Gov. Signs Assault Bill

"During the pandemic, our transit workers were heroes, showing up while everyone was staying home — putting not only their health and the health of their families at risk, but also risking their lives as subway crime increased," Gov. Hochul said. "New York's transit workers have always been there for us and now it is our job to be there for them. No one should be subjected to physical violence or harassment in the workplace, and today we are taking an important step in protecting the men and women who keep our subways and buses running."
Local 100 President Tony Utano encouraged key leaders of the Legislature to support the bill, supplementing the efforts of Local 100’s Political Action team.
“Transit workers come to work to do a job, not wind up in the emergency room,” Utano said in a press release issued by the Governor’s office.  “We deserve respect from riders and the from the law. Thank you, Gov. Hochul, and members of the state Legislature, for recognizing that assaults against transit workers are an ongoing problem that needs to be addressed. This is a step in the right direction. Prosecutors and judges must now do their job and hold people accountable for their actions.”
The law authorizes a sentence of up to 7 years in prison for intentionally causing physical injury, which is defined as “impairment of physical condition or substantial pain.”
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