Bloomberg’s DNA

Mayor Bloomberg stood before District Attorneys from all five boroughs and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly today and demanded that the State Legislature require all convicted criminals to give DNA samples for inclusion in a State database.

The Mayor argued that by toughening up the state’s current database law, one of the weakest in the nation, more criminals could be caught, more falsely accused suspects could be exonerated, and more crimes could be prevented.

All of that sounds tough for a state senator or assemblyman to argue against. So there was natural curiosity at the future site of New York City’s new DNA laboratory on 26th street this afternoon as to why no such legislation had been passed.

“The fact that we didn’t do it before is best left to history,” said Bloomberg, who added that he had not consulted either Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver or Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno about the proposed legislation.

“Some people want a fight,” said Bloomberg, “I don’t want a fight. I want this legislation.”

But the mayor, using unusually strong language as he was flanked by the city’s top law enforcement officials and victims of violent crimes, sure seemed to be preparing for a fight.

—Jason Horowitz