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15:09, 08 October 2018

Cuomo slammed by slain officer&#039s widow for parole, voting rights restoration of convicted killer


Cuomo slammed by slain officer&#039s widow for parole, voting rights restoration of convicted killer

The widow of a New York City police officer killed following getting ambushed by a convicted gang member&#xA0is going right after Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a new campaign ad ahead of November&#x2019s election.

Joseph Piagentini and his companion, Waverly Jones, were gunned down in 1971 after Herman Bell, a Black Liberation Army member, lured them to an apartment creating for an ambush attack. Jones died instantaneously, but Piagentini pleaded for his life, explaining he had a wife and two young daughters at residence.

Bell was sentenced to prison for 25 years to life. But in April, the New York State Parole Board granted Bell his release. A month later, Bell was provided&#xA0the correct to vote thanks to a conditional pardon Cuomo, a Democrat, granted to far more than 24,000 parolees.

In a campaign ad for Republican gubernatorial nominee Marc Molinaro, Diane Piagentini&#xA0slams Cuomo for Bell’s treatment.

&#x201CIt betrays the trust of police households everywhere and devalues the life of my brave husband,&#x201D she said in the 30-second ad. &#x201CGovernor Cuomo, my youngsters and I have lived with the discomfort every single day for over 47 years, and there&#x2019s no parole from that.&#x201D

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Cuomo did criticize the parole board&#x2019s choice to release Bell &#x2013 but has stated the panel is not topic to his manage.

&#x201CIf I have been on the parole board, I would not have created that decision,&#x201D Cuomo previously said. &#x201CThe parole board is an independent board, but I would not have made that decision.&#x201D

After Bell was granted the proper to vote, Diane Piagentini&#xA0accused Cuomo of &#x201Cdoing it for the votes&#x201D because the move came &#x201Cright before the Democratic convention.&#x201D Bell is a registered Democrat, according to the New York Post.

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&#x201CCrime victims don&#x2019t matter to this governor, not when political points for a 2020 Democratic presidential main can be scored,&#x201D Molinaro campaign spokesman Bill O&#x2019Riley told the New York Post with the ad&#x2019s release. &#x201CIt&#x2019s all about politics with him, damned public safety.&#x201D

Cuomo&#x2019s campaign, in turn, blasted Molinaro as &#x201Cdespicable and desperate&#x201D for &#x201Cexploit[ing] this tragedy for his political gain.&#x201D

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&#x201CThe parole board is independent of the Governor, each parole board appointee is approved by Marc Molinaro&#x2019s fellow Republicans, and the Governor created clear his robust disagreement with their decision in this case,&#x201D spokeswoman Lis Smith told the New York Post.

According to the New York Post, the ad will initially be released in a digital format prior to moving to cable tv.

Fox News has ranked the gubernatorial election as likely Democrat.

Fox News&#x2019 Greg Norman and Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

Published at Mon, 08 Oct 2018 13:27:59 +0000


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