July 2022


More than 50 Ukrainian prisoners of war have been killed in a bombing that President Volodymyr Zelensky condemned Friday as a “terrorist attack organized by Russian inhuman monsters.”

“This is another confirmation that Russia is a terrorist state,” the president wrote, confirming that “more than 50 captured Ukrainian defenders were cynically killed” in Olenivka.

The targeted prison, in an area controlled by the Moscow-backed Donetsk People’s Republic, had housed nearly 200 troops captured in Mariupol, the scene of many of the war’s worst atrocities.

Images Friday showed the smoking remains of a cavernous burned-out building — with charred bodies lying on metal beds and military stretchers.

“Russia has committed another petrifying war crime by shelling a correctional facility in the occupied Olenivka where it held Ukrainian POWs,” Ukraine Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted.

“I call on all partners to strongly condemn this brutal violation of international humanitarian law and recognize Russia a terrorist state.”

An adviser to Zelensky decried the shelling as “a deliberate, cynical, calculated mass murder of Ukrainian prisoners.”

FILE - Smoke rises from the Metallurgical Combine Azovstal in Mariupol, in territory under the government of the Donetsk People's Republic, eastern in Mariupol, Ukraine, on May 5, 2022. Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine say that at least 40 Ukrainian prisoners of war captured during the fighting for Mariupol have been killed by Ukrainian shelling. (AP Photo, File)
The prison, in an area controlled by Moscow-backed Donetsk People’s Republic had housed troops captured in Mariupol, the scene of many of the war’s worst atrocities.
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The separatists in control of the group confirmed at least 53 people were killed and at least 75 wounded.

However, it blamed Kyiv, as did Russia, whose defense ministry called it an “egregious provocation” designed to stop soldiers from surrendering and exposing Ukraine’s own military crimes.

Russian state media also claimed that there had been fragments of High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) rockets that the US gave Ukraine.

“The political leadership of Ukraine decided to use US-producer multiple-launch rocket systems HIMARS to carry out a strike here to veil the crimes that the Ukrainian captives started talking about,” the separatists’ spokesman, Eduard Basturin, told local media.

Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak ripped those claims as “a classic, cynical and elaborate false flag operation” by the Kremlin.

“The purpose — to discredit in front of our partners and disrupt weapons supply,” he said of the “deliberate, cynical, calculated mass murder of Ukrainian prisoners.”

Ukraine’s military leaders shared a similar message in a shared statement later Friday.

“The committed explosion is a cynical terrorist act of the Russian Federation, a military provocation and a classic false flag operation, the purpose of which is to cover up war crimes, discredit the Armed Forces of Ukraine, disrupt the supply of Western weapons and increase social tension in Ukrainian society,” they said.

Ukrainian officials alleged that the feared Russian mercenary Wagner Group carried out the assault.

On the same day, UK intelligence noted how the private military company had been unusually active on the frontlines, acting as regular troops rather than its usual work in special missions.

“This is a significant change from the previous employment of the group since 2015,” the UK report noted, saying it confirmed Wagner’s close ties with the Kremlin and also appeared to prove Russia was suffering a “shortage of combat infantry” in its invasion.

With Post wires

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WASHINGTON — The House passed legislation Friday to revive a ban on semi-automatic guns, the first vote of its kind in years and a direct response to the firearms often used in the crush of mass shootings ripping through communities nationwide.

Once banned in the U.S., the high-powered firearms are now widely blamed as the weapon of choice among young men responsible for many of the most devastating mass shootings. But Congress allowed the restrictions first put in place in 1994 on the manufacture and sales of the weapons to expire a decade later, unable to muster the political support to counter the powerful gun lobby and reinstate the weapons ban.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed the vote toward passage in the Democratic-run House, saying the earlier ban “saved lives.”

The House legislation is shunned by Republicans, who dismissed it as an election-year strategy by Democrats. Almost all Republicans voted against the bill, which passed 217-213. It will likely stall in the 50-50 Senate.

The bill comes at a time of intensifying concerns about gun violence and shootings — the supermarket shooting in Buffalo, N.Y.; massacre of school children in Uvalde, Texas; and the July Fourth shootings of revelers in Highland Park, Ill.

Voters seem to be taking such election-year votes seriously as Congress splits along party lines and lawmakers are forced to go on the record with their views. A recent vote to protect same-sex marriages from potential Supreme Court legal challenges won a surprising amount of bipartisan support.

President Joe Biden, who was instrumental in helping secure the first semi-automatic weapons ban as a senator in 1994, encouraged passage, promising to sign the bill if it reached his desk. In a statement before the vote, his administration said “we know an assault weapons and large-capacity magazine ban will save lives.”

The Biden administration said for 10 years while the ban was in place, mass shootings declined. “When the ban expired in 2004, mass shootings tripled,” the statement said.

Republicans stood firmly against limits on ownership of the high-powered firearms during an at times emotional debate ahead of voting.

“It’s a gun grab, pure and simple,” said Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, R-Pa.

Said Rep. Andrew Clyde, R-Ga., “An armed America is a safe and free America.”

Democrats argued that the ban on the weapons makes sense, portraying Republicans as extreme and out of step with Americans.

Jazmin Cazares, whose sister Jacklyn Cazares and cousin Annabell Rodriguez were victims of the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, speaks to reporters. The family, along with other survivors of mass shootings, joined Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL) to urge the House to vote for an assault weapons ban earlier this week.
Jazmin Cazares, whose sister Jacklyn Cazares and cousin Annabell Rodriguez were victims of the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, speaks to reporters. The family, along with other survivors of mass shootings, joined Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL) to urge the House to vote for an assault weapons ban earlier this week.
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Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., said the weapons ban is not about taking away Americans’ Second Amendment rights but ensuring that children also have the right “to not get shot in school.”

Pelosi displayed a poster of a gun company’s advertisement for children’s weapons, smaller versions that resemble the popular AR-15 rifles and are marketed with cartoon-like characters. “Disgusting,” she said.

In one exchange, two Ohio lawmakers squared off. “Your freedom stops where mine begins, and that of my constituents begins,” Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur told Republican Rep. Jim Jordan. “Schools, shopping malls, grocery stores, Independence Day parades shouldn’t be scenes of mass carnage and bloodshed.”

Jordan replied by inviting her to his congressional district to debate him on the Second Amendment, saying he believed most of his constituents “probably agree with me and agree with the United States Constitution.”

The bill would make it unlawful to import, sell or manufacture a long list of semi-automatic weapons. Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., said it exempts those already in possession.

Reps. Chris Jacobs of New York and Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania were the only Republicans to vote for the measure. The Democratic lawmakers voting no were Reps. Kurt Schrader of Oregon, Henry Cuellar of Texas, Jared Golden of Maine, Ron Kind of Wisconsin and Vicente Gonzalez of Texas.

For nearly two decades, since the previous ban expired Democrats had been reluctant to revisit the issue and confront the gun lobby. But voter opinions appear to be shifting and Democrats dared to act before the fall election. The outcome will provide information for voters of where the candidates stand on the issue.

Democrats had tried to link the weapons ban to a broader package of public safety measures that would have increased federal funding for law enforcement. It’s something centrist Democrats in tough re-election campaigns wanted to shield them from political attacks by their Republican opponents they are soft on crime.

Pelosi said the House will revisit the public safety bills in August when lawmakers are expected to return briefly to Washington to handle other remaining legislation, including Biden’s priority inflation-fighting package of health care and climate change strategies making its way in the Senate.

Congress passed a modest gun violence prevention package just last month in the aftermath of the tragic shooting of 19 school children and two teachers in Uvalde. That bipartisan bill was the first of its kind after years of failed efforts to confront the gun lobby, including after a similar 2012 mass tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

That law provides for expanded background checks on young adults buying firearms, allowing authorities to access certain juvenile records. It also closes the so-called “boyfriend loophole” by denying gun purchases for those convicted of domestic abuse outside of marriages.

The new law also frees up federal funding to the states, including for “red flag” laws that enable authorities to remove guns from those who would harm themselves or others.

But even that modest effort at halting gun violence came at time of grave uncertainty in the U.S. over restrictions on firearms as the more conservative Supreme Court is tackling gun rights and other issues.

Biden signed the measure two days after the Supreme Court’s ruling striking down a New York law that restricted people’s ability to carry concealed weapons.

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The Jersey City pol who allegedly fled a hit-run with a bicyclist earlier this month was already a traffic scofflaw, according to a report.

In November, embattled Councilwoman-at-Large Amy DeGise was caught parking illegally and driving with expired registration — then tried to get out of having her car towed while mentioning she had a relative who was “an officer,” the Hudson County View reported Friday.

Police body-camera footage shows DeGise being approached by cop Ramon Calderon last year as her SUV is being loaded onto a flatbed truck in Hoboken, NJ.

Calderon informs her that her car had been hit while illegally parked in the path of turning trucks — and was being impounded because her registration lapsed in 2019.

“A family member is an officer, I have their card on me,” the pleading councilwoman tells Calderon. “If there’s any way I can have a ticket instead. Please.”

Calderon holds firm, noting that her registration had been expired for two years.

“It’s been unregistered since 2019,” he explains. “It has to remain impounded.”

Unwilling to concede, DeGise then announced, “I was endorsed by the police in Jersey City — I’m a councilwoman.”

With Calderon still refusing to budge, DeGise names someone in the mayor’s office.

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Amy DeGise has reportedly had multiple issues when it comes to traffic violations.
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The disinterested officer responds that he had never heard of the individual.

“There are trucks that are trying to make the turn because of this,” Calderon says while trying to explain why the tow is nonnegotiable.

DeGise also once had her car towed in Secaucus, according to a police blotter item uncovered by the outlet.

On July 19, DeGise allegedly shellacked deliveryman Andrew Black around 8 a.m. in a Jersey City intersection and never bothered to stop, according to video of the incident that emerged this week.

While DeGise appeared to have had the right of way, she was given a summons for leaving the scene of an accident and failing to report it, according to the outlet.

Black, who was able to walk away from the accident despite being thrown from the cycle, has blasted DeGise.

“Someone of prestige [who is] demanding to uphold and clean our streets or whatever they’re calling it … can’t even do it themselves,” Black said. “It really upset me.”

More than 1,600 people had signed a petition calling for her resignation by Friday evening.

Through a spokesman, she has so far refused and said she intends to serve out her term.

“Councilwoman DeGise was elected overwhelmingly just a few months ago and she has no intention of walking away from the commitment she made to serve the people of Jersey City,” said Phil Swibinski.

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The numbers have been drawn in the Mega Millions jaw-dropping $1.28 billion jackpot prize — the third largest in U.S. history.

Friday’s winning numbers were 67, 45, 57, 36, and 13 The mega millions ball was 14.

It’s unclear yet if there were any lucky winners defying the 1 in 303 million odds to claim the life-changing prize

Winners have the option to receive the $1.28 billion over the course of 29 years, or a lump sum of $747.2 million cash prize, which ends up being $457.5 million after taxes.

After 29 consecutive drawings in a row since the last jackpot was won on April 15, the jackpot soared to the second-largest in Mega Millions history.

Friday’s jackpot was so massive that it was breaking ticket vendor signs in New York City, which only have three digit slots followed by a sign that reads “millions.” One Manhattan deli employee guessed that ticket sales were as much as 35 percent of usual sales ahead of the drawing.

The largest Mega Millions jackpot was $1.537 billion in October 2018.

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Three Iranian women — including a former child bride — were executed Wednesday for murdering their husbands, a humanitarian group reported.

Soheila Abedi, was sentenced to a retribution death for killing her husband in 2015, 10 years after she had been married at the age of 15, according to the Norway-based group Iran Human Rights. She was executed at the Sanandaj Central Prison, the non-profit said.

Senobar Jalali was executed in Rajai Shahr Prison on Wednesday and Faranak Beheshti was put to death in Urmia Central Prison, according to the group.

The circumstances of their alleged domestic murders were unclear and the killings were not reported by domestic media or the country’s Islamic totalitarian government, humanitarians said.

The punishment for Iranians convicted of murder is decided by the victim’s families, who can choose between execution, blood money or forgiveness.

This was 10 years after she had been married at the age of 15.
Soheila Abedi was sentenced to a retribution death for killing her husband in 2015.
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The punishment for Iranians convicted of murder is decided by the victim's families.
The punishment for Iranians convicted of murder is decided by the victim’s families.
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At least 251 prisoners, including 6 women, were executed in the first half of 2022, more than double the amount of people killed in the first six months of last year, Iran Human Rights said.

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Former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Vince McMahon left the company with a fortune of $3.4 billion after he retired last week amid a sexual harassment scandal that involved millions of dollars in hush money payments, according to reports.

In addition to retiring as a multi-billionaire, McMahon still holds voting control in the wrestling entertainment company, Bloomberg reported. McMahon also remains WWE’s largest shareholder with a 32% stake in the company.

The WWE revealed on Monday that McMahon paid $14.6 million in hush money to several women who alleged sexual misconduct between the years 2006 and 2022. 

In an SEC filing, the company said that the multi-million dollar payments were classified as “unrecorded expenses” and said it plans to restate its finances to reflect the expenditures.

CEO Vince McMahon speaks to an audience during a WWE fan appreciation event in Connecticut in 2008.
Vince McMahon, 76, announced his retirement from WWE last week.

All of the payments were either paid or will be paid by McMahon, the WWE said in the filing.

McMahon, 76, announced his retirement days earlier on July 22. McMahon’s daughter, Stephanie McMahon, will be chairwoman and co-CEO with Nick Khan, who joined WWE as president from CAA in 2020. 

She had stepped in as interim CEO when the board began its investigation into the allegations, which it is still investigating. Her husband Paul Levesque, a former WWE wrestler, also sits on the board.

“Our global audience can take comfort in knowing WWE will continue to entertain you with the same fervor, dedication, and passion as always,” McMahon said in a statement. “I am extremely confident in the continued success of WWE, and I leave our company in the capable hands of an extraordinary group of Superstars, employees, and executives …”

“As the majority shareholder, I will continue to support WWE in any way I can. My personal thanks to our community and business partners, shareholders, and Board of Directors for their guidance and support through the years. Then. Now. Forever. Together.”

WWE Chairman Vince McMahon speaks at a Press Conference.
McMahon still has voting control in the WWE and is its largest stakeholder.

The Wall Street Journal first reported the investigation began after the WWE was tipped off that the CEO had paid a former employee $3 million to keep quiet about their affair. According to an email obtained by the outlet, McMahon hired the woman as a paralegal to a $100,000 salary, and doubled it after the affair began.

The report said McMahon paid as much as $12 million to four women over at least 16 years. One of the accusers is a former wrestler who claimed in 2018 that years earlier McMahon had coerced her into oral sex before he demoted her when she ended the relationship.

McMahon’s retirement has led to some speculation that the WWE may be up for sale, Bloomberg reported, but the future of the company and McMahon’s future involvement is uncertain.

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The bodies of the four young siblings that were swept away from their parents in ferocious Kentucky flood waters Thursday have been recovered.

First responders found the bodies of 18-month-old Chance Noble and Maddison Noble, 8, in the Knott County community of Montgomery Friday, a day after the bodies of Nevaeh Noble, 4, and Riley Noble Jr., 6, were discovered, according to The Lexington-Herald Leader.

The brothers and sisters were among the at least 19 victims that have been killed by sweeping floods in the region that have swamped entire Appalachian towns — a death toll that was expected to sharply rise when waterways finally crest and recede, officials said.

The Noble children were swept away from the grip of their parents Riley Noble and Amber Smith when a deluge filled their house with water, a cousin of the victims told the newspaper.

A family picture of the four Noble siblings.
The Noble children — clockwise from top left, Maddison, 8, Riley Jr., 6, Chance, 18 months, and Nevaeh Noble, 4 — were swept away from their parents.
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Houses were partially submerged in water after floods ravaged small towns in eastern Kentucky.
At least 12 other people have been found dead following the floods, and the toll is expected to soar as waters recede.

“They got on the roof and the entire underneath washed out with them and the children,” Brittany Trejo reportedly said. “They managed to get to a tree and … held the children a few hours before a big tide came and wash them all away at the same time.”

“The mother and father was stranded in the tree for eight hours before anyone got there to help,” she added.

A frantic search remained underway for victims in survivors in the region Friday night after violent record-breaking flash flooding ravaged homes and businesses in some of the poorest communities in the US.

An aerial view of a flooded Appalachian valley.
Water poured down hillsides and into Appalachian valleys and hollows, causing creeks and streams to swell.
An eastern Kentucky home was filled with water following record breaking floods.
Some areas remained inaccessible Friday night as the frantic rescue and recovery effort continued by air and ground.

“The numbers, I think, are going to be really hard to tell right now because some of the people they haven’t got to yet, and I’m sure some of the coroners haven’t been able to report them,” Kentucky State Police spokesman Shane Goodall told the outlet.

Rain subsided on Friday morning but water levels were expected to rise until Saturday. The region was expected to be hit with more storms early next week, according to forecasters.

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These fossils fetched a fortune.

A first-of-its-kind dinosaur skeleton was on the auction block at Sotheby’s live Natural History auction in New York City on Thursday, July 28, 2022.

The 77-million-year-old fossil, belonging to a Gorgosaurus, sold for $6.1 million to an unknown buyer.

The bidder also won the right to give the dinosaur skeleton a name.

Sotheby’s noted in a press release that the Gorgosaurus skeleton was one of the most valuable dinosaurs ever sold.

This Gorgosaurus was the first to appear at an auction, ever — and is one of only 20 known to exist.

The dinosaur belonging to the Tyrannosaurid family measured nearly 10 feet tall and 22 feet long.

The carnivore reigned during the Late Cretaceous period, native to the area now known as western North America, according to Sotheby’s.

These fossils were found in the Judith River Formation near Havre, Montana, in 2018, which is a rare discovery south of the Canadian border.

A Gorgosaurus Skeleton
The skeleton sold for $6.1 million.
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Sotheby’s global head of science and popular culture, Cassandra Hatton, shared in a statement ahead of the auction that the prehistoric relic was an inspiration.

“I have had the privilege of handling and selling many exceptional and unique objects,” she said. 

“But few have the capacity to inspire wonder and capture imaginations quite like this unbelievable Gorgosaurus skeleton.”

But scientists and dino experts aren’t as optimistic about the historic exchange.

Although the sale of the dinosaur appears to be legal, Carthage College paleontologist Thomas Carr expressed in an interview with The New York Times that he’s “disgusted” by the lack of consideration for the scarcity of fossils available to the public.

“I’m totally disgusted, distressed and disappointed because of the far-reaching damage the loss of these specimens will have for science,” he told the publication. “This is a disaster.”

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Only 20 of the rare dino skeletons are known to exist.
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The expert mapped out that there are about 50 T. Rex specimens — from full skeletons to singular bones — in public trust for research access, while the same amount are privately kept.

The number of Gorgosaurus specimen available for studying is even smaller.

“The value of dinosaurs isn’t the price someone will pay,” he said. 

“It’s the information they contain.”

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Security footage shows Texas mother Christina Powell arriving at the strip mall later just 30 minutes after she had left home in a rush — but her body wasn’t found until 3 weeks later.

Powell, 39, left her San Antonio home quickly around 10:30 a.m. on July 5 after telling her mother she was late for work at her paralegal job, according to police and doorbell footage.

Just after 11 a.m., her black 2020 Nissan Rogue can be seen on a security camera pulling into the Huebner Oaks Center, The Daily Mail reported.

Weeks after being reported missing, the mother of two was found decomposing in the front passenger seat of the car on July 23.

A mall security guard approached the car after detecting a “foul odor” coming from the vehicle after he noticed it had been in the same spot for over a week, Sant Antonio cops said.

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Christina “Chrissy” Powell, a mother of two, may have died from hyperthermia inside her car.

Powell’s mother, Claudia Mobley, 70, told The Daily Mail that police showed her footage from a jewelry store at the mall that showed that her daughter never got out of the car when it pulled into the shopping center and that she was alone at the time.

Bexar County Medical Examiner has not yet declared an official cause of death but told the outlet she appears to have died from hyperthermia or overheating.

Weather records show that temperatures reached a maximum of 100 degrees on July 5, when Powell arrived at the lot. On the day she was found, temperatures still reached 100.

Parking lot at the  Huebner Oaks Center in San Antonio.
Powell, 39, was found by a security guard at the Huebner Oaks Center in San Antonio.
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Mobley said she believes her daughter suffered from anxiety and must have been overcome by the heat after not feeling well.

She does not think that Powell would have wanted to take her own life. More than anything, she’s upset that it took so long for security to find her daughter.

“I don’t understand how the car could have been there two-and-a-half weeks and they didn’t even notice it until July 11,” she told the Daily Mail.

“It is shocking, it really is. It just makes me quite sick to think about it,” Mobley said. “It does seem wrong but I don’t know what to do about it.”

Doorbell footage of Christine Powell leaving her home on July 5
Christina Powell was last seen leaving her home around 10:30 a.m. on July 5.

Signs at the entrance to the shopping center claim that there is 24/7 security and warn that cars who overstay will be towed, the Daily Mail reported. However, business owners said that security guards are only on duty between 10 a.m. and midnight.

A security guard at the mall told the outlet they do a cursory check once every hour in the parking lot from a marked security car. The guard, who works for Waco-based Pro Security Group Inc, said guards don’t regularly work the mall but are assigned to different locations on a day-to-day basis.

 “[The car] was there the whole time,” Mobley said. “I do wonder why it took that security guard so long – he said he noticed it on the 11th and it was the 23rd before he checked it.”

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Gov. Kathy Hochul’s inaction on the crime crisis enveloping the Big Apple is allowing Republican challenger Lee Zeldin to turn the key issue to his advantage, political experts said Friday.

Hochul bucked Democratic ally Mayor Eric Adams earlier this week when she rejected his request for a special session of the Legislature to address what he calls the “catch, release, repeat” treatment of unrepentant criminals under the state’s controversial bail-reform law.

“She has a real, real issue now,” a veteran campaign consultant told The Post.

“She’s getting killed on this and she has a real vulnerability because she doesn’t want to lose the left, so she’s not going to do anything on bail reform right now.”

The consultant also said of underdog Zeldin, “This is a great time for him. He’s getting this momentum like he’s never had before.”

A Democratic strategist said Hochul was trying to walk a fine line on crime because “she’s a genuine moderate.”

Crime has continued to rise in New York City.
Hochul has reportedly not taken too hard of a stance on crime due to being a moderate.
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“If Kathy calls a special session and it fails, it’s an issue,” the strategist said. “She’s worried if she forces them to go back into session and it’s unsuccessful and blows up in her face, it opens her up to criticism from the Republicans.”

Veteran Democratic strategist Hank Sheinkopf said Hochul’s recent speech at the state police chiefs’ convention — where she voiced opposition to the “defund the police” movement — showed she’s aware of her vulnerability on issues of law and order.

The most recent NYPD statistics show serious crimes were up this year through Sunday in every category except murder, with the overall rate 36.9% higher compared to the same period last year.

“Hochul has to watch this play out and find things that take eyes away from the problem,” Sheinkopf said.

“She has to keep finding opportunities like that, that keep her directly out of the fray and that deflect Zeldin’s criticisms on crime.”

Lee Miringoff, the longtime director of the Marist Poll, said public concerns about surging crime “may not transform the overall tenor of the election, but it’s a fire that she wants to put out.”

“It is a potential wound for her and she doesn’t want to go anywhere near it,” he said. “The attention was not in her talking about defunding the police, the attention was in what the mayor asked her to do.”

The state's bail reform is seeing criminals released and then immediately re-arrested.
Zeldin may be able to weaponize the state’s growing crime problem against Hochul.
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Miringoff added: “Crime is the topic that Zeldin wants on the agenda. That’s what he would like the issue to be: talking about crime. While the nuances get lost in the back and forth, it works for his favor.”

In a prepared statement, Zeldin said, “Instead of sticking her head in the sand, Hochul should stop making excuses and ignoring reality.”

“She needs to actually listen to the people dealing with these issues in their communities — like Mayor Adams — and take bold action to repeal cashless bail, overhaul ‘raise the age,’ and much more,” he added.

Hochul’s campaign declined to address the experts’ commentary but said that “Lee Zeldin has no credibility on public safety.”

“His extreme stances would put more guns on our streets and make it easier to carry firearms in places like schools, subways and grocery stores,” Hochul spokesman Jerrel Harvey said in an email.

“The facts are clear, Zeldin is dangerously out of touch and would make New York less safe.”

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