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Joel Giambra calls on all candidates in the 60th Senate District to support bail reform measures that support police and make streets more safe.

(Buffalo) - New York State Senate candidate Joel Giambra is challenging Democrats Sean Ryan and Ben Carlisle to join him in supporting urgently needed bail reform revisions in New York State. Law enforcement and independent data analysis shows crime rates are soaring across New York because of criminal friendly bail reform laws that passed in 2019.

Giambra is also calling on his two opponents to support common sense changes to bail laws that heavily favor criminals and make streets less safe.

“I strongly support police and passing laws that crack down on criminals. The revolving door of crime must be permanently closed. Judges need more discretion to keep those arrested behind bars. Neighborhoods are less safe. All because radical extremists passed laws that make it easier for lawbreakers to be back on the streets. It is time we bring common sense to Albany and fix this to keep families safe,” said Giambra.

Disgraced former Governor Andrew Cuomo signed bail reform laws in 2019, handcuffing police and judges to keep criminals behind bars. It also created a revolving door for lawbreakers to be back on the streets mere minutes after committing a crime.

Under the current law, criminals can commit certain felonies and even use a gun during a crime, yet judges are not allowed to impose bail in some cases. Independent data shows crime skyrocketing here at home and across New York following the passage of bail reform.

“Sean Ryan has a choice: support police or curry favor with criminals that run rampant on our streets. If he refuses to respond to my challenge, taxpayers should assume Sean Ryan rejects common sense reforms while coddling criminals,” added Giambra.

The Republican and Conservative candidate for State Senate’s 60th District also stated the debate on changing bail reform laws should be conducted in an open, honest, and transparent manner outside the budget process.

“Taxpayers are best served when we debate this serious issue in public, not behind closed doors during budget negotiations,” concluded Giambra, who served as City of Buffalo Comptroller from 1990 to 1999 and Erie County Executive from 2000 to 2007.


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