EMS providers across the state are in crisis due to rising costs and high demand for increasingly complex services. Counties are being asked to fill growing gaps in EMS services in their communities, but they do not have the resources, flexibility, or statutory authority to develop county-wide or publicly funded EMS programs.
Recent changes to New York State’s criminal justice system, including raising the age of criminal responsibility, bail reform, and Leandra’s Law have added new responsibilities and challenges for county probation departments.
As part of National School Bus Safety Week, NYSAC in collaboration with NYSCEA, are calling attention to school bus safety and the actions individuals can take to keep children safe while riding the bus.
The enacted 2017-18 New York State Budget included language to raise the age of criminal responsibility. This newly enacted legislation includes statutory amendments that create a new Adolescent Offender (AO) classification, establishes a new Youth Part in the Superior Court, and requires all misdemeanor cases, except for Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL) misdemeanors, to be heard in Family Court.
In New York State, our 9-1-1 systems have evolved with these technologies in order to continue dispatching emergency response services to citizens across the state. The administration and costs for the 9-1-1 program have evolved as well, from an initial function of the state police, to being county-operated and funded responsibility.