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File #: Res 1470-2000    Version: * Name: School Contruction Authority Background Checks
Type: Resolution Status: Filed
Committee: Committee on Education
On agenda: 7/27/2000
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Title: Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to require that the School Construction Authority conduct full criminal background checks on all School Construction Authority employees who work on school grounds during school hours.
Sponsors: Karen Koslowitz, June M. Eisland, Pedro G. Espada, Kenneth K. Fisher, Martin J. Golden, Una Clarke, Julia Harrison, Stanley E. Michels, Michael C. Nelson, Jerome X. O'Donovan, Archie W. Spigner
Council Member Sponsors: 11
Res. No. 1470 Title Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to require that the School Construction Authority conduct full criminal background checks on all School Construction Authority employees who work on school grounds during school hours. Body By Council Members Koslowitz, Eisland, Espada, Fisher and Golden; also Council Members Clarke, Harrison, Michels, Nelson, O'Donovan and Spigner Whereas, The safety of New York City school children is of utmost importance; and Whereas, Harm to New York City school children may be prevented through criminal background checks of persons working on school premises during school hours; and Whereas, School Construction Authority (SCA) employees work on school grounds during school hours and may have contact with students; and Whereas, The Department of Investigation issued a report in December, 1998, entitled "An Inquiry into the Failures of the New York City School Construction Authority at PS 131: Sad Lessons from the Tragic Death of Yan Zhen Zhao," in which it recommended that the State Legislature grant the SCA Inspector General the statutory authority to fingerprint SCA employees for background checks; now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the New York State Legislature to require that the School Construction Authority conduct full criminal background checks on all School Construction Authority employees who work on school grounds during school hours. LS#2413 LP:ts 07/17/00