Local reaction to Governor's statement on bail reform

It was a move that many believe was unexpected. The governor was against making changes to the law in the past. But Friday's announcement comes as a relief to many in law enforcement.

Posted: Feb 28, 2020 10:17 PM

UTICA, N.Y. --- It was a move that many believe was unexpected. The governor was against making changes to the law in the past. But Friday's announcement comes as a relief to many in law enforcement.

The governor said that he agrees that judges should have discretion over whether to keep people in custody before their cases are resolved.
He said he will have a public meeting with district attorneys, police and advocates, ahead of possibly making changes.

Many of the area's officials including Oneida county sheriff Robert Maciol and District Attorney Scott McNamara have been vocal about their concerns with the new bail law.

We spoke with assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon and State Senator Joe Griffo about what she thinks of the Governor's shift in opinion.

"I applaud the governor for this. I had a bill and the bill looks at judicial discretion and the importance of it, So that is something I was able to create with the help of our district attorney Scott Mcnamara and our sheriff Rob Maciol. Judicial discretion belongs in the courts and it should be," said Assemblywoman Buttenschon.

"He's had a number of statements, but I'm encouraged that he is finally listening to the residents of the state of New York as well as people who are involved in the criminal justice system. Knowing that this was flawed and you need to solicit their input ultimately to correct this. So for me nothing short of repeal and a restart is the best way to do this," said State Senator Joe Griffo.

No date has been set on when the governor plans on holding these meetings. An interesting note, The New York Post is reporting recent poll numbers show 59 percent of eligible voters say the original change was a bad idea.

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