Cuomo slammed by slain officer's 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 is going right after Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a new campaign ad ahead of November’s 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 the 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 slams Cuomo for Bell’s treatment.
“It betrays the trust of police households everywhere and devalues the life of my brave husband,” she said in the 30-second ad. “Governor Cuomo, my youngsters and I have lived with the discomfort every single day for over 47 years, and there’s no parole from that.”
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Cuomo did criticize the parole board’s choice to release Bell – but has stated the panel is not topic to his manage.
“If I have been on the parole board, I would not have created that decision,” Cuomo previously said. “The parole board is an independent board, but I would not have made that decision.”
After Bell was granted the proper to vote, Diane Piagentini򠫌used Cuomo of 𠇍oing it for the votes” because the move came “right before the Democratic convention.” Bell is a registered Democrat, according to the New York Post.
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𠇌rime victims don’t matter to this governor, not when political points for a 2020 Democratic presidential main can be scored,” Molinaro campaign spokesman Bill O’Riley told the New York Post with the ad’s release. “It’s all about politics with him, damned public safety.”
Cuomo’s campaign, in turn, blasted Molinaro as �spicable and desperate” for 𠇎xploit[ing] this tragedy for his political gain.”
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“The parole board is independent of the Governor, each parole board appointee is approved by Marc Molinaro’s fellow Republicans, and the Governor created clear his robust disagreement with their decision in this case,” 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’ Greg Norman and Brooke Singman contributed to this report.
Published at Mon, 08 Oct 2018 13:27:59 +0000