Rockland County Fatal Hit-And-Run Suspect Released Under New State Bail Reform Guidelines

https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2019/12/26/arrest-made-in-christmas-eve-hit-and-run-that-killed-35-year-old-woman/

Rockland County Fatal Hit-And-Run Suspect Released Under New State Bail Reform Guidelines

December 26, 2019

STONY POINT, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — There is grief and concern following a Christmas Eve crime.

A woman was struck and killed by an unlicensed driver who left the scene. He was arrested, and immediately released back on the street, under the terms of New York state’s new bail reform law.

Those close to the victim are struggling to understand why, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported Thursday.

“I feel fortunate to have met her and have had her in my life,” friend Irene Secone said.

Friends and family are distraught following the death of 35-year-old Marie “Rosie” Osai.

The immigrant from Haiti, a mother of three, was run over on Christmas Eve while crossing route 9W in Stony Point.

Facing a felony charge for fleeing a fatal accident is 27-year-old Jorge Flores-Villalba. According to court records, Flores-Villalba told an investigator, “I was driving and I did strike a person. I didn’t call the police. I was afraid because I don’t have a license.”

When the suspect was arraigned Christmas Day, the town justice released him without bail.

“We’re all here devastated. Her family is devastated, and this man on Christmas Day goes home and spends it with his family,” Secone said.

Stony Point Supervisor Jim Monaghan blames Albany lawmakers.

“Logistically, it made sense to release the defendant at this time based on the new laws that go into effect Jan. 1,” Monaghan said.

Monaghan said bail reform would have mandated release of the suspect next week, anyway.

The reform pushed by Albany Democrats eliminates bail for all misdemeanors and most non-violent felonies.

“To walk into a courtroom the next day and walk out with no bail and I’ll see you in another week, it just isn’t right,” Secone said.

“Everybody I’ve spoken to, once they’re aware what took place with this bail, they’re outraged,” Monaghan added.

Bail reform advocates say the law allows judges to impose electronic monitoring, and claim critics are fear mongering.

The unlicensed driver accused of killing Osai is free, on just a promise to return to court on Jan. 9.

Several lawmakers want to change or delay implementation of bail reform and other criminal justice revisions. Albany Democrats have said they will monitor how the reforms work before considering any changes.

January 23, 2020. Tags: , , , , , . Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Crimes For Which A Defendant Must Be Released From Custody, Without Bail, After January 1, 2020 [New York]

https://www.nicoleforny.com/bail/

Crimes For Which A Defendant Must Be Released From Custody, Without Bail, After January 1, 2020 [New York]

• Burglary in the second degree (residential burglary)

• Burglary in the third degree

• Robbery in the second degree (aided by another person)

• Robbery in the third degree

• Manslaughter in the second degree

• Criminally negligent homicide

• Aggravated vehicular homicide

• Vehicular manslaughter in the first and second degrees

• Assault in the third degree

• Aggravated vehicular assault

• Aggravated assault upon a person less than eleven years old

• Vehicular assault in the first and second degrees

• Criminal possession of a weapon on school grounds

• Criminal possession of a firearm

• Criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree

• Criminal sale of a firearm to a minor

• Criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first and second degrees

• Criminal sale of a controlled substance in the first and second degrees

• Criminal sale of a controlled substance in or near school grounds

• Use of a child to commit a controlled substance offense

• Criminal sale of a controlled substance to a child

• Patronizing a person for prostitution in a school zone

• Promoting an obscene sexual performance by a child

• Possessing an obscene sexual performance by a child

• Promoting a sexual performance by a child

• Failure to register as a sex offender

• Bribery in the first degree

• Bribe giving for public office

• Bribe receiving in the first degree

• Arson in the third and fourth degrees

• Grand larceny in the first, second, third, and fourth degrees

• Aggravated cruelty to animals

• Overdriving, torturing and injuring animals

• Failure to provide proper sustenance to animals

• Animal fighting

• Unlawful imprisonment in the first degree

• Coercion in the first degree

• Criminal solicitation in the first degree

• Criminal facilitation in the first degree

• Money laundering in support of terrorism in the third and fourth degrees

• Making a terroristic threat

• Obstructing governmental administration in the first and second degree

• Obstructing governmental administration by means of a self-defense spray device

• Promoting prison contraband in the first and second degrees

• Resisting arrest

• Hindering prosecution

• Tampering with a juror

• Tampering with physical evidence

• Aggravated harassment in the first degree

• Directing a laser at an aircraft in the first degree

• Enterprise corruption

• Money laundering in the first degree

January 22, 2020. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Social justice warriors, Violent crime. Leave a comment.

Caught On Camera: NYPD Officer Sucker Punched By Suspect In Brooklyn, Attacker Already Released Without Bail

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akN11UHZMHs

https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2019/12/28/nypd-sucker-punch-bail-reform/

Caught On Camera: NYPD Officer Sucker Punched By Suspect In Brooklyn, Attacker Already Released Without Bail

December 28, 2019

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – An NYPD officer was assaulted in a wild confrontation caught on camera in Brooklyn Heights.

Police say 40-year-old Steven Haynes punched an officer after being asked to leave the middle of an intersection where he was sitting.

The attack took place near a Bank of America on Court and Livingston Streets.

Eventually, more officers are seen moving in to help remove the suspect who is now facing a long list of charges, including assault on a police officer and resisting arrest.

Despite those charges, Haynes is reportedly already back out on the street, according to the Police Benevolent Association.

https://twitter.com/NYCPBA/status/1211065437741625345

The NYPD’s largest union slammed the suspect’s release, claiming that criminals are running loose across the five boroughs under the belief they can get away with their actions. The PBA cited the upcoming bail reform policy in New York State, which prevents judges from setting a cash bail for many crimes starting on Jan. 1, 2020.

January 22, 2020. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Social justice warriors, Violent crime. Leave a comment.

Suspect with 78 priors arrested for 16 new burglaries. NYC: No bail.

https://www.lawenforcementtoday.com/suspect-with-78-priors-arrested-for-16-new-burglaries-nyc-no-bail/

Suspect with 78 priors arrested for 16 new burglaries. NYC: No bail.

January 19, 2020

New York – “I want to be a part of it…New York, New York.” Frank Sinatra loved New York. And now, criminals are loving New York as well. However, likely not for the same reason.

Anthony Manson is a serial burglar. During the Christmas shopping season, Manson did his shopping by stealing packages from Brooklyn apartment buildings, helped in no small way by the Andrew Cuomo Criminal Enhancement Act, otherwise known as the new bail reform law.

Manson, 50, was arrested for nine burglaries in Prospect Lefferts-Gardens and Crown Heights on Dec. 23, according to police. He appeared before a judge on Christmas and was released—only to be arrested again for six more burglaries on Jan. 3, police said. Of course, he was released once again, and then decided to visit a Manhattan sunglass store on Wednesday and rip that business off.

So, when Manson went to court, he probably expected that the gig was up. Manson was pleasantly surprised as once again, he walked out of court for the burglary at the Center Stage Optique in the West Village.

Police said that an officer spotted Manson leaving the store at 1:50 a.m. through a broken glass door, while carrying nearly $4,000 worth of sunglasses. In addition, he had a rock—his tool of choice for the burglary—in a suitcase, according to the criminal complaint.

Residents in the Prospect Lefferts-Garden building have said that Manson had been suspected of taking packages in their neighborhood for some time. The Daily News obtained surveillance video which shows a person resembling Manson throwing a rock in a bag through a glass door and grabbing an armload of Amazon packages on both Dec. 20 and Jan. 7. Similarly, footage also captured a man bearing a resemblance to Manson doing the same thing last Tuesday.

Manson was arrested for one of the break-ins at the Prospect building, however the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office declined to prosecute him, refusing comment citing an ongoing investigation. A NYPD source said Manson is a suspect in those crimes as well.

Police authorities blame the state’s new bail “reform” law for Manson’s burglary spree. As we’ve reported several times, the law, which took effect Jan. 1 but was actually applied by judges late last year, has substantially limited or eliminated bail for people accused of non-violent crimes such as burglary.

Both Cuomo and New York Mayor de Blasio, who supported this abomination, have said that they are open to tweaking the law. Right in time, huh guys? Cuomo called it a “work in progress,” while de Blasio said he would go to Albany to help “improve that bill.” Don’t you think that both of these clowns should have realized what would happen when this law passed? It isn’t like they are rookie politicians. It’s truly stunning that they could not have anticipated the results of what has been done.

Of course, the social justice warriors dismiss any notion that cases such as Manson’s have any connection to the current bail laws. Not surprising.

We have no words.

A resident of one of the buildings that Manson burglarized said in her best virtue-signaling voice that she wasn’t ready to blame bail reform for the crimes at that building.

Probably also out of embarrassment for making such a ridiculous statement.

Manson has a criminal record of 78 arrests which date back to 1993.

Andrea thinks that Manson needs help.

Andrea, hate to break it to you sunshine, but you cannot help people who do not want to help themselves.

Judges no longer have discretion under the new laws to assess factors such as the defendant’s likelihood to re-offend. While New York legislators have spoken of the success of a similar law in New Jersey, that state gives judges discretion to consider other factors.

Here is betting that Mr. Manson will be back under arrest, sooner than later.

January 22, 2020. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Controversial bail reform springs serial robbery suspect – who then pulls off fifth heist

https://nypost.com/2020/01/11/serial-robber-released-with-no-bail-then-immediately-robs-another-bank/

Controversial bail reform springs serial robbery suspect – who then pulls off fifth heist

January 11, 2020

He’s laughing all the way to the next bank.

A John Dillinger wannabe is on the loose thanks to lax bail laws that set him free despite his arrest in connection to four Manhattan bank robberies.

Sprung on Thursday, he promptly robbed a fifth bank, in Brooklyn, on Friday, law enforcement sources told The Post.

So cops spent Saturday hunting once again for fugitive Gerod Woodberry, who allegedly pulled four heists at Chase banks in Chelsea, the Upper West Side and the West Village between Dec. 30 and Jan. 8.

Because Woodberry allegedly robbed using a note, rather than a gun, no New York jail can currently hold him, no matter how many times he strikes.

His alleged grand larcenies are classified as non-violent felonies. And under the bail reform law that took effect Jan. 1, most non-violent felonies — including bank robberies carried out without a weapon — are no longer bail eligible, meaning no judge can order him held pending trial.

Should cops pinch Woodberry on the fifth alleged heist, he’ll only be sprung again.

The insanity of the new law clearly wasn’t lost on the prime suspect.

“I can’t believe they let me out,” Woodberry marveled as he retrieved his vouchered property at One Police Plaza in lower Manhattan, sources told The Post. “What were they thinking?”

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea voiced his frustration after The Post broke Woodberry’s story online Saturday.

“What motivation does this suspect have to return to court? None,” Shea tweeted.

“This makes NYPD cops’ jobs harder, and makes New Yorkers less safe.”

Woodberry’s alleged spree began Dec. 30, when he slipped a note demanding money to a teller at a Chase bank at Ninth Avenue and West 16th Street, taking off with more than $1,000, police sources said.

He struck next at a Chase bank at Broadway and West 90th on Jan. 3 at about 3:30 p.m., again handing a teller a note, but leaving empty-handed, police said.

Three days later, he struck in the West Village, making off with more than $1,000, sources said.

On Jan. 8, he passed a note to an Upper West Side bank teller and left empty-handed, police said.

Patrol cops caught up with him in Manhattan on Thursday after the NYPD sent a photo of him to “1,000s of NYPD smartphones,” Shea wrote on Twitter.

“A dedicated @NYPD25Pct cop saw it while on his way to work, spotted the man, [and] safely made the arrest.”

Less than a day later, Woodberry took advantage of his unexpected freedom to rob a fifth bank in Downtown Brooklyn, ­police said.

In that heist, he allegedly passed a note to the teller at a Chase bank on Flatbush Avenue and made off with more than $1,000, police said.

In surveillance footage released by cops Saturday, the suspect is seen walking into the bank wearing jeans, a black puffy coat, and a baseball cap.

Woodberry, a South Carolina native, has at least one previous arrest for possession of marijuana from August 2007 in Brooklyn, police said.

A Facebook page that appears to belong to Woodberry shows him playing an online TexasHoldem Poker game multiple times.

Woodberry’s lawyer did not return a request for comment.

“Another unfortunate example of what we are facing under the new bail reform law. Certain individuals need to remain in jail for the safety of our city,” Deputy Commissioner Benjamin Tucker said. “Judges must have the discretion to make that happen.”

Tweeted Staten Island District Attorney Michael McMahon, “Nobody in NYS is arguing cash bail is the ideal system. However, this case makes crystal clear why forbidding judicial discretion is a recipe for disaster. Let’s join EVERY OTHER STATE in the nation and give Judges discretion to consider public safety!”

The hope, one law enforcement source said, is that victimized banks complain — loudly — about the misguided reform.

“Once the banks start complaining, hopefully the politicians will listen and change the law,” the source said.

The Manhattan DA’s office did not respond Saturday to requests for information on the cases.

January 13, 2020. Tags: , , , . Politics. Leave a comment.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio: “We are going to ban the classic glass and steel skyscrapers”

https://nypost.com/2019/04/22/de-blasios-green-new-deal-will-ban-classic-glass-and-steel-skyscrapers/

De Blasio’s Green New Deal will ban ‘classic glass and steel skyscrapers’

April 22, 2019

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s so-called Green New Deal will ban “classic glass and steel skyscrapers,” he said Monday.

“We are going to ban the classic glass and steel skyscrapers which are incredibly inefficient,” Hizzoner said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“If someone wants to build one of those things, they can take a whole lot of steps to make it energy efficient, but we’re not going to allow what we’ve seen in the past.”

De Blasio’s new scheme to slash carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030 includes a ban on new buildings with all-glass facades “unless they meet strict performance guidelines,” City Hall said in a release Monday.

April 28, 2019. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Environmentalism. Leave a comment.

Idiots who support bans on fracking and restrictions on new pipelines say it’s “unexpected” that New York has a shortage of natural gas

One of the most simple and basic signs of intelligence is the understanding that actions lead to consequences.

In New York, some people are showing a basic lack of understanding of this concept.

In New York state, fracking is banned, and new pipelines have been prohibited in certain locations. The natural and logical outcome of these policies is that the state has a shortage of natural gas. Developers who had been planning to build new housing will not be allowed to hook up the new housing to receive natural gas.

Despite this obvious action-reaction event, the New York Times just reported that this inability to hook up these proposed new homes for natural gas is “unexpected.”

Here are the exact words as reported by the New York Times: (the bolding is mine)

YONKERS – Across the suburbs north of New York City, clusters of luxury towers are rising around commuter rail stations, designed to lure young workers seeking easy access to Manhattan. In all, 16,000 apartments and condominiums are in the works in more than a dozen towns, along with spaces for restaurants and shops.

But the boom unfolding in Westchester County is under threat — not from any not-in-my-backyard opposition or a slumping real estate market.

Instead, it is coming from something unexpected: a lack of natural gas.

Con Edison, the region’s main utility, says its existing network of pipelines cannot satisfy an increasing demand for the fuel.

As a result, the utility has taken the extreme step of imposing a moratorium on new gas hookups in a large swath of Westchester, including for residential buildings planned in Yonkers, White Plains and New Rochelle.

But is this shortage really “unexpected”?

Not for anyone who understands that actions have consequences.

The same article states:

There is an ample supply of natural gas in the United States, but opposition to building or expanding interstate pipelines has caused delivery challenges in the Northeast, according to industry officials.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo lives in Mount Kisco, a town included in Con Edison’s moratorium, and wants the state to move away from fossil fuels toward cleaner energy, like wind. He has banned fracking, a process to extract gas from shale rock, and two years ago his administration rejected a major interstate pipeline project, saying its construction would endanger wetlands.

A person would have to be a complete idiot to support these bans and restrictions, while simultaneously being surprised that there’s a shortage of natural gas.

All of this reminds me of this scene from the movie Casablanca:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjbPi00k_ME

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants to end the use of fossil fuels over the next 10 years. I’d be curious to hear whether she supports or opposes letting the developers of this proposed new housing in New York hook up the housing to receive natural gas.

March 21, 2019. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Environmentalism. 1 comment.

New York state ends literacy test for prospective teachers because too many blacks and Hispanics failed. I wonder if they will extend this to other areas.

The New York Times recently reported:

The Board of Regents on Monday eliminated a requirement that aspiring teachers in New York State pass a literacy test to become certified after the test proved controversial because black and Hispanic candidates passed it at significantly lower rates than white candidates.

And there you have it.

The radical left thinks that racial diversity is more important than competence.

I wonder if they will be extending this kind of insanity to other professions, such as to medical doctors who perform surgery to save people’s lives, or to engineers who design bridges that are safe and which are able support the weight of all the cars, trucks, and buses that drive across them, or to auto mechanics who fix the brakes on people’s cars so they don’t crash and die.

The New York Times once reported:

The rate of AIDS among black women is 27 times the rate among white women.

Based on the same logic, the test which detects HIV antibodies in the bloodstream is also racist, and therefore, should also be eliminated.

 

March 15, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Dumbing down, Education, Political correctness, Politics, Racism, Social justice warriors, War against achievement. 2 comments.

NYC politician introduces bill which allows black people to urinate in public so they can “fulfill their potential”

A New York City politician has introduced a bill which allows black people to urinate in public so they can “fulfill their potential.”

Personally, I think this politicians’ expectations of black people are too low. But they did choose to vote her into office, and I have no right to tell them what their goals in life should or shouldn’t be.

The New York Times reports:

New York City is poised to reshape how it treats many so-called quality-of-life offenses, softening its stance toward low-level infractions like public urination…

Under the legislation, New Yorkers given tickets by the police… would in many cases be steered to a civil process rather than criminal court…

“We know that the system has been really rigged against communities of color in particular,” said Ms. Mark-Viverito, who has promoted such reforms and is the main sponsor of the bills. “So the question has always been, what can we do in this job to minimize unnecessary interaction with the criminal justice system, so that these young people can really fulfill their potential?”

Health officials, for example, agreed to repeal a section of the department’s rules that forbids public urination…

The issue of public urination became a subject of intense public debate last summer…

 

January 25, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , , . Dumbing down, Politics, Racism. 2 comments.

Affirmative action at its finest

It is extremely easy to pass the New York Fire Department’s written test.
(more…)

May 18, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Dumbing down, Political correctness, Racism. 4 comments.

Mathematical illiterates are celebrating New York City’s new 1.6 MW solar power project

AFP reports:

On a rooftop in the Bronx far from the skyscrapers of Manhattan, 4,760 panels soak up the winter rays. Welcome to the solar power boom in New York state.

Robert Kline, director of commercial sales for the Ross Solar Group that installed the panels, is delighted.

“It is the largest (solar) installation in the history of New York City,” he tells AFP.

The 1.6-megawatt installation on the Jetro Cash and Carry has been proudly singled out by New York governor Andrew Cuomo as a prime example of a drive to haul the state into a new dawn.

I’m not disputing the claim that this is “the largest solar installation in the history of New York City.”

However, I am disputing the claim that his is a “boom” for solar power.

The Ravenswood Generating Station is one of many power plants that provides electricity for New York. It makes its electricity by burning fossil fuels, and it produces 2,410 MW.

If we wanted to replace this one fossil fuel power plant with solar power, it would require building more than 1,500 additional solar power projects of the same size as “the largest solar installation in the history of New York City.”

If this solar power plant is a “boom,” it would take more than 1,500 additional “booms” just to be able to shut down this one fossil fuel power plant.

And even that grossly understates the situation, because the claimed power rating for those solar panels is only applicable when the sun is directly overhead, and there are no clouds.

If the sun isn’t directly overhead, its power output would be less than the rated maximum.

If the sky was cloudy, its power output would be less than the rated maximum.

And if it was night, its power output would be zero.

The solar power plant would have to have a backup power source, and that backup power source would almost certainly be… something that burned fossil fuels.

If there is ever a solar power plant in New York that uses batteries to store its sun-derived energy for use at night, and is able to reliably and continuously produce at least 1,000 MW of electricity at any and all times of the day or night, then that would indeed be a “boom” for solar power in New York.

March 16, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , . Environmentalism, Math, Politics. 4 comments.