Created: January 11, 2022 05:49 PM
ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC) — Republican leaders in New York are calling for a change in policy when it comes to handling public safety in the state. Tuesday they specifically took aim at bail reform.
Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt (62nd District) said the law is one of many that Democrats have put in place that have actually hurt public safety, citing data that found a 700% increase in gun violence in Albany and a 174% increase in gun violence in Rochester since 2019 and at least a 42% in each of New York's five major cities.
Ortt also cited that statewide in 2020, 21% of defendants arraigned on felony charges were rearrested for a new crime following pre-trial release.
He argues that "one-party rule" has led to some dangerous practices.
"It's important that the people of New York State, from Nassau County to Niagara County, and everywhere in-between, know that there is an alternative to the governing philosophy, and policies and EOs [executive orders] and mandates that have come out of Albany in the last two years, the last three years," Ortt said.
Ortt said the Republican plan will include more policies that paint criminals as criminals, instead of victims. Those bills include:
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