Ramos Votes to Gives Law Enforcement More Tools to Protect Community

Expanding the DNA databank and requiring microstamping technology will help solve more crimes
May 12, 2010

Assemblyman Phil Ramos (D-Central Islip) announced today the Assembly passed a package of bills that will help law enforcement solve crimes by expanding the DNA databank, and require microstamping technology on semiautomatic pistols.

“We need to make sure that law enforcement officials have the tools they need to keep our streets safe,” said Ramos. “These measures will go a long way toward helping police solve more crimes and bringing criminals to justice.”

Included among the legislation passed today are bills that would:

  • require that semiautomatic pistols sold or manufactured in New York be capable of microstamping ammunition (A.6468-C); and
  • expand the DNA database to include samples from all persons convicted of a penal law crime (A.6528).

“This legislation that will provide law enforcement with improved resources is only one part of a multi-pronged approach needed to combat crime in the community,” Ramos said. “I am fighting to ensure that in addition, children are provided with positive afterschool opportunities, that they have access to a quality education and good paying jobs are available in the community.”

Support of this package is part of Ramos’ ongoing effort to stamp out gang activity in the community. He has worked to get the FBI to take an active role in fighting gang violence in Brentwood. Most recently, Ramos secured $40,000 to clean up graffiti, an eyesore that, when not removed, sends a dangerous signal that people just don’t care and can attract other forms of crime and delinquency. The funding will establish an annual contract between the Urban League of Long Island and CitySolve, an organization tasked with graffiti removal.

Residents who encounter graffiti are encouraged to call the Graffiti Removal Hotline at 631-316-8565.