Assemblyman Will Barclay (R,C,I–Pulaski) released the following statement today, following news that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has made legislation requiring college professionals to become mandatory reporters a priority.
“I was pleased to learn the Governor has decided to join us in improving our mandatory reporting requirements. I am a co-sponsor of the College Coaches and Professionals Reporting Act. This act would add college coaches, athletic directors, professors, graduate assistants, administrators and college presidents to the list of mandated reporters of child abuse. Currently, they are not defined as mandated reporters under New York State Law,” said Barclay.
“These professionals often work and manage youth programs through their respective colleges and universities. I’m glad that Cuomo now understands that this legislation will help ensure our youth are better protected and the umbrella of safe adults grows for these kids,” added Barclay.
The College Coaches and Professionals Reporting Act was a result of recent allegations of child molestation involving two coaches at universities, including Syracuse University.
“We know the Bernie Fine allegations are not isolated. Before it became known about Fine, a Penn State coach was charged with 40 counts of child sexual abuse involving eight different boys. More charges may also be alleged, as the investigation is still ongoing. By strengthening mandatory reporting requirements for more professionals, we can better protect our kids,” said Barclay.