Plan to crack down on deadly gang violence clears NY Senate

Originally published in Times Herald Record on May 10, 2017.

 ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers are hoping to battle deadly MS-13 gang violence with a proposal that could keep gang members behind bars longer.

The Republican-led Senate approved a bill Monday to increase penalties for crimes connected to street gangs and create new crimes for gang involvement.

Sen. Velmanette Montgomery, a Brooklyn Democrat, urged lawmakers to come up with a way to address MS-13 gang activity that would not affect young people of her district who are cycling in the park or “gathered on the streets, looking alike, but in no way in any way considered to be a gang.”

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