NY governor says no budget approval without bail changes

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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 14: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a press conference at his Midtown Manhattan office, September 14, 2018 in New York City. Cuomo discussed his primary night election victory as well as a range of other topics. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s governor said Friday he will not approve the state budget without changes to a law that overhauled the state’s bail system.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, third-term Democrat who often uses the state budget to push through his policy priorities, made the comments while speaking on public radio. His comments will likely raise the stakes on budget negotiations in the upcoming weeks.

The law eliminated cash bail for most misdemeanors and nonviolent cases over concerns that poor arrestees were languishing in jail pretrial for low-level crimes. But the law did not eliminate cash bail entirely.

Cuomo said he supports eliminating cash bail in total but allowing judges to have discretion over whether to keep people in custody before their cases are resolved.

Judges should have discretion with certain parameters that allow for due process and the right to appeal, he said.

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