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.
A man who was wrongly convicted of second degree murder in 2009 has been set free after spending four years in prison.
Investigators have pieced together who is responsible for dumping a dog on the side of the road inside a zipped up Coors Light thermal bag.
A woman was arrested Sunday after she allegedly tried to bite her neighbor during an argument over offensive odors.
Though less than an inch of lake effect snow appears to have fallen in Orchard Park, in southern Erie County and further south it's a much different story.
The district received more than $5.5 million on Tuesday, which covers its share of revenues from the Seneca Allegany Casino.
Buffalo's running community has lost an icon. John Beishline has died.