Members in Action

New York State Law Enforcement Speak Out for a Budget to Help At-Risk Kids

The research and the first-hand experience of  members has shown us that strict law enforcement combined with proven prevention programs will make our communities safer.  Research has shown that investing in certain offers a real long-term solution to reducing the cycle of crime and violence while providing significant taxpayer savings.

Law enforcement leaders across New York State are fighting to support proven, evidence-based solutions proven to steer kids away from crime. During tight fiscal times, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids members are especially concerned with finding cost effectiveness and supporting responsible investments that offer the greatest return to taxpayers.

Preventing child abuse and neglect is key to preventing crime because abused and neglected kids are significantly more likely to commit violent crimes as adults. Ensuring access to high-quality early learning will help steer more kids toward academic success and away from a life of crime. Funding home visitation services and high-quality early education is important to both the success of the children themselves and to the future safety of all New Yorkers. Scarsdale Chief of Police John Brogan, Rensselaer County Sheriff Jack Mahar and Rensselaer County District Attorney Richard McNally took to the airwaves to spread the word about the importance of investing in New York’s youngest citizens.

Read our recent update to members about our positions on the Governor’s budget and other policy initiatives.

To learn more about our recommendations to Governor Cuomo and state legislators:

Read Fight Crime: Invest in Kids New York’s Legislative Recommendations. 

As part our campaign to advocate for proven crime prevention initiatives, members across New York State stood up for investing in services to help young, at-risk children.

I) Warren County Sheriff Bud York Testifies in Favor of Pre-K Funding!

Read Sheriff York’s testimony here.

II) Rensselaer County District Attorney Richard McNally Speaks Out for Child Abuse Prevention Through Voluntary Home Visitation Funds!

Read D.A. McNally’s testimony here. 

III) Ontario County Sheriff Phil Povero Urges Legislature to Support Proposals for Higher Quality Early Education!

Read Sheriff Povero’s testimony here.