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