The state Legislature unanimously passed a bill in June requiring the state to reimburse localities for the cost of providing mandated legal services; this addresses a multi-faceted problem dating back to 1965. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has many reasons to sign A10706/S 8114, and I urge him to do so. Fairness and justice are at the heart of this bill, the Public Defense Reform Act. The bipartisan, statewide support that it has garnered illustrates the many interests that it furthers.
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