Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik led the New York Republican delegation in sending a letter calling on Governor Kathy Hochul to completely repeal New York’s failed bail reform policies and enact a “dangerousness standard” that allows judges to thoroughly consider the danger an individual poses to the community when making bail or pretrial release decisions.
“Albany Democrats’ reckless and dangerous bail reform policies have fueled skyrocketing crime in our communities, undermined our law enforcement, and failed to keep the residents of New York safe,” Stefanik said. “Governor Hochul cannot make a half-hearted attempt to backtrack her failed bail reform policies while New York communities suffer. Anything less than completely reversing these devastating bail reform policies will fail New Yorkers.”
In the letter, the lawmakers point out that “New York City’s crime rate has increased nearly 60% over last year, including historic numbers of murder, rape, robbery, and assault. Specifically, there has been a 54% increase in robberies, a 56% increase in grand larceny incidents, a 22% increase in rapes, a 10% increase in murders, and a 1.3% increase in shooting incidents as compared to 2021.”
It has been reported that Kathy Hochul is only making updates to the current bail reform in her revised New York State budget, while keeping bail reform largely in place.
Stefanik was joined by Reps. Tom Reed (NY-23), Claudia Tenney (NY-22), Chris Jacobs (NY-27), Nicole Malliotakis (NY-11), Lee Zeldin (NY-01), Andrew Garbarino (NY-02), and John Katko (NY-24).
Read the full letter here.