Assemblyman William F. Boyland Jr.: Assembly Cracks Down On Criminals Who Target Elderly and Vulnerable
Increasing penalties for elderly assault and fraud will help protect our seniors
March 4, 2008

Assemblyman William F. Boyland Jr. (D-King) is proud to announce the Assembly passed a comprehensive package of bills to protect New York’s seniors against assault, abuse and predatory financial practices. The initiative punishes abusers to better safeguard the vulnerable from criminals and con artist.

“Elder abuse is unconscionable, and we must take steps to stop the insidious violence,” Assemblyman Boyland Jr. said. “Additionally, we cannot tolerate predatory behavior against the frail and disabled or condone crimes of bias.”

In New York State, an estimated 30,000 seniors are victims of some kind of abuse or exploitation, a low estimate according to the Nation Center for the Elderly Abuse, which notes that only one in six elderly abuse cases are reported. Crimes can range from physical abuse - including sexual assault – to financial exploitation and emotional abuse.

Assemblyman Boyland Jr. said, “We need to keep our seniors safe and build a stronger firewall to help protect their assets. Cracking down on fraud and punishing those who assault the elderly and the less able in society will help curb this shameful, criminal behavior.”

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