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Hochul’s plan for bail changes in the state budget, drawing ire of N.Y. lawmakers

By 03/18/2022 12:51 PMNo CommentsBy YidInfo Staff

A heated deliberation is expected over the NY budget after Democratic lawmakers and progressive advocates are not happy with the bail reforms being proposed by New York Governor Kathy Hochul.

According to reports, Hochul’s 10-point plan includes expanding the number of bails eligible crimes to cover more gun charges and would allow judges to consider a suspect’s criminal history and set bail for repeat offenders, according to reports.

Sources said legislative leaders are not interested to talk about bail reforms since they have already been amended in the past few years.

With lawmakers opposed to Hochul’s plan, it could result in a major showdown ahead of the April 1 budget deadline.

Despite the opposition, Hochul spokeswoman Hazel Crampton-Hays said the governor is confident her proposal will still be approved by the NY lawmakers.

“We look forward to continuing to work with the legislature to deliver a budget that serves New Yorkers,” Crampton-Hays said.

Meanwhile, the lawmakers who oppose the bail reform proposal of Hochul explained that the governor is putting political pressure on them with regards to the bail reform proposal.

“I don’t think our public safety should be politicized,” said Sen. Jessica Ramos (D-Queens).

“I think we can be a lot more responsible than succumbing to knee-jerk reactions instead of scientific, well-researched solutions with positive outcomes,” Ramos added.

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