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“I don’t know why it’s so important to you”

New York Governor Kathy Hochul (R) when challenged on cash bail reform and her refusal to discuss locking up felons by Rep. Lee Zeldin (R) during Tuesday’s debate evening, said, “I don’t know why this is so important to you.”

“We’re halfway through the debate, and she still hasn’t talked about locking up anyone who commits crimes,” Zeldin said, to which Hochul replied, “Anyone who commits a crime under our laws, especially with the change we made to bail has consequences I don’t know why it’s so important to you.

It comes as Zeldin drastically reduced Hochul’s lead in the final days of the race – largely due to rising crime levels in New York – with RealClearPolitics assessing the gubernatorial race in a New York traditionally dark blue as a draw.

Challenging Hochul on New York’s crime policies — particularly cash bail reform, which often allows those arrested for crimes to be back on the streets within hours — Zeldin pointed to the recent wave of violent crime that has taken place in the New York subway.

Hochul expressed support for the “No Bail” law signed by former Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), writing in an op-ed: “The reforms have been successful,” while noting: “…since the law has passed, we have seen a disturbing increase in shootings and homicides.

You can follow Michael Foster on Twitter at @realmfoster.

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