A bill to establish alerts for missing adults falls through in Albany

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ALBANY, NY – This year the Senate passed over a thousand bills on varying issues including criminal justice, climate change, and elections. 

But some bills lawmakers pushed for did make it across the finish line.

One bill intended to honor Gabby Petito, who was reporter missing after a month-long trip with her finance. Her remains were later found and the case was ruled a homicide.

The legislation would establish an alert for missing adults between the ages of 18 and 64, who are believed to be in danger.

“This is a bill that could save New Yorkers and could help New Yorkers save the lives of other potential victims nationwide,” said Assembly Member Ed Flood (R-Assembly District 4). 


The alert would opt the state into the Ashanti Alert Act, a national law which established a national communication network to aid in the search and recovery of missing persons over the age of 17. 

Some lawmakers said the costs of this legislation will be minimal to implement. 

While it did not pass this year, some lawmakers are hopeful it will gain momentum when they come back to session in January. 

“We just want to bring this and refresh everyone’s recollection of how important this is. We want to bring this to the forefront now so we went get back here in January this is something that is going to move forward quickly,” said Senate bill sponsor Anthony Palumbo (R-1st Senate District).

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