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FAILED BAIL REFORM
West Seneca, NY – Today, on Monday, October 12, Leaders gathered outside West Seneca Town Hall to demand New York’s Failed Bail Reform system be fixed and rallied support for Assembly Candidate and Career Prosecutor Matt Szalkowski.
- Bail Reform in New York State has become a Get out of Jail Free Card for repeat offenses.
- Democrats who passed the law stripped Judicial Discretion, meaning that no outside factors including other cases, dangerousness to the community, or the safety of the individual can be considered.
- The Bail Reform measures were passed at night in the State Budget to hide from the public.
Supervisor Gary Dickson, West Seneca
- After applauding the good work of our Law Enforcement said, “I think Matt Szalkowski is the kind of guy who will represent West Seneca’s Values and Western New York’s Values in Albany.”
Senator Patrick Gallivan, SD 59
- Noted the extensive dangers to Bail Reform, calling it “Extremely Troubling.”
- He specifically noted headlines within the last 24 hours where Judges, District Attorney’s, and Police were handcuffed by this law, while those arrested were able to walk free despite endangerment to themselves and others.
- “We need to ensure that Judges have tools, that judges are able to consider public safety when considering what to do with a defendant,” said Senator Patrick Gallivan.
- “I am thrilled to be here to support Matt Szalkowski for the Assembly.”
Paul Beakman, President of WNY Retired Law Enforcement Association and WNY Region of NYS Fraternal Order of Police
- “Pat Burke, another Liberal Democrat, is a puppet of the Down State Liberal Democrats. He voted for all this Bail Reform; Stuff that made our communities a dangerous place to live. And he has the audacity to run TV commercials saying he’s tough on crime? Well, Pat Burke is as tough on crime as Al Capone was for Law and Order.”
- “[Matt Szalkowski] has put criminals in jail, but he also has the common sense to fix bail reform and find solutions…”
- “As a long time president of the Lockport Police (Union), I can tell you that it is very rare when active police start making endorsements – and they’re doing it because they know this Bail Reform is a disaster.”
- “We need people like Matt Szalkowsk to step up to the plate in order to make New York safe again.”
Matt Szalkowski, Candidate for Assembly and Career Prosecutor
- Called out Pat Burke for his extremely disingenuous commercial
- Challenged Pat Burke to a formal debate
- “This election is about public safety, it’s about supporting our law enforcement who are being scapegoated for decades, if not centuries, of failed social policies – it’s not right.”
- Noted numerous negative consequences of bail, including the inability to help those suffering from drug addictions to receive help while being held.
- Called for the full return of Judicial Discretion as the best starting place to fix the failed bail reform system.
Speakers and Guests in Order:
- Supervisor Gary Dickson, West Seneca
- Senator Patrick Gallivan, SD 59 (Including West Seneca)
- Paul Beakman, President of WNY Retired Law Enforcement Association and WNY Region of NYS Fraternal Order of Police
- Matt Szalkowski, Candidate for Assembly (AD 142) and Career Prosecutor in Erie County
- Councilman Jeff Piekarec, West Seneca (Guest)
- Membership of the WNY Retired Law Enforcement Association
October 7, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jesse, (716) 525-5170
South Buffalo, NY – Matt Szalkowski, candidate for NY Assembly, announced his endorsement by the NFTA Police Benevolent Association. The NFTA is the 5th Law Enforcement group to throw in behind prosecutor Matt Szalkowski for Assembly.
“I am honored to have the support of the NFTA Police Benevolent Association. As a prosecutor here in Erie County, I have seen first hand the sacrifice that these men and women make every day to keep our community safe. I stand with law enforcement, but more importantly, I stand with the law-abiding taxpayers of this district who were put at risk when Pat Burke voted for Bail Reform.”
In addition to the NFTA PBA, Matt Szalkowski has also won the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police, the Orchard Park Police Benevolent Association, the Erie County Sheriffs PBA, and the WNY Retired Law Enforcement Association. Matt Szalkowski is the endorsed Republican and Conservative candidate, running in District 142 District to represent West Seneca, Orchard Park, Lackawanna, and South Buffalo. Matt is a prosecutor in Erie County and has spent his career fighting to exonerate the innocent, convict the guilty, and keep our community safe. He is running for Assembly to be our prosecutor in Albany, holding politicians accountable and setting a new standard of ethics in New York State.
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October 1, 2020
Orchard Park, NY – On Thursday, October 1, New York State Assembly Candidate Matt Szalkowski proudly accepted his fourth Law Enforcement endorsement coming from The Fraternal Order of Police.
“I believe in Justice, and as a prosecutor, I know the hard work that the men and women in law enforcement do every day to keep us safe. Cashless Bail, stripping judges of discretion, and drastic changes to discovery law have handcuffed cops and emboldened criminals. I am grateful for the full support of the Fraternal Order of Police in New York and I look forward to bringing common sense and justice back to our state.”
The New York State Fraternal Order of Police is the oldest and largest national association of law enforcement professionals, boasting over 20,000 members statewide. Matt Szalkowski has announced four Law Enforcement endorsements so far in his campaign for assembly: Orchard Park PBA, Erie County Sheriffs PBA, WNY Association of Retired Law Enforcement, and the NYS Fraternal Order of Police.
Matt Szalkowski endorsed Republican and Conservative candidate running in District 142 to represent West Seneca, Orchard Park, Lackawanna, and South Buffalo, where he lives with his wife and two children. He is a prosecutor, not a politician, and has spent his career fighting to keep our community safe and ensure justice. Matt believes that justice means exonerating the innocent and convicting the guilty.
September 23, 2020
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Matt Szalkowski’s Statement on Pat Burke and the Release of Cop-Killer Anthony Bottom on Parole
Szalkowski blames far-left anti-police politicians
South Buffalo, NY – Matt Szalkowski, candidate for NY Assembly, released the following statement condemning the release of Anthony Bottom:
“I find it extremely distressing that convicted cop killers are walking free in New York. First Herman Bell, and now Anthony Bottom will be released after hunting police officers by crying wolf with a fake 911 call. He murdered two police officers who came to protect and serve. The liberal wing of the Democrat Party has turned its back on Police at a time when we need them the most. Rioting and looting, rising homicide rates; our society is in turmoil. We desperately need common sense, and by all accounts releasing cop-killers isn’t it.
Far-left progressives like my opponent Pat Burke enable this with their silence and their vote. This is the 16th cop-killer released in the last three years. It’s shameful. Police put their lives on the line, and this is a gruesome example of what they are willing to sacrifice after swearing to ‘protect and serve.’’
Matt Szalkowski is the endorsed Republican and Conservative candidate, running in District 142 District to represent West Seneca, Orchard Park, Lackawanna, and South Buffalo. Matt is a prosecutor in Erie County and has spent his career fighting to exonerate the innocent, convict the guilty, and keep our community safe. He is running for Assembly to be our prosecutor in Albany, holding politicians accountable and setting a new standard of ethics in New York State.
September 11, 2001. I was in the 11th grade and in between classes. While at my locker getting my books, Eric Bodenstedt came up to me and said, “Hey, do you know that book you were telling me about where terrorists flew a plane in the capitol?” “yeah,” I replied. I had just finished reading “Debt of Honor” by Tom Clancy and told him how great it was. “That just happened at the World Trade Center.”
Admittedly, I did not process “World Trade Center” to equal “Twin Towers” but I had an innate sense that this was a big deal. I grabbed my books and literally sprinted to Colonel Hickey’s AP European History class.
The “Good Colonel” (as I called him) already had the TV on and was taking notes on the blackboard. (Side note: Colonel Hickey was one of the most badass M*Fers I’ve ever met. His stories about his time in Vietnam would blow your mind.)
By the time I got to his classroom, the second tower was struck and any inkling that this was an accident was long gone. I stayed, skipping my next two classes. Hickey and I talked about Osama bin Laden and the implications of the day as we watched the towers fall and the Pentagon burn.
Later that day, My father, Mark Szal, picked me up from school because I had a doctor’s appointment. We went and, since all after school activities were cancelled, I had no volleyball practice so we went home.
On the way home, we were at a red light at the intersection of the 179 and McKinley Pkwy, near the McKinley Mall. Suddenly, a line of Apache and Blackhawk helicopters (about 20 of them) stormed overhead. They were barely a couple hundred feet off the ground and the car shook as they flew by. It was one of the scariest, yet most reassuring moments of my life. I knew that no matter what was going on, there were people willing to die to protect me.
We all were glued to the TV the rest of the day and into the night. We cried. We were scared. We were confused. We were nervous. Later, anti-Taliban tribes launched an offensive in Kabul and, for a brief time, thought that war had begun. It wouldn’t begin for another 6 weeks.
The night ended listening to President George W. Bush address the nation from the Oval Office. I’ll never forget the feeling of security I felt watching him and the relief I felt that he was the President. For all his faults, I’ll forever have a special place in my heart for President Bush because of the way he made me feel on that particular day and when he threw out of the first pitch in Yankee Stadium during the World Series just a few weeks later.
May we never forget. I know I can’t. As far as I’m concerned, it was yesterday, and it always will be.
God Bless the men and women who stormed into those buildings for strangers.
God Bless the men and women who retook a plane and crashed it into the ground for strangers.
God Bless the men and women who went overseas and went to war for strangers.God Bless America.
September 10, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jesse Prieto, (716) 525-5170
Matt Szalkowski Wins Endorsement of the National Federation of Independent Businesses
South Buffalo, NY – Thursday, September 10th, Assembly Candidate Matt Szalkowski proudly accepted the endorsement from the National Federation of Independent Businesses.
Matt Szalkowski’s Statement: “I am proud to have the support of the National Federation of Independent Businesses, and I am excited to get to work cutting through red tape for the people of this district. I fully support Covid-19 relief for small businesses, and in these extreme times, we need to remember to shop local and support our neighbors. I am proud to stand with the independent business of our community and fight for prosperity in Western New York.”
Matt Szalkowski is the endorsed Republican and Conservative candidate, running in District 142 to represent West Seneca, Orchard Park, Lackawanna, and South Buffalo. He is a prosecutor, not a politician, and has spent his career fighting to keep our community safe and ensure justice. Matt believes justice means exonerating the innocent and convicting the guilty. Matt Szalkowski lives in South Buffalo with his wife and two children.