Lee Zeldin talks about NYC bail laws after being attacked

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), the Republican candidate for governor of New York, appeared on Sirius XM Breitbart News Saturday and pointed to problems with New York’s extremist no-bail laws days after he was attacked at a campaign rally in Fairport and his accused assailant was released without bail.

The suspect, identified as 43-year-old David G. Jakubonis, jumped onto the stage and accosted the congressman while brandishing a double-jointed sharp object which he wore around Zeldin’s neck. Hours earlier, Governor Kathy Hochul (D-NY) issued a press release sharing “times and locations for several of the upcoming Zeldin campaign stops,” as reported by Breitbart News. The statement encouraged his followers to “RSVP to learn more about Zeldin’s Election Integrity Task Force.”

“”Big Lie” Lee and his entourage of extremists are launching the statewide “MAGA Republican” bus tour, which will make stops across the state to peddle dangerous lies, misinformation and its far-right agenda,” the statement added.

While Zeldin was talking with Breitbart News Saturday host Matthew Boyle, he detailed what was going through his mind when the attacker approached him at the rally, where, ironically, he brought up the cashless bail issues.

“When I first saw this person up close, I see a hat that shows he’s a veteran, which in life always makes me completely let my guard down,” he said. “And then I see as quickly as he has what looks like brass knuckles on his hand with two sharp daggers coming out of it, and he raises his hand to my throat. And I wanted to grab his wrist, which I learned much younger in life, I was a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and I remember through self-defense training what you do when someone ‘one pounces on you with a knife.’

He noted that the man kept repeating, “You’re done, you’re done, you’re done.

“And in that particular context, I was also well aware that there were people all around me who would be able to react quickly, so I really needed to hold it back for a moment, and of course, seven , eight , nine, ten people tackling him, checking him off… And then I kind of separated from the scene, I know there were discussions about whether or not he could have other weapons on him … It was within minutes that the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office responded quickly.They arrested the assailant, and as we have all unfortunately experienced in many other cases under New York law, in Due to New York’s cashless bail law, within hours he was immediately released and back on the streets.

After the ordeal, Zeldin returned to the stage and finished delivering his remarks.

“I keep hearing stories of people being released on cashless bail and then they go out and commit additional offences. And judges on a case-by-case basis, wanting to be able to keep someone in custody or post bail in cash because they fear the person might run away, maybe they fear an individual is dangerous, maybe it’s something in their past with a criminal record and past events, maybe it’s the particular seriousness of the offence,” Zeldin detailed to Breitbart News Saturday. “That discretion doesn’t exist for all kinds of different laws that are on the books.”

New York’s sweeping no-cash bail reform, which was signed into law by disgraced former Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY), who preceded Hochul, has led to countless cases where accused perpetrators are set free in the street amid serious allegations.

To name a few:

  • Mohammed Islam, 32, is charged with setting an arson attack on Jan. 15 at an unoccupied summer home in upstate New York, a day after he was arrested in connection with other arson attacks. according to State Senator Mike Martucci (R-42). Martucci said he was released due to bail laws, and while battling the blaze on Jan. 15, Forestburgh Deputy Fire Chief William “Billy” Steinberg walked over. collapsed due to a heart attack and died.
  • In upstate New York, Brian Hale, 30, of Libson, was convicted of second-degree manslaughter in April following an altercation at a bar in February that, according to authorities, resulted in the death of 39-year-old Andrew Johnston. Hale was later released on his recognizance.
  • In New York on February 21, Frank Abrokwah, 37, allegedly smeared his feces on a woman’s face in a Bronx subway station after prosecutors said she ignored his attempts to speak to him. Abrokwah was released without bond and was arrested the following day for allegedly attempting to steal from a hardware store. He allegedly encouraged an employee to report him to the police when confronted.

Zeldin pointed to another recent example of this happening.

“There was an incident a few weeks ago where these two guys were arrested with $1.2 million worth of crystal meth. They were Mexican Cartel drug dealers who were arrested in Manhattan, and they were immediately released on cashless bail,” Zeldin said. “Now the argument that’s being made for cashless bail is that the lawyer will say that somebody who has a clean record, a low-level offense, is not a flight risk, that he poses a danger to society, that he shouldn’t have to be detained just because they can’t post any bail. That’s the argument that’s been made for the passage of this law, and I would say if you get caught with $1.2 million worth of crystal meth, you should suffer the consequences, and you shouldn’t have the same argument for your benefit that those lawyers did because if you don’t have no money set aside for your deposit, it’s up to you.


Breitbart Representative Lee Zeldin (R-NY) – July 23, 2022

The congressman pointed to the “crushing” contrast between him and Hochul and his apprehension about laws that undoubtedly make New Yorkers less safe.

“The contrast is striking. When Kathy Hochul was asked earlier this year about repealing cashless bail because New York Mayor – who is a Democrat, Eric Adams – he had just taken office and he was calling for a major overhaul, and Kathy Hochul said she needed more data. [New York County District Attorney] Alvin Bragg was refusing to enforce the law on day one, he puts out a memo on day one, he says all the different laws at all levels that he won’t enforce, all sorts of others that he will be treated as lesser offences,” Zeldin said. . “Kathy Hochul was asked about it by the media, she said ‘we should all cut some slack on him.’ pressure on these particular questions. She gives the wrong answer every time.

“Just a few weeks ago it passed a new gun law. The week after the The Supreme Court struck down New York’s concealed carry law for being unconstitutional, it’s coming back with a law that I believe is more unconstitutional,” he continued. “Now, that’s not just a violation of the Second Amendment. It’s a violation of the First Amendment, trampling all First Amendment rights to trample all Second Amendment rights. So the media asks him, ‘Did you data to support the prosecution of concealed carry permit holders?” And the answer was that she didn’t need data in this case. So cashless bail that she won’t do anything about because she claims that there’s no data, even though there is, and then when asked about this new anti-gun, anti-second amendment law, she says she doesn’t no need for data, she is the governor, she has to do it.

He went on to point out that by far the two most pressing issues in New York State are public safety and the economy.

“The contrast is striking. These are the two main problems. Kathy Hochul doesn’t care, she’s taking our state in the wrong direction, and I believe those solutions are obvious, and it doesn’t matter if you’re Republican, Democrat, Independent,” he told Boyle. “If you’re a New Yorker, you should vote for common sense to make our streets safe, to make life in New York more affordable, and I believe there are enough New Yorkers ready to do that on November 8. for us to save this state.


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