New Windsor, NY -- Colin Schmitt, the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform Party candidate for the 99th Assembly District, announced at a recent meeting of the Orange County Shields and Hudson Valley 10-13 Association support for Assemblyman Ron Castorina’s (R,C,I,Ref-South Shore) “Blue Lives Matter” legislation to make assaulting a police officer and first responders a hate crime.

“I come from a first responder family. I have seen first hand the daily struggles law enforcement and first responders face to keep our communities safe. More and more often we see horrific media reports of police officers and first responders being targeted for their profession. This in unacceptable. That is why I am proud to support this legislation, and when elected will co-sponsor Assemblyman Castronina’s bill.” 

The law in New York upgrades crimes deemed as a hate crime to the next level of severity. The bill would make an assault on an on-duty cop a Class B Felony. Aggravated assault, defined as assault with intent to cause "serious harm," would be elevated to the maximum, a Class A Felony, punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

“This legislation makes sense and needs to be passed. Other states have already made it law or are working on it. New York must be right there with them. I thank all law enforcement and first responders for their service to our communities. They have our back and in Albany I will have theirs.”

Schmitt has previously been endorsed by the Orange County Deputy Sheriffs PBA and Sheriff Carl DuBois.

Colin J. Schmitt is a resident of New Windsor. He serves in the Army National Guard and previously served as Director of Operations for the NYS Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee. For more information visit