In his ambitious plan to fight crime in New York, Mayor Adams calls for help from several centers of power beyond his control. He is asking the courts, district attorneys, the federal government and Albany to join the NYPD to save New York from the scourge of violence.
An immediate reaction was encouraging, with Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg apparently changing his tune on gun issues. Mr. Softie had promised to go easy if the gun was not used, but now tells The New York Times that anyone caught with an illegal gun in Manhattan would be prosecuted in the “traditional sense”, which probably means getting hit with a criminal charge. .
Unfortunately, Albany is a different story, and the reaction there proves that the state capital deserves its reputation as the place where good ideas go to die. Legislative leaders responded to the mayor’s prayer by saying no, no and hell no.
Assemblyman Carl Heastie rejected the call to amend the Raise the Age Act, which requires defendants to be at least 18 years old before they can be prosecuted criminally, saying Adams should first correct the penitentiary system, “which he oversees. “
In the Senate, Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cusins also rejected changes to the Raise the Age Act, saying that a change in the bail law in the way Adam wants would affect “black and brown and poor accused” disproportionately much.
To emphasize the irreconcilability, Deputy Majority Leader Michael Gianari’s reporters said that Adams, in an attempt to move 16- and 17-year-old suspects to the Family Court in some cases, sided with those who “demagoguery this issue.”
“We want to hear him, give him the opportunity to convince us otherwise,” Gianaris said. “But that’s a lot of what we’ve already heard.”
The rejections were predictable as the Albany Democrats are at the forefront of making the Empire State a free-fire zone, where compassion for offenders outweighs compassion for their victims. There is often no daylight between legislators and extreme left-wing activists, and they make a fetish of gun control, but used the so-called bail reform and the Raise the Age Act to ban the detention and prosecution of the people who carried and use illegal weapons.
Test for Hochul
There is, of course, another player in Albany, and therefore it is up to Gov. Hochul to deliver to the city. She and the mayor previously promised to work together to make the subways safe and move the homeless out, and Adams said Monday that “I think she understands we are at a real crossroads in terms of safety in the city.”
If he is right, Hochul will do everything she can to get the legislature to make the changes he asks for. But it is a measure of how far Albany has gone off track that even with her help, what he wants may turn out to be out of reach.
First, it is only five months since Hochul succeeded the disgraced Andrew Cuomo, and it is not clear how much political capital she has and how much she is willing to spend on pushing for Adams’ initiatives. She recently released her budget wish list and did not challenge the legislature to change the state’s out of control habit of taxing and consuming.
Second, Hochul is in the midst of her first campaign for the office she holds, and although early opinion polls have her as a strong front-runner in the Democratic primary in June, she will have to do exceptionally well in the city and surrounding suburbs to win a general election.
Republicans generally win the majority of the state’s 62 counties, but Democrats run up by large margins in the five boroughs, often winning nearly 80 percent of the vote to win victory across the state. To help boost the city’s appeal, Hochul, a Buffalo native, sat down with Harlem State Sen. Brian Benjamin to replace her as lieutenant governor.
Her alliance with Adams should also be a political plus and is a welcome antidote to the schoolyard quarrels between Cuomo and former Mayor Bill de Blasio. But now comes the test of whether that bonhomie translates into her helping Adams stop the slaughter and save New York.
It is not to suggest that the full success of his plan rests on her getting Albany to cooperate. The most important part of the mayor’s program is his promise to more aggressively use the NYPD to get illegal handguns off the streets, along with pressuring the courts and DAs to prioritize gun cases.
But there is no doubt that Albania’s amendment of the bail law, for example, has turned courthouses into revolving doors. Among his requests, Adams calls for judges to be able to use the “danger standard” before releasing suspects.
“49 other states, as well as the federal government, allow judges to consider a defendant’s danger. New York must catch up,” Adam said Monday. “Judges must be able to assess the defendant’s criminal history and. threat to the security of society. “
It sounds like a no-brainer because it is, but Adams will not get his will for it – unless Hochul makes it an absolute priority in the upcoming budget negotiations.
The city’s last hope
Keep in mind that Albany puts almost everything in the budget and then equips pet initiatives from the governor and the leaders of each legislative chamber. There are no longer three men in a room, but the process of sharing the prey and making important political decisions has not changed much despite the shift in leaders.
Republicans are hardly an afterthought, so all decisions will be made by Dems. And with the legislative leaders so far to the left, Hochul is the city’s last and only hope.
To get the attention of her party, which has become bold and radical with little resistance, she may want to remind members that if they let New York City sink further into the abyss, voters will have good reason to give the GOP a chance.
Since that’s the only thing most of them worry about keeping their jobs, nothing will if it does not catch their attention.
Yikes! g-man is ‘kink’ in the Fed’s armor
The Times brought a curious article about the alleged plan to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The dispute involves defense allegations that FBI agents and informants led the plot, and the newspaper admitted that “the prosecution will have to build its case without any of the FBI agents who were central to the investigation.”
It cites this example: “After the suspects were arrested, Agent Robert J. Trask II was the government’s main witness who took a stand during the first court hearings to describe the whole scenario.
“The FBI fired him in July after he was arrested and charged with beating his wife during an argument over an orgy the two had attended at a hotel in Kalamazoo, Mich. When he denied competition last December, said Mr Trask that he could not remember that night. “
Your government at work.
DC requires strippers to be masked.
What body parts?