As we move past the results of Election Day in New York, Gov. Kathy Hochul, who ultimately won a race considered very tight last weekend, still is not convinced that reform of the criminal justice system should be principle No.1 to change.
“I will take the time with my team, and people in Criminal Justice Services, my advisors and my legal team to come up with any way we think we can improve public safety,” Hochul said Thursday in Puerto Rico where she is attending an annual conference of New York Democrats.
Hochul is not looking for immediate change in the bail-reform measures that has created chaos on the streets and subways in the city.
Hochul did not offer a timeline for when she would announce whether she would pursue changes to controversial criminal justice reforms despite saying in the campaign that the issue might be on the table once state lawmakers returned to Albany in January for their regularly scheduled session.
Instead, Hochul said Thursday that there is a national rise in crime when questioned when she would specifically get serious about making changes.
“It’s a national phenomenon, I get that,” Hochul said.
When queried further about runaway crime in the city Hochul said, “I’m not gonna be worried about us compared to other states. All I care about is the state of New York. And I want to make sure that everybody who lives here has that sense of safety that they deserve,” she said.
Plenty of Democrats who were in the state Assembly and state Senate from the outer-boroughs and New York City suburbs lost their reelection this week as a result of their support with bail reform.
And while Hochul’s challenger Lee Zeldin ran on a tough on crime platform, he could not convince enough New Yorkers that a change was needed.