New York Republicans are focusing on a confrontation with the NYPD outside a migrant shelter last week to unload on Democrats — charging Gov. Kathy Hochul with failing to use tools available to her in New York as Congress debates the passage of President Joe Biden’s border bill.
What You Need To Know
- Republican Sen. Minority Leader Robert Ortt of Lockport called on Gov. Kathy Hochul to use her constitutional powers to remove Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, after prosecutors from his office failed to hold the men on bail
- Hochul said she’s calling on New York's 10 Republican congressional representatives to join with Democrats and support the border compromise bill working its way through Congress
- Hochul said supporting President Joe Biden’s border bill is a no-brainer and if passed, it’ll strengthen Homeland Security forces by tightening asylum requirements and make New York eligible for more federal aid dollars
“The governor made the comment ‘they should be deported.’ If she wants them deported, well, she’s gonna have to do some different things. She’s gonna have to remove Alvin Bragg, which is what she should have done the day after this,” Republican Sen. Minority Leader Robert Ortt of Lockport said during a Conservative Party of New York State retreat at the Albany Hilton Hotel.
The migrant blame game has kicked up a notch after some of the migrant men suspected of assaulting two NYPD officers reportedly fled the state, Republicans slammed Hochul for failing to act forcefully.
“She owns this crisis. Her and Mayor Adams own this crisis. Her, Mayor Adams and President Biden on this crisis and every single New Yorker, every American,” he added.
Ortt called on Hochul to use her constitutional powers to remove Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, after prosecutors from his office failed to hold the men on bail.
Re-upping Republican ire over the state’s penal code.
“This is a federal crime what they did. But they’re gone. They’re gone. That’s the result of sanctuary city policies! When they’re released back out, the New York City Police Department cannot cooperate with our federal law enforcement partners,” he said.
Hochul fired back from Syracuse, targeting New York’s 10 GOP representatives for contributing to gridlock in Congress. She said she’s calling on those Republicans to join with Democrats and support the border compromise bill working its way through Congress.
“The only thing standing in the way is that the House Republicans refuse to take action. They don’t want there to be a resolution because they want to keep the chaos going,” she charged, during an unrelated press conference touting her $233 billion budget proposal.
She said supporting Biden’s border bill is a no-brainer and if passed it’ll strengthen Homeland Security forces by tightening asylum requirements and make New York eligible for more federal aid dollars.
“There are people here that we’re having to spend billions of dollars to take care of. I’m trying to get people to work. I’m trying to solve it from here. But it starts at the border. And their refusal to change the asylum laws which are being abused right now. They need to be changed,” she said.
Ortt said Hochul can help now by deploying National Guardsmen directly to the border, referring to a letter he sent last week with Republican state Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay of Syracuse.
Arguing that without a break in the flow and perceived inaction, the will damage Democrats’ reelection bids.
“This is going to be a huge issue for Democrats this year. Biden’s numbers and how voters tie this to him is going to be an issue for Democrats this year. It’s going to be an issue in New York state. I think you’re gonna see it in a week on Long Island that it’s a huge issue in that special election,” added Ortt, referring to the contentious special election in New York’s 3rd Congressional District in the race to replace former Rep. George Santos.
Mayor Eric Adams will also be in Albany on Tuesday to press state lawmakers for additional funding and resources after Hochul already pledged to cough up a little over $2 billion in this year’s state budget proposal.