Over 5,000 New Yorkers Sign Petition Urging Governor Cuomo to Fix Dangerous Bail Reform Law
Nicole Malliotakis, the New York State Assemblywoman and Republican candidate for Congress, today released a letter addressed to Governor Andrew Cuomo. In her letter, the 5 term member of the state legislature reminds Governor Cuomo that, “It is widely acknowledged that the first role of any government is the protection of its citizens. The bail reform legislation turns that concept upside down by giving protections to the criminal class while putting the property and well-being of law-abiding citizens at imminent risk starting at 12:01am on New Year’s Day.”
Assemblywoman Malliotakis goes on to describe the lack of transparency when the legislation was passed as part of the budget; forgoing the testimony, examination and debate that usually accompanies groundbreaking legislation of this type. She also cites a number of important issues related to bail reform that must be addressed for the safety and well-being of all New Yorkers and calls for a closer examination of the court system to make sure that those accused of crimes are receiving a speedy trial as prescribed by the constitution.
Additionally, Assemblywoman Malliotakis informs the governor that over 5,000 New Yorkers have signed a petition opposing the bail reform legislation and she suggests that he calls an Extraordinary Session of the legislature before year’s end to address the issues created by the legislation.
Malliotakis ends the letter to Governor Cuomo with the following, “You have an opportunity to protect our citizens from a piece of ill-conceived and hastily passed legislation that will do more to protect the criminal class than law-abiding New Yorkers. I genuinely hope you have the courage and fortitude to take the necessary action before year’s end.”
The full text of the letter may be found below:Malliotakis_Letter_to_Gov_Cuomo_Bail_Reform_Page_1