State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-C-I-Ref, Staten Island-Brooklyn) today have issued a joint statement regarding the sentencing of Tyrone Howard in the murder of Officer Randolph Holder.
“Today’s sentence of life without parole for Tyrone Howard, the career criminal and gang member who murdered Police Officer Randolph Holder is both appropriate and bitter sweet. Sadly, this tragedy could have been prevented if the courts would have denied this violent criminal entry into a drug diversion program that put Howard back on the street to commit murder. On February 6th, 2017 the Senate passed ‘Officer Randolph Holder’s Law’ (S27/A3404), a bill designed to make necessary reforms to judicial diversion programs to ensure and enhance public safety. Moving forward, it is important that the public and law enforcement officers are protected from violent individuals who take advantage of drug treatment programs to get back on the streets to commit further crimes,” said Senator Golden, a former New York City Police Officer.
“In no circumstance should any person with an extensive criminal history be afforded the privileges, and opportunities to participate in substance abuse treatment programs. These important drug programs should be granted solely to non-gang members with a limited non-violent criminal history and who do not pose a threat to society. Tyrone Howard was a known gang member who had committed numerous crimes and I firmly believe my New York State Criminal Street Gang bill (S2410/A5477), may have helped prevent the tragic murder of Officer Randolph Holder. This anti-gang bill would have provided for extended criminal penalties for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal gang organization and could have kept Howard off the streets. As elected officials we must pass legislation that will keep dangerous gang members off the streets and tighten loop holes to prevent career criminals from terrorizing our streets. My prayers go out to the Holder family and although today’s sentencing will not bring back their loved one, I hope that feel that justice was served,” Golden added.
“A hardened criminal has received the appropriate punishment with a life sentence, but that doesn’t change the fact that one of New York’s Finest was lost in the line of duty and the state law that allowed Tyrone Howard to commit his murder still remains flawed. At the time of Police Officer Randolph Holder’s murder, Mayor de Blasio acknowledged that this is ‘something we have to address in our criminal justice system,’ and ‘he sure as hell shouldn’t have been on the streets’, and Police Commissioner Bratton echoed this sentiment saying, ‘he would have been the last person in New York City I would have wanted to see in a diversion program.’ Despite this, the Assembly still hasn’t acted to close the loophole that allowed Howard to be free. The law needs to require heavier scrutiny in deciding whether to send someone to a drug treatment program instead of prison, and avoid situations in which hardened criminals with multiple felonies can circumvent jail time by attending a treatment program enabling them to prey on addicts who have committed a minor offense and are trying to get their lives back on track. In this case, Tyrone Howard exploited the loophole in the law to avoid prison and return to the streets to wreak more havoc, resulting in the death of a police officer,” said Assemblywoman Malliotakis.
NYPD Officer Randolph Holder, who while on patrol in East Harlem on October 20, 2015, was senselessly murdered while responding to a report of shots fired. The person who committed this heinous and irrational crime had five previous drug convictions, was wanted by police in connection with a September 1, 2015 shooting, and had a warrant open for failing to participate in a court ordered treatment. Court records show that despite a lengthy criminal history, the shooter was approved by the Court for a drug treatment program over the objections of the prosecutor, who argued in favor of incarceration given the perpetrator’s history of violence.
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-Brooklyn/Staten Island) joined Assembly and Senate colleagues yesterday at the joint budget hearing on elementary and secondary education. The hearing allowed members of the legislature to discuss budget priorities, as well as issues facing elementary and secondary schools with education stakeholders from across the state. As a follow up to last year’s budget hearing in which Malliotakis brought up her concern that cursive writing was no longer being taught in New York City’s elementary schools, the Assemblywoman was relieved to receive a commitment from New York City Chancellor Carmen Fariña that cursive writing is once again being included in the third grade curriculum in city schools. Many schools already began implementing the curriculum this year.
“I thank New York City Chancellor Fariña for hearing my concerns about the discontinuation of cursive instruction, and am pleased that over the past year she has worked with superintendents across the city to ensure third graders will once again learn cursive writing.” said Malliotakis. “It is important that young people, who will soon be entering the real world, know how to write a signature of their own to identify themselves, and have the ability to sign a legal document, check, or voter registration form. Without knowing how to read script, students can’t even read historic documents like the Declaration of Independence. It is very unfortunate that there is a generation of students who did not learn to write and read cursive, but today we have been assured that this wrong has been corrected.”
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I,Ref – East Shore), Assemblyman Ron Castorina (R,C,I,Ref – South Shore), Assemblyman Mike Cusick (D,WFP,I – Mid-Island), State Senator Andrew Lanza (R,C,I,Ref – Mid-Island/South Shore), State Senator Diane Savino (D,WFP,I – North Shore), and Assemblyman Matt Titone (D,WFP,I – North Shore) sent the attached letter to Dr. Mary Travis Bassett, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) today, requesting that the agency allow Wilbur the Pig to remain with his family.
Wilbur has resided in the Matteo Family’s Great Kills home for the past five years, and has been designated by the National Service Animal Registry as an “emotional support animal” for Thomas Matteo, currently engaged in a bout with cancer.
DOHMH has ordered the Matteo Family that it will seize Wilbur if they fail to find him a new home before the end of the month. The agency has not stated what will happen to the animal once in its possession.
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I,Ref-East Shore), State Senator Andrew Lanza (R,C,I, Ref-Mid-Island, South Shore), and State Senator Diane Savino (D,IP,WF-North Shore) praised Governor Andrew Cuomo for including the state’s $151 million share of the costs for the Staten Island Seawall project in the 2017-2018 Executive Budget.
In 2015, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced plans to implement a seawall from Fort Wadsworth to Oakwood Beach. The total cost of the project is $613,430,000, with the state responsible for 70 percent of the non-federal share. Last year, Malliotakis, Lanza, and Savino sent a letter requesting that Gov. Cuomo include this commitment in his 2017-2018 Executive Budget. The state share will be paid over the course of three years and will be bonded capital spending through the Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) authority bond account.
“After decades of fear and waiting, the people of Staten Island’s shoreline communities are finally receiving the protection they need and deserve. Including this appropriation in the Executive Budget will ensure the very important seawall stays on track for scheduled completion in 2022,” said Assemblywoman Malliotakis. “I want to thank Governor Cuomo for upholding the state’s financial commitment toward this critical capital project. It is a true testament to government officials at all levels working together to deliver results for their residents.”
“The seawall project is vital to the future resiliency of our shoreline communities. I applaud Governor Cuomo for including this funding in the 2017-18 budget proposal. With this commitment, the residents of Staten Island’s waterfront can rest easier knowing that a real and permanent storm surge solution is on the way. I look forward to working with my legislative colleagues to ensure that this funding is included in the final adopted State budget,” said Senator Lanza.
“Having the Governor recognize the importance of this project by putting the necessary funding in the Executive Budget is another successful step in protecting the residents of Staten Island,” said Senator Savino. “The budget process is complex, and as Vice-Chair of the Finance committee I am committed to continuing the fight for this capital project that my colleagues and myself worked to bring to the administration’s attention”
State Senator Martin Golden (R,C,I,Ref – Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I,Ref – Brooklyn-Staten Island) are applauding the de Blasio Administration’s decision to install bulletproof windows on all NYPD patrol vehicles. In 2014, the two lawmakers called for police vehicles to be outfitted with bulletproof glass on the windows to better protect the men and women who keep New Yorkers safe – our police officers.
In recent years, the City of New York has experienced the pain of losing three NYPD officers – Det. Wenjian Liu, Det. Rafael Ramos, and Det. Brian Moore – via shots fired through their vehicle windows.
“On behalf of all the men and women of the NYPD and their families, I join with my colleague Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis in thanking Mayor de Blasio for committing to this important investment. We provide police offers with bullet proof vests to protect them when they are on the streets patrolling. Now, we are moving forward to guard our officers when they are in their patrol cars protecting our City,” said Senator Golden, a retired NYC police officer.
“No one can doubt that this is money well spent. Our police officers put their lives on the line each and every day, and we need to do everything possible to keep them safe. We owe it to them, their families, and the memory of our fallen heroes,” said Assemblywoman Malliotakis.
Earlier this year, the city announced an allocation of $6.8 million to install bulletproof door panels on the NYPD’s 3,813 patrol vehicles. The installation of bulletproof windows will cost approximately $10.4 million.