Legislature Passes Bill Adding 25 Family Court Judges Throughout New York
Released June 20, 2014
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Stephanie Gendell: (646) 232-6721 firstname.lastname@example.org
Denise Kronstadt: (845) 664-0200 email@example.com
Coalition of Over 110 Organizations Applauds Legislature and Urges Governor Cuomo to Sign the Bill
The New York State Legislature passed S7883/A10139, a bill that adds 25 more Family Court Judges statewide. The over 100 members of the New York State Coalition for More Family Court Judges are extremely grateful to the Legislature for recognizing the overwhelming need for more Family Court Judges to reduce the delays children, victims of violence and families are currently facing.
The bill 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.
“After many years of waiting, the needs of the children and families served by the Family Court have finally been heard. For far too long, the most important decisions in the lives of families throughout the State have been at the mercy of an overburdened Family Court system. Once the Governor signs this bill into law, elections and appointments for the new Judgeships can begin, and we can start to make real progress in reducing case times for these families. On behalf of the thousands of children and families represented by the over 100 members of the NYS Coalition for More Family Court Judges, I can say that today is a great day for New York’s children and families!” 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.
“When signed into law, the bill would achieve the largest investment in Family Court in 50 years, since the Family Court first was established in 1962. The New York State Coalition for More Family Court Judges appreciates the bipartisan support in both houses for this legislation. The Coalition is extremely grateful to Senator John Bonacic and Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein, Judiciary Chairs in their respective houses, for their tremendous leadership in this effort. We look forward to the Governor signing the bill into law,” 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 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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