Add New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams to the counter push defending the cash bail changes.
Williams in New York City on Tuesday appeared with Akeem Browder, whose brother died by suicide after being held in solitary confinement in Rikers Island awaiting trial.
Kalief Browder’s death was one of the main driver’s behind the end of cash bail for misdemeanors and non-violent felony charges in the first place.
But opponents of the new law have pointed to the release of people charged with robbery and manslaughter, arguing the measure was, at best, a half-baked plan that took effect at the start of the year.
Still, supporters have pushed back against any notion the measure should be altered, such as adding judicial discretion to whether a person should be released.
"This new reform- this critical progress - has been in effect for just six days," said Williams, who ran statewide for lieutenant governor in 2018 with Cynthia Nixon.
"Yet we see top officials reacting to headlines and fear mongering, discussing a potential watering down or clawing back of the gains that have been years in the making.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo did not rule out making alterations to the measure this week during a speech in New York City, but did not provide details.
Several Democratic lawmakers have backed the judicial discretion provision ahead of the start of the new legislative session.