Bail reform discussed after attack on Lee Zeldin during campaign shutdown

The man identified as the attacker, David Jakubonis, 43, of Fairport, has been charged with attempted assault. He was later released on his own recognizance.

BUFFALO, NY – U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin, the Republican candidate for governor of New York, was assaulted on Thursday by a man who allegedly tried to stab him.

The deputy was not seriously injured.

Friday night at 2 On Your Side’s Town Hall, attorney Barry Covert spoke about the kind of charges that would have been necessary to keep Zeldin’s attacker in jail.

The man identified as the attacker, David Jakubonis, 43, of Fairport, New York, has been charged with attempted assault. He was later released on his own recognizance.

“The Bail Reform Act, all it says is that we shouldn’t assume people won’t show up in court,” Covert said.

“And as long as there’s no history where they’re not showing up in court, and they’re not violating protection orders or violating other court instructions, there should initially be an assumption that we can issue some sort of acknowledgment to come back to court. And as long as the person comes back, that’s what we’re trying to achieve when we have an indictment. We’re not trying to punish somebody before he was sentenced.

It’s unclear at this time whether Governor Kathy Hochul will convene a special session that Senate Republican Minority Leader Rob Ortt did earlier Friday.

“Countless New Yorkers are victims of crime every day,” Ortt said in a statement released Friday morning. “Yesterday’s events shone a tragic spotlight on this fact.

“Restoring public safety cannot wait. It is time for the ruling political class to make the safety of New Yorkers a priority. Governor Hochul must call a special session to finally repeal these disastrous pro-crime policies that have rendered less secure New Yorkers.”

About Michael S. Montanez

Check Also

Why Donald Trump is pushing millions through a Save America PAC campaign loophole

For all his golden toiletformer President Donald Trump is notoriously miserly—with personal funds as well …