Palumbo Stands with Victims, Advocates for Passage of Ramona’s Law

May 21, 2019

Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo (R,C,I,Ref-New Suffolk) joined Assemblyman Joseph M. Giligo (R,C,I-Gowanda), advocates and members of the Assembly Minority today at a press conference in Albany advocating for the passage of Ramona’s Law. Ramona’s Law aims to extend the wait period parole boards set for the reconsideration of a denied application for parole from 24 to 60 months in cases where an inmate was convicted of certain violent felonies.

Ramona’s Law is named after Ramona Bantle-Fahy, the survivor of a brutal beating, sexual assault and kidnapping that took place in 1992. Now every two years when Ramona’s attacker is up for parole, she must live in fear that her attacker may be freed.

“Violent criminals should not be treated like average criminals during the parole process,” said Palumbo. “As a former assistant district attorney, I have seen firsthand the severe impact violent crime has upon victims and their families. Every two years victims have to relive the terrible events of their attack and fear their attacker could be paroled while waiting with bated breath for the determination of the board. This is not appropriate for these enumerated crimes and this change will create a process that actually considers the victims, not just convicted violent felons. With just over a month left in this year’s legislative session, we still have time to take action.”