News from our 7th Annual Legislative Breakfast!
Legislators and supporters attending the seventh annual Legislative Breakfast at Exodus Transitional Community on Thursday November 12 celebrated the success of the organization and reaffirmed their own commitment to second chances. Exodus Founder and Executive Director Julio Medina honored Assistant Speaker and Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, and Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr., two leaders who have greatly advanced criminal justice reform and community safety. Exodus has been in operation for 16 years, and continues to serve New York City youth and adults involved in the criminal justice system providing support, services and resources necessary for success.
Executive Assistant District Attorney Chauncey Parker accepted an award on behalf of the Manhattan DA. Mr. Parker remarked, "When you think of the lives Exodus has touched, and you think of this opportunity that they give these men and women to be returning citizens, to be productive members of society, and the beacon that they show by their own example of what they've done with their own lives, it really gives a ripple of hope and optimism to everyone." Several members from the Manhattan DA's office were there to celebrate this award.
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer spoke about the recently enacted Fair Chance Act, which prohibits employers in NYC from screening applicants for a criminal record until they have been extended a conditional offer of employment. Ms. Brewer introduced and fought vigilantly for this legislation. State Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez spoke about the many exciting developments at the state level, particularly the twelve groundbreaking recommendations from the Governor's Council on Community Reentry recently adopted by Gov. Cuomo. The implementation of these recommendations seeks to reduce barriers to increase successful reentry outcomes for formerly incarcerated people.
State Parole Board Chair Tina Stanford, several parole commissioners, Manhattan district Latino political leaders, NYPD Deputy Inspector Thomas Harnisch, and Democratic District Leader Johnny C. Rivera were also in attendance. Many guests were formerly incarcerated people who are now successfully serving their communities.
Many thanks to all who attended and made this event a success. We're already looking forward to next year!