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Powerful New York hotel union calling on lawmakers to pass criminal justice reform

A powerful New York union is again flexing its political muscle and opening its purse strings to push the state Legislature to pass a series of sweeping criminal justice reforms.

The Hotel Trades Council will launch a six-figure media blitz this week calling on elected officials in Albany to end cash bail, make evidence-sharing practices more fair and speed up trials in the Empire State.

“Access to fair and equitable treatment by our criminal justice system should not depend on how much cash you have in your pocket or what neighborhood you're from,” Hotel Trades Council President Peter Ward said in a statement.

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