“I am opposed to the parole board’s decision to release Edward Kindt, whose violent crimes rocked all of Western New York 24 years ago when he assaulted and murdered beloved registered nurse and midwife Penny Brown in Salamanca. Penny Brown’s loss devastated our entire region in 1999 - she was a daughter, a wife, a mother of two young daughters and a friend to many, helping deliver countless babies for families in the area.
“The parole board, packed with members soft on crime by the former administration, has become far too lenient. As a result, violent felons have been released over the last few years, including cop killers, rapists and others who prey on innocent victims like Penny Brown.
“In response to situations like these, I introduced Assembly Bill 2423, which would require the state parole board to include at least one member who is or was a member of law enforcement and at least one member who is a crime victim or crime victim’s representative. This legislation would give crime victims a voice and allow police officers to provide professional guidance on the possible release of those who commit crimes.”