Sheriff Bartlett joins Senate candidate, opposing Cuomo's executive action

Senate Candidate Daphne Jordan proposes legislation aimed at safeguarding children from sexual predators

Daphne Jordan (R,C,I,Ref-Halfmoon), candidate for the New York State Senate’s 43rd District, proposed legislation aimed at safeguarding children from sexual predators during a press conference today on the steps of the Rensselaer County Jail.

Joining Jordan at today’s press conference were Rensselaer County Sheriff Pat Russo, Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo, Columbia County Sheriff David Bartlett and Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I,Ref-Castleton). Jordan, Assemblyman Ashby and Sheriffs Russo, Zurlo and Bartlett were all critical of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s reckless and potentially dangerous policy of allowing convicted sex offenders and murderers to vote at school and campus polling places during this Thursday’s primary elections beginning at 7 p.m.

“Today, I proposed legislation to address Governor Cuomo’s recent decision to allow Level 3 sex offenders – rapists and pedophiles – back into schools this Thursday to vote in the primary elections. I say ‘back’ into schools because Level 3 sex offenders on parole or probation are banned from being within 1,000 feet of school grounds. Governor Cuomo said last week that he would make an exception and allow them on school grounds to vote in Thursday’s primary election and in November’s general election. This is outrageous and I would call this ill-conceived policy, ‘pandering at its finest.’ Governor Cuomo is playing politics with public safety and it’s a very dangerous game,” Jordan stated.

“The right to vote is a fundamental right of every American citizen and the standard by which one would forfeit that right must be very high. However, what is taken from a rape victim, a victim of child sexual abuse, or a murder victim is far greater, and often can never be restored. That is why I proposed legislation to permanently revoke voting privileges for anyone convicted of a Level 3 sex offense or a murder,” Jordan said.

“When Andrew Cuomo first announced the pardons for over 24,000 felons including cop killers like Herman Bell and rapists, thus restoring their voting rights, people were outraged. But now that we have Thursday’s primary election upon us, and the announcement that Level 3 sex offenders – the worst of the worst – will be allowed to temporarily skirt state law and re-enter school grounds to vote, this disastrous policy has really hit home for a lot of people. I would hope that we could force the next governor to reverse this terrible policy and my legislation seeks to rectify the problem of murderers, rapists and pedophiles entering school grounds absent a reversal. But the fact is, that all across New York State, this coming Thursday, hundreds of sex offenders – some violent – will be going to local polling stations including many which are in schools,” Jordan concluded.

“Nothing is more important than the safety and well-being of our kids. We work hard to protect our school campuses from threats of all kinds, and that includes the dangers of sex offenders. If the Governor feels so impassioned about letting convicted felons vote, l’d highly recommend he finds a way of doing it that doesn’t compromise the safety of our youth,” Columbia County Sheriff David Bartlett said.

Pictured below from today's press conference, from left to right, are Rensselaer County Sheriff Pat Russo, NYS Assemblyman Jake Ashby, NYS Senate Candidate Daphne Jordan, Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo and Columbia County Sheriff David Bartlett.

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