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New York’s Democrat governor has scheduled a Friday sit-down in New York City with the newly elected Manhattan district attorney that may or may not lead to a course correction for the Soros-funded prosecutor.
“I have options, but I will be monitoring the situation very closely,” Gov. Kathy Hochul, who has the legal authority, however unlikely to be exercised, to boot an elected official from office, told the New York Post.
“I know full well the powers that the governor has — I’ll be having a conversation very shortly to convey, to let him tell me what his plans are and make sure that we’re all in alignment,” she said, referring to Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.
“Everyone goes right to removal [but] this individual has only been on the job a very short time. I’m not prepared to undo the will of the people. However, you know, there’s options in terms of reassigning and making other decisions when it comes to finding out if there’s certain classes that are never going to be prosecuted,” Hochul added.
Mask-mandate fan Hochul, who ascended to the top job in the state from her position as lieutenant governor upon the resignation of Andrew Cuomo in August, is seeking a full term as governor in 2022.
Upon taking office in January, progressive Democrat D.A. Bragg issued a memo that perhaps constituted a get-out-of-jail-free card for many offenders in the crime-ridden city, according to critics.
‘Start impeachment, NOW!’ The Five hosts explain New Yorkers’ fury over new DA – Armed bank robbery is one yr in jail https://t.co/ZVNdInM7mC
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) January 6, 2022
Hochul wants to hear Bragg’s side of the story when it comes to the balance between criminal justice and social justice.
“But, I’d like to hear from him on whether or not there’s any adjustments in his thinking and then tamp this all down, because it is very easy to point to a person or what policy is the cause of all the ills here — and that’s not how I operate,” Hochul explained. “I know it’s much more complicated than that. But I know my responsibility as governor, and I have a responsibility to have that conversation.”
Both Hochul and NYC Mayor Eric Adams seem to be focusing on the flow of firearms into a city that may have some of the strictest gun control laws in the country, but state legislators apparently aren’t included to amend the state’s so-called ball reform law that amounts to catch and release even for violent recidivists.
While Adams says changes need to be made in bail rules, Hochul has not committed to what she described as potential “tweaks” to the law.
“A Democratic primary challenger to Hochul, Long Island-based Congressman Thomas Suozzi, has promised to remove Bragg from the DA’s office if he wins. Potential Republican challenger to Hochul, Congressman Lee Zeldin, has also promised to remove Bragg should he win in November,” the Daily Mail noted.
“New York City has faced an increase in crime recently, as have most cities across America. Through January 23, overall crimes are up 38 percent across the city. While murders are down, felony assaults, shootings, rapes and robberies have all seen double digit percentage increases,” the news outlet added.
Two cops responding to a domestic incident were killed after a gunfight last week in upper Manhattan, and a vagrant allegedly pushed a woman in front of an oncoming train at a Times Square subway station on January 15, just a few examples of the devastating decay in the city.
Employer of Asian woman shoved to her death gave $50K to group that sued MTA over homeless policy https://t.co/dBiB8OvtRS
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) January 23, 2022
In the meantime, NYPD officers will arrest people who try to enter a restaurant or museum without a vax card.
“Bragg’s ‘day one’ memo directing his office to take a lenient approach on prosecutions by dropping certain misdemeanor cases or not seeking bail or prison time in others, has sparked outrage and calls for his removal from office. The DA has since tried to walk back some of that, insisting that while he wants to achieve a balance between public safety and social justice, his office won’t tolerate violent crime or violence against police officers,” the Post recalled.
Shortly after Bragg was sworn in, more than a dozen prosecutors reportedly resigned from Bragg’s team purportedly over disagreements with his soft-on-crime policy.
President Joe Biden is set to visit NYC early next month to discuss gun crime with Adams.
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