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Everyone agrees with Governor Kathy Hochul that the attack on Lee Zeldin has no place in New York, and that all New Yorkers share in the relief that Republican gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin was unharmed.
The aftermath of the attack should have New Yorkers concerned, too.
In a state riled by bail reform, why did the Monroe County district attorney, Sandra Doorley, allow a sheriff’s office charge of attempted assault in the second degree to stand? Under that charge, the assailant was arraigned and released.
It is important to know that Doorley could have charged the attacker, David Jakubonis, with felony assault — which requires bail.
Let’s note that Suffolk County now has a Republican district attorney and won his race on the issue of bail reform.
The fact that Doorley — inexplicably a co-chair of Lee Zeldin’s Monroe County Campaign Committee, and a vociferous opponent of bail reform — chose not to charge the attacker with a more penal crime is unsettling. And why is Doorley serving on Lee Zeldin’s campaign committee, given that the District Attorney’s Association specifically … [more]