take guns away from dangerous individuals

A coalition of lawmakers and gun control groups are coordinating their efforts this session to pass a law that would create “extreme risk” orders of protection to take guns away from dangerous individuals, at least temporarily, by a court order. State Senators Brian Kavanagh and Brad Hoylman, along with Assemblywoman […]