State GOP lawmakers pitch anti-crime 'Restore Order' legislation – The Livingston County News

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Updated: January 12, 2022 @ 8:35 am
State Sen. Rob Ortt calls for public safety reform during a Tuesday news conference in Albany. State Republican lawmakers are calling for the repeal of bail reform, among other measures.

State Sen. Rob Ortt calls for public safety reform during a Tuesday news conference in Albany. State Republican lawmakers are calling for the repeal of bail reform, among other measures.
ALBANY — Republican lawmakers and law enforcement representatives cited an upswing in murders and other crimes while calling Tuesday for the immediate reinstatement of public safety in New York.
The lawmakers cited statistics illustrating the upswing since 2019 — with the number of people killed by gun violence increasing 174 percent in Rochester. They also said 21 percent of defendants arraigned on felony charges in 2020 were rearrested for a new crime following pre-trial release.
The GOP representatives said they’d be pursuing a “Restore Order” package involving 11 pieces of proposed legislation.
The bills include repealing bail reform, restoring judicial discretion, authorizing life in prison without parole for persistent violent felony offenders, and preventing the parole of anyone who sexually assaults and murders a child less than 18 years old, among other measures.
“My Republican colleagues and I believe that no New Yorker should ever feel unsafe in their homes, neighborhoods and local communities,” State Senate Minority Leader Rob Ortt, R-North Tonawanda. “Regrettably, the radical extremists now running the state Legislature have placed the interests of dangerous criminals above the rights of everyone else, including crime victims, law-abiding citizens and the dedicated law enforcement professionals who keep our communities safe. The results are painfully clear, and New Yorkers have had enough. It’s time to restore common sense and public safety to our state now.”
Numerous other GOP lawmakers also commented on the situation and legislation, including several from the GLOW region.
They included:
n State Sen. Patrick Gallivan, R-Elma — “As a former state trooper and sheriff of Erie County, I understand the many challenges facing law enforcement in its effort to keep our neighborhoods safe. With crime and victimization on the rise in many communities, it is clear that we need to fix the dangerous changes made to New York’s criminal justice system in recent years.
“Our laws should not favor offenders over law-abiding citizens and families. It is time to restore common sense criminal justice policies and ensure that law enforcement has the resources necessary to protect our communities and residents.”
n Assemblyman David DiPietro, R-East Aurora — “Radical Democrats have allowed our cities and communities to be overrun with crime in the so-called name of ‘reform’.”
DiPietro cited reports of criminals walking free after committing repeated crimes.
“(Democrats) ought to be ashamed of the situation they’ve created,” he said. “New Yorkers deserve to be safe and criminals deserve to be in jail. Repeal bail reform now.”
n Assemblywoman Marjorie Byrnes, R-Caledonia — “People don’t feel safe. Whether it’s a constituent who is concerned about getting carjacked or a small business owner having to make security investments, New Yorkers from Buffalo to Long Island don’t feel safe at work or at home.
“Sadly, the numbers back up these fears. We are here today to tell people, we hear you and we are doing something about it. We are working with law enforcement to try to provide them with the tools they need, but leaders in Albany must listen too. Gov. Hochul and legislative leaders need to join us. There’s no time like the present to do so.”
n Assemblyman Steve Hawley, R-Batavia — “If we want New York to be a place people want to live, start families and spend their money, it must first and foremost be a safe place. During our governor’s State of the State address, there was a glaring absence of any discussion of the marked rise in violence we’ve seen in our communities all across New York. So putting public safety back on the agenda for the upcoming legislative session is a priority for me and our conference as a whole.”
Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office on Tuesday noted her own remarks stressing public safety in last week’s State of the State address. “Time and again, New Yorkers tell me that they don’t feel safe, that they don’t like what they see on the streets and that things feel different right now — and not for the better,” she said in her address. “It’s not just New York City — it’s cities across America. Many factors contribute to our streets feeling less safe, including the very real uptick in gun violence nationwide since the start of the pandemic.”
Hochul said at the time that the state needs to get back on track. She noted that she signed in October a bill closing loopholes in gun possession and registration, making it easier for police to track down weapons used in crimes and prevent gun trafficking.
Hochul said the state will form a new consortium between New York state police, the NYPD and other law enforcement agencies — including those in neighboring states — to trace guns used in crimes and stop the flow of guns into New York state.
“We will triple the resources for both our gun-tracing efforts as well as for successful community-based programs,” she said.
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