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Hochul confirms she plans to fix bail reform in the budget

Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday confirmed a recent Post report that she was including a 10-point plan to change bail bond reforms in her revised budget proposal, indicating the memo was received by top state lawmakers as her stance on a number of Criminal Justice Matters was submitted matters.

During a COVID-19 related news conference in Albany, Hochul also repeatedly denied providing The Post with the draft when asked if she had broken her promise not to publicly negotiate the state budget, insisting that this is irrelevant because “New Yorkers are most interested in results.”

“It was presented to the leadership as our position, so it doesn’t matter how it came out,” Hochul told reporters of her plan. “But I assure you, I won’t do it that way.”

Hochul’s comments on the matter are the first since The Post exclusively reported on Thursday that she is now proposing a sweeping public safety package, including changes that mean more crimes in the Empire State are eligible for bail.

Gov. Kathy Hochul confirmed that she is including a 10-point plan to address bail reform in her state budget proposal.
Gov. Kathy Hochul confirmed that she is including a 10-point plan to address bail reform in her state budget proposal.
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In a reversal of their earlier promise not to “give in to pressure” to enact more restrictive bail laws, the 10-point plan includes a measure that would give judges more discretion in ordering bail and incarcerating defendants for several additional crimes related to their criminal would give history.

“For offenses that are not currently being arrested, police have the ability (but not the requirement) to refuse a Desk Appearance Ticket (DAT) and arrest an individual who has previously received a DAT within eighteen months. All second offenses within a specified period are eligible for bail,” read the memo, which Hochul will include in its $216 billion budget proposal, due April 1.

Many of the recommendations also appear to be similar to measures endorsed by Mayor Eric Adams — a former NYPD captain who has been campaigning for months for Albany to give judges more discretion over pre-trial detention for repeat offenders and for changes to the state’s “Raise the Age “ law makes.

Several measures in Hochul's plan were also endorsed by Mayor Eric Adams.
Several measures in Hochul’s plan were also endorsed by Mayor Eric Adams.
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The day after the report, State Senate Finance Committee Chairwoman Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) said she learned about the public safety plan from The Post.

When asked again about the plan Monday afternoon, Hochul promised she would “get results” by negotiating with leaders of the State Assembly and Senate, while again brushing aside the medium of how the information was disclosed.

“I know this is very interesting for the media, but I know New Yorkers are most interested in results. And I know how to get results. And we work with our partners and show them respect,” she said.

State Senate Finance Committee Chairwoman Liz Krueger said she learned of Hochul's plan from the Post's report.
State Senate Finance Committee Chairwoman Liz Krueger said she learned about Hochul’s plan from the Post’s report.
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And I’m sure it’s not the first time in New York State history that an internal document has ended up in the press, but I actually know how to get something out in the press if I want to, I just give it to you someone else,” Hochul added. “We didn’t do that because I wanted to have time to be able to conduct these discussions confidentially. That’s how I work.”

Before the April 1 budget deadline, Hochul vowed to succeed in the difficult task of striking a balance between not unfairly punishing accused lawbreakers and enhancing public safety without, like her predecessor, a Mein Weg or Autobahn approach to follow.

“This isn’t the first time I’ve had the opportunity to negotiate and work with individuals. I know how to bring people together and I meet people where they are, listen to their concerns and also know that I also have the safety of New Yorkers at stake and protecting the rights of those accused of crimes ‘ said the governor. “I’ll find the right balance in what we’re doing here.”

https://nypost.com/2022/03/21/hochul-confirms-she-has-plan-to-fix-bail-reform-in-budget/ Hochul confirms she plans to fix bail reform in the budget

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