Finally, some Democrats in the Legislature are pushing to fix the crazy no-bail law.
Rep. Inez Dickens (D-Harlem) has even gone public, provoked by the case “Poop attacker” Frank Abrokwa. She says Lt.-Gov. Brian Benjamin agreed: “Something needs to be done about this.” Another Assembly Dem told The Post, “We need to stop the bleeding” and asked, “Are we just going to wait?”
Post sources say Gov. Kathy Hochul now wants to do this as part of the state budget, which she sees as a significant change.
At least 12 Democrats in the state Senate are on board, although Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (W’chester) and Queens Sen. Mike Gianaris are trying to quell the rebellion.
And Spokesman Carl Heastie (D-Bx.) is adamantly opposed to action, despite appeals from Mayor Eric Adams and Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell.
How many more scares does it take to move Heastie & Co.?
“If we’re afraid of passers-by or just need to be constantly aware,” “It’s not really a way of life,” annoyed a 29-year-old Asian man who was hit in the head with a hammer on the subway on Tuesday. His attacker reportedly later vowed to kill “as many” police officers as possible once he was released.
This attack followed Another Hammer blow last month in the subway, according to the police William Blount smashed “Hero” city worker Nina Rothschild, 57, in the head and stole her wallet.
In a sane world, none of the attackers would have been on the street: Blount had previously been arrested half a dozen times, while last week’s alleged attacker, Christian Jeffers, had been stunned 47 times before Tuesday. But on Thursday, Manhattan Judge April Newbauer did in fact free an accused career criminal murderEugene Clark without the need to post bail.
Meanwhile, also on Tuesday, two men were shot dead outside a Manhattan condominium and a 91-year-old man was hit in the head with a stick. On Wednesday, an angry Customer repeatedly stabbed a Harlem McDonald’s employee who had to fight for his life.
Overall, serious crime in the city rose 47% in the year ended March 6. Shootings have increased by 14% compared to 2021, bringing crime growth to an impressive 60% in two years.
On Monday, Adams promised that The first of his new hybrid civilian crime teams – designed to replace the undercover units that targeted illegal weapons before they were scrapped by Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2020 – will be deployed within a week, a delay from the original target date on February 22nd.
The risk, however, is that Adam’s efforts will not only take too long, but also prove insufficient: Hochul, for example, has so far refused to publicly support his calls to fix the state’s disastrous bail reform and Raise the Age laws, while Heastie and Stewart cousins insist the reforms won’t help.
From Dickens to Hochul, anyone in Albany who sees the urgent need must start saying to Legislative leaders: no criminal justice reform, no budget.
https://nypost.com/2022/03/12/hochul-and-dems-must-insist-no-state-budget-without-criminal-justice-fixes/ No state budget without penal corrections