Kathy Hochul meets Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg after NYPD cop’s funeral
Governor Kathy Hochul is scheduled to meet with beleaguered Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg on Friday afternoon — just hours after hearing the widow of a slain NYPD cop castigate her soft-spoken policy at her husband’s funeral.
At an independent Long Island press conference following rookie officer Jason Rivera’s memorial service, Hochul called it “heartbreaking to see the mesmerizing pain the young widow felt.”
“It literally made me cry as I sat there,” she said.
Hochul said “we need to align with our men and women in uniform because they are out there putting their lives on the line to keep us safe. »
“And yes, we need to protect people’s rights and ensure fairness and justice in the criminal justice system, and there have been gaps and we need to address them,” she said.
“But these are not mutually exclusive goals.”
Referring to his scheduled meeting with Bragg in his Manhattan office, Hochul added, “I’m going to have a conversation about my desire to achieve both of these goals simultaneously because I believe they can happen.”
Bragg attended Friday’s funeral and tweeted that he was “crying and praying” for Rivera and his partner, Officer Wilbert Mora, who was also shot and killed after responding to a domestic incident in Harlem on Jan. 21.
“Violence against police officers will never be tolerated, and my office will vigorously pursue cases of violence against police,” Bragg wrote.
On Wednesday, Hochul told Bragg that she had the authority to remove him from office because of his controversial directives to assistant district attorneys not to prosecute certain misdemeanors, downgrade certain felonies, and not seek bail or bail. “carceral” sentences in cases that are not. t involve serious violence.
“I have options, but I will be monitoring the situation very closely,” she said during a meeting with The Post’s editorial board.
Bragg outlined his progressive vision for the Manhattan DA’s office in a Jan. 3 “Day One” memo that sparked calls for his ouster and led to the resignations of at least nine ADAs, including lead prosecutor Joanne Illuzzi. -Orbon.
Earlier this week, Bragg replaced his spokesperson with former Mayor Bill de Blasio’s latest press secretary, Danielle Filson, and also hired prominent white-collar defense attorney Peter Pope for the job. newly created Executive Assistant District Attorney for Gun Violence Prevention.