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The Bobster
01-03-2017, 09:24 AM

Cuomo defends commuting sentence of Brinks robbery getaway driver
By Reuven Fenton
January 3, 2017 | 1:10am

Andrew Cuomo and Judith Clark
James Messerschmidt; AP

Gov. Cuomo on Monday defended commuting the sentence of the getaway driver in the 1981 Brinks car robbery that left two cops and an armored car guard dead, saying she was in her 20s and not out to commit murder.

“There’s a difference between being a 20-year-old accessory and actually being a purposeful murderer. That’s not what we’re talking about here,” Cuomo said of Judith Clark.

“I met with her in prison and I spent time speaking with her and she is impressive and . . . I don’t know who she was before, I believe she was in her 20s when she committed the crime, but she seemed to me a very sober-minded, community-oriented person, very concerned about not being able to spend time with her child.”

Clark, now 67, was 31 when she and a crew of radicals from the Weather Underground and Black Liberation Army stuck up a Brinks truck in Nyack and made off with $1.6 million.

She was sentenced in 1983 to 75 years to life.

“I don’t think there’s anyone who will say 35 years is a slap on the wrist . . . 35 years is a very long period of time. At one point you have to say to yourself, what are you accomplishing? And was there actual fairness here? Ms. Clark did not pull a trigger,” said Cuomo.

The Bobster
01-03-2017, 09:31 AM

Cuomo proposes free college tuition for struggling :rolleyes: families
By Carl Campanile and Yaron Steinbuch
January 3, 2017 | 11:15am | Updated

Students from nearly a million families making less than $125,000 a year could go to New York’s public colleges tuition free under a plan announced Tuesday by Gov. Cuomo.

Cuomo made the splashy announcement at LaGuardia Community College in Queens with progressive darling Bernie Sanders, who made free public colleges a key plank in his presidential campaign last year.

New York would become the first state in the nation in modern times to offer free tuition at its two- and four-year public colleges — run by the City University State University.

CUNY had a tuition-free policy until 1976, when it was ended as the city was on the brink of bankruptcy.

Cuomo said obtaining college education is now a necessity to qualify for most decent paying jobs in the high-tech economy. But too many students can’t afford the tuition and those who do graduate suffer with crushing debt averaging $30,000, he said.

“That is not fair. That is not right,” Cuomo said. “New York is going to do something about it.”

Sanders predicted that Cuomo’s plan — if approved by the state Legislature — would have far-reaching impact.

“If New York State does it this year mark my words, state after state will follow,” said Sanders. :rolleyes:

The Vermont socialist senator Sanders couldn’t resist taking a shot at President-elect Donald Trump, saying the free tuition policy is preferable to providing tax cuts to the wealthy under the Excelsior Scholarship, students from families earning less than $125,000 a year will be eligible for a free education at both two- and four-year public colleges within three years.

Cuomo’s office said there are 940,000 families in New York who have students between the ages of 16 and 25.

The funds will be earmarked for completing tuition payments by supplementing existing state and federal loan and grant programs.

The free tuition policy would be phased in over three years and cost $163 million annually.

If approved by the Legislature, students whose families make less than $100,000 could go to CUNY or SUNY this fall for free.

The second year of the phase-in would cover students of families making less than $110,000.

In 2019, the tuition free policy would cover students of families making less than $125,000.

Last year, The Post reported that Cuomo was in discussions with the Obama administration to provide free tuition at community colleges — but nothing came of it.

New York has among the highest community college costs in the nation — $4,800 at CUNY and $4,350.

Tuition at four-year colleges is $6,330 at CUNY and $6,470 at SUNY.

Currently, New York’s Tuition Assistance Program provides student aid to family incomes under $85,000. For many lower income students, the aid covers tuition.

The Bobster
01-03-2017, 09:45 AM

Cuomo forms task force to enforce new minimum-wage
By Reuven Fenton
January 2, 2017 | 11:23pm

The state has formed a 200-person task force to enforce new minimum-wage requirements, Gov. Cuomo announced Monday.

He dismissed concern from small-business owners that the higher wage would make it more difficult for them to turn a profit.

“We believe a $1.50 increase is negligible :rolleyes: and that a small business can pay that increase without a dramatic effect on the small business :rolleyes:,” Cuomo said at a Midtown press conference.

In New York City, the minimum wage is now $11 an hour for companies with 11 or more employees, up from $9. Smaller businesses pay $10.50.

On Long Island and in Westchester, the minimum wage is now $10, and across the rest of the state, it’s $9.70.

A phase-in to $15 an hour will be completed by Dec. 31, 2018, in New York City for large businesses, by Dec. 31, 2019, for small ones, and by Dec. 31, 2021, in suburban counties.

Cuomo said there are 730,000 people in New York who are earning minimum wage.

“A lot of workers don’t know that they just got a raise. And they need to know this because they need to make sure that it is in their paycheck. A lot of employers don’t know that the minimum wage went up, and they need to know it also,” Cuomo said.

The Bobster
01-09-2017, 02:56 PM

Lawmakers move to block clemency for cop killers’ getaway driver
By Kirstan Conley
January 9, 2017 | 4:50pm | Updated

ALBANY – Critics of Gov. Cuomo’s clemency grant to former Black Liberation Army member Judith Clark called on the state Parole Board Monday to take the unusual step of rejecting the governor’s action to keep her behind bars.

Cuomo announced last month that he was commuting the sentence of Clark, who was sentenced to 75 years-to-life for her role in the 1981 armored truck robbery in Nyack, N.Y., that resulted in the deaths of two cops and a security guard.

“She has never cooperated,” said Assemblyman Al Graf (R-Long Island), a retired member of the NYPD and one of several state legislators with law enforcement backgrounds demanding Clark not be released.

The parole hearing is likely to take place in March, said Republican state Sen. Pat Gallivan, former sheriff of Erie County.

State Sen. Marty Golden (R-Brooklyn), also a retired NYPD officer, said that more than 100,000 New York State law enforcement personnel are behind the push to deny parole.

They have set up an online petition, noparoleforjudithclark.com, to draw more support.

“It would be extremely disheartening to see her granted parole,” said Sen. Fred Akshare, a Binghamton-area Republican who served as an undersheriff.

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People gather in front of the Rockland County Courthouse to express their objection to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo commuting the sentence of Judith Clark

At a press conference, Rockland County Detective Lt. James Stewart described responding to the scene and said that Clark was reaching for a high-powered weapon when she was caught and that she was standing on a patch of grass “when and where” the fatal shots were fired.

Cuomo has defended his decision, saying Clark appears remorseful.

But Nyack Police officer John Hanchar, a nephew of one of the dead cops, said she hasn’t proven that by cooperating.

“There were other accomplices who were involved that were never caught,” he said. “She knows who they are and she refuses to come forward.”

“This has ripped the skin right off the wound,” said Rockland County Sheriff Lou Falco