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Press Release
December 7, 2010

Mayor Bloomberg Signs Legislation Merging the Department of Juvenile Justice into the Administration for Children’s Services

Mayor Michael Bloomberg today signed legislation merging the Department of Juvenile Justice into the Administration for Children’s Services. The Mayor called the merger an important step toward improving the lives of young New Yorkers.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg signs the bill merging the Department of Juvenile Justice with the Administration for Children’s Services.  Looking on from left are ACS Executive Deputy Commissioner Larry Busching, ACS Commissioner John Mattingly, NYC Council members Diana Reyna and James Vacca and Sr. Paulette LoMonaco, Executive Director, Good Shepherd Services.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg signs the bill merging the Department of Juvenile Justice with the Administration for Children’s Services.  Looking on from left are ACS Executive Deputy Commissioner Larry Busching, ACS Commissioner John Mattingly, NYC Council members Diana Reyna and James Vacca and Sr. Paulette LoMonaco, Executive Director, Good Shepherd Services.

“Over the past several years, the City has implemented a series of juvenile justice reforms to improve its ability to assess risk and provide appropriate interventions for court-involved youth.  This legislation builds on these efforts.  By bringing the Department of Juvenile Justice under the umbrella of ACS, the City is taking bold action to bolster public safety; make smarter, more limited use of detention; expand and enrich alternatives to incarceration; and improve long-term outcomes for all youth under the City’s care,” said the Mayor.

“I would like to thank ACS Commissioner John Mattingly and his Executive Deputy Commissioner for Youth and Family Justice Larry Busching, Corporation Counsel Michael Cardozo, and all of their staff along with my Office of City Legislative Affairs for their tireless work on this bill.  I would also like to thank the City Council for approving this important piece of legislation.”

Speaking at the signing, Commissioner Mattingly said “Today’s bill signing is a great success for all of us who have worked throughout the past year to integrate the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. This is an important step in the work that we do every day to strengthen outcomes for the City’s youth. We are delighted to welcome the dedicated and committed staff from DJJ who now make up our Division of Youth and Family Justice team. I would like to thank them, as well as those from ACS and our many stakeholders who have helped to make this possible.”
 
The Mayor announced the intent to merge DJJ into ACS in his State of the City Address in January, 2010.  The lead sponsors of the bill, titled  Introductory Number 195-A, were New York City Council Members Sara Gonzalez, Chair of the Committee on Juvenile Justice and  Annabel Palma, Chair of the Committee on General Welfare.


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