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Mayor Adams clash with Albany lawmakers over bail reform

By 02/10/2022 11:55 AMNo Comments

The plan of New York City mayor Eric Adams for some bail reforms to address the surge of gun violence received a negative response from some lawmakers in Albany.

Testifying before the Senate Finance Committee and the Assembly Ways and Means Committee, Adams called on state lawmakers to “tweak” bail reforms they enshrined into law and has specifically called on them to allow judges to assess a defendant’s “dangerousness” when setting bail.

But supporters of the bail reform bill opposed the plan of Adams since it will only water down their accomplishments.

“Are you aware that guns are still bail-eligible? Are you also aware that in 2019, 95% of all people were not rearrested on violent felony offenses, and since bail reform, that number rose to 97% of the people who were released were not rearrested on violent felony charges?” said Assemblywoman Latrice Walker (D-Brooklyn), one of the key backers of the state’s bail reforms.

“Dangerousness is not a tweak, but it is a wholesale change to our bail system and the way that we’ve been handling bail in the State of New York,” Walker added.

Walker also challenge Adams to a debate and told him that violent crime is not only on the rise in New York but in other states where similar bail reforms have not been enacted.

In response to the debate call, Adams rejected it and instead told her to debate instead to the victims of crime in NYC.

“I don’t think you should debate me. You should debate the 11-month-old baby’s mother,” he said.

“You should debate the two police officers that we lost. You should debate the people who —,” he added.

Aside from Walker, Sen. Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx), Assemblyman Kenny Burgos (D-Bronx), and several others also asked him to reconsider his plan.

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