Assemblyman Mike Norris Sounds Off On Bail Reform in Press Release

Word-for-word as sent by the Assemblyman’s office:

Assemblyman Mike Norris (R,C,I,Ref-Lockport)  joined representatives from the New York State Sheriffs’ Association (NYSSA), the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police and the District Attorneys Association of New York at a rally today at the State Capitol in Albany calling for a full repeal of the recently-enacted bail reforms.

Norris, who opposed these bail reforms in last year’s session, said, “Every day there’s another report of someone being released on their own recognizances only to turn around and allegedly commit another crime – sometimes even on the very day they were released. New Yorkers from Buffalo to Long Island are wondering why their state government is allowing this to happen and I could not agree more!  That’s why I continue to speak out against this outrageous law which has gone way too far and is adversely impacting public safety within our state.”

“It is time for the downstate driven majorities in the state Senate and Assembly and the governor to recognize that the reforms adopted last year are too extreme and an immediate repeal of these bail reform changes must be implemented so law enforcement and elected officials can come together in the meantime to discuss reasonable long-term modifications in a professional dialogue,” Norris continued. 

Norris also pointed to a report compiled by members of the Assembly Minority Conference after meeting with law enforcement on this issue last year. A full copy of the report can be viewed here and includes data from a study given to the governor and legislative leaders detailing the potential impact of such bail reforms before they were included in the 2019 State Budget.

Norris continued to ask people who are concerned about this issue to contact the governor’s office or to sign a statewide petition calling for repeal. You can find the petition online at

EDITOR’S NOTE: Mike Norris represents the 144th Assembly District comprised of portions of Erie, Niagara and Orleans counties. To learn more about Norris, please visit his Assembly Website or follow him on Facebook.