Agudath Israel Advocates for “Level Playing Field”
in School Safety for Yeshivot
On April 14th, at a school safety rally sponsored by the New York City Council, and then at a City Council hearing, Agudath Israel leaders advocated for
Introduction 65, a proposed amendment to the New York Administrative Code. This legislation, if passed, would require the New York Police Department (NYPD) to assign school safety officers, upon request, to nonpublic schools. Currently, these assignments are only mandated for public schools.
At the rally, held in front of City Hall, Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, Executive Vice President of Agudath Israel, addressed a crowd comprised of nonpublic school representatives, council members and community leaders. He said that Introduction 65 levels the playing field in safety for nonpublic schools by giving them equal access to school safety officers who are trained by the NYPD. These officers, while unarmed, work in full uniform and are in direct radio communication with the NYPD. Having them on premises may deter potential attackers, or give the school an edge in combatting an attack in progress.
Later that day, as one of several invested community leaders, Agudath Israel representative and Education Affairs Associate Dovid Tanenbaum, testified at the City Council hearing in favor of Introduction 65. He stated, “There is no legal or constitutional basis for denying this protection to the close to 250,000 children, or almost 20 percent of New York City students, who attend nonpublic schools.”
Introduction 65, sponsored by Councilmember David G. Greenfield, enjoys strong support from council members, with 46 out of 51 members already signed on. The hearing was a joint meeting of three key committees – the City Council’s Public Safety Committee, the Committee on Education, and the Subcommittee on Non-Public Schools – and it gave community advocates the opportunity to air their concerns, share ideas and demonstrate their endorsement of the amendment to these legislators.
NY State Police Launch Safety Campaign Aimed
At Teen Drivers
New York State Police launched a weeklong traffic safety campaign this past month aimed at minimizing crashes involving teen drivers. The campaign was run under the name “The Empty Chair,” referring to high school seniors who were tragically killed in road accidents and will thus not be present on graduation day.
The campaign targeted specific laws regarding speeding in school zones, the use of seat belts and child restraints, cellphone use while driving, underage drinking and impaired driving.
Troopers used both marked State Police vehicles and
According to figures from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 2,524 teenagers between ages 13 and 19 died in motor vehicle crashes in 2013 in the United States. The fatal crash rate per mile driven for drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 is nearly three times the rate for drivers ages 20 or older.
Hikind Calls For Immediate Remedy To Dangerous Potholes On Ocean Parkway
Assemblyman Dov Hikind
(D-Brooklyn) says he’s a
great fan of the NYC
Department of Transportation,
but wonders how they could have skipped Brooklyn’s Ocean Parkway when making
“It’s like a mine field,” said Hikind, whose office has been receiving complaints from constituents about the seriously dangerous conditions on Ocean Parkway in Midwood. “We’re looking at a potentially disastrous situation out there. These potholes are causing drivers to suddenly move over into adjoining lanes to avoid the potholes, creating the likelihood
“It’s already been several weeks since the snow ended and Ocean Parkway is a major thoroughfare, so I urge the DOT to continue their good work and take care of Ocean Parkway expeditiously. We appreciate all of the DOT’s hard work after a particularly tough winter, but we need to get this taken care of.”
Hikind’s staff members visited the areas where the potholes were reported by constituents and photographed them to make it easier for the DOT to immediately locate the most dangerous spots.