Local News for Monday, February 6, 2023

Governor Hochul Faces New Obstacles for Proposed State Bail Reforms

Governor Hochul is facing pushback from progressives and public defenders against her proposed reforms to state bail laws. At the same time, she’s contending with pressure from Republicans and prosecutors over perceived increases in crime. According to the Times Union, Hochul’s proposed changes would remove the “least restrictive means to ensure return to court standard.” The rule gives judges more freedom in determining whether an accused should be released after arraignment. Critics argue that the proposal could result in more suspects being unjustly confined to jail while awaiting trial, since judges could use their new discretion to deem a suspect’s offense as more serious than others. The Hochul administration argues the reforms are intended to prevent repeat-offenses from defendants who continue committing crimes while awaiting trial.

TCAT Workers Vote to Ratify New Contract with Union, Ending 8 Months of Deliberation

TCAT workers have voted to ratify a new contract between the transit company and their union, the United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2300. The development comes more than 8 months after the original contract expired, adding to the organization’s woes including worker dissatisfaction, high turnover rates, and route cutbacks. TCAT workers approved unionization 45 to 25. The contract introduces new policies aimed to retain workers, including ending a policy that made all workers receive the same base pay regardless of how many years they had been employees.

Free Pet Services Offered for Animal Owners Suffering from Homelessness

Ithaca’s Street Dog Coalition is providing free exams, vaccines and preventative care for pets whose owners are struggling with homelessness from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m today. The Coalition’s  press release ensures that the services will be delivered “with compassion and devoid of judgment.” The services are located at Shaggy Dog Grooming at 411 Old Taughannock Boulevard.

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