Both Democratic and Republican local leaders Thursday advocated for the Victim's Justice Agenda. Deputy Senate Minority Leader Joe Griffo and other Senate Republican leaders unveiled it this week.
Among them, they recorded victim impact statements in order to preserve them for years, even decades, when violent criminals come up for parole.
The group, including Griffo, the Oneida county executive, district attorney and undersheriff, also expressed grave concern about measures Democrats are proposing.
'The person that shot and killed Kurt Wyman is now gonna be eligible for parole when he gets to be 55 years old and he's done 15 years. He's serving a life sentence without parole, now all of a sudden, he's gonna get parole? We went through a lengthy trial, a costly trial, to make sure that was the sentence he got,” said Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara.
With democrats in control of the senate and Assembly, Griffo is not optimistic about the chances of advancing the Republicans' Victims Justice Agenda. That's why they're urging voters to reach out to Democrat lawmakers.