The Republican-led state Senate, for the fourth consecutive session, passed legislation to crack down on violent gangs — but Democratic Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie shot it down.
The bill comes amid a wave of violence by the MS-13 gang, which has menaced suburban Long Island and other areas.
The bill passed 48-13 — with all the no votes coming from New York City Democrats.
But it hasn’t even come up for a vote in Heastie’s Assembly.
The measure would increase sentences for gang-related felonies and create new felonies for individuals who participate or benefit from gang activity or recruit others to join gangs.
Heastie insisted longer prison sentences are not the answer.
“We support anti-gang initiatives. However, increased penalties are not necessarily a deterrent,” he said. “A better approach is to discourage people from engaging in gang activity in the first place, and that is where the focus should be.”
In fact, the bill offers anti-gang initiatives at the front end.
A new Criminal Street Gang Prevention Fund would be established to support a gang violence prevention curriculum in schools, for example.