Gray Joins Colleagues, Crime Victims Calling for Increased Public Safety Measures

Assemblyman Scott Gray (R-Watertown) joined his Assembly and Senate Minority colleagues, family members of crime victims, victims’ right advocates and members of law enforcement for a press conference on Monday to call for increased public safety measures throughout the state and a reversal of previously passed bail reform laws. This renewed call for action comes as crime is rising in each major city across New York.

“We have a crime crisis in our state. It is past time for Albany to act,” said Gray. “I hope the governor is truly sincere when she says she is willing to make changes to bail reform. We can start by returning judicial discretion to the courtroom to stop the revolving door of repeat offenders who fear no recourse from our criminal justice system. No matter the level of government I’m elected to serve, my top priorities continue to be the safety of our residents and support for our law enforcement officers.”

Gray also cited Majority former Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy, who said the following in a letter dated July 25, 2022: “It is commonplace for these (perpetrators) individuals to be arrested, booked and released on an appearance ticket, only to reoffend, after which the same process and ensues.”