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In the News: 2017

September 14, 2017 | Amsterdam News

As Manhattan’s district attorney, it is my responsibility to make our criminal justice system fairer, more efficient and more effective for all. And if we are going to build a more just system, we must begin by safely reducing unnecessary contact with the criminal justice system. Each new initiative contemplated by my office is scrutinized through that lens,...

September 12, 2017 | New York Times

A black man who said he was angry at whites and started punching people in Union Square, killing one of them, was sentenced on Tuesday to 25 years in prison. The victim, who was white, died after the blow knocked him to the ground and his head struck the pavement during the assault, which unfolded in the middle of the afternoon on Sept. 4, 2013. In...

September 06, 2017 | New York Post

A disgraced New York State Senate candidate was sentenced to three to six years in prison Wednesday for ripping off more than a dozen people in a Craigslist rent scam. Jon Girodes, 39, previously took a plea deal for defrauding his victims out of more than $63,000, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office...

August 28, 2017 | New York Post

A violent ex-con was sentenced Monday to 20 years to life in prison for the 2015 rape of a 60-year-old stranger in Manhattan. Randy Rivera, 29, attacked and robbed the victim on the 207th Street Bridge spanning The Bronx and Manhattan. “In this horrific...

August 16, 2017 | New York Times

...The Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus Vance Jr., stepped into the void left by the Legislature when he agreed to pay for Governor Cuomo’s prison education plan with more than $7 million in criminal forfeiture money secured from banks. Lauding what he described as a public safety measure, Mr. Vance said, “It makes no sense to send someone to...

August 15, 2017 | New York Daily News

The wife and brother-in-law of a Manhattan businessman have been charged with fatally stabbing and slashing her husband more than 20 years ago and leaving his body in a pool of blood in his Midtown office. Howard Pilmar’s wife, Roslyn, and her brother, Evan Wald, have been charged with murdering the...

August 09, 2017 | New York Times

[...] Cyrus R. Vance Jr., the Manhattan district attorney, said in court on Wednesday that the outstanding warrants had driven apart the police and the communities they serve and created unnecessary obstacles for people seeking jobs and apartments. “New Yorkers with 10-year-old summons warrants face unnecessary unemployment risk, housing and...

August 09, 2017 | New York Daily News

[...] Vance praised the collaborative effort between prosecutors, police and the mayor’s office of criminal justice to scrap the old prosecutions of minor crimes. All involved hope the dismissals will encourage the newly cleared New Yorkers to become active...

August 09, 2017 | Times Union

[...] Now the governor has found a different way to achieve the goal, by partnering with Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance. Using $7.5 million in criminal assets seized by the DA's office and some matching private grants, the state has launched what's dubbed the College-In-Prison Reentry Program. That initial funding allowed 1,000 inmates to work on...

August 08, 2017 | CBS New York

New gun legislation pending on Capitol Hill has some law enforcement authorities worried. The proposed measure is about whether you can carry a loaded, concealed weapon across state lines, and it’s triggered an explosive political debate, especially in New York.
 
“The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act threatens New York’s ability to...