Expanded Coverage: Criminal Justice Reform

Expanded coverage now of the Criminal Justice Reform Laws set to take effect in two weeks. Area lawmakers and safety officials looking to put the brakes on the implementation of the package passed with the state budget in April aren’t optimistic the delay will happen. Rockland and Westchester State Senator David Carlucci sponsored the bill, and says it can be fixed once the legislature is back in session in January…

And that was Rockland Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski. Western Ramapo and Orange County Assemblyman Karl Brabanec had been hoping to get the bill repealed entirely or at least get a one-year moratorium…

That was Stony Point and Orange County Assemblyman Colin Schmitt. Last week on “The Law and You” attorney Duncan Lee said in the case of bail reform, the new laws aim to level the playing field for all defendants…

Ramapo Police Chief Brad Weidel was a guest on the show, and said he’s not opposed to reforms, but the way the bill was passed wasn’t right…

Ramapo Police Captain Marty Reilly was also a guest on “The Law and You” and said the new discovery laws will be very difficult for individual police departments to handle…

In the future, Rockland Sheriff Lou Falco thinks laws must be passed in the open with debate first, not used as a negotiating chip in the budget process…

Earlier this month, when he was asked to respond to criticism of the new laws, Governor Andrew Cuomo said, quote, “Change is often opposed by the system.” The new laws are set to go into effect on January first.

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