Last week, in his State of the State address, Governor Cuomo argued against NYC being the only place in the entire U.S. besides Arizona that electronically fingerprints food stamp recipients because it stigmatizes recipients. Finally, a politician that doesn’t want Big Brother harping over the disadvantaged I thought. Not so fast.
In that same speech, he also advocated for greatly expanding the DNA database, so anyone convicted of petty misdemeanors would have to submit a humanly sample. So what kind of low level crimes are we talking about? Here’s a nice list to get you started:
- Fortune telling
- Public lewdness
- Possession of graffiti instruments
- Unlawful assembly
- Possession of weed
- Invalid motor vehicle insurance
- Operating a motor vehicle while registration is suspended
The governor reasons that these types of misdemeanors are a “gateway” to more serious crimes.