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A new poll out Monday shows support for the state’s bail reform plummeting, following weeks of pushback about the new laws from police groups and prosecutors.


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A new Siena College poll found a majority of New York's registered voters believe Donald Trump is poised to win a second term.

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A proposal in the State Senate to rollback part of the state’s recently-enacted bail reforms produced an angry backlash from supporters of the law, which  took effect January 1st and ended most forms of cash bail for non-violent crimes in New York.


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The law enforcement establishment of Western New York says a series of new state criminal laws that took effect the first of the year are a mistake and should be repealed or replaced.

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The fight over recently enacted bail reform heated up at the Capitol on Tuesday, with dueling events by police and activists that at times centered on charges of racism surrounding a Facebook page that calls for the law to be repealed.


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The fight over bail reform intensified again yesterday in Albany. Supporters of the controversial new policy rallied against efforts by Republicans and some Democrats to roll back or suspend many of its provisions.

The backlash to New York’s new law that ends most forms of cash bail continues at the Capitol, but the Senate leader said she does not want to rush to change the reforms until they are given a chance to work. The law went into effect on Jan. 1.


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It is increasingly likely the new law barring bail for many crimes will head back into Albany's legislative process for some change, with that return trip also backed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Tish James.

Among some top state Democrats, there are some cracks in the support for criminal justice reforms in 2020 that have eliminated most forms of cash bail. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state's attorney general are among those now saying they are open to making some changes.


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New York lawmakers are set to return to Albany this week for the start of the new legislative session, and a second year of near-total control of state government by Democrats.

During last year’s session, Democrats — who wrested control of the state Senate from Republicans in the 2018 midterm elections — passed a tsunami of bills long desired by liberals. This year, they are set to tackle complicated and weedy topics that have yet to pass, including paid surrogacy, aid-in-dying and a single-payer health care system.

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Less than a week after new criminal justice reform laws took effect in New York State, some state officials are already asking for revisions to a law eliminating cash bail for people charged with misdemeanors and non-violent felonies. Among them is New York State Attorney General Letitia James.

Sweeping reforms that will end cash bail for all misdemeanor and nonviolent felony charges in New York state take effect in January. But some law enforcement groups are objecting, saying the changes go too far and could jeopardize public safety.

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Progressive-leaning groups say now that more Democrats have been elected to the New York State Senate,  they will hold their feet to the fire in January to ensure that measures like bail reform and legalizing marijuana are swiftly enacted into law.

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Talks on the state budget were stalled just days before the March 30 deadline, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers continued negotiations. Groups pressing for additional issues that are in the governor’s budget plan still have not given up hope.