Civil Commitment Prevents the Release of Violent Sexual PredatorsMontpelier-Governor Jim Douglas has called on the legislature tocreate an end of sentence review process for sex offenders designed tothoroughly review the offender’s offense history, involvement and progressin sex offender treatment, and mental health status.The Governor said the review would include the possibility of involuntarycivil commitment to the Vermont State Hospital for those who have failedto complete treatment and who meet a legal definition of a sexuallyviolent predator to be established in the legislation.The sex offender registry bill championed by the Governor and victim’srights advocates in the last legislative session included a provisionsponsored by House Republicans requiring a committee to study civilcommitment and other enhancements of Vermont’s sex offender laws.”In June, we were all delighted when the bill passed and the legislaturejoined us in reaffirming and strengthening the rights of families all overVermont to protect their children and neighborhoods,” Douglas said. “Atthat time, Vermont took an important and necessary step in strengtheningits sex offender registry. Stronger sex offender laws give tools toparents and concerned citizens so they can be more aware of the locationof convicted sex offenders, especially sexually violent predators.”Governor Douglas added that an end of sentence review to evaluateconvicted sex offenders is a reasonable step that must be taken.”Last spring, we took an important step,” Douglas said. “Vermont must takeanother important and necessary step by ensuring that the most dangerousand violent sex offenders are not released into our communities until, andunless, there has been a determination that the offender does not pose adanger to the public. That is exactly what a civil commitment statutewould do.”
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A century ago, an immigrant who settled in Astoria set up a tiny, home-based guitar string manufacturing shop, continuing a family tradition that he brought with him from the Italian countryside.That immigrant, Charles D’Addario, passed along the family trade to his children and grandchildren, who set up a larger manufacturing facility in Lynbrook with five employees four decades ago. Nowadays, D’Addario & Co. has an almost 200,000-square-foot facility in Farmingdale that employs nearly 1,000 workers, making it the world’s largest musical instrument accessory manufacturer. It recently opened a European division, effectively coming full circle.“We are very excited by the creation of D’Addario Europe and we look forward to advancing our brands in these extremely vital markets,” says John D’Addario, III, president of D’Addario & Company, Inc. “Our family began string making in Europe, so it is personally meaningful to return to Europe with the promise of building more direct relationships with this historic and vibrant music community.”Musicians who use their strings read like a who’s who of big-name acts: Keith Urban, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Zac Brown, and many more. Part of D’Addario’s success is its worldwide distribution and dealer networks. The company products are marketed in the United States through wholesale distribution and more than 5,400 retail music stores. Their products are sold in 101 countries worldwide.John Jr. and James D’Addario have taken great steps to pass down the family tradition. The family-owned company’s roots date back to the 17th century, originating in the small Italian town of Salle. The family traces their start in the craft back eight generations. A baptismal form filled out by their ancestor, Donato D’Addario, listed his occupation as cordaro, which is Italian for string maker.Centuries later, John D’Addario is still keeping the family business in tune.