Gubernatorial hopefuls slammed new Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s controversial policy of not prosecuting certain low-level crimes while downgrading other charges, with some calling for his removal. Bragg should be ousted.
“Bragg can’t pick and choose what laws not to enforce. You can’t say, ‘I’m not going to enforce the law,’ ” said Long Island Congressman Tom Suozzi, a Democrat challenging Gov. Kathy Hochul in the Democratic primary, told The Post. Bragg also is a Democrat. “His policy sends a very bad message. This is a green light for chaos,” Suozzi said. Hochul, a Democrat running to keep the executive seat she assumed when three-term Democrat Andrew Cuomo resigned amid a sexual harassment scandal, declined requests for comment. Three Republican candidates for governor — Long Island Rep. Lee Zeldin, Rob Astorino and Andrew Giuliani — said they would remove Bragg from office if they were in the executive seat, for failing to enforce the law. They said Hochul should do so.
“You can’t have a vibrant city if criminals are being coddled,” said Astorino, the former Westchester County executive. “It’s absurd and dangerous and we can’t stand for it.” “It is illegal what he’s doing. As governor I would use the authority under the state constitution to remove Bragg from office.” Zeldin, during an interview with Joe Piscopo on AM 970 The Answer, said, “If I was governor I would remove Alvin Bragg altogether. Why? Because he’s refusing to do his job” “If he wants to be a criminal defense attorney, he should resign and represent the criminals. You have to make sure the streets belong to the law-abiding citizens, not the criminals.”