Republican Lawmakers, Family of Late Shen Student Want Bail Reform Delayed

A couple of local Republican lawmakers, and the family of a Shenendehowa High School student killed in a 2012 crash on the Northway, want the state to take another look at bail reform laws set to go into effect at the first of the year.

Regina and Michael Stewart's son Christopher was killed, along with Deanna Rivers, in a crash caused by a man who was drugged, speeding, and texting at the time.

Under the new laws, they say Dennis Drue, who is now serving a prison term for his role in the crash, would have walked free after his arraignment.

State Sen. Jim Tedisco and Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh are trying to convince their colleagues to hold a special session and vote on a one year moratorium.

A number of area law enforcement officials have said they're concerned about the impact of the new law, which eliminates cash bail for many offenses.

A number of area law enforcement officials, including Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo, have expressed serious reservations about the new law, which takes effect January 1st.

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