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File #: Res 0546-2002    Version: * Name: Amend the NYS Penal Law to include the crime of financial exploitation of the elderly.
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Committee: Committee on Aging
On agenda: 10/23/2002
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass A.02851 and S.03279, which amend the New York State Penal Law to include the crime of financial exploitation of the elderly.
Sponsors: Michael C. Nelson, Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., Maria Baez, Leroy G. Comrie, Jr., Ruben Diaz, Simcha Felder, Lewis A. Fidler, Alan J. Gerson, Robert Jackson, Allan W. Jennings, Jr., John C. Liu, Michael E. McMahon, James Sanders, Jr., Helen Sears, Kendall Stewart, Albert Vann, David I. Weprin, James F. Gennaro, Domenic M. Recchia, Jr., Martin J. Golden, Dennis P. Gallagher, James S. Oddo
Council Member Sponsors: 22
Attachments: 1. Committee Report, 2. Hearing Transcript, 3. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting - 12/18
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
12/18/2002*Michael C. Nelson City Council Approved, by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
12/17/2002*Michael C. Nelson Committee on Aging Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/17/2002*Michael C. Nelson Committee on Aging Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
10/23/2002*Michael C. Nelson City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/23/2002*Michael C. Nelson City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Res. No. 546 Title Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass A.02851 and S.03279, which amend the New York State Penal Law to include the crime of financial exploitation of the elderly. Body By Council Members Nelson, Addabbo, Baez, Comrie, Diaz, Felder, Fidler, Gerson, Jackson, Jennings, Liu, McMahon, Sanders, Sears, Stewart, Vann, Weprin, Gennaro and Golden Whereas, Twelve percent of reported elder abuse cases each year involve financial exploitation, according to a study released in April 2001 by the National Center on Elder Abuse; and Whereas, The National Conference of State Legislatures reports that as many as one in five Americans could be 65 years of age in the United States by the year 2050, which in turn creates a large population prone to abuse and exploitation; and Whereas, Criminal investigations of offenders who steal from impaired seniors are often closed because prosecutors are faced with cognitively impaired victims who are exploited in places with no or few witnesses, and whose impairment renders them incompetent to testify in court; and Whereas, Those accused of such exploitation often claim that property or monies acquired are willingly gifted; and Whereas, In order to confront this situation, the victims of this crime, the elderly who are mentally disabled and mentally incapacitated, must be further defined within the penal code as a class so that prosecutors can more readily bring charges against their perpetrators; and Whereas, Not all who assist the elderly in their financial matters do so with exploitive intent; this legislation allows those acting in good faith to use an affirmative defense, thereby excluding them from prosecution if the value of property received when assisting an impaired person is equal to the benefit realized by the impaired person; and Whereas, The introductions of bills A. 02851 and S. 0379 in the New York State Legislature were recommended by the New York State District Attorneys Association's Elder Abuse subcommittee in order to address the abuse of elderly citizens; and Whereas, District Attorney offices in the City of New York have experienced many cases where seniors have been exploited by people who take advantage of their diminished mental capacity; and Whereas, This legislation further clarifies that the wrongful taking, obtaining or withholding of property from a victim who is mentally disabled or mentally incapacitated is a criminal act and that a victim's mental capacity or lack thereof, while not specifically an element of the larceny statute, should be assessed in determining whether there was a wrongful taking of property; now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the New York State Legislature to pass A.02851 and S.03279 which amend the New York State Penal Law to create the crime of financial exploitation of the elderly. LS#1260 |1013|