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More transit workers will have assault protections

About 11,000 covered by new law

Posted 7/1/22
Thousands of transit workers in the state and city will soon have what they hope will be added protections against assault on the job. 

Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation Monday that expands punishment for people convicted of assault or harassment against station customer assistants, ticket or revenue collectors, maintenance workers, repairers and cleaners, along with their supervisors who were not previously covered by existing law. 

About 11,000 additional transit workers will be covered by the new law, which makes assault on workers employed by transit or commuter rail companies, agencies or authorities a second-degree offense, a class D felony. Conviction carries with it a minimum of two years in prison and a maximum of 7 years. Previously, assaults on those workers would have been categorized as assault in the 3rd degree, a class A misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of one year in jail or three years probation and fines.

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