Mayors across NYS worry about cost of implementing criminal justice reforms

Mayors are often on the front lines of state policy being enacted in New York, and increasingly many of them are worried about the cost of implementing new criminal justice law changes.

Mayors from across New York were in Albany on Monday, raising concerns with the cost of criminal justice law changes coming early next year.

“This is another unfunded mandate for the villages and cities to address,” said Freeport Mayor Robert Kennedy.

The concerns raised by mayors have been echoed by county district attorneys. The local officials argue the changes, like making evidence available to defendants in criminal cases on a faster schedule, will cost money to fund technology upgrades and an increase in personnel. Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy hopes a compromise can be made.

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