Hawley Calls for Repeal of Bail Reform
Written by Dan Fischer on January 15, 2020
Steve Hawley (R-Batavia) is again lending his voice to the growing chorus of state legislators opposed to the state’s new bail reforms.
Flanked by two women whose stories told how offenders released under the new bail reform law, went tragically wrong.
Hawley said the bail reform should be repealed
Hawley said New York City politicians are responsible for tying judges’ hands by restricting their ability to lock up career criminals.
Joining Hawley and Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay (R-Pulaski) at the news conference yesterday was Jennifer Payne, mother of Sarah Tombs who was shot and killed in April 2019 by her live-in boyfriend. The individual was released from custody last week under the new bail reform laws. Also in attendance at the press conference was Sheila Harris, cousin of Maria “Rosie” Osai, a 35-year-old mother of three who was struck and killed by an unlicensed, hit-and-run driver in Rockland County on Christmas Eve. The driver was immediately released without bail pursuant to the new law.