New York Post

Cuomo needs to veto this bill that puts kids at risk

Currently, New York state requires “some credible evidence” of maltreatment, but if Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs the bill, workers would have to find a “preponderance of evidence” before bringing a case to court.

Sen. Velmanette Montgomery claims “parents are charged with neglect essentially because the family is in poverty” and we need to provide “support to families in crisis” instead of “punishing them for being poor.”

But neglect is often a sign that something else is awry, says Richard Gelles, the former head of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice. There are dysfunctions in the family that come to public attention,” but they sometimes stop short of abuse.