The New York State Conservative Party on Friday launched an online petition calling on Gov. Kathy Hochul to take away new Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg from workplace over his controversial push to downgrade or not prosecute many crimes.
“The Conservative Party is the party of common sense in New York, and common sense is needed more than ever in this case,” mentioned Chairman Gerard Kassar.
“We have a renegade district attorney on our hands, and he must be removed from office. We urge New Yorkers to sign our petition to Gov. Hochul, because — guaranteed — people are going to die because of Mr. Bragg’s wild ideological policy decision.”
Bragg has been on the defensive after issuing a “Day One” Jan. 3 memo that instructed prosecutors to not search bail or jail time for a lot of criminals, to downgrade sure felonies to misdemeanors and to not prosecute individuals for resisting arrest except it’s half of a bigger, felony case.
During interviews over the previous week, Bragg insisted his workplace would prosecute critical circumstances reminiscent of armed theft however that homeless or mentally shoplifters must be diverted to therapy somewhat than prosecuted.
The New York City Detectives’ Endowment Association additionally despatched a letter to Hochul Wednesday urging her to appoint a particular prosecutor to exchange Bragg on particular circumstances if he refuses to prosecute. Republican gubernatorial candidate Andrew Giuliani and Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa, the GOP nominee for mayor final 12 months, additionally began a web-based petition in search of to oust Bragg.
Hochul has been muted concerning the swirl of controversy round Bragg, a fellow Democrat, who was elected Manhattan’s chief prosecutor by the borough voters.
“Gov. Hochul is focused on working with Mayor Adams and other elected officials on issues of public safety and protecting communities,” mentioned Hochul spokesman Hazel Crampton-Hays.