Potential Republican challengers on Monday stepped up their demands for Gov. Kathy Hochul to oust Manhattan’s new district attorney — calling his progressive prosecution policies “crazy” and her silence amid the controversy “cowardly.”
Andrew Giuliani, who served as an advisor to then-President Donald Trump, said DA Alvin Bragg will “incentivize criminals to continue to go and spiral as we have seen over the past three, four, five years in this great city.”
“It is absolutely crazy,” Giuliani said during a news conference outside the Murray Hill building that houses Hochul’s Manhattan office.
“It is time that Kathy Hochul removes Alvin Bragg from office.”
US Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-LI), a rival for the GOP’s gubernatorial nomination, said that if Bragg “wanted to ignore the law, he shouldn’t have run for a position responsible for enforcing the law.”
“New Yorkers are tired of this pathetic inaction by the governor, they’re tired of this cowardly deafening silence day after day and they are passionate about the need to strengthen public policy, public safety, the rule of law and to back our men and women in blue,” he said across from the DA’s Office headquarters in Lower Manhattan.
Under Article 13 of the state Public Officers Law, the governor has the power to remove a DA, sheriff or county clerk after providing “a copy of the charges against him or her and an opportunity of being heard in his or her defense.”
Bragg sparked outrage from NYPD unions — and opposition from NYPD Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell — with a “Day One” memo last week that instructed prosecutors to not seek bail or jail time for most criminals, to downgrade certain felonies to misdemeanors and to not prosecute people for resisting arrest unless it’s part of a larger, felony case.
Giuliani, the son of former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, was joined at his news conference by Guardian Angels founder and recent Republican mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa, while Zeldin appeared with city Councilman Joe Borelli (R-SI).
“I think we can easily say that instead of hugging thugs you prosecute thugs, so Alvin Bragg, stop hugging the thugs and start prosecuting the thugs,” Sliwa said.
“That’s your job. Do your freakin’ job!”
Borelli, meanwhile, cited multiple media reports — including in The Post — about how one of Bragg’s prosecutors allegedly “intentionally omitted all facts” from the criminal complaint against a shoplifting suspect accused of threatening workers at a TJ Maxx store with a pair of scissors.
“Why?” Borelli said. “Only because he wanted to appease his boss’s new pro-criminal, anti-cop, anti-public safety policy.”
Bragg declined to discuss that incident on Saturday, saying he hadn’t seen a summary memo from the NYPD’s Sergeants Benevolent Association.
Neither Bragg’s office nor Hochul’s office immediately returned requests for comment Monday.