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“The New York State Legislature has shown true strength in the swift passage of multiple bills aimed at reforming policing and other matters in the criminal justice system.

I commend Gov. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie in getting this done. The “Say Their Name” Agenda was proposed in response to the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others but these measures have been long needed. The package includes banning police choke holds, repealing 50-a and other measures that will increase transparency in the justice system. I urge Gov. Cuomo to sign these bills into law quickly. I am also calling on the legislature to pass reforms to make it easier for municipalities to weed out and dismiss bad police officers.”