Zeldin Pledges To End Cashless Bail In New York

Republican candidate for New York governor Lee Zeldin declared Sunday that he will move swiftly against his state’s soaring crime rate by declaring an emergency and suspending cashless bail laws upon taking office.

Speaking on Fox News, Zeldin decried “pro-criminal” laws that were rammed through the legislature and took specific aim at the state’s so-called bail reform.

The candidate specifically pledged to “suspend New York’s cashless bail laws and some other pro-criminal laws.” He said the state has to retake its streets and have them under the control of law-abiding citizens rather than criminals.

Zeldin levels blame squarely on incumbent Gov. Kathy Hochul and the Democratic party for actions putting safety and lives in jeopardy.

It was in April 2019 when legislators passed a law that banned setting bail for almost all misdemeanor and non-violent crimes. Bail has since been restored by lawmakers for some offenses.

The State Division of Criminal Justice Services reports murders and aggravated assaults in New York jumped 4.4% in 2020 and 9.5% last year.

Not surprisingly, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg announced in January that his office would no longer pursue prison sentences for several crimes. The list included resisting arrest.

Zeldin said Sunday that, if elected, one of his first acts of service would be removing Bragg from office.

The candidate has had more than one personal brush with crime. Earlier this month, two people were shot outside his Long Island home, and in July a man tried to stab Zeldin while he spoke at a campaign rally.

Police say the shooting near his home was a random drive-by. Zeldin’s 16-year-old twin daughters were at his residence when the incident occured.

The crime issue has taken center stage in New York’s governor’s race, and though Zeldin is a decided underdog, his tough message is getting attention. He said last week that his first act upon taking office will be to declare a state of emergency on crime.

Polls in the state show that crime is a major consideration among voters, though the challenger faces an uphill battle in deep-blue New York.