Albany, NY - Today, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro joined more than a dozen Sheriff’s from across New York State at the NYS Sheriff’s Association Headquarters in Albany, to demand stronger public safety laws be taken up following a series of half-measures being enacted in the recently passed budget.
Standing side-by-side, Molinaro and the Sheriffs advocated for an end to cashless bail and full restoration of judicial discretion. These steps, along with the modest reforms already made in the budget, would go a long way to combatting the public safety crisis we currently face.
Marc Molinaro said, “Democrats spent the last two years calling cashless bail a success. I’m not sure how a dramatic increase in violent crime constitutes success. But now it has become clear that the same individuals have heard the public's outcry and as a result they’ve gone after the lowest hanging fruit in an attempt to save themselves in November.”
Molinaro concluded, “The incremental steps the legislature has taken to fixing our broken bail and discovery laws are welcome; I’ve been advocating for them for months. However the series of extremely modest adjustments addresses only the most egregious and obvious failures in New York.”
See Marc Molinaro’s past statements calling on Hochul to implement real bail reform: