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Lawmaker pushes for bail reform following reported arrest, release of man multiple times in 24-hour

UTICA — State Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-47, Rome, is pushing for changes to the state’s criminal justice system that he says will protect New Yorkers and keep communities safe, according to a release from his office.

The senator’s push comes after law enforcement authorities say that a Texas man was arrested and released without bail multiple times over a 24-hour period following alleged burglaries and larcenies in Oneida and Oswego counties last week.

“According to the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, Bryan Salazar, of Del Rio, Texas, was taken into custody and charged with third-degree burglary, a class D felony, for allegedly taking items from a construction office...,” a statement reads, continuing, “...Salazar had been arraigned on felony burglary and grand larceny charges three times on Oct. 25 and released without bail after each instance due to a new bail law that went into effect at the beginning of 2020.”

Since changes to bail were first proposed, Griffo said that he has actively worked with law enforcement, district attorneys and others to raise the alarm regarding the impact that the changes to bail and other criminal justice-related modifications would have across the state.

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