Brittany’s Law backers not about to quit

The Finger Lakes Times reported today that backers of Brittany’s Law are determined to continue supporting the effort to get the state legislature to enact this bill. The slain Geneva girl’s grandmother (Dale Driscoll), said people need to write Gov. Cuomo to keep up the pressure. The bill, which didn’t make it out of the Assembly’s Corrections Committee, was passed overwhelmingly by the state Senatein May. State Sen. Michael Nozzolio,R-54 of Fayette, who has worked on the legislation with Driscoll for months and sponsored it in the Senate, was also disappointed the bill never made it out of the Assembly committee. Brittany’s Law, which Nozzolio sponsored with state Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-47 of Rome, would require everyone convictedof a violent felony to register with the state Department of Criminal Justice Services upon release from prison. The registry would be accessible to the public, similar to the sex offender registry the state has in place under what is known as Megan’s Law. Brittany and her mother, Helen Buchel, were stabbed to death in November 2009 in their North Main Street apartment in Geneva by Buchel’s boyfriend, JohnBrown, a convicted felon who had been paroled justmonths earlier. Brittany was 12 and a student atGeneva Middle School

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