NEW YORK – Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis (NY-11) on May 11 released the following statement regarding the May 10 shooting involving Rameek Smith, a career criminal residing in a homeless shelter on Staten Island, and two NYPD officers, one of whom was shot but expected to survive.”Yet again, because of New York’s botched bail reform law, a violent, career criminal, remained on our streets despite his extensive criminal record. Rameek Smith had been arrested nine times prior to last night’s incident, most recently for a gun charge in Brooklyn. Following his arrest, Smith was released and his sentencing was pushed back several times, leaving him free to harm law enforcement or others in our community. Unfortunately, this is all too common in New York City where nine out of ten individuals caught with an illegal firearm are released back onto our streets.
“Last night’s incident is the perfect example of why Staten Islanders and the majority of their elected officials oppose the three new homeless shelters the city is preparing to open in our borough. These shelters are meant for homeless individuals in need of temporary assistance, not violent, repeat offenders who continually wreak havoc and prey on innocent people.
“I join my colleagues and constituents in demanding the City be transparent about whom it intends to place in our local shelters and if they have criminal histories. Allowing dangerous perps to roam our streets under the guise of needing temporary shelter hurts the very people they are trying to help and puts our entire community at risk.”
It should be noted that Smith died on May 11 from a gunshot wound to the head sustained in the shootout with police, the New York Post reported, adding that Smith had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia at the age of 16.
On May 12, in Washington, DC, Congresswoman Malliotakis joined House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy and her Republican colleagues at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial to honor New York’s law enforcement officers during National Police Week, and highlight how New York’s policies have emboldened criminals and led to an increase in assaults against officers.
“Sadly in New York, we’ve already seen eight police officers shot in our city, which is already surpassing the numbers from 2021,” Malliotakis said. “The reality is, the laws that are being put in place in our states and cities have led to skyrocketing crime. In New York City, we’re seeing nearly every category rising since the 2020 bail law took effect. I know I speak on behalf of my colleagues from New York when I say this is not just a plea to our local and state officials to give police the resources they need to do their job, but also a warning to other municipalities that are looking to do the things New York has done.”
Also on May 12, Congresswoman Malliotakis joined her Republican colleagues in cosponsoring the Formula Act, legislation that strengthens the domestic infant formula supply amid a baby formula shortage in the United States.
Specifically, the Formula Act would direct the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ‘to establish and communicate to Congress clear standards by which it domestically regulates infant formula.’ These standards would then be applied to foreign infant formula to allow formula imports and support domestic manufacturers.
“Sadly, the infant formula shortage is the latest result of President Biden’s policies that have left our shelves bare and dramatically increased the cost of everyday goods,” Malliotakis said. “I join my colleagues in urging Speaker Pelosi to bring this critically important piece of legislation to the floor to provide immediate relief to families all across America who are struggling to feed their babies. Bare shelves are what my family sees in communist Cuba. It isn’t what American families should be seeing here in the United States of America.”
Currently, the United States does not import foreign infant formula because the FDA does not have interchangeable standards in place to regulate foreign formula to ensure it complies with U.S. health code and regulations. By codifying standard regulations for infant formula, this legislation would allow the United States to safely import foreign infant formula to complement domestic production, particularly during times of severe shortage like American families are currently facing.