Regardless of claiming that officers in her administration don’t assist defunding police, Gov. Kathy Hochul has tapped a second one who does to a key put up — a failed New York Metropolis Council candidate who needs to slash the NYPD price range by $3 billion.
On Friday Hochul appointed Amit Bagga to be her deputy secretary for intergovernmental affairs. He misplaced the Metropolis Council major in June for Queens’ district 26 seat regardless of assist from Democratic Socialist and defund proponent Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez’s political motion committee.
Bagga’s archived campaign website, which was taken down final week, says he needs to chop the NYPD’s price range by $3 billion, or a few third, inside two to 4 years.
He additionally proposed decreasing the dimensions of the power by 5 %, eradicating cops from public colleges and psychological well being responses, and “decriminalizing all drugs.”
This comes after The Post reported that her new lieutenant governor, Brian Benjamin, tweeted his assist for the Defund the Police motion in January.
“I support the movement to defund the police because I believe that there are parts of the NYPD budget that are not essential for public safety,” Benjamin wrote on the time.
In responses to an online questionnaire from the Jim Owles Democratic Membership in January, Bagga wrote: “I strongly believe in the dismantling of the specific type of police state we live in and believe that the police need to get out of most of the businesses of what we consider ‘policing.’”
He added that the felony justice system is “rooted in the original sin of slavery, and the system itself is weaponized to criminalized, impoverish and murder Black Americas in particular.”
Regardless of Bagga’s controversial public positions, Hochul claimed after the Benjamin story broke last Thursday: “We don’t assist defund the police. Nobody in my administration does.
“That was a catchphrase that had very negative connotations. And I believe that we have to continue to fund the police in the state to make sure that they can protect, particularly black and brown communities where sadly and tragically, so many black and brown communities are being hardest,” Hochul mentioned at her Manhattan workplace final week.
Bagga, who served in Mayor de Blasio’s administration because the deputy director of the New York Metropolis Census workplace, shall be a key aide to Hochul, negotiating on her behalf with officers on the state, metropolis, and native degree.
When reached by phone, Bagga declined to remark.
Nick Langworthy, the state’s GOP chair, blasted Bagga’s appointment.
“In a month’s time, Kathy Hochul has stacked the top levels of her administration with extreme radicals and pave the way for thousands of criminals to be released from jail. She’s so desperate to stave off a primary she’s gone full AOC,” Langworthy mentioned.
Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin, who plans to challenge Hochul within the basic election, mentioned “With the appointment of Amit Bagga, Kathy Hochul continues her mission to fill the ranks of her administration with those who want to defund, disband, dismantle or abolish law enforcement, surrender our communities’ streets to criminals and sacrifice the safety of everyday New Yorkers and their families.”
A spokeswoman for Hochul didn’t return a request for touch upon Bagga, however beforehand instructed The Submit about Benjamin’s anti-cop feedback, “Governor Hochul doesn’t assist defunding the police.
“In the Hochul Administration, public safety and justice and accountability in policing are not mutually exclusive, and the Governor and Lieutenant Governor are partnering on these priorities,” the rep mentioned.