McDonough Warns Of “A Not So Happy New Year” As Suspected Criminals Are Released

Assemblyman Dave McDonough (R,C,I-Merrick) is warning constituents tAssemblyman Dave McDonough District 14hat it will be a not so happy new year with the dangerous criminal justice reforms that became law on January 1, 2020.

The so-called ‘bail reform’ measures, passed by a contingent of ultra-liberal lawmakers during last year’s budget process, will allow many suspected criminals, including those arrested for drug offenses, assault, robbery, child pornography and manslaughter, to be released following their arrest or arraignment without having to post bail. Furthermore, many will simply be issued an appearance ticket and expected to appear for their trial using their own goodwill (Good Luck!).

“This is one of the most frightening public safety crises our state has faced in a long time. To think that sex offenders and burglars will be released following their arrest with as little as an appearance ticket is shocking and disturbing,” McDonough said. “To think that this doesn’t incentivize crime, especially repeat offenses, is completely naïve and dangerous. Sadly, New York City politicians who run the Assembly pass laws first and worry about the consequences second – and in this case the consequences are dire.”

In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio has committed to incentivizing suspected criminals to appear for trial by offering free Mets tickets, movie passes and gift cards. Clearly, in the nation’s biggest city, crime does pay.

McDonough called on the governor to force a special session before January 1 in order to reexamine the detrimental impact of bail reform. District attorneys and law enforcement officials across the state and on both sides of the aisle have remained staunchly opposed to the new laws. Unfortunately, Gov. Cuomo and Democrat leadership have ignored the public safety outcry.

Thanks to Democrats overwhelmingly passing this law in the Senate and Assembly the following offenses will not be subject to cash bail:

  • Burglary in the second degree (residential burglary)
  • Burglary in the third degree
  • Robbery in the second degree (aided by another person)
  • Robbery in the third degree
  • Manslaughter in the second degree
  • Criminally negligent homicide
  • Aggravated vehicular homicide
  • Vehicular manslaughter in the first and second degrees
  • Assault in the third degree
  • Aggravated vehicular assault
  • Aggravated assault upon a person less than eleven years old
  • Vehicular assault in the first and second degrees
  • Criminal possession of a weapon on school grounds
  • Criminal possession of a firearm
  • Criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree
  • Criminal sale of a firearm to a minor
  • Criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first and second degrees
  • Criminal sale of a controlled substance in the first and second degrees
  • Criminal sale of a controlled substance in or near school grounds
  • Use of a child to commit a controlled substance offense
  • Criminal sale of a controlled substance to a child
  • Patronizing a person for prostitution in a school zone
  • Promoting an obscene sexual performance by a child
  • Possessing an obscene sexual performance by a child
  • Promoting a sexual performance by a child
  • Failure to register as a sex offender
  • Bribery in the first degree
  • Bribe giving for public office
  • Bribe receiving in the first degree
  • Arson in the third and fourth degrees
  • Grand larceny in the first, second, third, and fourth degrees
  • Aggravated cruelty to animals
  • Overdriving, torturing and injuring animals
  • Failure to provide proper sustenance to animals
  • Animal fighting
  • Unlawful imprisonment in the first degree
  • Coercion in the first degree
  • Criminal solicitation in the first degree
  • Criminal facilitation in the first degree
  • Money laundering in support of terrorism in the third andfourth degrees
  • Making a terroristic threat
  • Obstructing governmental administration in the first and second degree
  • Obstructing governmental administration by means of a self-defense spray device
  • Promoting prison contraband in the first and second degrees
  • Resisting arrest
  • Hindering prosecution
  • Tampering with a juror
  • Tampering with physical evidence
  • Aggravated harassment in the first degree
  • Directing a laser at an aircraft in the first degree
  • Enterprise corruption; Money laundering in the first degree

“HAPPY NEW YEAR,” McDonough finished.

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