June 8, 2015
ALBANY, NY – Last Monday, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R, Corning) joined legislative colleagues and family members of murder victims, including the parents of Derrick Robie of Savona, to call for the approval of legislation they co-sponsor that would extend the time period that murderers and other violent felony offenders have to wait to apply for parole.
O’Mara is announcing that today the Senate approved the legislation (S.1483/A.1680), with strong bipartisan support, by a vote of 46 to 14, bringing the measure one step closer to becoming state law. The legislation is currently in the Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Committee in the state Assembly. It must be approved by both houses of the Legislature and signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo before becoming law.
O’Mara and Palmesano called on the Assembly Democratic leadership to follow the Senate’s lead and allow a vote on the legislation in the Assembly. The two issued a joint statement, saying:
“It’s not fair to Dale and Doreen Robie and all of the other families to have to relive their nightmare every two years. There’s no sense of justice in putting these families through the anguish, pain and suffering, and the Parole Board should have this discretion to extend the time between hearings. We’re hopeful that the Assembly Democratic leadership will hear the victims’ families this year and allow a vote on this straightforward legislation.”