Thanks to a concerted advocacy effort, including many CFR supporters, on June 26th, Governor Cuomo signed a bill to appoint 25 more Family Court Judges in New York State. Of these, 9 will serve in New York City. This is the first increase in the number of judges in Family Court since 1991.
You can read the text of the bill here. Please take a moment to thank the governor and your Senate or Assembly Member who supported this important legislation! Special thanks to Assembly Member Helene Weinstein and Senator John Bonacic for sponsoring the bill.
CFR is a partner organization of the New York State Coalition for More Family Court Judges, which led the statewide advocacy. After numerous trips to Albany, many letters, calls, and tireless work, we are pleased that the coalition’s efforts have paid off.
More judges on the bench will hopefully mean less waiting for CFR families to have their cases heard, so that they can engage in services, visit with their children, and reunify more quickly.
Thank you for your advocacy efforts!