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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  2. George Arzt
  3. Lance Bass
  4. John Blair
  5. Mark Benoit
  6. Hon. Rodneyse Bichotte
  7. Hon. Jonathan Bing
  8. Erik Bottcher
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  10. Hon. Gale Brewer
  11. Christian Campbell
  12. Gus Christensen
  13. Hon. Martin Connor
  14. Hon. Jon Cooper
  15. Wilson Cruz
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  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. Alan Fleishman
  29. Hon. Dan Garodnick
  30. Dan Gettleman
  31. Jason Goldman
  32. Emily Jane Goodman
  33. Hon. Mark Green
  34. Tony Hoffmann
  35. Hon. Brad Hoylman
  36. Binn Jakupi
  37. Hon. Letitia James
  38. Hon. Corey Johnson
  39. Camille Joseph
  40. Phillip Keane
  41. Greg Lambert
  42. Dodge Landesman
  43. Phillip McCarthy
  44. Matt McMorrow
  45. Michael Mallon
  46. Mike C. Manning
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  48. Cathy Marino-Thomas
  49. Troy Masters
  50. Hon. Carlos Menchaca
  51. Hon. Rosie Mendez
  52. John Cameron Mitchell
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  54. Barry Mullineaux
  55. Hon. Paul Newell
  56. Denis O'Hare
  57. America Olivo Campbell
  58. Noah Pfefferbilt
  59. Josue Pierre
  60. Bob Pontarelli
  61. Billy Porter
  62. Hon. Keith Powers
  63. Randy Rainbow
  64. Hon. Jenifer Rajkumar
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  66. Hon. Helen Rosenthal
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  68. Toby Russo
  69. Bill Samuels
  70. James Sansum
  71. Scott Sartiano
  72. Hon. Arthur Schwartz
  73. Lynn Schulman
  74. Frank Selvaggi
  75. Rev. Al Sharpton
  76. Hon. Jo Anne Simon
  77. Tom Smith
  78. Anne Strahle
  79. Hon. Scott Stringer
  80. Wayne Sunday
  81. Hon. Bill Thompson
  82. JD Thompson
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  84. Hon. Matt Titone
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  86. Sam Underwood
  87. Jessica Walter
  88. Patricia Nell Warren
  89. Wil Weder
  90. Seth Weissman
  91. Mel Wymore
  92. Emma Wolfe
  93. Hon. Keith Wright
  94. Zephyr Teachout