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Governor Hochul Holds Press Conference Regarding Retail Theft Issue in State


New York Governor Kathy Hochul held a press conference Wednesday morning regarding the increase in retail theft that has been occurring throughout the state, she says. Part of the Fiscal Year 2025 Executive Budget has a proposed $45 million dollars to fight retail theft and property crime.

“Public safety is my top priority, and I won’t rest until every New Yorker feels safe on our streets, subways and storefronts,” Governor Hochul said. “Over the past three years we’ve made incredible progress on driving down violent crime and fighting the scourge of gun violence. Now, we’re using those same strategies to take on the quality-of-life issues like retail theft and property crime.”

Part of the proposed budget towards fighting against retail and property crime is the creation of the Retail Theft Joint Operation with all levels of law enforcement. The operation would be a coordinated effort by law enforcement towards response. Hochul says it will be modeled on the Interstate Task Force on Illegal Guns.

Hochul’s Office says the plan will also include introducing legislation to establish criminal penalties towards online marketplaces and third-party sellers who sell stolen goods and increase penalties for assaults against retail employees, creation of a New York State Police Smash and Grab Enforcement Unit, $10 million for District Attorney’s to prosecute property crime cases, and $5 million each to funding to assist local law enforcement efforts to combat retail theft, and start of a Commercial Security Tax Credit designed to help business owners offset the cost of certain store security measures.

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