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January 27, 2012 | Star Ledger

A serial killer of women in Los Angeles, dubbed “The Grim Sleeper,” had eluded police for decades. All they had was his DNA.

It didn’t match anybody in the statewide database, but a search did turn up a convict whose DNA indicated he was a close relative. After analyzing the family tree, detectives zeroed in on his father as a likely suspect. They got his DNA off a discarded pizza crust. Lo and behold, it matched the killer.

Case closed, all thanks to a...

January 23, 2012 | New York Times

We have a tool that can prevent hundreds of murders, rapes and robberies each year at minimal cost to taxpayers. But we’re not using it in a majority of cases because a state law restricts its use.

DNA evidence solves crimes. Since 1996, when New York State’s DNA databank opened with strong support from my predecessor, Robert M. Morgenthau, the bank’s DNA samples have been linked to more than 3,500 sexual assaults, 860 murders, 1,100 robberies and 3,400...

January 14, 2012 | New York Daily News

Gov. Cuomo is asking the state Legislature to take a simple, powerful step to give cops and prosecutors more power to catch and convict criminals.
That is, finally authorize the collection and cataloguing of DNA for everyone convicted of a crime in New York State.

December 30, 2011 | Wall Street Journal

In a remote corner of a dimly lit lower Manhattan government building, analysts at high-tech workstations spend their days scouring smartphones, iPads and laptops for evidence of criminal activity. The lab is part of an effort to combat cybercrime by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, one of a growing number of local officials across the...

December 04, 2011 | NY Daily News


More than 70 Harlem teens participated in free “Pro Hoops” Basketball Training Camp. “Saturday Night Lights.” The program starts again this weekend.
BBQ in the Boros: Manhattan recipes Lombardi: Are 2 Harlem lawyers now judges-in-making? Gonzalez:...
November 21, 2011 | CBS New York


 It often happens behind closed doors, but now, there’s a new program to expose abuse of the elderly and train people who interact with seniors how to spot the warning signs.

November 17, 2011 | New York Law Journal

Headlines have been blaring news about corruption in the construction industry. "Four veteran construction executives arraigned on charges they systematically stole tens of millions of dollars from investment firms, insurance companies and law firms across Manhattan," said a May 4, 2011, New...
November 14, 2011 |

In a speech to industry officials, Cyrus Vance Jr. said that information-sharing between banks and prosecutors should be a two-way street...

November 07, 2011 | NY1


The sounds of basketballs dribbling, rather than gun shots in the air, are welcome for many in Harlem. Since the start of October, 70 teens between the ages of 13 and 15 have been taking part in the Pro Hoops Training Camp on Saturday nights, courtesy of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.

"So if it reduces crime, it is a part of...

October 28, 2011 | New York Law Journal

With a new district attorney and a new approach to case management, the Manhattan Criminal Court has cut its pending caseload 19 percent for the first eight months of 2011, while simultaneously decreasing the time from arraignment to disposition and increasing the number of trials, according to data provided by the Office of Court...