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