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April 8, 2017
"Each of us knows a 16 and 17 year old who needs a chance. They might have made a mistake they could be your child, they could be a mentee, they could be a niece or a nephew, they could have just in the wrong place at the wrong time-but they deserve a second chance. And if you want to have mercy on them, if they were your loved one then why would you not  have mercy on your strangers child or your neighbors child, all of us have done something that deserves a second chance," said Assemblyman Michael Blake as he passionately addressed the "Raise the Age" portion of the 2017-2018 New York State Budget. A3009