Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. invited State Senators and Assembly members who represent Westchester County to join him and his senior staff for an open discussion on issues and legislation related to criminal justice and law enforcement. This is the second year DA Scarpino hosted the group.
In attendance, State Senators Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Shelley Mayer, and State Assembly Members Thomas Abinanti, David Buchwald, Kevin Byrne, Sandy Galef, Steven Otis, Amy Paulin and Gary Pretlow.
For two hours, the group discussed upcoming legislation including bail reform, extreme risk protection orders (red flag bill), discovery reform and the Commission on Prosecutorial Misconduct. Other topics included new mandates surrounding Raise the Age which go into effect October 1, 2018 (next month), the District Attorney’s School Safety Commission, and reviewing existing marijuana policy.
District Attorney Scarpino said, “As the chief law enforcement officer in Westchester County, I understand the importance of collaboration among the District Attorney’s Office and our partners in government who make the laws we enforce. While I am proud to lead the most skilled, experienced and responsible group of prosecutors in the State, they must have the resources and strongest laws on the books in order to effectively prosecute the crimes that are committed here in our County.”
He added, “The level of commitment demonstrated by everyone in attendance to work together to make our communities safer and more secure is impressive. I look forward to our continued conversations and exchange of ideas.”