BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The final push is on to create a law in honor of a little boy, who was brutally beaten by his own father. The law would strengthen child abuse laws and penalties in the state. Right now Governor Andrew Cuomo is reviewing it and has until the end of the month to sign it.
Friday morning Senator Tim Kennedy stood alongside three-year-old Jay J Bolvin and his family, urging the governor to take action. Jay-J was beaten by his father and sustained permanent brain damage. He still can't talk and needs 16-20 hours of therapy a week. His father had already abused another boy but because the statute of limitations ran out, he was treated as a first time offender when he broke 11 of Jay-J's bones.
This new law would expand the lookback period to 10 years, so people like Jay J's dad would be treated as repeat offenders and get longer sentences.
Kennedy said, "We want to in New York State create an environment where we are sending a message."
Jay J's great uncle Kevin Retzer said, "We want New York State to be the leader in protecting children."
If Cuomo doesn't sign the bill, and doesn't veto it by the end of the month, which we won't likely do, it will automatically become law.
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