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Congressman Lee Zeldin, Alison Esposito Slam Cashless Bail Release of Perp Who Left Man in Coma

Government and Politics

August 19, 2022


Congressman Lee Zeldin, Alison Esposito Slam Cashless Bail Release of Perp Who Left Man in Coma

NEW YORK – Today, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), the Republican Party and Conservative Party candidate for Governor, and Republican Party and Conservative Party candidate for Lieutenant Governor Alison Esposito, slammed the release of Van Phu Bui, a 55-year-old parolee, who was released on cashless bail after his charges were downgraded from attempted murder to misdemeanor assault and harassment by the Bronx District Attorney’s Office following his unprovoked attack on an innocent New Yorker outside Fuego Típico Restaurant in the Bronx that left the victim in a coma. Congressman Zeldin and Alison Esposito reiterated their call for a special session in Albany to repeal cashless bail. They also renewed their call for District Attorneys to enforce the law.

Last night, Congressman Zeldin slammed the suspects’ release, saying, “A convicted sex offender who commits a horrific crime of nearly beating a random New Yorker to death is now another criminal free to roam the streets due to New York’s disastrous cashless bail law. The victim was severely beaten in an unprovoked attack and was left unconscious on the street. Now, after brain surgery, the victim is in a medically induced coma. We must REPEAL cashless bail, and District Attorneys must enforce the law. The NYPD charged this convicted sex offender with attempted murder, and the Bronx District Attorney instead reduced the charges to assault and harassment, which are not bail eligible. Kathy Hochul refuses to budge on overhauling cashless bail because she claims she needs more ‘data’. Well, Kathy, here is another New Yorker who has now become a victim.”

As today’s Zeldin-Esposito press conference was about to begin, Governor Hochul announced that the Department of Corrections apprehended the suspect on the parole violation. Congressman Zeldin said, “Kathy Hochul really thinks that doing less than the bare minimum is the acceptable standard of performance for a Governor. The only data she seems to care about are her poll numbers. New Yorkers are paying a steep price for cashless bail, Less is More, the HALT Act, rogue DAs who refuse to enforce the law, and other far left, pro-criminal policies and politicians. To take back our streets, Hochul’s Gotta Go!”

Congressman Zeldin and Alison Esposito have been calling for a Special Session in Albany to repeal cashless bail and give judge’s discretion on far more offenses to keep perpetrators detained or set bail. They have also been highly critical of District Attorneys who refuse to enforce the law, which has included Congressman Zeldin’s pledge to remove Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg in January 2023.