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PEF ON THE MOVE: Parole Legislation Delivered to Governor

Dear PEF Members,

As you know, our PEF Parole Officers, employed in the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, routinely perform hazardous duties that benefit all New Yorkers. Since the 2012 merger with the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Services, Parole Officers have been forced to work along side New York State Correction Officers despite the fact that they do not have the same injury protections afforded to those officers.

The very nature of their jobs puts our Parole Officers in danger and at risk of serious physical injury on a daily basis. Unfortunately, if Parole Officers are forced to miss work due to a work-related injury, they are not afforded the same protection against financial hardship as other, similarly situated, law enforcement professionals. What is even more troubling is the fact that New York State Parole Officers work along side police officers when executing warrants, conduct surveillance of sex offenders, travel out-of-state to extradite absconders, and supervise home visits with convicted felons. It is a little known fact that Parole Officers often make more felony arrests, on an annual basis, than most seasoned police officers and therefore, encounter extremely dangerous conditions.

Parole Bill S. 407 (Robach)/ A. 1644 (Skoufis), which is a very important item of legislation for PEF and PEF Parole Officers, has been delivered to the Governor for Executive Action. Now that it has been delivered, the Governor has ten (10) days to act by either signing the bill into law, or issuing a veto. Accordingly, we have the same ten (10) day period to contact Governor Cuomo’s office and make our collective voices heard. This is the third time PEF has had this needed legislation pass both the Assembly and Senate and your help is needed. Collectively we can achieve this goal.

Please help PEF and our PEF Parole Officers by contacting Governor Cuomo’s Office directly and letting him know you want him to sign this important bill.

By telephone: 518-474-8390 you will only be asked the bill number (S.407/A.1644), your position, and your zip code. Tell them you fully support this important legislation. Your phone call will take less than a minute, but help in providing a career benefit.

Or EMAIL Governor Cuomo

If you prefer to write your own personalized letter, it can be sent to:

The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo

Governor of New York State

NYS Capitol Building

Albany, NY 12224

Whichever way you choose to communicate, please refer to S. 407/ A. 1644

If you need additional information on this legislation CLICK HERE

CLICK HERE for a sample letter, or download by following this link:

http://www.pef.org/pef_files/docs/legislative/parole-parity-letter-S407-A1644.pdf

Thank You!

 

 

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