Raise the Age New York Campaign Statement on the First Day of State-Wide Implementation
October 1, 2018 -Today, as Raise the Age legislation goes into effect across New York State, the Raise the Age coalition recognizes the years of ground-breaking work of hundreds of diverse individuals and organizations, including formerly incarcerated youth and their families, child advocates, service providers, faith leaders, legal services groups, and unions, who worked to make this day a reality. We celebrate our shared victory to raise the age of juvenile accountability in New York State, to require parents be notified of their adolescent’s arrest, to process youth in courts intended to meet their developmental needs, to house youth in settings that keep them safe, and to permit more young people to move forward without the burden of adult criminal records. We are proud that our work together has transformed the juvenile justice system for thousands of youth and families throughout New York State.
We aren’t done yet. In the year ahead, the Raise the Age-New York Campaign will advocate for RTA to be implemented with fidelity to its principles while we continue to forge the path for comprehensive juvenile justice reform. Our priorities include:
*Starting as many cases of 16- and 17-year-olds in Family Court as possible.
*Ensuring that when 16 and 17 year olds must be detained or otherwise incarcerated, they are held in juvenile facilities without adult corrections involvement or oversight.
*Limiting the collateral consequences of court involvement by expanding access to youthful offender (YO) status and raising the YO eligibility to youth under 21.
*Increasing support for prevention and diversion services that keep youth in their communities rather than incarceration.
*Demanding State support for Close to Home.
*Raising the lower age of juvenile delinquency from age 7 to age 12.
These reforms are necessary to help meet the promise of Raise the Age: recognizing that adolescents are children, and prosecuting and placing them in the adult criminal justice system doesn’t work for them and doesn’t make communities safer. It is critical for New York to ensure that youth involved in the criminal justice system have access to court processes, as well as services and placement options that are developmentally appropriate. For more information about the Raise the Age-NY Campaign, visit: RaisetheAgeNY.com.
The Republican Senators and those who caucus with the Republicans such as Senator Folder of the 17th Senate District are only part of the problem when it comes to stopping or hindering progressive legislation to be passed and funding coming into our communities, especially the Marginalized communities. We must also look at the republicans and some of the democrats in the New York State Assembly who are corrupt and are controlled by their corporate handlers, which makes them a major problem as well. They are truly republican wolves hiding in progressive clothing.
Rodneyse Bichotte is one of many corrupt politicians that have always chosen the special interests of corporate donors over the interests of the people. Her top donor is the most corrupt of them all and controls her through Pay to Play. This donor who was recently indicted with many others is no other than Husam Ahmad. He was even able to obtain a company by the name of SIMCO and fraudulently used it's status in the State Minority/Woman-Owned Business Enterprise, which Rodneyse Bichotte is the Chair of the Oversight of. No wonder Husam Ahmad and his wife have altogether donated over $16,000 to Rodneyse Bichotte's campaign.
Her corruption has been exposed and she must be stopped.
Article Title: Twenty-One Individuals and Companies Indicted in New York Corruption and Fraud Scheme
"On April 18, 2018, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, New York (DANY), announced a series of indictments against Husam Ahmad. The defendants were charged with corrupting the Government, bribery, bribe receiving, offering false instruments, and engaging in a scheme to defraud.
The indictments are related to a corruption and fraud investigation that impacts the reconstruction of the Kosciuszko Bridge—work funded by the Federal Highway Administration through the New York State (NYS) Department of Transportation—as well as various NYS Metropolitan Transportation Authority subway system projects funded by the Federal Transit Administration.
The indictments also allege that Husam Ahmad, chief executive officer of HAKS, sought to obtain public contracts by gaining control of SIMCO, which was certified to participate in the Federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and State Minority/Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) programs. Ahmad allegedly acquired a 45-percent stake in SIMCO but could not claim personal ownership of more than 50 percent without compromising the company’s DBE and MWBE status. He sought to acquire full control of SIMCO by supplying funds to a former HAKS employee, Muhammad Siddiqui, so that Siddiqui could purchase the remaining 55-percent stake. By falsely maintaining the company’s DBE status, SIMCO obtained over $10 million in public contracts that it was not eligible to receive."
Her ties to this corrupt individual is linked to why many Minority/Women Owned Businesses are left to fend for themselves and eventually are shut down. The reason why our Train system is inadequate. The reason why developers have been taking all of the available land, tearing down homes and places of worship in our communities. Rodneyse Bichotte is corrupt and must be removed from her position. She must be voted out on November 6th. The people must vote for a True Progressive and Advocate for the people, which is me, Anthony Beckford.
- It was reported by members of the Democratic National Committee for the Disabled that Rodneyse Bichotte has been cooperating with ICE to help landlords intimidate and illegally evict immigrant tenants and their families out of their homes.
- Assembly Bill A06285 prohibits Preferential Rents because it causes mass displacements of the elderly, disabled individuals and families from their homes. Assembly member Rodneyse Bichotte REFUSES to Co-sponsor the Bill that could save the housing of millions of people.
- Rodneyse Bichotte has received donations from Charles Borrok who is a top rated real estate broker and investor who is aligned with the Real Estate Board of New York and has helped them manipulate and displace thousands of Senior Citizens, disabled individuals and families.
- She has also supported the Real Estate Board of New York's renewal of 421-a house g plan which has been one of the main causes of why thousands of Senior Citizens, Disabled Individuals and Families have lost their homes and will continue to lose their homes.
- Rodneyse Bichotte has accepted funds from Charter Communications which is a K own Union Buster. Charter has attempted to force workers to renounce their union benefits in favor of company health and retirement plans, which members say would weaken their union and leave workers significantly worse off. Rodneyse clearly shows that she is not on the side of workers and the unions, especially those of the IBEW.
- Rodneyse Bichotte has received over $100,000 from Real Estate, Lobbyists, Special Interest Groups and Fraudulent individuals. If Rodneyse Bichotte stays in office, the community will no longer exist and thousands more people will lose their homes and rents will continue to rise higher and higher. The immigrant community of Flatbush and East Flatbush will cease to exist and gentrification will fully take over.
Rodneyse Bichotte is NOT for the people. She is for the corporations and the Rich, while the working class and low income continue to suffer.
On November 6th come out and Vote for ANTHONY BECKFORD to save our homes, to get rid of preferential rents and MCIs, to strengthen the rent laws, to protect the immigrants, to stop police violence, to stop gun violence, to save our healthcare, to save our businesses, to Stop further displacements and to create True Affordable Housing for the working class and low income families and individuals.
TOGETHER WE CAN CREATE A CHANGE.
TOGETHER WE ARE THE CHANGE.
Anthony Beckford is a long standing community advocate, activist, US Marine Corps Veteran, the Leader of the Brooklyn Sector of Copwatch Patrol Unit and the candidate for State Assembly in the 42nd District, which consists of Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood and Ditmas Park. He is the member of various progressive organizations, such as Democratic Socialists, Citizens Action of NYC Racial Justice Committee, Jews For Racial and Economic Justice, MoveOn.org, Lambda Independent Democrats,Read more
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State Assembly Candidate Anthony Beckford is one of the pillars of his community. Anthony Beckford is the son of Jamaican immigrants. Being a Marine Corps Veteran, Activist, Community Advocate, Freedom Fighter in the Black Lives Matter movement and the Leader of the Brooklyn Sector of CopWatch Patrol Unit. He has the discipline, consistency, passion and grit that it will take to protect the residents within the 42nd State Assembly District, from greedy developers, Trump's bigotry, Abusive Landlords, Police Violence, Gun Violence and more. And let's not forget the solutions to rebuild back the community and to bring in the resources and opportunities that are needed. The community can be represented fully and be protected and empowered through his planned legislation proposals and his consistency in the fight for Social Justice.
Anthony Beckford started as an activist at the early age of 12 while he was a student at Winthrop Junior High School. His first challenge was the rezoning of School District 18. The rezoning would have taken away the much needed funds that the schools within his district needed. Long story short, he helped to defeat the rezoning plan. After graduating from Winthrop Junior High School, Anthony Beckford went on to Midwood High School and graduated in the top 33 percentile. He is a member of the Democratic Socialists, Green Party of Brooklyn , True Freedom Political Club, MoveOn.org, ColorsofChange.org, Flatbush Tenant Coalition, Our Revolution, Green Party Black Caucus, Citizens Action NYC racial Justice Committee, Community Board 17 Housing and Public Safety sub-committees and many more progressive organizations that are consistently defending democracy and fighting for the Rights of the people.
Anthony Beckford chose to run for State Assembly because he saw the needs of his community. He feels he can do more and provide more accountability. He knows what resources and opportunities are needed and refuses to ignorant it, the way the incumbent Rodneyse Bichotte has been for the past 4 years. Community members made it known that they have no true representation from Rodneyse Bichotte and that she is only focused on her self legacy. Anthony Beckford saw the families being separated and displaced. He saw the lack of opportunities for the youth and the lack of care for the elderly. He saw that no true affordable housing plan was in place for the people and believes that Immigration protections should be permanent, not temporary. He has seen the attacks against the working class and low income. He was able to expose Rodneyse Bichotte's donations from Real Estate Brokers and members of the Real Estate Board of New York, crooked lobbyists and special interest groups.
Anthony Beckford has selflessly stood up to protect the communities from police brutality and gun violence. He is a true leader and innovator. He continues to battle gun violence, poverty, racial disparities, gentrification, climate changes, police brutality, tenant harassment, displacements, developers, the school to prison pipeline, racism, classism, environmental violations and much, much more. Mr. Beckford has been consistent in his fight for justice. He has stands side by side with various organizations that fight for tenants’ rights, worker’s rights, women’s rights, immigration rights, lgbtq rights and more.
Honor, Courage and Commitment are Core Values that Mr. Beckford not only carries over from the Marine Corps, but are Core Values that he utilizes within his community.
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