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NY House GOP urges Hochul to repeal bail law as budget approaches

Eight Republicans in the New York House of Representatives have criticized Gov. Kathy Hochul’s plan to tighten the controversial non-cash bail law as insufficient to curb crime and instead called for a complete repeal of the policy.

“We are writing today to express serious concern that your 10-point plan to make changes to New York State’s bail laws is falling dangerously short of what is needed to protect New Yorkers. Any proposal that does not fully reverse the bail bond reform policy that went into effect in January 2020 would be a serious failure by your administration,” GOP Congresswoman Elise Stefanik said in a letter to Hochul.

The letter was co-signed by seven other members of the GOP House, including Staten Island’s Nicole Malliotakis and Lee Zeldin, the presumptive Republican nominee for governor.

Members of the House of Representatives blamed the “catastrophic” cashless bail law for New York’s crime spike.

Bail reform, approved by the Democrat-controlled Legislature in 2019, eliminates cash bail for defendants charged with most misdemeanor and nonviolent crimes still on trial. In sum, the accused are automatically released until their cases are resolved
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Hochul is under attack from both the progressive left and the law-and-order right.

New York State Gov. Kathy Hochul press conference and announcement introducing new laws addressing sexual harassment held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center on March 16, 2022 in New York City.
New York State Gov. Kathy Hochul proposes a 10-point public safety package that includes changes that will result in more crimes being allowed on bail in New York.
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Democrats who have lobbied for the law — including House Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins ​​(D-Yonkers) — said poor people shouldn’t be jailed just because they cannot afford to post a deposit. And they argue that the limited data so far doesn’t prove the bail law is a big driver of crime, or justify the need for changes.

Hochul initially opposed changes to the bail law. But as The Post recently reported, she then presented lawmakers with a ten-point public safety plan that would see more crimes on bail — including serial repeat offenders and crimes related to gun possession and dealing — come into play. The proposal reflects changes sought by Mayor Eric Adams.

“New York State is facing an historic crime wave as a result of the state’s disastrous reform policies. New York City’s crime rate is up almost 60% over the last year, including historic numbers of murder, rape, robbery and assault. Specifically, compared to 2021, there was a 54% increase in robberies, a 56% increase in grand theft cases, a 22% increase in rapes, a 10% increase in homicides and a 1.3% increase in shootings % Said House Republicans.

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Lawmakers led the murder of police officers Jason Rivera and Wilbert Mora, who were killed in response to a domestic dispute.
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They also cited the murder of police officers Jason Rivera and Wilbert Mora in responding to a domestic violence dispute. They were shot dead by a person “who had previously been arrested on multiple occasions, including assaulting a police officer,” members of Congress said.

“Days after those tragedies, you said, ‘I will absolutely stand behind the basic premise of why we needed bail bond reform in the first place.’ We sincerely hope that this is no longer the case,” said Stefanik and her colleagues.

“Among the most reckless parts of the bail reform bill were the elimination of cash bail for most misdemeanor and nonviolent crime charges and expanded options for pre-trial release terms,” ​​GOP lawmakers said.

Elise Stefanik, RN.Y., Chair of the House Republican Conference, attends the House Select Intelligence Committee hearing.
Elise Stefanik, chair of the Republican Conference of the House of Representatives, said one of the “most reckless parts of the bail reform bill is the elimination of cash bail for most misdemeanor and nonviolent crime charges.”
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NYS Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie attends the SEIU 32BJ rally at Columbus Circle.
NYS Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie previously said he believed poor people shouldn’t be jailed just because they can’t afford to post bail.
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New York Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins ​​speaks during the 2022 New York State Democratic Convention.
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins ​​has defended the bail reform bill, saying there is no evidence the bill is a major driver of crime.
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The letter cites figures showing that more felonious offenders released pending trial were re-arrested for felonies following bail reform than in 2018.

“State bail reform also refused to address the danger that a person poses to the community before being released. As a result, New York remains the only state that doesn’t consider dangerousness in bail decisions.

“Any proposal that fails to repeal all bail reform and enact a ‘dangerousness standard’ that allows judges to thoroughly consider public safety when making bail or pretrial release decisions is unacceptable,” lawmakers said GOP.

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) attends a news conference on the current conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
Lee Zeldin, the presumptive Republican nominee for governor, is one of eight House Republicans who signed the letter to Hochul.
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Hochul recently defended her plan, which also calls for tougher enforcement of illegal guns, changes to the discovery requirements for prosecutors, and more funding and treatment for mental health, as well as changing a law to make it easier to exempt the mentally ill from the to get street.

“Each of the 10 points I propose is a balanced, sensible approach that continues to respect the rights of the accused. As I’ve said and written, this isn’t about rolling back bail reform — it’s about finding areas where we can strengthen it,” the governor said last Friday.

Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY) speaks during a news conference outside the US Capitol.
Rep. Nicole Malliotakis signed the letter, blaming the “catastrophic” cashless bail law for New York’s crime spike.
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