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George Latimer

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Petitioning Mayor Miriam Levitt Flisser

Scarsdale Town Board: Don't kill the Library Pond geese

This petition is in response to Scarsdale Town Board's plan to kill the geese living at Library Pond this summer.    newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/01/19/scarsdale-officials-to-kill-pesky-geese-turn-them-into-meat/ Canada geese are beautiful, intelligent birds who mate for life, fiercely protect their eggs and young, and display loyalty for other members of their flock. The methods that USDA Wildlife Services uses to kill geese are controversial and widely understood to be grossly inhumane - during the hottest months of the year flightless geese and goslings are corralled, packed into turkey crates and transported to slaughterhouses or gas chambers.   There is no scientific basis that geese dropping pose a threat to human health. Killing the geese is counter to public opinion, not how the residents of Scarsdale want tax dollars spent, and a horrid example for children to whom we teach tolerance and co-existence with wildlife. Killing the geese is not an effective solution, and will only clear the area temporarily as other geese will repopulate the vacant desirable habitat. A long term strategy is required to resolve the conflict. This unfortunate plan can be avoided by making a commitment of simple steps, such as cleaning up the grass with machines that pick up goose droppings, and making landscape modifications which hamper access to the pond and prevent geese from colonizing the pond’s surrounding area. Migratory geese will leave the area on their own in the spring, local populations that remain through the summer can effectively be controlled.

GooseWatch NYC
607 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Andrew Cuomo, George Latimer, Steven Otis, Carl Heastie, John Flanagan, Betty Rosa, MaryEllen Elia

Provide Equitable Foundation Aid to Port Chester's Schools

As residents of the Port Chester-Rye Union Free School District, we call upon you to provide equitable Foundation Aid funding to our District.   Foundation Aid was established to ensure that all students receive their constitutionally guaranteed right to a sound and basic education regardless of their zip code.  The failure to adhere to the original 2007-08 Foundation Aid formula has cut our state aid by nearly $153 million over ten years at a time when costs have risen and our enrollment has grown by more than 800 students. Port Chester is a high needs district.   70% of our students qualify for Free and Reduced lunch and 27.4% require ELL services. Worse yet, Port Chester will receive only 36.36% of its rightful Foundation Aid allocation for 2016-2017 --- this is a decrease of nearly 9% from the previous year. To deal with reductions in funding and increased enrollment we have significantly increased class sizes, eliminated elementary school librarians and art teachers, cut reading, computer education and 10 class size reduction teachers and reduced or eliminated extended-day programs, redistricted students to save on transportation and address overcrowding, limited athletic offerings and contests, reduced club offerings, limited Advanced Placement course options, and postponed critical technology upgrades. Due to overcrowding we are currently forced to rent space to house 12 classrooms for more than 300 children. Substantial cuts to programs and taxpayer stress could have been avoided if we had received equitable funding over the past 10 years. We request that New York State remediate this inequity for the 2017-2018 budget cycle and beyond by instituting the equitable distribution of Foundation Aid to our school district.

Port Chester-Rye Union Free School District
428 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Rob Astorino

Mamaroneck Mayor Norm Rosenblum: Don't kill Mamaroneck's geese

This petition is in response to Mamaroneck Mayor Norm Rosenblum decision to kill the town's geese this summer. http://westchester.news12.com/mamaroneck-mayor-orders-geese-population-be-euthanized-1.4695500 Canada geese are beautiful, intelligent birds who mate for life, fiercely protect their eggs and young, and display loyalty for other members of their flock. The methods that USDA Wildlife Services uses to kill geese are controversial and widely understood to be grossly inhumane - during the hottest months of the year flightless geese and goslings are corralled, packed into turkey crates and transported to slaughterhouses or gas chambers. There is no scientific basis that geese dropping pose a threat to human health. Killing the geese is counter to public opinion, not how the residents of Mamaroneck want tax dollars spent, and a horrid example for children to whom we teach tolerance and co-existence with wildlife. Killing the geese is not an effective solution, and will only clear the area temporarily as other geese will repopulate the vacant desirable habitat. A long term strategy is required to resolve the conflict. This unfortunate plan can be avoided by making a commitment of simple steps, such as cleaning up the grass with machines that pick up goose droppings, and making landscape modifications which hamper access to the pond and prevent geese from colonizing the pond’s surrounding area. Migratory geese will leave the area on their own in the spring, local populations that remain through the summer can effectively be controlled.

GooseWatch NYC
350 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Andrew Cuomo, Patrick Gallivan, Robert Ortt, Joseph Addabbo, Fred Akshar, Marisol Alcantara, George Amedore, Tony Avella, Jamaal Bailey, John Bonacic, Philip Boyle, Neil Breslin, John Brooks, David...

Raise the Age of Criminal Responsibility in New York State

New York State is one of only two states in the U.S. that tries 16- and 17-year-olds as adults in the criminal justice system, despite scientific studies showing that adult prisons are an inappropriate place for our youth. Raise the Age New York is a broad based, statewide movement with the goal of changing the law. We demand that our governor and elected officials immediately take action to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18, providing 16- and 17-year-olds alternative solutions to the adult prison system. We, the undersigned, urge our leaders to amend the law immediately, in the following ways:● Raise the overall age of juvenile jurisdiction to 18, and stop the placement of youth who are 16 or 17 in an adult jail or prison.● Ensure parental notification upon the arrest of a minor under 18, and ensure all 16- and 17-year-olds are interviewed using age-appropriate procedures, including parental involvement prior to waiving Miranda rights.● Seal records for all convictions of youth under age 18 and expand Youthful Offender status to age 21.● Increase investments in the front-end diversion services that keep youth in their communities instead of prison.●Originate as many cases as possible involving minors in Family Court; create Youth Parts in adult court for remaining cases, and apply the Family Court Act to as many as possible, regardless of which courthouse the case is heard in.● Raise the lower age of juvenile delinquency from age 7 to age 12 (except for homicide offenses, which should be raised to 10). These alternatives to detention, placement, and incarceration are less expensive to implement and more effective at reducing recidivism. They also better address the collateral consequences of court involvement at a young age and help youth become successful adults.

Gamaliel WNY
115 supporters