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Assemblyman
William Scarborough

Protecting Queens County’s elderly.




Assemblyman Scarborough’s measures will help protect seniors
Assemblyman Scarborough helped pass a new law increasing penalties for assaulting a person 65 or older to up to 7 years in state prison (Ch. 68 of 2008). This new statute will help keep our seniors safe while punishing violent criminals.

Additional legislation the Assembly passed:

  • Increases penalties if more than one elderly person is victimized by a scam artist (A.9813)

  • Adds an experienced elder law attorney to the state Crime Victims Board (A.6204)

  • Requires the New York State Police to develop educational materials for law enforcement on elder abuse (A.9905)

Assemblyman Scarborough also helped pass legislation assisting vulnerable New Yorkers by:

  • Preventing debt collectors from seizing Social Security, Social Security Disability, Supplemental Security and veterans benefits in bank accounts up to $2,500 (A.8527)

  • Protecting the elderly by requiring prompt accounting and repayment of rent security deposits by landlords (A.2114)

  • Rewriting New York’s power of attorney statute so agents for the elderly, incapacitated and others cannot cheat or defraud those who have designated them (A.6421-A)

  • Providing the right to sue for people who are targeted, or whose property is targeted, because of bias, including being over the age of 60, disability, race and religion (A.866)

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“We cannot tolerate criminals who target and assault the elderly. This new law will help protect seniors from violence.”

Assemblyman Scarborough

Assemblyman William Scarborough Assemblyman
William Scarborough

129-32A Merrick Boulevard
Jamaica, NY 11434
718-723-5412

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