Palumbo Wants Vote on Bill Strengthening Laws on Gang-Related Offenses

May 8, 2017

Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo (R,C,I,Ref-New Suffolk) showed support for a bill which passed the Senate today (S.2410) that would enhance penalties associated with gang violence and recruitment, as well as provide funding to create a criminal street gang prevention fund to help subsidize non-profits working on gang-prevention initiatives. This bill has been widely supported in the Senate in years past, passing four out of the last five years. The Assembly has a similar measure that would enact the same enhanced penalties and funding (A.5477), but it has been held in the Codes Committee since February.

“The Assembly needs to follow the Senate’s lead and bring this bill to the floor,” said Palumbo. “Gang-related violence and offenses are becoming far too common on Long Island. This bill would not only strengthen laws pertaining to gang-related offenses but also work to educate our youth about the dangers of joining gangs. With less than two months left of session, the time is now to bring this bill to the floor and prevent future gang-related violence in our communities.”