State senate Republicans to hold hearings on pardons, parole

August 06, 2018 - 2:29 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in New York say they'll hold hearings into recent decisions by the state parole board to release some high-profile offenders.

The state Senate's GOP majority announced the move on Monday.

No dates for the hearings have been announced. Lawmakers say they will focus on several recent parole decisions, including one earlier this year to release 70-year-old Herman Bell, a former Black Liberation Army radical who killed two New York City police officers in 1971.

The hearings are also expected to examine Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's decision to restore the voting rights of thousands of former inmates.

Senate Leader John Flanagan, a Long Island Republican, said Cuomo is using his power to pardon offenders to increase his support this election year.

There was no immediate response from Cuomo's office.

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