Horseheads’ man arrested twice in two weeks in connection to car thefts, released on bail reform law.
HORSEHEADS, N.Y. (WETM)
Reginald Ferguson of Horseheads has been arrested following two separate car theft investigations over the course of two weeks.

The ‘fixes’ to New York’s no-bail law don’t do nearly enough
The New York Post
New York is the epicenter of America’s COVID-19 crisis, but it’s also the focal point of the national debate about reducing jail populations through bail reform. The pandemic has renewed calls to cut incarceration further, which may reinvigorate the bail-reform movement. But it’s important to remember that this public health crisis is temporary, while the risks of bad bail reform will be lasting.

NYPD Stats Show Notable Jump in Crime So Far This Year
New York Post
Serious crime has spiked in the Big Apple — with a 20 percent jump over the first two months of the year compared to 2019, according to NYPD statistics. There was a 35 percent jump in robberies citywide, to 2,499 this year from 1,853 in 2019, and a 64 percent leap in stolen cars. Shootings where at least one person was injured went up 19 percent over the first two months of the year after a nearly 30 percent jump in January compared to last year.

Kelly: Bail Reform Was ‘Height of Arrogance’ by State Lawmakers
New York Post
Former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly blasted state bail reform, saying the legislature “shoved” the reform law “down the public’s throat.” “The passage of this bail reform act really was the height of arrogance on the part of the New York State Legislature,” Kelly told host John Catsimatidis on AM 970’s The Cats Roundtable.

Support for bail reform law is shrinking, poll finds
The Daily Gazette
Public support for the state new law that eliminates cash bail for many crimes has eroded in the last month, according to a new Siena Research Institute poll. The poll released recently found that 59% of registered voters now think the law is bad for New York state, up from 49% who felt that way a month ago.

I-Team: Is New York’s bail bonds industry pushing back on bail reform?
WKBW-TV
New York State leaders are debating tweaks in the recent bail reform legislation after criticism that some repeat offenders have committed crimes after leaving the courthouse. “This needs to change,” State Sen. Patrick Gallivan, R-Elma, said at a recent hearing. “We’re going in the wrong direction.” “The danger is, some of these individuals are re-offending,” added Chautauqua County Sheriff Jim Quattrone.

Third Bank Robbery
News 12 Long Island
Police are searching for a homeless man who they say has repeatedly robbed banks in Nassau County, New York. Authorities say 40-year-old Romell Nellis walked inside the Roslyn Savings Bank, handed the teller a note and demanded money. The suspect then took off with the cash and is still on the loose. However, investigators say they know exactly who he is because Nellis has done this before.


‘Reform the Reform’ — Judges Call for Changes to State Bail Law
Brooklyn Daily Eagle

The supervising judge of Bronx Criminal Court criticized New York’s new bail reform Wednesday, advocating for judicial discretion to remand defendants accused of misdemeanors and nonviolent crimes, while denouncing a perceived lack of input from judges and prosecutors in developing the law. Speaking at a forum, Judge George Grasso outlined his criticism of the reform measure, which took effect Jan. 1.


Bail Reform Robs Judges of Discretional Power
The New Paltz Oracle

The ripple effect of New York State’s new bail reform law has officially reached New Paltz. On Sunday, Jan. 19, Ruben Ortiz, 35, was arrested for a domestic dispute, released under the bail reform law and arrested again just 20 minutes after his court appearance. The New Paltz Police were called to a home in New Paltz Gardens on Colonial Drive in response to a physical domestic dispute. When police arrived at approximately 7:20 p.m., Ortiz began fighting with police and resisting arrest.


Nassau’s Top Cop Says New Law May Have Led to Victim’s Deadly Beating at Hands of MS-13
WCBS-TV

Nassau County (New York) Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said legal changes may have left the victim of a brutal attack at the hands of suspected MS-13 gang members exposed. Ryder said a 36-year-old man was found bludgeoned to death in the back of an abandoned home. “The system failed. The system failed. This man is dead,” Ryder said. “This law is not helping us.”


End of Bail Reform? Rensselaer County Demands State Leaders Suspend Bail Reform Law
CBS 6 Albany

The Rensselaer County (New York) Legislature has introduced a resolution that calls on state leaders to immediately suspend and amend the controversial bail reform laws. “Every day we hear more stories about criminals being arrested, being released the same day, and committing more crimes shortly thereafter. It doesn’t make sense,” said Chairman Michael Stammel.


Brooklyn DA Demands Changes to Controversial Bail Reform Laws
WCBS-TV
There is a stunning demand for changes to the state’s controversial bail reform laws from one of the most liberal district attorneys in New York. It comes as Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez copes with a spike in shootings, even as he arrests dozens of gang members involved in gun cases. It’s an alarming video showing picture after picture of members of two rival Brownsville, Brooklyn, gangs shooting at each other.


End of Bail Reform? Rensselaer County Demands State Leaders Suspend Bail Reform Law
CBS 6 Albany
The Rensselaer County (New York) Legislature has introduced a resolution that calls on state leaders to immediately suspend and amend the controversial bail reform laws. “Every day we hear more stories about criminals being arrested, being released the same day, and committing more crimes shortly thereafter. It doesn’t make sense,” said Chairman Michael Stammel.


Bail Reform Opponents Hold Protest at New York Capitol
Times Herald-Record

Orange County (New York) District Attorney David Hoovler and three Republican assemblymen representing areas of Orange County took part in a large rally in Albany in opposition to the state’s elimination of bail for many crimes while suspects are awaiting trial. Police chiefs, sheriffs, district attorneys and Republican lawmakers held the protest in the Capitol to denounce bail reforms that took effect on Jan. 1 and have allowed more defendants to avoid jail. 


Judge Issues Order Challenging State’s Bail Reform Law
Times Union

Cohoes (New York) City Court Judge Thomas Marcelle issued an order challenging the constitutionality of the state’s bail-reform statutes, setting up the first legal battle over a new law that removed judges’ discretion to require a defendant to post cash in order to assure their return to court. Invoking the case of a man who has for years repeatedly failed to make court appearances in multiple counties, Marcelle issued a 12-page decision.


NYC’s Criminal Justice Reforms Have some Prosecutors Looking for the Door
New York Post

The union that represents rank-and-file police officers in a New York town said its members played a game of catch and release with a suspect after he was arrested three times in one day and let go because of the state’s new bail-reform law. Scott Nolan was first arrested last Monday at 9 a.m. in Troy on suspicion of shoplifting and given a court appearance ticket, WRBG-TV in Albany reported. At 2:30 p.m., he was arrested again for an alleged assault and again released.


New York Man Arrested 3x in 1 Day
Fox News

The union that represents rank-and-file police officers in a New York town said its members played a game of catch and release with a suspect after he was arrested three times in one day and let go because of the state’s new bail-reform law. Scott Nolan was first arrested last Monday at 9 a.m. in Troy on suspicion of shoplifting and given a court appearance ticket, WRBG-TV in Albany reported. At 2:30 p.m., he was arrested again for an alleged assault and again released.