December 4, 2017

Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of the State of New York
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224

Dear Governor Cuomo:

As members of the Raise the Age NY Campaign, we once again thank you for making Raise the Age a priority last session, and for all of your commitment and efforts that led to its successful passage. We know that this long-awaited reform—if implemented correctly-- will improve the lives of thousands of youths, increase public safety for all New Yorkers, and make New York’s judicial system more fair and just for youth.

As you know, the Raise the Age NY Campaign includes over one hundred diverse organizations from across New York State, including, child advocates, service providers, faith leaders, and legal services organizations. We know that the success of this law is also important to you and your administration. Successful implementation will require that the state and all of the counties have sufficient resources, including but not limited to funding for probation and community-based services; training of all stakeholders; court staff including judges and lawyers; data-tracking systems to measure progress and success; service-rich facilities, community-based alternatives and re-entry services.

While we understand the need for a fiscally responsible state budget, we look forward to seeing these resources for the entire state in your upcoming Executive Budget and to ensuring mechanisms are in place for all counties to access these funds. We all came together to urge State leaders to reverse the long-standing wrong of prosecuting every 16 and 17-year old as an adult. We stand ready to advocate to ensure the resources necessary are allocated and maintained in the upcoming budget negotiations.

We are grateful for your commitment and partnership on raise the age legislation, and we look forward to working with you on the planning and implementation stages.

Thank you again for your leadership.

Sincerely,
Amnesty International USA
Association of Community Living, Inc.
Campaign for Youth Justice
Center for Community Alternatives
Central Synagogue
Cheektowaga Youth & Recreational Services Department
Children’s Aid
Children’s Defense Fund-New York
Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York, Inc.
Commission on the Public’s Health System
Community Voices for Youth and Families
Correctional Association of New York
Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies
Every Child Matters-NY
Families Together in New York State
Fund for Modern Courts
FPWA
Good Shepherd Services
Human Services Council of New York
JCCA
Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club
JustLeadershipUSA
Labor-Religion Coalition of NYS
Lawyers For Children
Leake and Watts
Legal Action Center
Long Island Progressive Coalition
Martin De Porres Group Homes
National Association of Social Workers- NYC Chapter
National Association of Social Workers- NYS Chapter
New Hour for Women and Children LI
New York Association of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers
New York Civil Liberties Union
New York State American Academy of Pediatrics, District II
New York State Coalition for Children's Behavioral Health
New York State Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare
New York State Council of Churches
New York State Dispute Resolution Association
New York State Psychiatric Association
Partnership for the Public Good
Reform Jewish Voice of New York
Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy
SCO Family of Services
Spark Action
St. John’s Residence for Boys
S.T.R.O.N.G. Youth, Inc
The Black Institute
The Children's Agenda
The Children's Village
The Door - A Center of Alternatives
The Legal Aid Society
University Settlement Society of New York
Westchester Children’s Association
Women’s City Club of New York
Youth Represent

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BOARD OF GOVERNORS

  1. Hon. Eric Adams
  2. George Arzt
  3. Lance Bass
  4. Charles Bayor
  5. John Blair
  6. Mark Benoit
  7. Hon. Rodneyse Bichotte
  8. Hon. Jonathan Bing
  9. Matthew Bond
  10. Erik Bottcher
  11. Hon. Gale Brewer
  12. Danny Burstein
  13. Robin Byrd
  14. Tiffany Cabán
  15. Christian Campbell
  16. Gus Christensen
  17. Hon. Martin Connor
  18. Tom Connor
  19. Hon. Jon Cooper
  20. Wilson Cruz
  21. Hon. Laurie Cumbo
  22. Alan Cumming
  23. Michael Czaczkes
  24. Hon. Bill de Blasio
  25. Aries Dela Cruz
  26. Jon Del Giorno
  27. Kyan Douglas
  28. James Duff
  29. Hon. Ronnie Eldridge
  30. Hon. Rafael Espinal
  31. Hon. Alan Fleishman
  32. Marc Fliedner
  33. Hon. Dan Garodnick
  34. William Gerlich
  35. Dan Gettleman
  36. Jason Goldman
  37. Emily Jane Goodman
  38. Hon. Mark Green
  39. Tony Hoffmann
  40. Hon. Brad Hoylman
  41. Binn Jakupi
  42. Hon. Letitia James
  43. Hon. Corey Johnson
  44. Camille Joseph
  45. Phillip Keane
  46. Suzanne Kessler
  47. Yetta Kurland
  48. Dodge Landesman
  49. Hon. Melissa Mark-Viverito
  50. Phillip McCarthy
  51. Matt McMorrow
  52. Michael Mallon
  53. Mike C. Manning
  54. David Mansur
  55. Cathy Marino-Thomas
  56. Troy Masters
  57. Hon. Carlos Menchaca
  58. Hon. Rosie Mendez
  59. John Cameron Mitchell
  60. Donny Moss
  61. Barry Mullineaux
  62. Denis O'Hare
  63. America Olivo Campbell
  64. Noah Pfefferbilt
  65. Josue Pierre
  66. Bob Pontarelli
  67. Billy Porter
  68. Hon. Keith Powers
  69. Randy Rainbow
  70. Hon. Gustavo Rivera
  71. Hon. Helen Rosenthal
  72. Maer Roshan
  73. Sheila Rule
  74. Toby Russo
  75. Bill Samuels
  76. James Sansum
  77. Scott Sartiano
  78. Hon. Arthur Schwartz
  79. Lynn Schulman
  80. Cecile Scott
  81. Frank Selvaggi
  82. Rev. Al Sharpton
  83. David Siffert
  84. Hon. Jo Anne Simon
  85. Kathy Slawinski
  86. Tom Smith
  87. Anne Strahle
  88. Hon. Scott Stringer
  89. Wayne Sunday
  90. Hon. Bill Thompson
  91. JD Thompson
  92. Bjorn Thorstad
  93. Hon. Matt Titone
  94. Jessica Walter
  95. Barry Weinberg
  96. Seth Weissman
  97. Hon. Jumaane Williams
  98. Emma Wolfe
  99. Hon. Keith Wright
  100. Zephyr Teachout