Little noticed in the debate over the cashless bail law has been an airwaves battle over the measure.
Earlier this year, a group in support of the measure that ends cash bail requirements for misdemeanors and non-violent felonies launched a TV ad in support of it featuring Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez.
"Crime rates have gone down and our system is more fair and just," he says in the ad. "Across our country reform has made our communities safer and stronger. Reform will make our state safer and stronger, too."
The ad campaign, backed by New Yorkers United For Justice, was launched just as the new law was taking effect, and as prosecutors and law enforcement elsewhere in the state have staunchly criticized the change.
An effort has been building among Democrats, anxious over the law's consequences, to add a component that allows judges to determine whether a person is too dangerous to be released from jail pending trial. But supporters of the change say the provision would keep more people of color in jail and undermine the law's intent.
The ad is part of a counter-effort to support the law amid the calls for changes, and reassure voters at the same time the measure doesn't undermine safety.
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has said he does not want to roll back cashless bail, and criminal justice advocates are also calling for the measure to remain intact.