Rep. Malliotakis Comments On Burglary One Block From Brooklyn Office, Rising Crime Rates, Bail Reform


Malliotakis Comments on Burglary One Block from Brooklyn Office

(BROOKLYN, NY) – Today Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis (NY-11) released the following statement regarding another commercial burglary in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, that occurred one block from her office at Lulianos Pizzeria early this morning.
“Yesterday, the New York Daily News ran a cover story comparing Bay Ridge to the ‘Wild, Wild West’ with burglaries up 21 percent in Brooklyn South compared to last year, along with a 46 percent increase in robberies and grand larcenies. Three weeks ago, I held a press conference calling on Governor Hochul and the State Legislature to fix the bail law and stop releasing repeat offenders and parolees back on our streets after six Bay Ridge businesses were broken into. This morning, a small business located one block from my office was targeted by a perp whom police tell us is a parolee with a criminal history. How much more does our community and city have to endure before the governor and our legislative leaders take action? We’re seeing hardworking, taxpaying citizens become crime victims every single day and their businesses are under attack. It’s well past time for our state leaders to take the issue of public safety seriously and repeal the disastrous policies that are the cause of skyrocketing crime. New Yorkers, their property, and businesses deserve to be safe.”
Under New York’s bail law, only armed burglars or those who injure a victim are eligible for bail while most larceny suspects are released without bail. This year, Bay Ridge’s 68th Precinct has seen a 26% spike in major crimes, including sex crimes and rape, murder, grand larceny, auto theft, felony assault, and robbery. Citywide, roughly one in five perps arrested last year for burglary or theft was re-arrested on a felony charge within 60 days of their release.
Malliotakis has introduced legislation in Congress that would hold states with lax bail laws accountable and require that bail laws provide judges with discretion to set bail if the accused is considered a danger to society. She’s also introduced legislation to create transparency by letting the public know how many cases prosecutors are declining to prosecute, the number of offenses committed by career criminals, and the number of criminals released.
Banner Image: Burglar. Image Credit – Gerd Altmann


Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis

Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis was sworn in on January 3, 2021 to represent Staten Island and Southern Brooklyn. Prior to serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis was elected to the New York State Assembly on November 2, 2010, defeating a two-term incumbent. In the Assembly, she served as Minority Whip and the ranking minority member of the Assembly Committee on Governmental Employees. For five terms, Congresswoman Malliotakis fought to restore ethics in Albany, expand transit service in her district, improve programs for senior citizens, reform education and improve New York’s economic climate by reducing the tax burden on small businesses and residents. A cornerstone of her tenure was helping her community recover and rebuild following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in 2012. In addition to advocating for these same issues in Washington, Congresswoman Malliotakis is acutely focused on securing New York’s fair share of federal mass transit funding, which would go towards expanding transportation services and easing traffic congestion, while also championing public safety by supporting our nation’s law enforcement officers. Congresswoman Malliotakis is the daughter of immigrants, her father from Greece and her mother a Cuban exile of the Castro dictatorship. She is currently the only Republican member representing New York City in Congress, representing a district spanning the boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island. She is a passionate advocate for animal rights and the strengthening of animal cruelty laws, and in her spare time, enjoys spending time with her chihuahua, Peanut.


  • Avatar lilybirtles0 says:

    So at Tottenville we had a shooting last week. Students are wondering why this is happening. Reality is, some people carry guns illegally. And other weapons. I know for a fact that kids do this outside of school. FACT.

    I think it’s the rap music. It’s all about shooting people and being disrespectful to women. imo

    • Magnificent Zero Magnificent Zero says:

      My cousins live in Bay Ridge. Brooklyn was always kind of dangerous. It isn’t anything new. But you have a point about entertainment that is full of negativity and disrespect. I do believe in freedom of speech, but kids today need to stop and think about what their favorite songs are saying. Kids like being edgy, but a rap song about “capping” people is not sending any kind of messages of anything worthwhile.

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