As Larceny Offenses Spike, Governor Hochul Proposes Major Expansion Of Resources To Fight Retail Theft And Keep New Yorkers Safe

by chris boyle

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Governor Kathy Hochul today highlighted her groundbreaking State of the State proposal to fight retail theft, as larceny offenses continue to rise, especially in New York City. This initiative would utilize proven crime-fighting strategies that have been used to drive down violent crime and gun offenses since Governor Hochul took office in 2021. Governor Hochul made the announcement after attending the 600th daily meeting of the Gun Violence Strategies Partnership, a joint effort between federal, State and local law enforcement, this morning in lower Manhattan.

State Senator Jessica Scarcella-Spanton said, “I'm happy that Governor Hochul is prioritizing a strong commitment to combating retail theft in New York State. In the Senate, I have advocated for legislation to elevate the assault of a retail worker to a Class D Felony – because I understand just how important it is to protect New Yorkers from violent crimes. Our retail workers and small businesses here in New York are just trying to make ends meet, and Governor Hochul's plan to expand our state's resources to fight retail theft truly puts their financial well-being and safety at the forefront.”

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