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File #: Res 0010-2014    Version: * Name: Increasing the criminal penalties for assaulting a train operator, ticket inspector, conductor, signalperson, bus operator or train agent employed by any transit agency, authority or company.
Type: Resolution Status: Filed (End of Session)
Committee: Committee on Public Safety
On agenda: 2/4/2014
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to introduce and pass, and the Governor to sign a law, which would amend the Penal Law by increasing the criminal penalties for assaulting a train operator, ticket inspector, conductor, signalperson, bus operator or train agent employed by any transit agency, authority or company.
Sponsors: Andy L. King, Margaret S. Chin, Andrew Cohen, Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Vincent J. Gentile, Vanessa L. Gibson, Alan N. Maisel, Annabel Palma, Jumaane D. Williams, James G. Van Bramer, Rosie Mendez, Rafael L. Espinal, Jr., Costa G. Constantinides, Chaim M. Deutsch, Peter A. Koo, Karen Koslowitz, Antonio Reynoso, Deborah L. Rose, James Vacca, Carlos Menchaca
Council Member Sponsors: 20

Res. No. 10

 

Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to introduce and pass, and the Governor to sign a law, which would amend the Penal Law by increasing the criminal penalties for assaulting a train operator, ticket inspector, conductor, signalperson, bus operator or train agent employed by any transit agency, authority or company.

 

By Council Members King, Chin, Cohen, Ferreras-Copeland, Gentile, Gibson, Maisel, Palma, Williams, Van Bramer, Mendez, Espinal, Constantinides, Deutsch, Koo, Koslowitz, Reynoso, Rose, Vacca and Menchaca

 

                     Whereas, The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) employees-train and bus operators, among others-play an important role in our city’s workforce and provide an important service to New Yorkers and tourists; and

                     Whereas, While most MTA employees perform their duties without encountering any problems on the job, some MTA employees have been the victims of violence while working; and

Whereas, Some of the occupational danger these professionals face include robberies, violent threats, assaults, and homicides; and

Whereas, A recent incident in the Bronx highlights the dangers MTA employees encounter; and

Whereas, In the Bronx incident, a man allegedly repeatedly punched a bus driver in the face, causing him to end his career due to his injuries.

                     Whereas, Under the Penal Law, an individual who causes physical injury to an MTA employee can be charged with a class D felony; and

                     Whereas, However, the existing penalties do not take into account  the fact that some assaults may be so severe that they might result in a serious physical injury to the MTA employee; and

Whereas, In order to prevent violence against MTA employees and bring greater protections to them in their workplace, the New York State Legislature should introduce legislation which would amend the Penal Law in relation to violent assaults on MTA employees that result in serious physical injury; and

                     Whereas, Specifically, the bill should amend section 120.08 of the Penal Law to extend the same protections peace officers receive to MTA employees when they are serious physically injured as a result of someone trying to prevent them from performing their duties while they are working; and

                     Whereas, Such offense would be a class C felony; and

                     Whereas, Enacting such a bill would bring greater punishment to perpetrators and better protection to MTA employees; now, therefore, be it

                     Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the New York State Legislature to introduce and pass, and the Governor to sign a law, which would amend the Penal Law by increasing the criminal penalties for assaulting a train operator, ticket inspector, conductor, signalperson, bus operator or train agent employed by any transit agency, authority or company.

 

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1/15/2014

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