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Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today authored an op-ed on detailing how the federal Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (CCRA) would endanger public safety in New York and major cities across the United States. District Attorney Vance is the co-founder and co-chair of Prosecutors Against Gun ViolenceThe op-ed can be viewed in full here. An excerpt is included below:

DA Vance today announced the indictment of New York City Criminal Court employee Carlos Sanchez for stealing approximately $163,242 worth of payments for Summons Court fines between January 2015 and February 2017. Sanchez is charged in New York State Supreme Court with Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, as well as 35 counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree and 10 counts of Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree, for redirecting more than 500 money orders and cashier’s checks intended to pay court-ordered fines to his personal accounts.  

DA Vance announced the sentencing of Rayshon Young to 5-to-15 years in state prison for forcing a woman to engage in prostitution for nearly a decade. Young used physical violence and threats of violence to not only compel the woman to engage in prostitution, but to attempt to coerce her into relinquishing custody of her child. On July 25, 2017, Young pleaded guilty to Sex Trafficking, the top charge of the New York State Supreme Court indictment against him, as well as Promoting Prostitution in the Third Degree, and Criminal Contempt and Attempted Coercion in the First Degrees.

DA Vance today announced the indictment of Antonios Sikolas, 25, for colliding with a tractor-trailer on East 34th Street while under the influence of alcohol, causing a fatal multiple-car crash that killed his passenger and injured two others. Sikolas is charged in a New York Supreme Court indictment with Murder in the Second Degree, Manslaughter in the Second Degree and Vehicular Manslaughter in the Second Degree, Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol, and other related charges.

...The Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus Vance Jr., stepped into the void left by the Legislature when he agreed l to pay for Governor Cuomo’s prison education plan with more than $7 million in criminal forfeiture money secured from banks. Lauding what he described as a public safety measure, Mr. Vance said, “It makes no sense to send someone to prison with no pathway for them to succeed.”