New York Gov. Hochul brags about tougher ‘bail laws’ in campaign ad amid tightening race with Lee Zeldin

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Democrat New York Governor Kathy Hochhol She boasted of enacting stricter bail laws in an election ad released Friday as she ramped up her bid for re-election.

Hochul’s new campaign ad comes amid frequent criticism by Republican candidate for governor Rep. Lee Zelden, who said in July that the “non-cash bail was a failure”, called for it to be scrapped.

Hochul’s campaign ad states, “A safe walk home at night. A fear-free subway ride. New York is safer for every child.” “This is what Kathy Hochhol is working for as governor. She has passed a sweeping criminal plan to make it happen. She hunts down illegal guns to make our neighborhoods safer. Tighten bail laws to keep repeat offenders off our streets. And she gets help for the homeless and those who suffer from diseases.” Mentality “.

Hochul says at the end Campaign Announcement.

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New York Governor Kathy Hochhol speaks on stage during the annual Concordia Summit 2022 – Day Two at the Sheraton New York on September 20, 2022 in New York City.
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Her announcement promotes strengthening of the state’s cash bail laws, which were included in the fiscal year 2023 budget and approved on April 9.

The changes include expanding the list of factors judges must consider when setting bail, which adds “history of gun use or possession (which currently applies only in domestic violence cases),” and “any previous violation of a protection order (which currently only applies in cases of violence). captive),” and “whether the alleged charge caused serious harm to an individual or individuals,” according to the governor’s website.

The passed budget also allows judges to set bail for three felony firearms offenses that were not eligible for bail.

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New York Republican Governor Lee Zelden speaks at a "moms 4" City Hall on Manhattan's Upper West Side on October 7, 2022, in New York City.

Republican candidate for Governor of New York State Lee Zeldin speaks at “Moms 4Zeldin” Town Hall on Manhattan’s Upper West Side on October 7, 2022, in New York City.
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In addition, repeat Class A felonies and misdemeanors “involving harm to person or property will now be eligible for arrest and bail.”

The New York Bail Reform Act of 2020 has eliminated cash bail options for most people nonviolent crimes.

Her announcement pledging to promote public safety, which cites bail laws, comes just weeks after Kira Penfield, a woman in Buffalo, New York, was murdered by her husband a day after he was released from prison.

Adam Penfield, 45, turned himself in to Cheektowaga police after being charged with a misdemeanor assault on October 4, according to Fox 29. On October 5, Penfield allegedly used his car to hit his wife’s car, as well as shoot her.

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New York Governor Kathy Hochhol speaks during a press conference about the upcoming Gun Free Zone implementation in Times Square, Wednesday, August 31, 2022, in New York.

New York Governor Kathy Hochhol speaks during a press conference about the upcoming Gun Free Zone implementation in Times Square, Wednesday, August 31, 2022, in New York.
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The misdemeanor assault charges relate to an incident in which Adam Penfield allegedly punched Kyra Penfield.

Fox News’ Stephanie Pagons contributed to this report.

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