Assemblyman Skartados Sponsors Legislation to Crack Down on Gang Violence
June 20, 2012
In an effort to boost New York State’s anti-gang initiatives and streamline the work currently being done by various state and federal agencies, Assemblyman Frank Skartados (D-Milton) announced that the Assembly passed a piece of legislation he sponsored to create a gang assessment, intervention, prevention and suppression program (A.3834-A). “Over the past few years, Newburgh has been disproportionately affected by violence perpetrated mostly by gangs,” Assemblyman Skartados said. “I’ve seen families and communities devastated by gun violence and gang activity. We have kids hurting other kids over gang issues and it has to stop. We all need to work together to put an end to the violence.” Gang activity has played a substantial role in recent violent crimes and Skartados feels this program will help combat gang violence and could be critical in assisting local law enforcement in putting an end to the bloodshed in the area. The gang assessment, intervention, prevention and suppression program would:
- require the New York State Police Superintendent to work with local and federal law enforcement and district attorneys throughout the state to develop an integrated plan to suppress gang activity;
- create a centralized clearinghouse for all information relating to gangs operating in the state that will serve as a repository for any information obtained by local or state law enforcement entities; and
- authorize the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) commissioner to award district attorneys with grants for programs designed to stop gang activity.