Tedisco calls for special session to repeal bail reform

Tammy Patrick speaks at the podium of the loss of her father John Lee, who was fatally stabbed June 9th in Gloversville, beside Senator Jim Tedisco and Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino at Tedisco’s office in Clifton Park on Friday, August 12, 2022. Tedisco held press conference to call attention to repeal ‘catch and release’ bail reform.
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Tammy Patrick speaks at the podium of the loss of her father John Lee, who was fatally stabbed June 9th in Gloversville, beside Senator Jim Tedisco and Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino at Tedisco’s office in Clifton Park on Friday, August 12, 2022. Tedisco held press conference to call attention to repeal ‘catch and release’ bail reform.

CLIFTON PARK – State Sen. James Tedisco has called for a special session of the state legislature to repeal “catch and release” bail reform.

Friday, Tedisco, R-Glenville, was joined with local law enforcement and family of the late John Lee, who was fatally stabbed in June. Tedisco said the reforms made to bail are not working. The group called for the governor and legislature to hold a special session to pass Tedisco’s legislation which would repeal bail reform.

“We’ve got to get those [two bills] passed, we’ve got to go back and do this right,” Tedisco said. “We’ve got to make sure that these individuals who are violent are getting off the streets. But just as important were providing some mental healthcare maybe for some individuals who have those problems or some anger management as a qualifier for these individuals when we take them off the street. But definitely when we have a violent situation like this, they have to be taken off the street.”

Tedisco and Tammy Patrick shared the story of her father John Lee’s death.

“John Lee was allegedly killed by Thomas Quillan, who was arrested and charged with assaulting another man the day day before this murder, and then released,” Tedisco said. “Prior to the bail reform law passing the judge would have had the discretion of being able to hold the defendant on bail, preventing the loss of life.”

Tedisco said Quillan had been arrested the day prior to Lee’s for third degree assault, a class A misdemeanor. He said this is a non-qualifiable offense for bail.

Tedisco and Patrick believe if a judge would have been able to keep Quillan in jail Lee may be alive now. Patrick spoke of the holidays and gatherings she now misses sending with her father, and she called for discretion to be given to judges in situations like this

“It is time to give the power back to the judges and keep violent criminals off the street,” Patrick said. “If this had happened before, my dad might just still be with us here today. I do not want any other family to go through this trauma and grief that we have all experienced.”

Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo said they will continue to get their message out there about issues they have with bail reform. He said most importantly the governor needs to listen to and speak with the victims and the victim’s families.

“We’re going to continue to get our message across and hopefully they’ll come back, they’ll listen to us listen to us, that’s what we’re asking for is a place at the table,” Zurlo said.

Tedisco said he was confident Gov. Kathy Hochul would listen to his call for a special session, but he was not confident she would hear him.

“There’s a difference between listening and really hearing what someone is saying,” Tedisco said. “It’s like taking it to heart.”

Hochul was questioned about bail reform and rising gun violence at a press conference about recent gun seizures last week. Hochul said that violence has risen in other states which did not chance their bail protocols. She explained the original bail reform package has been amended twice, with the most recent amendment taking effect less than three months ago, she called for it to be given a chance to work.

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Chuck D August 13, 2022
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Sadly we again see this newspaper bow to the loud, and give short-shrift to the honest.
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Last month it was Zeldin out west and his being assaulted by a drunk who mistook him for badmouthing vets. Given the “weapon” was a $5.00 plastic Kitty-Kat that was barely capable of tearing a paper bag and the attacker seemed to move in slow-motion, obviously impaired, it came as a surprise that he was released with a very minor charge. But lo and behold we find out (not from this paper) the DA for that county, who’s office would be at least advising on the charges, is also listed as a Zeldin campaign co-chair. What a fine opportunity to score some campaign points at the expense of the Democrats by creating a “catch and release” scenario. Totally artificial, but the rubes, and the Daily Gazette, lapped it up unquestionably.
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Now we have another shameless Republican, Jim Tedisco with a reliable “Sheriff” Giardino (or is it judge Giardino this month?) to come to the campaign spotlight, I mean, the “advocacy” of another crime victim to once again try to strike a blow against the evil and nefarious Democrats and their alleged “soft-on-crime” socialist ways.
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Where’s our Fourth Estate to provide the truth and balance on the matter of bail reform? Tucked away in the last paragraph where every good editor knows, no one typically gets to.
Obviously this is not to belittle any of the tragedy befallen Ms. Patrick, and I personally feel for her loss. It is to point out, again, how the press enables the overtly, blatantly bad behavior of one of our political parties, Republicans, and how they’re able to keep any momentum up in the face of some of the most atrocious, illegal behavior this country has ever been subject to.
While there are other things that Ms. Hochui needs to answer for, she’s right in her comments on the subject. Crime is way up everywhere, not just NYS. It should be obvious to any voter that a party facing all the investigations, all the indictments and convictions, with more and bigger ones to come, should not be trusted to be honest brokers and given carte blanche to spew and distort whatever they want. Both parties do this but no party like today’s Republicans have stepped so far over the line of ethical and legal.