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Governor Cuomo Announces Members of Commission on Youth, Public Safety & Justice
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced the mem-bers of the Commission on Youth, Public Safety & Justice, which will provide concrete, actionable rec-ommendations regarding youth in New Yorks criminal and juvenile justice systems by the end of this calendar year. In his 2014 State of the State address, the Governor pro-posed establishing the commission to Raise the Age and help to en-sure young people become produc-tive and successful adults.
Its time to improve New Yorks outdated juvenile justice laws and raise the age at which our children can be tried and charged as adults, Governor Cuomo said. New York is one of only two states that charges 16- and 17 year olds as adults. Its not right and its not fair. I am pleased to welcome these exceptional members of the Commission on Youth, Pub-lic Safety & Justice, who will work to make the system fairer and safer for our youth and communities.
New York remains one of the only two states in the nation whose age of criminal responsibilitythe age at which youths are treated as adultsis just 16. As a result, in 2013, over 33,000 16- and 17-year-olds in New York had their cases handled in adult criminal court, where they are less likely to receive the services they need.
Among those appointed are Janet
DiFiore, Westchester County District Attorney, Juan Cartagena, Latino Jus-tice PRLDEF, Joel Copperman, CASES, Jeremy Creelan, Jenner & Block, Part-ner (Co-Chair), Soffiyah Elijah, Cor-rectional Association of New York, Ex-ecutive Director (Co-Chair), Elizabeth Glazer, Director, NYC Mayors Office of Criminal Justice, Michael Hardy, National Action Network, Melanie Hartzog, Childrens Defense Fund-New York, Emily Tow Jackson, The Tow Foundation, Honorable Barry Kamins, New York State Unified Court System, Steven Krokoff, Albany Chief of Police, Joseph Mancini, Schenecta-
dy County, Director of Probation,Anthony Picente, Oneida County Executive, Allen Riley, Madison County Sheriff, Elaine Spaull, Center for Youth, Executive Direc-tor, Cyrus Vance, Manhattan District At-torney,
The Vera Institute of Justice will offer technical assistance and substantive analysis to support the development of the Commis-sions recommendations.
Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore
New York Volunteers Earn Presidents Volunteer Service Award
Following National Volunteer Week several New York based volunteers have been rec-ognized by President Obama and humanitarian organization, Shelter Box USA with the Presidents Volunteer Service Award for their efforts in 2013 to assist disaster survivors.
Those honored were Theresa Mohan of Pelham, Louis Turpin of Rhinebeck, Larry Palant of Suffern, George Mead of Evans Mills and Tom Deuson of Henderson.
The Presidents Volunteer Service Award is a special recognition presented on behalf of President Barack Obama.
Shelter Box USA is an international, nonprofit organization that provides humanitar-ian relief in the form of equipment and materials that bring shelter, warmth and dignity to people affected by natural disasters and other humanitarian crises.
Rep. Engel meets with 300 Eastchester Middle School students
Congressman Eliot Engel recently met with approximately 300 eighth grade students from East-chester Middle School on Capitol Hill.
Its always a pleasure to meet constituents from my district, especially stu-dents. Young people really can make a difference. I am hopeful their visit to the Capitol will encourage them to become more engaged in their community, as well as spark an interest in government.
Representative Engel spoke with the students for 20 min-utes about the history of the Capitol Building, and the legisla-tive process. He then answered questions from eager students on a variety of topics from education reform to the growing crisis in Ukraine.
Congressman Engel is the Ranking Member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, making him the leading Democratic voice on international relations in the House of Representatives. He is also a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where he sits on the Subcommittee on Health, and the Subcommittee on Energy and Power.
Pelham Student Gives Time to Help the Appalachian Community
Recently Teressa Healy of Pel-ham joined 13 of her Loyola School classmates and 5 faculty members in a one week service trip to West Virginia to assist the poor and dis-abled of the Appalachian commu-nity. The students braved the snow and rain, not to mention the cold to complete their work.
Teressa said of her trip, I spent my time there building wheelchair ramps for several elderly communi-ty members and helping construct a trailer designated for a local fam-ily whose home was currently unin-habitable due to several floods and a fire. The hospitality of the entire community was truly incredible and it was an experience I will never forget!
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Biotech Company Expands in WestchesterCounty Executive Robert P. Astorino
recently announced that Acorda Therapeu-tics, Inc. will expand its corporate footprint in Ardsley thanks to incentives passed on by Westchesters Industrial Development Agency (IDA). The biotech company has expanded its operations and plans to oc-cupy approximately 25,500 of additional square feet at 440 Saw Mill River Road, in addition to its current 130,000 square-foot space at 410-420 Saw Mill River Road. The expanded space will accommodate approx-imately 90 new permanent employees that the company anticipates hiring over the next five years. In addition, approximately 35 to 45 full-time construction jobs are ex-pected to be required to complete the four to six month project.
Acordas impressive growth is proof that Westchester is the place for companies to find a high-skilled workforce and a busi-ness-friendly environment that will enable them to innovate and expand, said Asto-rino. I commend Acorda for their success and for all they do as a good corporate citi-zen in our community as well.
The new jobs will be high-skill, high-wage biotechnology-related positions such as drug-safety specialists, researchers, quality-assurance staff and market-devel-opment professionals.
Acorda has been based in Westches-ter since 1998, and the Countys ongoing support has been critical in maintaining our headquarters in New York as weve grown our business, said David Lawrence, Acordas Chief of Business Operations. We are proud of our contribution to building a vibrant biotechnology presence in the area, and are committed to developing and funding community programs that further scientific education. Westchester has been our home for almost two decades, and we
are excited about our future here.Thanks in part to the assistance from
the IDA, Acordas new space will include additional offices, a call center and train-ing facilities. The IDA granted Acorda an exemption from 7.