Viewpoint: Smith Proud to Attend Assembly Republican Press Conference to Lead Call for Bail Reform Repeal

New York State Assemblyman Doug Smith (5th District), a Republican from Holbrook, pictured yesterday, Jan. 17, during a press conference.

HOLBROOK, NY, AND ALBANY, NY ( / — The office of New York State Assemblyman Doug Smith (5th District), a Republican from Holbrook, released the following statement regarding bail reform in New York State:

Assemblyman Doug Smith (5th District) continued his effort to repeal the dangerous bail reform laws that took effect January 1 of this year. Smith attended a press conference [on Wednesday] with his Republican colleagues, law enforcement officials and the victims of this law.

“Every day that goes by without action, our communities face the likelihood of more unnecessary damage and tragedies occurring,” Smith said after the press conference. “It is time for leaders in Albany to put the safety of our state ahead of their political agenda and re-election campaigns." 

Recently, I highlighted many of the egregious cases that have taken place in our state already this year," Smith continued. “Just miles away from where the governor gave his State of the State address last week, a man charged with manslaughter in the death of a six-week-old baby was released pending his criminal trial in the death of that child. As a former educator and father, I cannot fathom a criminal justice system that doesn’t hold adults to the highest degree of accountability with the children under their care. I will continue to call for the repeal of this law, and I hope my colleagues in the state Legislature will vote for such a bill soon.”


Press Conference

OnSachem Editor's Note: 

Smith’s 5th Assembly District spans the townships of Brookhaven and Islip, and includes Holbrook, Holtsville, Ronkonkoma, Lake Ronkonkoma, Lake Grove, Centereach, Selden, Farmingville, as well as parts of North Patchogue, Islandia, and Stony Brook.

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