File #: Res 1175-2000    Version: * Name: Misdemeanor Felony, State Action
Type: Resolution Status: Filed
Committee: Committee on Public Safety
On agenda: 2/8/2000
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to enact legislation to classify the third conviction for a Class "A" misdemeanor within a five year period as a felony and to devote additional resources to prosecute such cases.
Sponsors: Peter F. Vallone, Lloyd Henry, Margarita Lopez, Stephen J. Fiala, Martin J. Golden, Kenneth K. Fisher, Karen Koslowitz, Sheldon S. Leffler, Walter L. McCaffrey, Morton Povman, James S. Oddo
Council Member Sponsors: 11
Attachments: 1. Committee Report
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
12/31/2001*Peter F. Vallone City Council Filed (End of Session)  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/27/2000*Peter F. Vallone Committee on Public Safety Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/27/2000*Peter F. Vallone Committee on Public Safety Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/8/2000*Peter F. Vallone City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/8/2000*Peter F. Vallone City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Res. No. 1175 Title Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to enact legislation to classify the third conviction for a Class "A" misdemeanor within a five year period as a felony and to devote additional resources to prosecute such cases. Body By the Speaker (Council Member Vallone) and Council Members Henry, Lopez, Fiala and Golden; also Council Members Fisher, Koslowitz, Leffler, McCaffrey, Povman and Oddo. Whereas, On November 30, 1999, Paris Drake was arrested after a brutal brick attack on Nicole Barrett on November 16, 1999; and Whereas, Mr. Drake's criminal record was extensive, including many arrests for misdemeanor offenses such as theft of services, resisting arrest and drug possession; and Whereas, In most of the cases where Mr. Drake was found guilty of a misdemeanor he received little to no jail time; and Whereas, Mr. Drake's criminal history demonstrates the inability of the New York State criminal justice system to properly prosecute and punish low-level career criminals; and Whereas, In light of the case of Mr. Drake, and the countless other low-level career offenders who are not adequately punished for their crimes, the third conviction for a Class "A" misdemeanor within a five year period should be classified as a felony; and Whereas, Additional resources are needed to handle these type of cases, including the appointment of more Criminal Court judges in New York City; and Whereas, The New York State Legislature should allocate such additional resources as necessary to handle this increased caseload; now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the New York City Council calls upon the New York State Legislature to enact legislation to classify the third conviction for a Class "A" misdemeanor within a five year period as a felony and to devote additional resources to prosecute such cases.