FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 15, 2010
STATEMENT OF MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ON STATE SENATE ROLL CALL VOTE ON MICROSTAMPING BILL
"This was a defeat for our police officers, district attorneys, and the public - and a victory for criminals who use illegal guns to shoot and kill innocent people. The Senators who voted against this common sense measure listened to the special interests instead of the 100 mayors and 83 police chiefs and law enforcement organizations across New York State who supported it. I want to thank Senator Eric Schneiderman for leading the charge to pass the bill and Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson for bringing a bill on a key public safety issue to the floor. John Sampson showed real leadership on this issue, and despite the result, his efforts are much appreciated. I also want to thank Senator Frank Padavan for doing the right thing and supporting this bill. Speaker Sheldon Silver and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel also deserve great credit for passing this legislation in the Assembly. And while we are all disappointed with the results of today's vote, we remain committed to passing this bill during this session. We will continue to make the case to our Senators on how important this bill is to cracking down on dangerous criminals and protecting our police officers."
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