April 10, 2013

WHO Radio, Jan Mickelson, Interviews Ned Holstein New York Senate Proposes Creation of Financially Delinquent Parents’ Most Wanted List


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New York Senate Proposes Creation of Financially Delinquent Parents’ Most Wanted List

April 10, 2013

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Radio, Jan Mickelson, Interviews Ned Holstein
By Rita Fuerst Adams, National Executive Director,
Fathers and Families

Ned Holstein
Ned Holstein, MD, MS
Founder & Chair of the Board

In an interview this week with WHO Radio, Fathers and Families founder and chair Ned Holstein, MD, MS, told host Jan Mickelson that he thinks our divorce courts and child support system is destructive, expensive, and desperately needs to be fixed. Dr. Holstein said to fix the family courts we need to, “Make shared parent the norm in every state, terminate sole custody, and end gender bias.”

To explain why shared parenting is just common sense, Dr. Holstein said, “If you ask the average 5 year old child, which of your parents don’t you want to see for the next month? You will quickly reduce that child to tears. Children want both parents.”

Jan Mickelson
Jan Mickelson

Listen to his interview on WHO Radio. . WHO is a clear channel radio station broadcasting 50,000 watts on 1040 AM with a news/talk format. The station is owned by Clear Channel Communications and is located in Des Moines, Iowa. The station can be heard over most of the continental United States during nighttime hours. During daytime hours, its transmitter power and Iowa’s flat land allows it to be heard in almost all of Iowa, as well as parts of Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, and Wisconsin.

New York Senate Proposes Creation of Financially Delinquent Parents’ Most Wanted List
By Rita Fuerst Adams, National Executive Director,
Fathers and Families

Rita Fuerst Adams
Rita Fuerst Adams

New York State Assemblyman Alan Maisel has introduced Senate Bill 2704A, authorizing the creation of a financially delinquent parents most wanted list. If this passes, New York will join six other states with statewide online listings of parents delinquent in child support payments.

These states are: Delaware, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Washington. Of course, there are seventeen states where at least one county in the state publishes its own online list, including New York. The other sixteen states are: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Sponsoring this bill with Assemblyman Alan Maisel (D-59) are: Charles Lavine (D-13), Sam Roberts (D-128), Andrew Raia (R-12), Michael Montesano (R-15), Andrew Goodell (R-150), Vivian Cook (D-32), Thomas McKevitt (R-17), Francisco Moya (D-39), Annette Robinson (D-56), Harvey Weisenberg (D-20).

The listing for each parent will include the parent’s name, physical description, last known address, and photograph if available. It will appear on the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance website and consist of up to 500 parents at one time.

Prior to the posting, the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance is to notify the parent about the potential posting and provide the parent with the opportunity to prevent the posting by either paying the child support owed or by entering into an agreement with the child support collection agency to make payments.

An individual’s information shall be removed from the list upon paying the balance of child support owed, making three consecutive payments as per an agreement with the office, or submission to the office of a certified copy of a court or administrative order stating that the individual is not responsible for the payments.

While the proposed legislation refers to other states that currently have such websites, it does not speak to the how effective this is in collecting child support and keeping loving parents in children’s lives.

Fathers and Families member Jack Frost provided us the information about this legislation and its status. According to Jack, “This legislation will disparage all parents and hurt our children. The only thing it propels is bigger, more inefficient and ineffective government.”

Here is how the New York State Senators voted:

Ayes (40) for the creation of a financially delinquent parent’s most wanted list:

Joseph Addabbo (D-15), James Alesi (R- 55), Tony Avella (D-11), Greg Ball (R-40), David Carlucci (D-38), Ruben Diaz (D-32), John Flanagan (R-2), Charles Fuschillo (R-8), Patrick Gallivan (R-59), Martin Golden (R-22), Joseph Griffo (R-47), Mark Grisanti (R-60), Kemp Hannon (R-6), Owen Johnson (R-4), Timothy Kennedy (D-63), Jeffrey Klein (D-34), Andrew Lanza (R-24), William Larkin (R-39), Kenneth LaValle (R-1), Tim Libous (R-52), Elizabeth Little (R-45), Carl Marcellino (R-5), Jack Martins (R-7), George Maziarz (R-62), Roy McDonald R-43), Michael Nozzolio (R-54), Thomas O’Mara (R-58), Michael Ranzenhofer (R-61), Patty Ritchie (R-48), Joseph Robach (R-56), Stephen Saland (R-41), John Sampson (D-19), James Seward (R-51), Dean Skelos (R-9), Toby Ann Stavisky (D-16), Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-35), David Storobin (R-27), David Valesky (D-53), Catharine Young (R-57), and Lee Zeldin (R-3).

Nays (15) against the creation of a financially delinquent parent’s most wanted list: Eric Adams (D-20), John DeFrancisco (R-50), Martin Dilan (D-18), Tom Duane (D-29), Michael Gianaris (D-12), Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-36), Liz Krueger (D-28), Velmanette Montgomery (D-25), Kevin Parker (D-21), Jose Peralta (D-13), Bill Perkins (D-30), Gustavo Rivera (D-33), Diane Savino (D-23), Jose Serrano (D-29), and Daniel Squadron (D-26).

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