Message from the Mayor
At our August 9th Public Safety meeting the question was asked as to what the Board of Trustees was doing to address criminal activity in our Village. As we continue to aggressively take strategic and tactical actions to keep our residents safe, I have also been working to address the root cause of this issue.
As an officer of the Executive Board of The Nassau County Village Officials Association (NCVOA), I have been collaborating to unify the Mayors of Nassau to pressure the NYS legislators and Governor to accept the failure of what is commonly referred to as the “bail reform laws”. The non-partisan NCVOA represents all of Nassau County’s 64 mayors and their village’s 475,000 residents.
In a Tuesday, 9/20/22 press conference, I joined with Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman, District Attorney Anne Donnelly and my fellow mayors across the county to call on Governor Kathy Hochul and other state officials to repeal the impractical bail reform laws imposed by Albany. I was also joined by our police chief, Robert Glaser, who has guided our department through these challenging times.
(See the article of coverage at https://www.cbsnews.com/newyork/news/nassau-county-bail-reform/)
Amongst other things, the laws have removed a judge’s ability to set bail on home burglaries, automobile thefts and many other quality-of-life crimes. There are additional issues, but the practical consequences of these laws are that criminals are put right back on the streets without deterrence only to offend again. Ultimately, these laws have created a system without accountability resulting in persistent criminality.
The NCVOA will be writing to Governor Hochul and our local New York State Senators to outline our specific grievances with the current bail reform laws. The letter will detail the NCVOA’s experiences that are a result of the current laws and urge state officials to put forth more rational legislation. A copy of this letter will be publicized upon its delivery.
I thank my fellow mayors for unifying behind this most serious issue which has been at the root of the increases in crime we have been seeing.
Mayor, Village of Old Westbury
2nd Vice President of the NCVOA