Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak (D Cheektowaga) announced that the governor has signed into law legislation that he authored to make greater accommodations for victims of domestic violence (Ch. 38 of 2010).
“With thousands of cases of domestic violence reported each year in Western New York alone I’m heartened by the governor’s move to sign this legislation into law,” Gabryszak said. “This law will lend a sense of security to domestic violence victims by allowing them to vote with a special paper ballot so they do not have to appear at the polling place where they might encounter their abusers.”
This legislation also expands the category of individuals covered by the law by including the definition of "family or household member" and extending the option for voting by special ballot to those threatened with emotional harm.
“Domestic violence is an especially traumatic crime, and with that in mind, we need to do all we can to help those suffering in its wake. That’s why I’ll continue to push for legislation that puts victims first, stepping up protections and minimizing obstacles.”