Local Law Enforcement Supports Expanded DNA Database

February 22, 2012 Updated Oct 10, 2013 at 4:03 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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February 22, 2012 Updated Oct 10, 2013 at 4:03 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW-TV) - Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita is asking for lawmakers in Albany to pass Governor Andrew Cuomo's bill that would expand the state's DNA databank.

Under the governor's proposal it would require DNA samples to be collected from anyone convicted of any Penal Law misdemeanor or felony. This includes driving while intoxicated under the Vehicle and Traffic Law, aggravated animal cruelty under the Agriculture and Markets Law and prescription drug offenses under the Public Health Law.

"We have a tool that can solve hundreds of unsolved cases and bring hundreds of criminals, who thought they got away with it, to justice each year," said Sedita. "And we have a tool that can exonerate those who have been wrongfully convicted."

The bill passed in the New York State Senate and is waiting on the Assembly. As for funding for the bills, the governor allocated $700,000 for the remainder of this year and another $1.4 million for subsequent years. If the bill is passed it would go into effect on October 1, 2012.