Breaking down Brittany’s Law .::. Inside the FLX 6/18/18

On Monday New York State Senate passed Brittany’s Law.

It wasn’t the first, second, or third time the proposed legislation had gotten through one of the state’s chambers. It was the eighth.

The legislation would establish a violent offender’s registry, and was named after 12-year-old Brittany Passalacqua, who was brutally murdered along with her mother, 34-year-old Helen Buchel, in Geneva in 2009.

The man convicted of killing Brittany and her mother, John Edward Brown, was a parolee released from prison after serving only 2.5 years of a 3-year sentence for violently assaulting his infant daughter in 2003.

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The measure would require violent felony offenders to register with the State Division of Criminal Justice Services upon discharge, parole, or release from any state or local facility, hospital, or institution, and it would allow the dissemination of and access to certain information to the public. It would also establish annual registration requirements and guidelines to allow state and local law enforcement agencies to monitor the whereabouts of violent felony offenders.

Though several other states already have some form of a violent felony offender registry, New York State has not yet taken constructive steps to track the whereabouts of violent felony offenders who, as research indicates, are likely to repeat violent crimes upon release from prison.

Senator Pam Helming (R-Canandaigua) said, “Once again, the Senate has passed Brittany’s Law so that we can protect our citizens from violent felony offenders and prevent tragedies such as the one that happened to Brittany and her mother. And once again, we are waiting for the Assembly Majority and the Governor to take action and put this critical measure up for a vote. The Assembly Majority and the Governor claim they support victims of domestic violence, and this is one step they can take to help victims.”

She added, “We need to give our law enforcement officers and the public a way to track these violent offenders once they return to our communities. We have a registry for gun owners, for sex offenders, and even – in New York City – for those who abuse animals, yet there is no registry to keep track of violent felons. Those convicted of sex crimes must register, so a similar system for those convicted of violent crimes just makes sense. Thank you to my Senate colleagues for once again supporting this much-needed, commonsense legislation. On behalf of Dale Driscoll, Brittany’s grandmother and Helen’s mother, I strongly urge the Assembly Majority and the Governor to do the same.”

On Tuesday, Dale Driscoll, Brittany Passalacqua’s grandmother, and staunch advocate for the legislation was on Inside the FLX talking about the process, and what she believes is preventing the measure from getting a full-vote in New York State Assembly.

Vincent Esposito of FLREDC talks economic development .::. Inside the FLX 6/12/18

For the Finger Lakes – the road to economic development has been a long, and often bumpy one, with a multitude of challenges being faced.

However, significant changes in policy over the last decade have paved the way for new economic development in the region. While Governor Andrew Cuomo’s methods for producing that economic development through competition and regional zones have created some wins, parts of the region remain stuck. Plus, there is the ongoing confusion around those economic development zones, which create uncertainty about what is a ‘win’ and ‘loss’ for those in the Finger Lakes.

On Tuesday, Vincent Esposito, Executive Director of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council and Regional Director for Empire State Development was in-studio talking about economic development efforts in the region, and state as a whole.

Watch the entire conversation below:

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Supervisor Baldridge talks campaign to challenge Senator Helming .::. Inside the FLX 6/7/18

Kenan Baldridge believes its time for change.

The Rose Town Supervisor made a run for the 54th Senate District in 2016, and again, will make a run – this time challenging sitting Senator Pam Helming, who has represented the district since the retirement of Senator Michael Nozzolio.

Supervisor Baldridge believes there is opportunity for improvement, and in an appearance on Inside the FLX talked about what he’d like to see if elected to represent the 54th.

Watch the entire interview below:

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Shipley, Davidson talk development in Seneca County .::. Inside the FLX 6/5/18

Seneca County is in a good place.

That was the message from Board of Supervisors Chairman Bob Shipley and Majority Leader Lee Davidson, who were in-studio on Tuesday talking about the County’s efforts and progress moving forward. They provided an update on the Route 318 sewer project, continued legal action with the Cayuga Indian Nation, and much more.

Watch the interview below:

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