Combating Gang Violence on Long Island: Shutting Down the MS-13 Pipeline

June 20, 2017 9:30 AM | 100 Federal Plaza, Central Islip, New York

This field hearing will examine the threat posed by transnational criminal organizations (TCOs), particularly Mara Salvatrucha 13 (MS-13) and the extent to which this violent gang is able to circumvent border security measures to gain entry into the U.S.  Since January 2016, there have been 17 murders linked to MS-13 in Suffolk County alone. The hearing will feature testimony from the stakeholders related to the interaction and cooperation between Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies to combat MS-13. Additionally, testimony will be provided by community members directly impacted by these TCOs. The two panels reflect the broad cross section of the community required to respond to the threat posed by MS-13 and other TCOs on Long Island and across the nation.

Opening Statements

Rep. Pete King (R-NY), Subcommittee Chairman
Opening Statement

Live Stream


Panel I

Mr. William Sweeney
Assistant Director in Charge
New York Field Office
Federal Bureau of Investigation
U.S. Department of Justice 
Witness Testimony
Mr. Angel Melendez
Special Agent in Charge
Homeland Security Investigations
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
U.S. Department of Homeland Security 
Witness Testimony
Mr. Timothy Sini
Police Commissioner
Suffolk County, New York 
Witness Testimony
Mr. Michael Marino
Commanding Officer
Gang Investigations Squad
Nassau County Police Department
Nassau County, New York 
Witness Testimony
Mr. Thomas C. Krumpter
Acting Commissioner
Nassau County Police Department
Nassau County, New York
No testimony provided to the Committee
Mr. Vincent DeMarco
Suffolk County New York
Witness Testimony


Panel II

Mrs. Evelyn Rodriguez
Suffolk County Resident
Witness Testimony
Mr. Robert Mickens
Suffolk County Resident
Witness Testimony
Dr. Howard Koenig
Superintendent of Schools
Central Islip Union Free School District
Witness Testimony
Patrick Young, Esq.
Program Director
Central American Refugee Center
Witness Testimony