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File #: Res 1935-2009    Version: * Name: Amend the New York State Penal Code to elevate the assault of a sanitation worker to a class C felony.
Type: Resolution Status: Filed
Committee: Committee on Public Safety
On agenda: 4/22/2009
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling on the New York State Assembly to pass A.5518 (Lentol) and the New York State Senate to introduce and pass a companion bill and the Governor to sign this bill into law and amend the New York State Penal Code to elevate the assault of a sanitation worker to a class C felony.
Sponsors: David I. Weprin, Melinda R. Katz, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Michael C. Nelson, Simcha Felder, Lewis A. Fidler, James F. Gennaro, Vincent J. Gentile, Darlene Mealy, Kenneth C. Mitchell, Kendall Stewart, Thomas White, Jr.
Council Member Sponsors: 12

Res. No. 1935

 

Resolution calling on the New York State Assembly to pass A.5518 (Lentol) and the New York State Senate to introduce and pass a companion bill and the Governor to sign this bill into law and amend the New York State Penal Code to elevate the assault of a sanitation worker to a class C felony.

 

By Council Members Weprin, Katz, Mark-Viverito, Nelson, Felder, Fidler, Gennaro, Gentile, Mealy, Mitchell, Stewart and White Jr.

 

Whereas, A number of New York City employees have jobs that fall under the classifications of Uniformed Services including police officers, peace officers, emergency medical services professionals and firefighters; and

                     Whereas, Due to the nature of their jobs the members of the Uniformed Services often put their safety at risk while on duty and deserve a great amount of respect for their service to New Yorkers; and

                     Whereas, When a member of the Uniformed Services is harmed in the line of duty there must be tools in place to punish those who harm them; and

                     Whereas, Under the New York State Penal Code, if one of these uniformed employees is assaulted on the job, the individual arrested for assaulting that employee can be charged with and convicted of a class C felony; and

Whereas, Members of the Municipal Sanitation Department, “New York’s Strongest,” are currently not included with the other Uniformed Service members listed in the Penal Code; and

                     Whereas, Sanitation workers perform crucial work for the city in ensuring its cleanliness, which in turn enhances the quality of life of all New Yorkers; and

Whereas, In the course of performing these services for the citizens of the city, sanitation workers can be the victims of violence and assault while on duty; and

Whereas, It is common for sanitation workers to be verbally and even physically abused while performing their jobs; and

                     Whereas, A recent example of these dangers is the case of a 74 year-old sanitation worker named Juan Ramos; and

Whereas, In September of 2008, Mr. Ramos was attacked and assaulted with a shovel by a motorist who was angry that Mr. Ramos’s sanitation truck was blocking his path down the street; and                     

                     Whereas, Mr. Ramos, who was a 22 year member of the sanitation department at the time suffered many broken ribs and was hospitalized due to this attack; and

Whereas, After the case of Mr. Ramos was made public, Assemblyman Joseph Lentol introduced bill number A.5518 in the New York State Assembly which would raise the penalty for assaulting a sanitation worker from a Class D felony to a Class C felony, the same penalty levied on those who assault peace officers or firefighters; and

Whereas, A.5518 would give sanitation workers the guarantee that if ever assaulted on the job, the perpetrator could be prosecuted with meaningful penalties that would discourage others from harming a sanitation worker while they are performing important services for the people of New York; now, therefore, be it

                     Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls on the New York State Assembly to pass A.5518 (Lentol) and the New York State Senate to introduce and pass a companion bill and the Governor to sign this bill into law and amend the New York State Penal Code to elevate the assault of a sanitation worker to a class C felony.

RMP

LS #7272

3/17/09