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Gov. Kathy Hochul Denies Being Kicked Out of Slain NYPD Officer Jonathan Diller’s Wake

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul is facing controversy after an incident that occurred during the wake of slain NYPD Officer Jonathan Diller on Friday. While attending the wake, she was confronted by a member of the officer’s family over her support of the state’s bail reform laws that resulted in the officer’s death.

While speaking at a Saturday Easter event at the governor’s mansion, she defended her decision to attend the wake and insisted that she was not kicked out of the venue. “No one told me to leave,” she said, insisting that her attendance “was the right thing to do.”

The governor affirmed that she “would do it again” and asserted that her job “is to be there when people need me.”

However, other reports contradict Hochul’s claims about being ejected from the proceedings.

Officer Diller was murdered during a routine traffic stop by an individual who had been arrested 21 times previously. The incident ignited debate over the city’s soft-on-crime policies, specifically bail reform. One of the people involved in the murder was freed on a gun charge in 2023. The tragic incident has also placed a spotlight on the governor and New York City Mayor Eric Adams.

Former President Donald Trump, who also visited the funeral home, called for more robust policies to curb crime. “We have to get back to law and order. We’ve got to toughen it up,” he said.


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  1. “The governor affirmed that she “would do it again” and asserted that her job “is to be there when people need me.”” Woman, the only thing the people of New York need is you out of office.

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