Giglio introduces bill to extend parole hearing gap

Assemblyman Joseph M. Giglio (R,C,I-Gowanda) at his press conference announcing Ramona’s Law on May 21 at the New York State Capitol in Albany.

Assemblyman Joseph M. Giglio (R,C,I-Gowanda), Assembly Republican Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,C-Canandaigua) and several of their peers held a press conference recently to introduce legislation extending the period between parole hearings from two to five years. The bill is colloquially titled Ramona’s Law.

Ramona Bantle-Fahy, a survivor of a violent sexual assault in 1992, is currently confronted with facing her attacker in order to testify at parole hearings every 24 months to ensure he stays in prison. Ramona’s Law would eliminate the need for her to face this experience every 24 months and move it to up to five years.

“I am very pleased to introduce this bill with Leader Kolb,” Giglio said. “Ramona’s Law addresses the concerns of a group of people whose voices have not been heard in a long time. Victims and families of victims should not be forced to relive, every two years, the pain of what they experienced. Together we can help alleviate some of their pain and assist survivors to heal and grow.”

Assemblyman Joseph Giglio represents the 148th District, which consists of all of Cattaraugus and Allegany counties, and portions of Steuben County as well. For more information, visit Assemblyman Giglio’s Official Website.

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