Syracuse — Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy will be in Syracuse Thursday to promote Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s push to expand DNA collection from more convicts, a move that could make the state’s DNA database the most comprehensive in the country.
Duffy, the former police chief and mayor of Rochester, will join Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick at the 1:3 a.m. press conference on the 4th floor of the Onondaga County/City of Syracuse Criminal Courthouse.
All convicted felons in New York state would have to turn over their DNA to an expanded criminal database under legislation passed New York State Senate. The legislation would require all convicted felons in New York to turn over DNA. The proposal would also require people convicted of felony traffic and business felonies, as well as penal misdemeanors, to submit DNA to the database.
Current state law requires DNA submission from people convicted of penal felonies and a few specific misdemeanor offenses. Expanding the database would cost $7, in the 1-13 budget and $1.4 million each subsequent year.
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