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Rockland County District Attorney’s Office Awarded Federal Grant For Victim Specialist

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NEW CITY, NY – Rockland County District Attorney Tom Walsh announced that The Office for Victims of Crime has awarded the Rockland County District Attorney’s Special Victims Unit a grant under the FY20 Law Enforcement-Based Victim Specialist Grant Program. The grant award is for 270,000 to be distributed over a 3-year period and will fund a full-time Victim Specialist for the DA’s Special Victims Center (SVC). 25 grants total were given out nationwide. 8 were given to small agencies (those with less than 100 full-time sworn officers)

Executive Assistant District Attorney Kathleen Devlin, head of the Special Victims Unit said,” With this grant, our team will be able to provide additional services to those who are victims of horrible crimes. We will never allow those most vulnerable to fall through the cracks.”

View the Rockland County Special Victims Center below 

 

The RCDAO intends to utilize the grant funding to develop a victim specialist program, so a member of the RCDAO is solely dedicated to assisting victims. The program will also seek to provide victims with a person who can help them navigate the justice system and its processes. The program will be centralized within our Special Victim’s Unit, which prosecutes crimes involving domestic violence, sexual assault, physical and sexual abuse of child, as well as those crimes committed against other vulnerable members of our population.

Rockland County District Attorney Tom Walsh said,” The news of receiving this grant will be a monumental advantage for our Special Victims Unit to have a full-time victim specialist on staff. Rockland residents who are victims of sex abuse or domestic violence will be benefactors of this grant. As we all know, we can never do enough for crime victims.”

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Congressman Mondaire Jones on Impeachment of President Trump

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mondaire Jones before voting to impeach President Donald Trump for his incitement of the violent insurrection at the Capitol last week, delivered his first ever Floor speech since becoming a member of the 117th Congress.

Below are the Congressman’s remarks and the video of his speech can be seen here:

“I rise to support the impeachment of the disgraced, defeated President of the United States. There must be consequences for last week’s treason and sedition. Hundreds, if not thousands, of Donald Trumps in today’s Republican Party aim to run for higher office. We must send them a message that no one, in the United States of America, is above the law. The world is watching. I yield back.”

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Senator Skoufis Responds to Governor Cuomo’s State of State Address

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The Governor’s presentation did not include many specific proposals, but the issues we face as New Yorkers are clear. We have a COVID-19-driven budget deficit facing us, but there are a number of steps we can and should take to rebuild our economy, get people back to work, and ensure that the pocketbooks of hardworking New Yorkers are protected.

“We need to repurpose state incentives that heavily favor large corporations and, instead, provide real and significant relief to our small businesses. As virus restrictions persist in many communities, far too many empty storefronts litter our Main Streets. Our small businesses need assistance and they deserve assistance.

“Additionally, we ought to address the COVID-driven budget shortfall by modestly increasing state income tax rates for people making over $3 million annually. In an effort to mitigate cuts to essential services such as our schools and hospitals, we ought to look to the very wealthy among us – almost all of whom live in New York City – to offer up a small sacrifice in order to protect services that we all rely on.

“The budget also presents an opportunity to pass a large infrastructure bill which will both create good-paying jobs and rebuild our crumbling roads and bridges. I’ve always prioritized bringing back infrastructure dollars and this year will be no exception as I fight for funding to expand Route 17 to three lanes in each direction, repave local roads such as Route 17M and Route 218, and rebuild our community’s bridges.

“As I continue my efforts as Chair of the Investigations Committee to hold the government and its stakeholders accountable, I look forward to working with my colleagues over the next three months of negotiations in order to ensure the forthcoming budget works for the Hudson Valley and we rebuild our state’s economy.”

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