Suozzi blasts Hochul over crime in wake of lethal Buffalo taking pictures


In the wake of a lethal mass taking pictures at a Buffalo grocery store, gubernatorial hopeful Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-Long Island) is blasting Gov. Kathy Hochul for saying “we got a lot done” relating to her administration’s anti-crime efforts.

“There has to be a comprehensive plan, and it’s got to be top of mind … You know, when I was younger, I would have never said it, but now I feel it so strongly after being around as long as I have: leadership matters,” Suozzi, a former Nassau County govt going through Hochul within the June 28 Democratic main, informed The Post in an unique interview Saturday evening.

“And this governor is not exercising leadership, on crime, on taxes, a lot of affordability.”

The governor had pushed again earlier Saturday, earlier than the taking pictures, towards criticism of her dealing with of rising crime by defending latest modifications to bail reform that expanded the variety of bail-eligible offenses whereas making it simpler to jail folks pre-trial once they have accused of a number of offenses.

Rep.Tom Suozzi campaigning in Buffalo Saturday with running mate former City Councilwoman Diana Reyna
Gubernatorial candidate Rep. Tom Suozzi ripped Gov. Kathy Hochul after she boasted about her “successful” change on New York’s bail legislation.

“We got a lot done. I don’t expect you to hear about that from my opponents because they don’t like the fact that we were successful,” Hochul completely informed The Post earlier than the taking pictures, after making her first public look since saying she had COVID-19 final week.

“We have changed the whole system, [and] we continue to make sure that people who are accused of the same offense, same low-level offense are not treated differently based on what they can pay,” she added.

NYS governor Kathy Hochul.

Gov. Kathy Hochul condemned the Bufallo grocery store taking pictures as a “horrific and despicable act of violence.”
Paul Martinka

The remark impressed a fast rebuke from Suozzi whereas he campaigned in Buffalo alongside his operating mate, former New York City Councilwoman Diana Reyna.

“‘Successful?’ @Reyna4NY and I are in Buffalo right now, @KathyHochul’s hometown. Multiple people were just shot and killed at an East Side @TopsMarkets supermarket. Hochul refuses to make fighting crime a priority. I will.” Suozzi tweeted.

The Long Island congressman just lately unveiled a 15-point plan for combating rising crime, which included a name for Albany Democrats to go laws enabling judges to have extra discretion to jail or impose bail for legal defendants based mostly on the perceived hazard to public security.

Some judges haven’t imposed bail in a number of latest high-profile circumstances, though gun crimes and different violent offenses are eligible for bail, a scenario that Suozzi informed the Post may very well be addressed by accumulating “statistical analysis” to carry lax judges accountable.

“Hold them accountable. We need to be discussing it in public. That’s what a leader is supposed to do, but by treating it as an afterthought, and not even discussing it, how are you possibly going to change the judges to pay attention as well?” Suozzi informed The Post Saturday, referring to a purported lack of management on Hochul’s half.

Suozzi and Hochul are additionally operating towards Public Advocate Jumaane Williams within the Democratic main for governor.

Shooting at Tops supermarket on Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo, New York.
Approximately 10 casualties have been reported after a mass taking pictures at a Tops grocery store on Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo, New York.
Derek Gee/The Buffalo News through AP

A spokesperson for Hochul’s gubernatorial marketing campaign mentioned that the governor didn’t attend a number of fundraisers that had reportedly been scheduled for Saturday along with her newly named operating mate Rep. Antonio Delgado.

“I’m on my way to Buffalo to assist with the response to today’s shooting. My heart breaks for the victims’ families and for everyone impacted by this horrific and despicable act of violence,” Hochul tweeted Saturday night.




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