State Sen. Elizabeth Little, R-Queensbury, this week introduced a bill in the state Senate that would toughen punishments for first-degree murder, dubbed “Lilly’s Law” in memory of 4-year-old Lilly Frasier, killed last year along with her mother in their Glens Falls home.
The bill would change state Criminal Procedure Law and Penal Law so that life in prison without possibility of parole would be the automatic sentence for the state’s top murder charge.
First-degree murder is reserved for killing multiple people, police officers or killing with other aggravating factors. The sentence range as it stands now is 20-years-to-life to life without parole.
“As the grandmother of the victims stated, nothing will change what happened on that painful day of August 11, 2017,” Little wrote. “However, the punishment of life imprisonment without parole for murder in the first degree may prevent another brutal and senseless act, and could even save a life.”
The bill was introduced Wednesday in the Senate and moved to the Codes Committee, but no companion legislation had been filed in the state Assembly as of Friday.
— Don Lehman
Thanks for staying
The Moreau Town Board renewed its legal contract Tuesday with heartfelt thanks to its law firm for not quitting in the past two years.
Despite regular criticism from former Supervisor Gardner Congdon, the firm of Bartlett, Pontiff, Stewart & Rhodes stayed on.
The firm was rehired at $170 an hour, with a monthly cap of $3,500. That’s the same price as last year.
“I appreciate they’re still willing to work with us,” said Councilwoman Gina LeClair. “It hasn’t been easy.”
— Kathleen Moore
Two businesses honored
At Friday’s legislative breakfast at the BOCES Southern Adirondack Center, two area businesses were recognized for their partnerships with local schools.
Adirondack Studios received a plaque for its partnership with Argyle Central School District. The company, which manufactures scenes and sets for live events, amusement parks and various attractions, was honored for providing internships and career exploration opportunities. Students do presentations at the end of the year, according to Argyle arts teacher Rick Fleury.
Maurice O’Connell, who handles museum and new business sales at the company, accepted the award.
Camp Echo Lake was recognized for its partnership with the Warrensburg Central School District. The sleep-away camp has been very generous by providing practice facilities for the district’s boys and girls soccer teams, tennis team and cross country team, according to Superintendent John Goralski. The camp also sponsors the booster club and musical performances. Students work at the camp in the summer.
Goralski said what really led to the nomination was the after-school program the camp sponsored about a year ago. About 48 students participate in the program, which runs for two hours a day and seven days a week. The camp went out to get donations from the business community. Between that and a grant from Sen. Little, students are able to attend the program at no cost. Laurie Rinke, owner/director of the camp, accepted the award.
— Michael Goot