Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, January 8

Jan 8, 2020

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First hour: An update on the state of bail reform in New York State

Second hour: Previewing Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State Address

One week after new bail reform laws went into effect in New York State, Governor Andrew Cuomo is calling for changes. The reforms ended cash bail for many lower-level alleged offenses, but a rash of anti-Semitic incidents and other alleged crimes have led critics of the legislation to push for adjustments or an overhaul. Our guests discuss the state of bail reform and possible unintended consequences. In studio:

  • Chief Deputy Michael Fowler, Monroe County Sheriff's Office
  • Mark Foti, attorney with the Foti Law Firm
  • Iman Abid, director of the Genesee Valley Chapter of the NYCLU
  • Ashley Gantt, organizer with the NYCLU

Then in our second hour, we preview Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State Address. WXXI News will carry the address live at 1:30 this afternoon. Leading up to that broadcast, we outline some of the 30 initiatives he plans to discuss. Our guests:

  • Randy Gorbman, news director for WXXI News
  • Karen DeWitt, Capitol Bureau Chief for WXXI News