By: Ilana Siyance
Several business leaders are expressing relief that newly-minted Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Braggs was open to receiving feedback regarding his progressive policies.
As reported by the NY Post, in a recent meeting with the DA, Kathryn Wylde, the head of lobbying group Partnership for New York City, said she was pleased with their meeting, but added, “the proof will be in the pudding.” On Sunday, in a radio interview Wylde expressed cautious optimism about Bragg saying, “I have to say, the DA, Alvin Bragg, was extremely responsive, listened carefully, clarified some of the policies they had heard and read that they were most worried about,” she told host John Catsimatidis on WABC 770’s “The Cats Roundtable”.
Wylde, who led the meeting on behalf of the city’s business elite who were troubled about the new DA’s stance in letting many criminals loose, and to prosecute only dangerous crimes. She said Bragg clarified that he will prosecute armed robbery as a felony and that physical attacks on police “will not be tolerated.”
The nearly one-hour long meeting, had some 75 business leaders participating including Blackstone, and Deloitte USA who grilled the DA and “expressed their concerns about the deterioration of safety in the city, in the subways,” Wylde told The Post.
Bragg, who is Manhattan’s first black DA, has faced criticism from numerous prominent executives regarding his “Day One” memo sent to staff, in which he instructed some misdemeanor cases to be dropped with no bail, and said that only serious offenders would get jail time. Backlash rained down on him also from New NYPD Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell, who spoke out expressing concern that the policies will make New Yorkers less safe and leave cops with less clout to do their jobs. Bragg had a tough first few weeks with top Republicans even making a bid to oust him from office.
“I really think that he listened,” Wylde said about Braggs. “During the meeting, I think things were communicated to him that he hasn’t really thought about before the conversation or considered fully, and so when I see someone respond in a genuine, authentic way, that makes me feel good. And he’s clearly an effective and smart prosecutor which he’s been doing for a number of years.”
“He really responded very constructively to a lot of the concerns,” Wylde noted. “So it was a good first-step meeting, the proof will be in the pudding, but it was a positive meeting.”