Governor Hochul and Pat Ryan’s Inaction On Cashless Bail Is Making New York More Dangerous

Red Hook, NY – With a bipartisan push to eliminate cashless bail, Governor Kathy Hochul and Pat Ryan have refused to take action that would reduce crime and end this revolving door for criminal activity in New York. “It’s a fact: crime is rising in New York, there is a bipartisan push to eliminate cashless bail that would help fix the problem, but Governor Kathy Hochul and Pat Ryan are afraid to make the tough decision that would make our communities safe,” said Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro. “This inaction on bail reform by Hochul and Ryan is making criminal activity worse, and I promise that if I win the special election on August 23, I will work on bipartisan solutions like ending cashless bail that will reduce crime and make our communities safe.” BACKGROUND Adams calls for special state legislative session on bail laws. “Mayor Eric Adams called on the state legislature Tuesday to hold a special session to tighten New York’s bail laws for repeat offenders. Since taking office in January, Adams, a former cop and moderate Democrat, has railed against 2019 reforms to the state’s bail law as he attempts to combat a spike in crime. He said lawmakers should reconvene in Albany this summer to make changes.” (Politico, 07/26/22) As murders spike in New York City, NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell again calls on Albany to fix bail laws. “The NYPD says the citywide murder rate jumped dramatically in July. Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell is once again pleading for bail reform and Republican gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin is demanding that lawmakers come back to Albany immediately, CBS2's political reporter Marcia Kramer reported Friday. With murder scenes - like a McDonald's in Brooklyn where an employee died in a dispute over cold French fries - popping up all over the city, the NYPD disclosed that the hot days of summer last month saw an increase in murders and all kinds of other crimes: Murder was up more than 34 percent (47 compared to 35 in July 2021). Robbery was up 37 percent. Grand larceny was up more than 40 percent. Burglary was up more than 25 percent. Car theft was up 26 percent. Felony assault was up almost 18 percent. … ‘When violent criminals are willing to carry illegal guns on our streets and brazenly shoot at innocent people, they must face real consequences,’ Sewell said. ‘And when rampant, revolving-door recidivism erodes the public's trust in the criminal justice system, we must make efforts to refocus that system on what matters most: the victims.’” (CBS News, 08/05/22)

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