In Niagara Falls

Share with:

FacebookTwitterGoogleTumblrLinkedInRedditPinterestEmail this pagePrint this page

By Mike Lee

President President-Patrol Division Niagara Falls Police Club

On March 20, 2017 the Niagara Falls City Council voted to adopt New York State resolution# 17 as it relates to Subpart J of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget bill. The city council voted 4-0 in favor of supporting the change for raising the age of criminal responsibility among youthful offenders.

Councilman Kenny Tompkins abstained requesting more information prior to casting his  vote.

The Police Conference of NY, which represents the union of Police Officers throughout New York State, has raised several issues as it relates to this proposed bill. Issues that some members of our city council failed to explore prior to voting in favor of this resolution.

First off the bill as written is flawed in its entirety as is the reason it is being pushed for change. This state has already developed an elaborate system of juvenile and criminal justice that appears to be working as it is. The undertaking of this new initiative is expected to cost a significant amount of money. Any legislation such as this will add layers of new programming, new training requirements and create new parts to the existing court system.  It will undoubtedly establish the need for new youth correctional facilities, create additional family support centers and provide for and fund additional juvenile risk intervention services. The bill appears to provide that the state and counties would be responsible for most of these costs. Directly or indirectly it will have an adverse fiscal impact on every municipality in the state. This includes Niagara Falls.

The current age of criminal responsibility should not be increased. It is known that sixteen-year-old violators of the law vary tremendously in maturity, both physically and mentally. Some are relatively harmless, misguided or confused while others are hardened criminals capable of committing heinous acts and inflicting a great deal of damage to others without remorse. Currently the law grants juvenile status to offenders under 16 and permits treating those offenders between the ages of 16 and 19 who have not committed serious or violent crimes to be treated as youthful offenders if they warrant it.

Those who are 16 to 19-years-old whose conduct and criminal history do not warrant youthful offender treatment are treated as adults. This bill, once all provisions have taken effect, will mandate that ALL but the most serious 16 to 19-year- old offenders be treated as juveniles. This one-size-fits-all solution to the problem is more complex than it might appear to those who have not reviewed the issue.  The current system where the entitlement to juvenile treatment for 16 to 19 years old is determined by conduct and history is far more appropriate. It is common knowledge in the police community that when gang violence is involved it turns out that the youngest members present are those found to be carrying weapons when police arrive. Gangs fully realize that juveniles are treated leniently in the criminal justice system and they use this to their advantage. Raising the age only exacerbates this as well many other issues.

A provision in this bill allows for the sealing of a certain number of criminal convictions. These are not limited to youthful offender adjudications. Criminal convictions simply should not be sealed. This is information that the public should know.  Employers, including schools, hospitals and banks to name a few depend on criminal records in their hiring processes. Conversely this arises from the same legislative session that is making great efforts to remove the confidentiality that currently exists for  police officers’ personnel records as per SOA of the Civil service law. Legislation should not be expanding the statutory confidentiality available to criminals while taking these same rights away from police officers.

As President of the Niagara Falls Police Club, I had the opportunity to personally speak with Assemblyman Angelo Marinello on these issues.  He has confirmed to me that changes to this bill are still being negotiated and a final draft has not been settled on.  I would then ask why the council would vote on such a measure of endorsement when in fact they do not know what exactly this proposed budget bill will hold?

 Perhaps instead of sending out this endorsement to the Assemblyman, Governor Cuomo and Senator Rob Ortt they might have considered performing their due diligence in this matter before voting in favor of “changing the game.” They could have reached out and educated themselves on both sides of the issue before voting for the citizens of Niagara Falls. The same voting entity whom have been the target of burglaries, robberies and car break-ins from these very same youthful offenders.

Share with:

FacebookTwitterGoogleTumblrLinkedInRedditPinterestEmail this pagePrint this page

You may also read!


  • Tom Winegarden

    As a past President of the Niagara Falls Police Club, I can attest to the incompetency of City Councilmen (women) They act on matters that they haven’t a clue, don’t ever get advisement from the people (policemen) that encounter these thugs everyday. Believe me, they will tell you one thing and then vote the exact opposite. Sorry to say, it’ll never change in city government, just look at who keeps getting elected…..mayors who go to jail, insurance salesmen, nuns, firemen. I know what you’re up against, just hang in there and do the best you can for your guys.

  • I have been reading out many of your posts and i can claim pretty clever stuff. I will surely bookmark your site.

  • You are absolutely right and I agree with you. If you want, we can also chat about how to attract younger ladies, something which intrigues me. The website is amazing, take care!

  • Hi could you inform me which blogging platform you are utilizing? I am planning to do my website on garageband mac very soon but I’m having difficulties making a decision.

  • Hello there! Would you mind if I share your blog with my twitter group? There’s a lot of people that I think would really enjoy your content. Please let me know. Thanks

  • Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive learn anything like this before. So good to seek out any individual with some unique thoughts on this subject. realy thank you for starting this up. this website is something that’s wanted on the web, someone with somewhat originality. helpful job for bringing something new to the web!

  • Thanks for some other informative web site. The place else may I get that
    kind of information written in such an ideal method? I have a undertaking that I am
    simply now running on, and I have been on the look out for such information.

  • Heya are using WordPress for your blog platform?
    I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and
    create my own. Do you need any coding expertise to make your own blog?
    Any help would be really appreciated!

  • This design is steller! You obviously know how to keep a reader amused.
    Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Great job.
    I really loved what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it.
    Too cool!

  • I’m not sure exactly why but this blog is loading incredibly
    slow for me. Is anyone else having this issue or is it a problem on my end?
    I’ll check back later and see if the problem still exists.

  • Hiya! Quick question that’s totally off topic.
    Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly? My website looks weird when browsing from my apple iphone.
    I’m trying to find a template or plugin that might be able to
    resolve this problem. If you have any suggestions, please share.
    With thanks!

  • It is appropriate time to make some plans for the future
    and it is time to be happy. I’ve read this post and
    if I could I wish to suggest you some interesting things or suggestions.
    Perhaps you could write next articles referring to this article.

    I wish to read even more things about it!

  • Appreciation to my father who stated to me regarding this blog,
    this webpage is genuinely remarkable.

  • health plans may be expensive but it is really very necessary to get one for yourself`

  • What’s up, yeah this article is really fastidious and I have learned
    lot of things from it about blogging. thanks.

  • Thank you for the auspicious writeup. It in fact was a amusement account it.

    Look advanced to far added agreeable from you!
    However, how could we communicate?

  • you are actually a excellent webmaster. The site
    loading velocity is amazing. It sort of feels that you’re doing any unique trick.
    Furthermore, The contents are masterpiece.
    you’ve performed a wonderful job on this matter!

  • Highly descriptive post, I liked that a lot. Will there be a part 2?

  • It’s very effortless to find out any topic
    on web as compared to books, as I found this paragraph at this site.

  • I discovered your site web site online and appearance several of your early posts. Keep the really good operate. I just now extra encourage Feed to my MSN News Reader. Seeking toward reading far more from you finding out down the line!…

  • Hello There. I found your blog the usage of msn. This is a very smartly written article.

    I will be sure to bookmark it and return to learn more of your useful information. Thanks for the
    post. I will certainly return.

  • Hey there, I think your website might be having browser compatibility issues.
    When I look at your blog site in Safari, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping.

    I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other then that,
    great blog!

  • My family members every time say that I am wasting my time here at
    web, but I know I am getting know-how daily by reading such nice content.

  • Useful information. Fortunate me I discovered your website accidentally, and I am
    stunned why this coincidence did not happened in advance!
    I bookmarked it.

  • I am glad for commenting to make you be aware of of the remarkable experience my cousin’s princess developed reading the blog. She realized a wide variety of details, including what it is like to possess a very effective teaching nature to make other individuals completely fully understand certain grueling topics. You truly surpassed our expected results. Many thanks for supplying the insightful, safe, edifying and as well as easy thoughts on that topic to Lizeth.

  • I truly love your website.. Great colors & theme. Did you
    develop this amazing site yourself? Please reply back as I’m hoping to create
    my own blog and would like to know where you got this from or just
    what the theme is called. Thanks!

  • Sweet blog! I found it while searching on Yahoo News.

    Do you have any tips on how to get listed in Yahoo News?

    I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there!
    Many thanks

  • Generally I don’t read article on blogs, however I wish to
    say that this write-up very pressured me to check
    out and do so! Your writing style has been surprised me.

    Thank you, quite great post.

  • You can certainly see your enthusiasm within the work you write.
    The arena hopes for even more passionate writers like you who are not afraid to
    say how they believe. At all times go after your heart.

  • Greetings! Quick question that’s completely off topic.
    Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly?
    My web site looks weird when browsing from my iphone4.

    I’m trying to find a theme or plugin that might be able to fix this issue.
    If you have any suggestions, please share. Appreciate

  • This text is priceless. How can I find out more?

  • Hi there, just became aware of your blog through Google, and found that it is really informative.
    I’m going to watch out for brussels. I will appreciate if you continue this in future.
    Lots of people will be benefited from your writing. Cheers!

  • Hello there! I simply wish to give you a big thumbs up for your great information you have got
    right here on this post. I will be coming back to your web site for more soon.

  • Hey There. I discovered your blog using msn. This is an extremely well written article.

    I’ll be sure to bookmark it and return to learn extra of your useful information.
    Thanks for the post. I will certainly return.

  • It’s remarkable for me to have a web site, which is useful in support of my experience.

    thanks admin

  • bookmarked!!, I love your blog!

  • Great goods from you, man. I have understand your
    stuff previous to and you are just too great. I actually like what you have acquired here, really like what
    you are stating and the way in which you say it. You make it entertaining and you still care for to keep it wise.

    I cant wait to read much more from you. This is really a wonderful site.

  • Hmm it looks like your blog ate my first comment (it
    was extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I submitted and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog.

    I as well am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to everything.
    Do you have any recommendations for rookie blog writers?
    I’d really appreciate it.

  • Hey There. I found your blog using msn. This is an extremely well written article.
    I will be sure to bookmark it and return to read more of your
    useful information. Thanks for the post. I will certainly return.

  • Hi every one, here every one is sharing these know-how, therefore it’s nice to
    read this web site, and I used to visit this weblog every day.

  • It’s perfect time to make a few plans for the longer term and it’s time to be happy.

    I have learn this publish and if I could I want to suggest you some interesting things or tips.

    Maybe you could write subsequent articles regarding this article.
    I wish to read even more issues about it!

  • Every weekend i used to go to see this site, because i wish for enjoyment,
    as this this site conations genuinely pleasant funny data too.

  • It’s very trouble-free to find out any matter on web
    as compared to textbooks, as I found this post at this website.

  • Today, I went to the beachfront with my children. I found
    a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She put the shell to her ear and screamed.
    There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back!
    LoL I know this is totally off topic but I had to tell someone!

  • Its not my first time to pay a quick visit this web page, i am visiting this web page
    dailly and get good data from here daily.

  • very good publish, i definitely love this website, carry on it

  • I constantly emailed this website post page to all my associates,
    as if like to read it then my friends will too.

  • I’d must check with you here. Which is not some thing I ordinarily do! I delight in reading a post that will make individuals think. Also, thanks for permitting me to comment!

  • I was speaking with a good friend of my own regarding this and even about aptoide market too. I feel you made a number of great points here, we’re excited to keep reading stuff from you.

  • Howdy! I just discovered this site and I really enjoy it. I also like to discuss lic of india login occasionally. Great to be around, many thanks!

  • If some one wishes expert view about running a blog afterward i propose him/her to
    go to see this web site, Keep up the fastidious job.

  • Great blog here! Also your website loads up very fast! What web host are you using?
    Can I get your affiliate link to your host? I wish my site loaded up as fast as yours lol

  • If you desire to improve your familiarity just keep visiting this site and be updated with the newest information posted here.

  • Hey there! Do you know if they make any plugins to assist with SEO?

    I’m trying to get my blog to rank for some targeted keywords but I’m not seeing
    very good success. If you know of any please share.

  • Thank you for the good writeup. It in fact was a amusement account it. Look advanced to far added agreeable from you! By the way, how can we communicate?

  • Hello to all, the contents present at this
    site are genuinely amazing for people knowledge, well,
    keep up the nice work fellows.

  • Genuinely when someone doesn’t understand after that its
    up to other viewers that they will assist, so here it takes place.

  • Why people still make use of to read news papers when in this technological globe the whole thing
    is existing on web?

  • Great blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere?
    A theme like yours with a few simple tweeks would really make my blog
    jump out. Please let me know where you got your design. With thanks

  • Hey there! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I genuinely enjoy reading your posts.
    Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that cover the same
    topics? Thanks for your time!

  • Ancient Brinton Resort inside of Douglassville (5 minutes against Pottstown) is retaining its 1st once-a-year Holiday vacation Odd Bazaar this Sunday, December 7, versus 9am toward 4pm. Sign up for us and lots of Excellent nearby artisans at the haunted Brinton Hotel inside Douglassville! Above 35 collectors, crafters, and distributors of interesting things and companies will be at this trip freaky-deaky yardsale, with an focus upon exclusive, bizarre, basic, creepy, hot, eco-helpful, esoteric, enjoyment, and hand-created. In addition, foodstuff, audio, doorway prizes, and other wild enjoyment will be accessible even though oneself study!

  • Admiring the time and effort you put into your website and in depth information you offer.
    It’s good to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same unwanted rehashed information. Excellent read!
    I’ve saved your site and I’m adding your RSS feeds to my
    Google account.

  • Simply desire to say your article is as surprising.

    The clarity in your post is just excellent and i can assume you’re an expert
    on this subject. Fine with your permission let me to grab your feed to keep up
    to date with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please keep up the enjoyable work.

  • I really appreciate this post. I?¦ve been looking everywhere for this! Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You’ve made my day! Thanks again

  • My brother suggested I might like this web site.
    He was totally right. This post truly made my day. You can not imagine
    simply how much time I had spent for this information! Thanks!

  • What’s Taking place i am new to this, I stumbled upon this I’ve found It
    absolutely helpful and it has aided me out loads.
    I am hoping to contribute & aid other customers like its
    helped me. Great job.

  • You made some decent points there. I looked on the internet
    for more information about the issue and found most people will go along with your views on this

  • This website certainly has all the info I wanted about this
    subject and didn’t know who to ask.

  • Hello there, I believe your site could possibly be having internet browser compatibility issues.
    Whenever I look at your web site in Safari, it looks fine but when opening in IE, it’s got
    some overlapping issues. I merely wanted to give you a quick heads up!
    Besides that, excellent website!

  • Does your site have a contact page? I’m having trouble locating it but, I’d like to shoot you an email.

    I’ve got some recommendations for your blog you might be interested in hearing.

    Either way, great blog and I look forward to seeing it expand over time.

  • Spot on with this write-up, I seriously think this site needs far more attention. I’ll probably
    be returning to read more, thanks for the advice!

  • Highly energetic post, I enjoyed that a lot. Will there
    be a part 2?

  • You made some first rate factors there. I seemed on the internet for the difficulty and found most individuals will go together with with your website.

  • It’s actually very complicated in this busy life to listen news on Television, so
    I just use web for that reason, and get the
    most up-to-date news.

  • I was able to find good advice from your blog posts.

  • When someone writes an paragraph he/she keeps the image of a user in his/her
    brain that how a user can know it. So that’s why this piece
    of writing is perfect. Thanks!

  • Marvelous, what a web site it is! This web site gives helpful
    data to us, keep it up.

  • It’s a shame you don’t have a donate button! I’d certainly donate to this
    fantastic blog! I suppose for now i’ll settle for book-marking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account.
    I look forward to new updates and will talk about this blog with my Facebook group.
    Talk soon!

  • Howdy just wanted to give you a quick heads
    up. The text in your article seem to be running off the screen in Chrome.
    I’m not sure if this is a format issue or something to do with browser compatibility but I
    figured I’d post to let you know. The design look great though!
    Hope you get the issue resolved soon. Many thanks

  • It’s enormous that you are getting ideas from this article as
    well as from our argument made here.

  • I am regular reader, how are you everybody?

    This article posted at this web site is really pleasant.

  • Ahaa, its fastidious discussion about this post at this place at this webpage,
    I have read all that, so at this time me also commenting at this place.

  • I’m curious to find out what blog platform you are
    using? I’m experiencing some small security issues with my latest blog and I would like
    to find something more risk-free. Do you have any solutions?

  • Fastidious answers in return of this question with firm
    arguments and explaining the whole thing concerning that.

  • We’re a group of volunteers and opening a new scheme
    in our community. Your website provided us with valuable information to work on. You have done a formidable job and our entire
    community will be grateful to you.

  • Compare Viagra To Cialis And Levitra Lowest Price Tadalis Sx Soft cheap cialis Cialis Se Vende Sin Receta Medica Precio Viagra De 100

  • Appreciate the recommendation. Let me try it out.

  • Pretty! This has been an extremely wonderful article. Many thanks for
    supplying these details.

  • I have read so many content on the topic of the blogger lovers but this paragraph is really a good article, keep it up.

  • Hey there! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading this
    post reminds me of my old room mate! He always kept talking about this.
    I will forward this write-up to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read.
    Thank you for sharing!

  • Nice post. I learn something more challenging on different blogs everyday. It will always be stimulating to read content from other writers and practice a little something from their store. I’d prefer to use some with the content on my blog whether you don’t mind. Natually I’ll give you a link on your web blog. Thanks for sharing.

  • You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be actually
    something which I think I would never understand. It
    seems too complex and very broad for me. I am looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the
    hang of it!

  • Incredible! This blog looks exactly like my old one!
    It’s on a totally different subject but it has pretty much the same
    layout and design. Outstanding choice of colors!

  • I don’t even understand how I ended up here, however I believed this publish was once
    good. I do not understand who you are but certainly you’re going to a famous blogger if you are not already.


Leave a reply:

Your email address will not be published.

Mobile Sliding Menu

© 2017 Niagara Falls Reporter
Scroll Up