NY governor keeps pushing no-bail law that resulted in Rep. Zeldin’s attacker being released after stabbing


ALBANY, NY- On Thursday, July 21st, while giving a speech in Fairport, New York, gubernational opponent to Democrat Governor Kathy Hochul, Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), was almost stabbed by 43-year-old David G. Jakubonis.

Thanks to the state’s “No Bail” law, which has been consistently championed by Hochul, the man who attempted to attack and kill Zeldin, has already been released from jail after being charged with second-degree attempted assault.

Jakubonis can be seen on video jumping on the stage and attempting to stab Zeldin in the neck. Zeldin can be seen immediately grabbing the man’s wrist as a group of men proceeded to jump in to take down the assailant.

Within hours of his arrest, which was for a felony, Jakubonis was released from jail. The man who tackled the Jakubonis, AMVETS National Director Joe Chenelly, described what happened to Fox News Digital. He said:

“His fingers were like two finger holes in the blade and lunged at the congressman. And Congressman Zeldin blocked the first lunge. And then as he tried to lunge again, I grabbed him from behind and tackled him to the ground and held him on the ground.”

After the attack, Zeldin tweeted:

“His words as he tried to stab me a few hours ago were ‘you’re done’, but several attendees, including @EspositoforNY, quickly jumped into action & tackled the guy. Law enforcement was on the scene within minutes. The attacker will likely be instantly released under NY’s laws.”

A statement later released by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD), stated that Jakubonis was charged with “attempted assault in the second-degree (E-felony)” and just as Zeldin predicted, was “released on his own recognizance,” which means no bail was involved.

Jakubonis has since be hit with federal assault charges. Despite its unpopularity with many New Yorkers, Governor Hochul continues to back the “No Bail” law and in an op-ed months ago, she wrote that the law has been “successful” in freeing thousands of accused criminals from New York jails, urging residents to stop blaming the law for skyrocketing crime rates.

She wrote, in part:

“…Blaming bail reform for the increase in violence that cities across America are facing isn’t fair and isn’t supported by the data.

Doing so risks distracting us from what are likely far more significant factors: upheaval from the pandemic, the availability of illegal guns, increase gang activity, lower arrest rates and a back-up court system, to name a few.”


The “No Bail” law currently frees jailed suspects accused of several crimes, including second-degree manslaughter, aggravated vehicular assault, third-degree assault, promoting an obscene sexual performance by a child, possessing an obscene sexual performance by a child, promoting a sexual performance by a child, failure to register as a sex offender, making terrorist threats, criminally negligent homicide, and aggravated vehicular homicide, among other crimes.

On Saturday, July 23rd, Zeldin appeared on SiriuXM Patriot’s Breitbart News Saturday, blasting the “No Bail” law, vowing to overturn it.

He said:

“I keep haring stories of people who get released on cashless bail, and they they go out and commit additional offenses.

And judges in case after case, wanting to be able to keep somebody detained or setting cash bail because they are concerned about the person being a flight risk, maybe they’re concerned about an individual being dangerous, maybe it’s something in their past with a criminal record and past events, maybe it’s the particular seriousness of the offense.

That distraction doesn’t exist for all sorts of different laws that are on the books.”

When speaking with Fox News, Zeldin also blasted the media’s lack of coverage of the attack, saying that it would have been different if he had been a Democrat. He said:

“I mean, I’ve been in Congress now – this is my fourth term and over the course of these years, when you look at the Steve Scalise shooting, you look at Maxine Waters calling from – for confrontation from supporters [of] Trump administration officials at restaurants and movie theaters, or the Supreme Court justices who were being attacked at their homes and their residence, this doesn’t fit the narrative.”

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Woman who allegedly started deadly fight by stabbing innocent worker will NOT be charged by New York DA

July 12th, 2022

MANHATTAN, NY – Prosecutors in Manhattan have decided NOT to file any criminal charges against a woman who is seen on store surveillance video stabbing a bodega worker seemingly without provocation.

The District Attorney’s Office claims that the video shows that the woman stabbed the worker in defense of her boyfriend, whom the bodega worker seemingly killed in self defense.

The incident started on July 1st when a woman entered a bodega in Manhattan and attempted to purchase a bag of chips for her young daughter.

But when she went to complete the purchase, the bodega worker, 61-year-old Jose Alba, advised her that the EBT card she was using was declined. The woman, who has yet to be identified, allegedly is heard on store surveillance becoming irritated and insisting that there was money left on the card. Alba can be heard saying:

“OK, mama, let me do it another time. My God.”

After the sale is declined again, the video footage has been edited and goes to other customers inside of the store while the woman can be heard saying:

“You can’t touch my daughter. Don’t snatch that out of my daughter, you [expletive] piece of [expletive].”

The incensed woman then informs Alba that she intends to get her boyfriend and bring him to the shop to deal with him. She is heard on video saying:

“I’m gonna bring my [expletive] down here and he gonna [expletive] you up. My [expletive] is gonna come down here right now and [expletive] you up!”

A few minutes after she leaves, the woman’s boyfriend, identified as convicted felon Austin Simon, enters and walks directly back behind the counter. As Simon gets behind the counter, Alba can be heard saying:

“Papa, I don’t want a problem, papa.”

Simon then allegedly is seen on video shoving the elderly man down into a chair and began scuffling with him while Alba retrieves a knife from the counter in an attempt to save his own life from a violent unprovoked attack.

During the fight, Alba fatally stabs Simon who falls to the ground. Shortly afterward is when the woman who started and escalated the incident is seen on surveillance video allegedly pulling a knife from her purse and stabbing Alba who was behind a counter.

The woman is allegedly seen stabbing Alba at least twice.

When the New York Police Department responded to the scene, instead of taking the woman into custody for stabbing Alba who was seemingly only defending himself from a violent attack, they arrested Alba.

The woman, who is seen on camera stabbing Alba twice, at first denied attacking him and then later admitted to doing so, but amazingly, instead of charging her, Manhattan’s liberal District Attorney Alvin Bragg has decided that she was somehow defending Simon who was on the ground.

News of his arrest has angered many, especially after viewing the video which seems to clearly show the woman as the aggressor from the beginning. His son, Jeffrey Alba, told the New York Post:

“He’s [Alba] not used to this behavior. He’s not used to this type of aggression. At the moment he was in fear for his life. He’s never been locked up, he’s never been in trouble. I’m 100 percent sure he’s regretting it, but at that moment I think he just blanked out, went into self-defense mode.”

Michael Discioarro, a former prosecutor and current defense attorney watched the video and weighed in by saying:

“There is no clearer example of self-defense. He’s at work, minding his own business and he is attacked. He is the victim, and he’s sitting in Rikers. This is a working person who was attacked. How does the DA make his conclusion? A jury will set this right.”

For now, Alba has been bonded out from Rikers and is currently awaiting further court proceedings after being charged with second degree murder while the woman who started it all is free to do whatever she chooses.


Defund the police, it’ll keep people safe, they said: 14-year-old murdered on NYC subway in broad daylight

NEW YORK, NY – A 15-year-old boy was arrested and charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon, after a Saturday afternoon altercation that led to 14-year-old Ethan Reyes being stabbed to death.

It all happened around 3 pm on the northbound #1 train platform in the Hamilton Heights 137th Street City College Station.

Witnesses told police that the two teens were fighting on the street and the scuffle moved into the station and onto the platform. Investigators say that they believe that Reyes knew his alleged killer.

Using station surveillance footage, police were able to piece together what happened, as well as identify the suspect.

“This senseless and tragic incident is awful,” MTA NYC Transit President Richard Davey said in a statement. “We are cooperating with the NYPD investigation that remains in its early stages. We thank NYPD detectives for the rapid arrest of a suspect.”

According to the New York Post, sources revealed that the two boys had an ongoing feud but were unable to say what it was about.

Police say that Reyes pushed his adversary onto the tracks prior to being stabbed in the stomach. He tried to run before collapsing.

Responding officers found the youth bleeding from the stomach and rushed him to the hospital, where he later died.

“His lips were purple, and his eyes were rolled back, and he was bleeding a lot of blood,” a witness told NBC New York.  

Social media posts indicated that Reyes was an aspiring rapper who went by the stage name ‘Notti Osama’. It is believed that the suspect in his death was also in the rap music scene.


“It’s always very scary,” Hamilton Heights resident Michael Naranjo said. “You always have to keep keenly aware of what’s going on, especially now during this climate, especially now with the youth around here. They’re angry. They’re mad.”

New York City Mayor made a brief statement.

“Hearing about the stabbing really highlights why we need the lights on in schools like this, we need to find out what happened, we’re going to find out the person responsible,” Adams said.

But to many others, it also highlights another glaring issue.

Crime is running rampant, thanks in part to a soft on crime DA in Alvin Bragg, who is linked to George Soros funding.

The other issue. The NYPD has been plagued by early retirement, resignations and poor recruitment, all thanks to the department being defunded by a 10-digit dollar amount.


One might assume that the situation might be improving after Adams was sworn in, given that he was a former NYPD Captain.

Former Mayor Giuliani weighed in on that thought process, saying:

“He’s actually a worse mayor than de Blasio. Crime is up 40% under Adams. This is the ex-cop. He’s doing everything wrong.”


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