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By Mae Slater on
 April 5, 2024

Rep. Tenney Urges Gov. Hochul To Dismiss Alvin Bragg, Strengthen NYC Crime Policies

In a striking call for action, Rep. Claudia Tenney criticized the Democratic leadership for the state of New York and urged immediate measures to combat crime.

During her appearance on Newsmax, Tenney specifically demanded Gov. Kathy Hochul to fire Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg as a step towards addressing New York City's crime issues.

Rep. Tenney's criticism came in response to comments made by NYC Mayor Eric Adams, who recently dubbed New York City as "the safest big city in America" at a Wednesday press conference. Tenney, appearing on "American Agenda" on Newsmax the following day, contested this assertion, pointing to legislative and policy issues that, in her view, contribute to the city's ongoing crime problems.

A Closer Look at Legislative Concerns and Crime

The congresswoman underscored the impact of cashless bail and other state laws that she believes are handcuffing the police force, making it difficult for officers to perform their duties effectively. Tenney used the case of Laken Riley, a killer and illegal immigrant with gang affiliations, as a prime example of the detrimental effects of these policies. Riley's release, attributed to NYC's detainer laws, and his subsequent move to Georgia where he committed murder, was highlighted as a direct consequence of the current legislative environment.

According to Tenney, such policies not only demoralize the police force but also complicate efforts to recruit new officers. This situation is exacerbated by the movement to defund the police, a stance that Tenney argues diminishes the capacity of law enforcement to maintain public safety.

While Mayor Adams and NYPD Commissioner Edward Caban have reported a decrease in overall crime rates for the first quarter of 2024, they acknowledge a 5.5% rise in felony assaults in March. These statistics are part of a complex narrative on crime in the city, contrasting with Tenney's calls for legislative and prosecutorial reforms.

Targeting Prosecutorial and Legislative Reforms

Tenney argues that effective crime fighting in New York would require an overhaul of policies set by the New York State Legislature, criticizing the legislative body for its reluctance to address issues like retail theft. Such crimes, Tenney notes, disproportionately affect middle and lower-income families and small business owners, further straining community resources and safety.

Her criticism extends to DA Alvin Bragg, whom she accuses of engaging in "malicious prosecutions" against notable figures, suggesting that these actions detract from the broader issues of crime prevention and community safety. By focusing on high-profile cases, Tenney implies that Bragg's priorities may not align with the immediate needs of New Yorkers grappling with crime's day-to-day realities.

The debate over how best to address crime in New York City underscores a wider conversation about the balance between justice, public safety, and the effectiveness of current policies. Tenney's comments highlight a significant divide in opinions on how to achieve a safer New York, pointing to the complexity of crime prevention in a major metropolitan area.

Concluding Thoughts on Crime and Policy in NYC

In summary, Rep. Claudia Tenney's vocal criticisms of Democratic leadership in New York and her call for the dismissal of Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg mark a pointed critique of the state's approach to crime. By highlighting the repercussions of cashless bail, the effects of policies on police effectiveness, and the consequences of legislative reluctance to reform, Tenney outlines a multifaceted argument for a revised approach to public safety. The debate over these issues, set against a backdrop of reported crime reductions and continued challenges, reflects the ongoing struggle to define the most effective strategies for ensuring the security and well-being of New York's residents.

Written By:
Mae Slater

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