Senate Republicans say recent Cuomo policies are anti-police

Created: April 01, 2021 07:26 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Senate Republicans are blaming Gov. Andrew Cuomo for what they call a slew of anti-police policies and rhetoric.

News10NBC reported Wednesday Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt disapproved of the recent appointment of Richard Rivera to sit on one of Cuomo's police reform boards in Ithaca.

Rivera was convicted for shooting and killing an NYPD police officer in 1981.

Thursday, Ortt joined members of the state's Republican Conference to call for common sense and a renewed focus on public safety.

"Now as leader Ortt said, Rivera may be a lot of things, but he's not an expert when it comes to telling the people of New York what kind of police departments they should have," Deputy Republican Leader Andrew Lanza said. "He's the last person—the last person on Earth—that ought to be selected to tell us how to police our streets and tell us how to stay safe. And yet the Democrats appointed him to this program. What are they going to do next? Appoint convicted pedophiles to become kindergarten teachers?"

Republicans also focused on the recent attacks on Asian-American communities, saying most, including one high-profile case in Manhattan, were committed by paroled criminals.

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