Hochul must take her last chance to fix bail reform as crime surge continues

Hochul must take her last chance to fix bail reform as crime surge continues

New York residents hope Governor Kathy Hochul uses her last chance to save the city from dangerous criminals walking the street. Gov. Kathy Hochul had a rare opportunity to fix New York’s broken bail laws. Instead, she chose to build a football stadium with a billion dollars in taxpayer money. She made the wrong choice. And the latest crime statistics show she needs to make a better one, fast. During last month’s frenetic and secret state-budget negotiations, the governor used the enormous power of her office not to tackle the crime crisis but to ram through a billion-dollar giveaway to her billionaire friend to build a new $1.4 billion Buffalo Bills stadium. She missed the chance to change the bail laws to allow judges to keep dangerous criminals off our streets. The budget was late, and she had the attention of the other two of the three “people” in the room (the Senate majority leader and Assembly speaker) who singularly decide the contents of the $220 billion budget. She had the ability to “horse trade” Albany-style and place on the table a non-budget policy issue (crime) and force it into budget negotiations. But she cared only about the Bills stadium. She added $4 billion to the already-bloated budget, persuading Senate leadership to change its mind and orchestrating the largest taxpayer contribution for a pro-football facility in history. She merely “tweaked” the failed bail-reform laws to allow for a minuscule number of crimes, a short list of gun-related offenses, to […]

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