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February 06, 2012 | New York Daily News

Gov. Cuomo’s most important crimefighting crusade, requiring DNA samples from all convicted criminals, zipped through the Republican-led state Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support.

You’d expect no less, because DNA can convict the guilty, exonerate the innocent and prevent New Yorkers from becoming crime statistics.

February 06, 2012 | Marketplace from American Public Media

Kai Ryssdal: Here's kind of an amazing number from a study they did in New York not too long ago: More than 140,000 elderly have had serious money or other real assets taken from them without their permission. And that's in New York state alone. In all too many cases, it's not a con man but a family member who's to blame for a kind of elder abuse...

February 04, 2012 | NBC New York

The former girlfriend of a man who tried to kill her in a suicidal rage over their breakup is speaking out for the first time since she was shot in an effort to help other potential victims of domestic violence.

Ramon Lalondriz-Castillo was sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday for attempted murder in the shooting of Evimer Duclerc...

January 29, 2012 | New York Amsterdam News

By Cyrus Vance, Manhattan District Attorney

On the one-year anniversary of the deadly shootings in Tucson, Ariz., this month, I stood side by side with families robbed of loved ones because of gun violence. In Harlem and across the country, thousands of people lit candles in memory of shooting victims and called on law enforcement, elected officials and the community to work harder to stop senseless gun deaths and keep our kids and neighborhoods safe.

There is no greater...

January 27, 2012 | Star Ledger

A serial killer of women in Los Angeles, dubbed “The Grim Sleeper,” had eluded police for decades. All they had was his DNA.

It didn’t match anybody in the statewide database, but a search did turn up a convict whose DNA indicated he was a close relative. After analyzing the family tree, detectives zeroed in on his father as a likely suspect. They got his DNA off a discarded pizza crust. Lo and behold, it matched the killer.

Case closed, all thanks to a...

January 23, 2012 | New York Times

We have a tool that can prevent hundreds of murders, rapes and robberies each year at minimal cost to taxpayers. But we’re not using it in a majority of cases because a state law restricts its use.

DNA evidence solves crimes. Since 1996, when New York State’s DNA databank opened with strong support from my predecessor, Robert M. Morgenthau, the bank’s DNA samples have been linked to more than 3,500 sexual assaults, 860 murders, 1,100 robberies and 3,400...

January 14, 2012 | New York Daily News

Gov. Cuomo is asking the state Legislature to take a simple, powerful step to give cops and prosecutors more power to catch and convict criminals.
That is, finally authorize the collection and cataloguing of DNA for everyone convicted of a crime in New York State.

December 30, 2011 | Wall Street Journal

In a remote corner of a dimly lit lower Manhattan government building, analysts at high-tech workstations spend their days scouring smartphones, iPads and laptops for evidence of criminal activity. The lab is part of an effort to combat cybercrime by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, one of a growing number of local officials across the...

December 04, 2011 | NY Daily News


More than 70 Harlem teens participated in free “Pro Hoops” Basketball Training Camp. “Saturday Night Lights.” The program starts again this weekend.
BBQ in the Boros: Manhattan recipes Lombardi: Are 2 Harlem lawyers now judges-in-making? Gonzalez:...
November 21, 2011 | CBS New York


 It often happens behind closed doors, but now, there’s a new program to expose abuse of the elderly and train people who interact with seniors how to spot the warning signs.