George Pataki on Crime

Republican NY Governor


People must be held accountable for their actions

Source: State of the State address to 2006 New York Legislature , Jan 4, 2006

Abolished parole for violent felons

We made the fundamental changes that saved lives. And we didn't just reduce the number of crimes, we reduced the number of criminals. Because we had the courage to disregard the naysayers, there are now 8,000 fewer people in prison than in 1999. Because of the tougher, smarter laws we enacted, the rate of recidivism in our state has fallen by an astonishing one-third. Less crime and fewer criminals. How did we do it?

By fighting for "bold, sweeping, fundamental change" to our criminal justice system. We instituted the death penalty. We abolished parole for violent felons.

We gave police new tools like DNA technology to help them get criminals off our streets and out of our neighborhoods. We passed 108 new laws that toughened penalties or closed criminal-friendly loopholes.

Source: State of the State address to 2005 New York Legislature , Jan 5, 2005

Operation IMPACT: focus police in high crime upstate cities

Last year I set a new goal for our state--to make New York the safest state in America by 2009. To achieve that goal, we launched Operation IMPACT to concentrate federal, state and local law enforcement on communities in 15 upstate counties experiencing spikes in crime. I'm pleased to report that Operation IMPACT is delivering as promised--in the last year, murder in our IMPACT communities is down almost 20%.

And this year, Rochester, the first IMPACT site, has experienced 1/3 fewer murders, including a 66% drop in murders of our most at-risk population--young African American men. The "bold, sweeping, fundamental changes" we enacted together have saved lives and made New Yorkers safer. But we can do even more, and we will

Today, I am proud to announce Operation IMPACT II, which will expand the program within the original IMPACT counties, add 100 more State Troopers to this effort, and bring new IMPACT operations to other parts of the State.

Source: State of the State address to 2005 New York Legislature , Jan 5, 2005

Instituted death penalty in NY

Pataki signed the death penalty into law in March 1995 and transferred back to Oklahoma an inmate scheduled to be executed there.
Source: National Journal, the Almanac of American Politics , Jul 6, 2000

Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs.

Pataki adopted the National Governors Association position paper:

The Issue

NGA’s Position

Source: National Governors Association "Issues / Positions" 01-NGA10 on Sep 14, 2001

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