McKevitt Advances Major Criminal Justice Legislation

“Chronic Criminal Act” aimed at increasing criminal penalties for repeat offenders
February 28, 2007

Assemblyman Tom McKevitt (R,C,I-East Meadow) today advanced major crime legislation aimed at increasing penalties for repeat offenders.

“While New York has made great progress in reducing crime, repeat misdemeanor offenders continue to commit crimes without proper punishment,” McKevitt said. “Many repeat misdemeanor offenders commit more serious felonies. If we are going to make additional progress in cracking down on crime, we must enact legislation that ensures repeat offenders spend time in jail.”

The legislation, entitled the Chronic Criminal Act, creates a new Class E felony offense of aggravated criminal conduct for offenders convicted of multiple misdemeanors.

The new Class E felony is punishable by 1-1/3 to 4 years in prison.

The family of Hillary Downey and her one-year-old son, who were murdered by repeat offender Kareem Hayes last January, joined McKevitt in calling for action on this important legislation.

“There is widespread support for this vital and potential life-saving measure,” McKevitt said. “No family should ever have to go through what the Downeys have endured over the past year. The time to act on this legislation is now, before another family becomes victim to a senseless crime.”