After prosecutor drops charges on bodega worker, New York lawmakers blasted for relative silence

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After left-wing New York County District Legal professional Alvin Bragg’s office reversed class on prosecution of a Hamilton Heights bodega employee for murder after he killed a man who attacked him, other top New York State lawmakers were slammed for their silence.

Although New York City Mayor Eric Adams celebrated the reversal and has in current weeks been lauded by supporters of Jose Alba as a scarce Democratic voice calling out Bragg’s preliminary selection, the two U.S. senators from the Empire State remained mostly silent.

Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand signify New York in the Senate, although Manhattan Island exactly where the incident transpired is represented in the Dwelling by Democratic Reps. Jerrold Nadler, Adriano Espaillat, Nydia Velazquez and Carolyn Maloney.

On “The 5,” host Dana Perino questioned the silence of Schumer, who is the most potent member of the Senate, inquiring where by his voice has been these past couple of weeks.


Members of the Dominican community, bodega owners and different associations are pictured on the steps of City Hall during press conference asking Manhattan D. A. Alvin Bragg to drop charges against Jose Alba.

Associates of the Dominican group, bodega proprietors and different associations are pictured on the measures of Metropolis Hall through push conference asking Manhattan D. A. Alvin Bragg to drop fees from Jose Alba.
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“Wherever was AOC [Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.]? Wherever were being any of the New York Point out [and] local [politicians]? Wherever was Chuck Schumer – did you ever listen to from him? I never consider so,” she stated, including that for distinguished entities like Schumer – who has been in Congress because 1981 – and the New York Times, “this is your town.”

“You happen to be the ones that are that want to see everybody come back to operate. You want to see the metropolis flourish: Then you have to begin figuring out a way to place force on Alvin Bragg as ultimately [Adams] did.”

Late Tuesday, Espaillat, who represents the web-site of the incident and like Alba is a Dominican immigrant, praised Bragg’s determination, declaring the situation “did not go unnoticed” among constituents and credited the prosecutor for dropping the circumstance.

“Today’s dismissal is a stage in the appropriate route, and I commend the mayor for raising the cell device of NYPD officers in the Hamilton Heights community,” he added in a statement.


Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) outside the House of Representatives

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) outdoors the Dwelling of Representatives
(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Situations via Getty)

Perino said Alba continue to warrants an apology on the whole for what he went through, including his stint on Rikers Island, the city’s infamous prison advanced.

Co-host Greg Gutfeld pointed out that some in the New York Metropolis delegation have been as a substitute getting themselves arrested in front of the Supreme Court on Tuesday, where by Ocasio-Cortez and Maloney – the chairwoman of the Dwelling Oversight Committee — had been taken into custody at a professional-abortion protest.

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Maloney as a substitute stated Tuesday “the the very least I can do is put my body on the line for the 33 million girls at threat of losing their legal rights,” even though Ocasio-Cortez made available a fist-in-the-air to fellow protesters as police led her absent.

Gutfeld later credited the regional bodega owners banding together to support Alba, though criticizing GoFundMe for deplatforming a fund for the then-detainee.