No Cash Bail Law Was a Mistake That Astorino Would Rectify

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I write this letter as a 34-year veteran of the Westchester County police. When I talk to any cops still on the job – whether local, county or NYPD – they all tell me how big a problem the state’s new “No Cash Bail” law is to maintaining safe streets and neighborhoods. They speak of how demoralizing it is to arrest a criminal who has committed a serious crime, only to see them back on the streets hours later. I’ve heard of horror stories – domestic abusers, arrested twice in the same day for abusing the same woman.

Our state senator, Peter Harckham, didn’t just vote for this dangerous new law – he wrote the legislation and today says he is “proud” of it. Perhaps crime hasn’t spiked in Lewisboro, where Mr. Harckham lives, but it has spiked pretty much everywhere else. The no cash bail law is nothing to be proud of. 

Rob Astorino has pledged to repeal the law if elected state senator. For that, and for Rob’s excellent eight years as Westchester County executive, he is the clear choice for state Senate.

Bruce Bellom

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