Ever since New York’s “bail reform” law went into effect on New Year’s Day, things have been a mess around the Empire State and particularly in the Big Apple. Earlier today we looked at the story of the guy who committed 5 burglaries in three days after being repeatedly released without bail. And of course, there was the case of the woman who was going around physically assaulting Jewish women and also being turned loose immediately only to strike again.
Perhaps the pressure has finally gotten to the reform-minded Governor and caused him to think twice. We learned today that Andrew Cuomo is in discussions with the legislature and is “open” to reforming the new law, but not in a way that actually addresses the underlying problem. (Gothamist)
The state’s new bail laws aren’t even a week old, but recent anti-Semitic assaults in Brooklyn and the stabbing of Hasidic worshipers in Monsey have led several top lawmakers to consider modifications so those accused of hate crimes would be eligible to be held on bail.
Just before the laws went into effect on January 1, Tiffany Harris was arrested for allegedly assaulting three Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn. She was released on her own recognizance, but was arrested a day later and accused of punching a woman on Eastern Parkway. Harris was then released with supervision but was rearrested days later…
Governor Andrew Cuomo and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins have both suggested they’d support modifying the new law to account for hate crimes. Speaking to the Association for a Better New York on Monday, Cuomo called anti-Semitism and hate “the most frightening issue that keeps me up at night.”