Jon Kaiman Releases Positions on Security and Policing – Featured
Jon Kaiman, the former supervisor of North Hempstead Town for New York’s 3rd congressional district, told Blank Slate Media that extreme elements of the Democratic Party do not represent him and are compromising public safety.
Kaiman, 59, of Great Neck, led the city from 2004 to 2013 and is currently Deputy County Manager for Suffolk, a position he has held since 2017. Congressman Tom Suozzi (D-Glen Cove), who represents the district since 2016, is running for governor.
Kaiman released a position paper on public safety and police reform, setting out its positions on a host of law enforcement issues.
“The Manhattan District Attorney, who said he will no longer prosecute most crimes in his jurisdiction, including violent crimes (as long as there is no serious injury), has dishonored his office , has failed the public it serves and lost the banner of the party that put it there,” Kaiman said in a statement.
Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg released a memo to staff in January that asked prosecutors to avoid seeking jail time except for the most serious crimes, according to reports. This decision drew strong criticism.
On Friday, Bragg released another memo that backtracked on some of his previous positions, calling for tougher policing, according to multiple reports.
Kaiman said the initial January memo “told the world that he stands with those who break the law and will not protect the people of Manhattan, those who visit and those who do business there.” .
When it comes to bail reform, Kaiman thinks it’s time for laws to change to provide better resources for judges.
“Judges must have the discretion to impose bail in order to protect the public from an individual who poses a threat to the community or is unlikely to return to court,” Kaiman said. “That said, bail should not be imposed if an individual is not a threat to the public or a flight risk. Immediate and ongoing auditing of bail determinations, as well as administrative oversight of the bail process, can be used to prevent unfair, inappropriate, inappropriate, or excessive bail.
The deputy executive also says police personnel need to be more involved in reform in the name of community safety.
“We need to push reform forward by working with advocates and experts, but also with the police command structure, police personnel and their union representatives,” Kaiman said. “We need to stop making laws that affect public safety without public safety personnel at the table.”
Kaiman’s rivals for the Democratic nomination include Robert Zimmerman of Great Neck, Nassau County Legislator Joshua Lafazan, Reema Rasool of Oyster Bay and Melanie D’Arrigo of Port Washington.
George Santos and Kevin Surdi are seeking the Republican nomination.
After a redistricting vote held Wednesday, New York’s third congressional district includes parts of Nassau, Suffolk, Queens and Westchester counties as well as parts of the Bronx.